"....... for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust" Psalm 103:14

The A - Z of An Eclectic Music Collection: J......

..... is for John Coltrane, John Mayer, John Paul Young & Jeremy Camp
So the "Johns", mainly, with a "Jeremy" just to add variety. Firstly, to John Coltrane. This amazing, talented guy, and the oh-so-smooth jazz sounds of his saxophone, sometimes make an appearance at my place on romantic evenings. Say no more, I reckon!

There's something about acoustic rock and blues singer/guitarists that gets me every time. A friend (and budding guitarist himself) introduced me to John Mayer a few years ago, and I really like some of his songs - "Half of My Heart", "Daughters" and "Gravity" in particular. But I would have to say my favourite is "All We Ever Do is Say Goodbye".

Oh, how I adored John Paul Young, or JPY as we who loved him referred to him. I had posters of him all over my bedroom, and my brothers used to tease me incessantly about my devotion to this Australian pop/rock icon from the 1970s. I didn't scream and faint like the Bay City Rollers fans, oh no, my love was true, and so much more mature than that. I just secretly dreamed about marrying him. One day. I think it was the wild curly hair (permed, no doubt) and the tight, white 70s pants (oh dear), because he really couldn't sing all that well. But he was a regular on my favourite show, Countdown, and he definitely was the one for me.

I was even glad for him years later, in 1992 (when I was well and truly over my heartbreak that we never did get married), and his song "Love is in the Air" had a resurgence in popularity due to being featured on the soundtrack for the movie "Strictly Ballroom". But today I'm going with the song that started the love affair for me. Here's JPY himself, sailor suit and all, singing "Yesterday's Hero".

The final J for today, just for something different. Together with his wife, Adie, Jeremy Camp has just one song in my library - "It is Well With My Soul" from the Amazing Grace soundtrack. This is such a beautiful adaptation of the classic Horatio Spafford hymn from the late 1800s, penned after the traumatic events in his life - the death of his infant son at the age of 2, the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 which ruined him financially - and the most well-known, the tragic loss at sea of all four of his daughters only a few days later. His wife, Anna, survived and sent him the now famous telegram, "Saved alone". Shortly afterwards, as he travelled to meet his grieving wife, he was inspired to write the words of this beautiful hymn as his ship passed near where his daughters had died.

I heard the Camp duo's version of this hymn at the same funeral where I first heard the David Crowder Band's rendition of "Rock of Ages". Both songs have retained that emotional connection for me even several years down the track.


  1. Sue you always pick at least one favourite of mine with each new post - John Paul Young and Countdown are written into my teenage memories forever. Love is in the Air - and then being reminded of Yesterday's Hero has me singing both in my head right now!
    I also love It is Well with my Soul - such a beautiful backstory.

    Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au
    J for Just Do It!

    1. I'm so glad you're enjoying those memories too Leanne! It's certainly been fun reliving some of my earlier musical selections xx


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