If you listen to Martina McBride long enough, you start to feel like you know her – like she’s your sister or best friend and the two of you could get coffee and talk for hours. Perhaps, that’s because her music has depth and wisdom and doesn’t turn a blind eye toward hard issues like poverty, cancer, and loss, yet despite dealing with these heavy issues, her music remains positive, uplifting, and optimistic. Martina’s songs echo the sentiments of our own hearts, and behind each song is a lesson to be learned for those willing to listen.
1. Live life on purpose and make the world a better place.
One thing I love about McBride’s music is the continual theme of optimism despite the hardships of life. In “Anyway” she sings of chasing dreams and building a life despite the storms that might come and blow it all away, and her song “Love’s the Only House” calls on people to cover painful circumstances with love because, “Love’s the only house big enough for all the pain in the world.” Ultimately, she asks her listeners to keep forgiving, keep believing, and keep loving no matter what they face in life and not to stand on the sidelines, but to get their hands dirty making the world a better place.
But I’ll come down and get my hands dirty and together we’ll make a stand
Somewhere across the parking lot some bands playing out of tune
City streets are gonna burn if we don’t do something soon
2. Parenting is hard and every stage has its challenges.
Martina McBride is a parent to three daughters: Delaney, Emma, and Ava, and many of her songs resonate with mothers and fathers. Perhaps the best example of this is her hit song, “In My Daughter’s Eyes,” a song about realizing how much your kids look up to you and trying to live up to their high expectations.
This sweet song was recorded when Delaney and Ava were still little girls. Fast forward to when McBride releases the hilarious song, “Teenage Daughters,” a song she co-wrote. The first verse ends with: “And if we’re being honest, then honestly I think I need a drink.” Gone are the “In My Daughter’s Eyes” days when her kids thought she hung the moon. Now they roll their eyes and are only sweet when they want money. McBride wonderfully captures the feelings of so many parents of teenagers who honestly don’t know what to do – just like their parents before them.
Remember when we used to be
Everything they ever need
We had them believing we were cool
its like it happened over night
We’re always wrong, they’re always right
We used to be the one’s breaking rules
Now we’re just mothers, we’re just fathers teenage daughters
3. Cancer might weaken the body, but it can strengthen the bonds of love.
“I’m Gonna Love You through it,” is a song about a young mother battling breast cancer and her husband’s promise to be strong when she is weak, to dry her eyes when she needs to cry, and to take her hand when she needs to take a step. He vows, “I’m gonna love you through it.” It’s a real testament to the triumph of spouses, friends, and loved ones who come along beside someone who is diagnosed with cancer and determine to take every step of the journey with them. McBride’s music video includes powerful stories of cancer survivors and their friends and loved ones who saw them through the darkest of days. Cancer might weaken the body, but through the faithful love of friends and family, the bonds of love can be strengthened.
When you’re weak, I’ll be strong
When you go, I’ll hold on
When you need to cry, I swear that I’ll be there to dry your eyes
When you feel lost and scared to death,
Like you can’t take one more step
Just take my hand, together we can do it
I’m gonna love you through it.
4. Find someone who loves you for who you are, not who they want you to be.
Ladies, don’t waste your time with a man who wants you to look and act a certain way to receive his love. That’s the theme of McBride’s, “My Baby Loves Me.” Find a man who thinks you’re smart – someone who is your biggest fan and someone who lets you be who you are for better or worse.
Don’t need no copy of Vogue magazine
Don’t need to dress like no beauty queen
High heels or sneakers he don’t give a damn
My baby loves me just the way that I am
5. The biggest blessings are the ones right in front of you.
Sometimes we get so caught up chasing things that don’t really matter, and we don’t realize our biggest blessings are right in front of us. McBride’s song, “Blessed,” reminds us to enjoy the little things in life – the laughter from kids down the hall, the sunlight kissing us in the morning, and the love of our family. At the end of the last verse it says, “This love is a beautiful gift.” It’s a reminder not to take love for granted, but to acknowledge it is as a gift and a blessing.
I have been blessed
With so much more than I deserve
To be here with the ones that love me
To love them so much it hurts
I have been blessed
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