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Bamgelina’s Nostalgia Album

While my sister Hannah does blog after blog about her favorite music, movies and shows… picking any top favorites list is much harder for me. But I’ve discovered a way to do it! Sort of.

Several weeks ago I posed the question to my Dad, “If you could make an album of songs you wanted to sing, which songs would you pick?” The question intrigued me, (does that sound cocky?) and I recently decided to use that question as an inspiration for an outlet on my blog. I don’t have a voice nearly as strong as my Dad’s, so if I picked an album I could actually sing the songs to, I would be very limited. So I’m going to create a hypothetical, alter ego BAM; my singer self who can sing anything she wants! Her name is BamGelina, and she’s going to make albums in categories of what she would sing. Now, the reason this is easier for me than to just “make a list of my favorite exercise songs” is because… well, when I’m saying “These are my favorite exercise songs” I’m saying “THESE are my FAVORITE exercise songs!” It’s unnervingly definitive. But, if I just say, “These are songs that I’m picking to go on a hypothetical exercise album…”, I’m not making a definite statement about my opinions, I’m just making choices. Somehow that makes it less ominous, though it may not make sense to anyone else. (Whether it’s healthy or normal, you can talk to me about it later. 😉 ) So whether or not I keep up with this, I’m going to start with the idea in my head that started it all: the Nostalgia Album!

These songs are songs that make me think of my childhood; songs tucked away in shows, movies and other media that are really quite nice and fun. If I were to pick coverable songs from nostalgic media, what would they be? Here were my choices!


“That Crazy Happy Nonsense”
A Nostalgia Tribute Album by BamGelina

1. There It Is (Blues Clues)- The other day a question on Facebook was posted: “If a theme for you played every time you walked into the room, what would it be?” and this was one of my choices. Blues Big Musical is one of my guilty pleasure movies; it’s such charming fun, and this song fits my love to sing and dance. I figured my “Theme Song” would be an appropriate beginning song for my album.



2. Never Say Never (An American Tail)- I watched this a lot as a child, and I’m sure others can relate to this one. This song was actually one of the ones that gave me the idea of the Nostalgia Album. I like “Somewhere Out There” better, but that’s covered more often, so I’ll go with this one, which is also good. (“A Duo” was also in the running, but “Never Say Never” works better out of context.)


3. Good Morning Little One (The Nathan Tape)- This one ONLY my family will get. There was this company that made personalized tapes for your kids, and we got one for Nathan when he was really little. I’ll proudly represent the cassette tape part of my childhood with this opening song about waking up and playing “carefreely” through your house.


4. The Magic School Bus Theme Song- I had to do something from one of my favorite shows as a kid, and this was my first choice! This theme is great to sing along with, and I’m proud to know all the lyrics. Though this doesn’t work as well out of context, if Michael Buble can sing a jazzy version of “Spiderman”, then I can sing this one. 🙂



5. The Neverending Story Song- As one of my most nostalgic movies, and another one that inspired the album, this song had to be included. It’s got quite a pretty melody, and has a sweet, inspirational sound. It’s just the right feel of the album: nostalgia mixed with adult quality music



6. Stand Up (McGee and Me: Skate Expectations)- I loved McGee and Me growing up! This was my favorite episode, and I remember always thinking the song from it was really cool. I definitely needed a representative for kids Christian movies, and this fits the bill.


7. Hip Hip Hip Hurray (Hippoptamus) (by Mary Rice Hopkins)- We have an old video tape of MRH, who writes great children’s songs that I enjoy even as an adult. Not to mention that doing motions to songs is my thing, so I highly approve of her videos, and this song is one of the most fun. (The video is of her whole concert, but this song is the first one, about a minute it.)


8. Flying Dreams (credit song during The Secret of Nymh)- Here’s another Don Bluth song! I forgot that this existed, but Nathan mentioned it to me and I listened to it and thought it sounded very pretty, and definitely makes me think of this childhood movie. This also has that old-fashioned, nostalgic yet-still-adult feel to it, so it deserves a spot on my album.


9. The Adjective Song (Jumpstart 2nd Grade)- I loved this computer game as a kid! And even as an… older person. Lots of the songs in it were fun, but this is the one that my family and I enjoy the most. This educational tune will be quite fun for me, BamGelina, to sing on my album.


10. Can You Feel the Sunshine? (Sonic R)- This was a late addition, but this song is so happy-go-lucky that I couldn’t resist. This was one of the few Sonic games I ever cared about, and this hidden gem indeed deserves to be sung on my CD, as this and the one before it both represent songs from video/computer games. (They’re different feels, so it’s ok to have them side by side.)


