Five minute friday: Song

Hello, Friends. Welcome back for another Friday spent with Lisa-Jo and the Five-minute crowd. Today, we’re taking five minutes to write on the prompt Song. Do you have five minutes to write, read, or both? Why don’t you join us?

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community…

Today’s Prompt: Song


A friend once told me that content and secure children sing. They have a song in their heart, and it often comes out in a hum or a little tune. I used to listen for it, for the moments when I’d catch my children singing the song in their heart while playing the bathtub or mixing up a meal of wooden and plastic fruit. I sighed the parental sigh of relief on hearing it. They are content. They know they are loved.

I went through a period of time, when my children were very small, when I didn’t listen to any music. Ever. I craved silence after the incessant chatter and “Mommy’s” I heard all day, and I literally could not put one more sound or note in my head. I felt full on the noise of daily life.

When I returned to music, I filled my ipod with rap and angry alternative bands and I ran for miles and miles and sweat out all of my angst along with them. That lasted for a few years, until my husband said “Why are you so angry all the time?”, and I decided counseling might be a good idea, and also? Less Linkin Park.

Since then, I’ve experimented with all kinds of music. I listen to songs across all genres, but I keep coming back to an itunes station that plays vintage, big-band jazz. Some songs feel joyful, others mournful, while the brass instruments lift their voices to express every emotion in-between. There’s a song for every mood. According to Donald Miller, jazz never resolves, and I’m inclined to agree.

Neither does life.


What are you listening to right now? What does it say about your heart? I’ll confess, I still listen to slightly dodgy music when I run. I can’t quit you, Jay Z.


  • Rachel Rusticus

    What a sweet image of singing children who know they are loved, may we be those kiddos to God. And I hear ya, work out music just has to be a little more intense than K-love ha!

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Even though they’re older now, I still listen for the song in their heart.

  • Tanya Olckers

    Vintage Jazz. Some modern jazz. Classical music. Meditation music. Chants and mantras. Anything that will bathe my soul in light. I can’t stand rap. And I confess I love a lot of the stuff from the 80s. And ABBA.

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Hmm…I haven’t tried meditation or chants. Might need to give those a go on the crazy days.

  • Mia

    Kimberly, I agree 100% about Jazz! It touches the soul in deep places! I also love all the genre’s; from Rock to Classical Music.

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Jazz came as a surprise to me:)

  • Amy

    My friends get tickled at me because my ipod is filled with all kinds of music. The sad thing is most songs I love I have to look to even see the name of the song much less the artist. I just love the song itself. There is a little jazz in my list.

    • KimberlyCoyle

      I rely in my kids to keep me in the know when it comes to artists and song titles:)

  • Karrilee Aggett

    LOL! I love this… the truth of it and the honesty in it… I love that you love ‘vintage jazz’ and JayZ too! Having a nearly grown girlie I find I go back and forth between country (it’s where we live!), top 40/pop (the teenage girl – and the teenaged remnant of myself!), Jazz (the hubby!) & worship… lots of Bethel Music, Misty Edwards, Rita Springer and Grace Williams,,. they are all around me on a daily basis! Oh yes – and I just saw Tanya’s response… how can I not admit to listening to – gasp – the oldies (?) of the 70s and 80s?

    • KimberlyCoyle

      I refuse to believe that 80’s music is considered “oldies”!

  • Mark Allman

    Here are two I am putting on repeat lately:

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Beautiful and life giving. Thanks for sharing, Mark.

  • I love how you shared your journey here. And I think you make a very good point of how powerful music is. (I’m one of the Editors at Circles Of Faith!) Blessings!

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Elise:)