On the Radio

One song that epitomized for me this call to look for and embrace life is the song “On the Radio” by Regina Spektor.

Regina’s music was something I hadn’t really listened to before my late wife passed, but my longtime friend Erica who is also a counselor introduced it to me by sharing her song “On the Radio”.  To me this song pictured the call to embrace life in the midst of illness, loss, and pain; to embrace openess to others & new experiences even while feeling the heartache of grief and pain; and to live open to life and love.

During my time of recovery from grief, Regina’s stirring words in this and other songs called me back to myself, inviting me to not allow my pain to keep me from seeing life fully.

I hope my sharing this song helps you embrace the life right in front of you, available through the living One whose love encircles our days like the sun, moon, and stars encircle our world.

your progressive redneck preacher,



“On The Radio”

This is how it works
It feels a little worse
Than when we drove our hearse
Right through that screaming crowd
While laughing up a storm
Until we were just bone
Until it got so warm
That none of us could sleep
And all the styrofoam
Began to melt away
We tried to find some worms
To aid in the decay
But none of them were home
Inside their catacomb
A million ancient bees
Began to sting our knees
While we were on our knees
Praying that disease
Would leave the ones we love
And never come againOn the radio
We heard November Rain
That solo’s really long
But it’s a pretty song
We listened to it twice
‘Cause the DJ was asleep

This is how it works
You’re young until you’re not
You love until you don’t
You try until you can’t
You laugh until you cry
You cry until you laugh
And everyone must breathe
Until their dying breath

No, this is how it works
You peer inside yourself
You take the things you like
And try to love the things you took
And then you take that love you made
And stick it into some
Someone else’s heart
Pumping someone else’s blood
And walking arm in arm
You hope it don’t get harmed
But even if it does
You’ll just do it all again

And on the radio
You hear November Rain
That solo’s awful long
But it’s a good refrain
You listen to it twice
‘Cause the DJ is asleep
On the radio
(oh oh oh)
On the radio
On the radio – uh oh
On the radio – uh oh
On the radio – uh oh
On the radio



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