11. Perfect Day (theme song for Beatrix Potter cartoons)- We have a few episodes on tape of some Beatrix Potter stories that we used to watch, and this song always plays at the end. Though I didn’t like the shows as much, this song has a very sweet and melancholy tune, and easily gets stuck in my head. It matches the feel of the album, so it gets a cover.


12. Sweep Up the Memories (The Cat in the Hat)- And I couldn’t go through an album of nostalgia without using a song from Cat in the Hat, one of the most nostalgic soundtracks for my family. The music for this Dr. Seuss cartoon is so silly and fun; yet this song has a very pretty, bittersweet tone to it. This one is the perfect choice to end my album with, since it’s talking about saying goodbye to the fun nonsense and memories of childhood.

Scripture Spotlight: Jonah

Well, I accidentally skipped last month. It’s been harder than I thought to get into the swing of full-time work. I feel so busy all the time. But, I’m trying to work on disciplining myself more to keep my blogs coming. And over the summer, I’ve been going to a Bible study where our final “assignment” is to write up a teaching on Jonah (the book we’ve been going through), and so I’m using the blog as my audience! So that will cover this month’s “Scripture Spotlight”. (Though I’m gonna be gone this Saturday, so I’m posting it now, just because.)

I’ve read the Biblical account of Jonah more than once, heard the story a million times in Sunday school, and seen the VeggieTales movie (which I think does a good job; still, it’s VeggieTales).

You can read this story and get a lot out of it: the importance of obedience, God’s wrath, getting second chances, Jonah as a symbol for Israel… but what kept hitting me as I was reading through this was God’s heart.

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“Mercy” is the word that sticks out to me in this book. Maybe it’s because it goes along with my personal tendencies towards mercy rather than wrath; maybe it’s because I’ve experienced a lot of it. But I love looking for God’s mercy and grace in all of His stories, and I see it a lot in Jonah.Cartoon Blue Whale Is Animal In Underwater To Sea Stock Image

First off, you see God’s mercy on the sailors. As soon as Jonah is thrown overboard, the storm subsides and the sailors are saved. Literally, I don’t know about spiritually. But, God uses Jonah’s disobedience to reveal Himself to the sailors. Whether their sacrifices and vows were sincere and they stuck, it doesn’t say. Maybe they went back to their other gods; maybe they just added Yahweh to their list to worship; or maybe they turned to worshipping Him only. Whatever choices they made that the Bible doesn’t say, we know that God revealed Himself and gave them an opportunity to see Him for who He was.

Next, He shows mercy to Jonah. I used to always think, in my memory, that chapter 2 is about Jonah lamenting about being in the whale. But as I reread it, that’s not what he’s doing. Jonah’s rejoicing that God saved him. He talks about how he was drowning and suffocating, but that He looked toward the temple and God rescued him. God could have let Jonah die and sent somebody else to Ninevah to teach the Israelites a lesson in obedience, but instead He delivered Jonah from the ocean and only left him in the whale for 3 days. (Hehe, though I’m sure he would’ve been happy to get out sooner.) Anyway, Jonah got a reality check, and knew that His loyalties and vows lay with God. God is consistently loyal about rescuing those who call on Him throughout the Scriptures.

Lastly, God has mercy on the Ninevites. It’s not that God had a problem with wiping out whole nations on principle (because He does that a lot); but He needed to show the other nations, and Jonah, and Israel, and us, that He values more than just justice. He values mercy and grace. And when they repented, He relented.

While I don’t have another example of a PERSON He showed mercy to in chapter 4, Go has a discussion with little emo Jonah about it. Jonah is not happy that God is sharing His lovingkindness and mercy, and so he whines and gets hot and then has shade and then does not and then whines some more. And God basically tells Jonah to get his priorities straight, as He says that the people of Ninevah are far more valuable than the plant that shaded Jonah, and yet Jonah would rather God blot out the city and keep the plant for himself. (Though it’s not like it has to be a choice between the two, but you know.)

Though it’s hard to understand how to put together what God did in the OLD Old Testament (like killing every living being in multiple nations to make way for Israel) with the New Testament gospel of grace for the Gentiles, I think Jonah offers a transition. God always valued mercy as well as justice, but He had different times for showing each. And while He calls for repentance first, as it shows in Jonah’s and Ninevah’s cases, His desire is for all of humanity, that He created in His image, to know Him and receive His mercy.

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That’s all I got. And to close out this blog, here’s the video of the VeggieTales song that’s been stuck in my head all day today! 🙂