• Michelle Burkhardt

Change That Tune

Back in the 80’s (I know, I am older than I look), there was a musical satirist named, Weird Al Yankovic who would take popular songs and change the words. The music would be the same; however, through a comedic view, Weird Al would create a music video with his new idea on how the song could be better. For example, he created, Eat It a knock-off of Michael Jackson’s iconic Beat It song.

Thinking back to how he gained fame from changing other’s songs also reminded me of the movie, Sister Act (1992) starring Whoopie Goldberg. In the movie, the Catholic Sister’s Choir changed My Guy by Mary Wells to My God. Even though this movie had a few unsuitable parts (Rating PG), I believe God used this movie to draw people to Him just like the Nuns were able to bring parishioners back into their desolate church.

In that moment, a thought occurred to me that I could do the same thing. I could use this blog to recreate secular songs and change them into Praise and Worship songs. Ironically, many secular songs, especially, romantic songs could easily be about God instead of a man or woman. Some of these songs do not even need a lyrical change. For example, A Pocket Full of Sunshine by Natasha Bedingfield is a song where you can imagine closing your eyes, your face towards the sky, and your arms raised up high reaching for Heaven as you sing:

“Take me away, a secret place, a sweet escape . . . there's no more lies. In the darkness, there's light, And nobody cries . . . I’ve got a Love and I know that it’s all mine”.

Next, are some songs that will need a few adjustments. For example, I’m the Only One by Melissa Ethridge. First, I would change the title, He’s the Only ONE. Then, I would add these lyrics, “He is the only one who would die on a cross for you. . . It’s only Him who helps you run from the demons that you’re hiding from . . . when all your promises are gone…He’s the only One”!

Another example is Madonna’s song, Lucky Star. With a few changes, my new version titled, Holy Star would reflect an awesome God: “You must be my Holy Star, cause You shine on me wherever You are . . . You make the darkness seem so far, And when I'm lost You'll be my Guide, I just turn around and You are by my side”.

Below are just a few more examples of songs that could be revised with a Holy Spirit twist:

Don’t You (Forget About Me) by Simple Minds-We must never forget our Lord; My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion – God is forever in our hearts; and Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey – Faith starts with believing.

My new Spiritual version songs may not make me famous like Weird Al; however, the catchy familiar tune will first grab their attention to listen while the new Godly Words will draw them to HIM. When we Change that Tune, we can show others that God is the Only ONE.

Note: Did you know there is a kid’s Praise and Worship song called We Love Jesus based on the tune from We will Rock You by Queen? I have played it when teaching in the children’s ministry. Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mpRJZF6xlo

**Leave a comment and share a secular: Country, Pop, Rock, or even Rap song that you can change to glorify God.