As George MacDonald says, “ […] home, as you may or may not know, is the only place where you can go out and in” (Lilith, Ch 1). As my other posts and your comments have already suggested, “home” can mean a particular place, a season of life, a relationship, a church, and often all those things at once. The journeys into and away from those places, times, relationships can be both joyful and disorienting. With those meanings of home--and the journeys associated with them--in mind, I started a playlist several years ago entitled “For the Journey Home.” It is filled with songs that speak in some way to the experiences related to home--feeling away from home (or journeying toward home), being at home, and leaving home.
I have much more to say about home in the coming weeks and months, but for now, I’d rather listen. I hope you’ll listen with me.
* Feeling away from Home / Journeying toward Home
"Homeward Bound" by Simon and Garfunkel
"Heimweh" (Homesickness) by Edvard Grieg
"Much Farther to Go" by Rosie Thomas
* Feeling at Home
"This is Home" by Switchfoot (one of the few good things to come from the film version of Prince Caspian!)
"The Lakes of Canada" by The Innocence Mission
* Leaving Home
"The Trees of the Field" (This is the song my church sang for me on my last Sunday before leaving for college)
"The Trees of the Field" by Sufjan Stevens (Inspired by the same passage, Isaiah 55, as the song above).
Question: What are your favorite songs about being away from home, enjoying home, or leaving home? Post a link or description below!