Music Inspired by the Chronicles of Narnia
For those of you who have not yet seen Disney’s “The Chronicles of Narnia,” I challenge you to listen to “Music Inspired by the Chronicles of Narnia” and see if you can keep from running to the theater to see what all the talk is about. A compilation by contemporary Christian artists, each of the CD’s 11 songs was inspired by “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.”
This diverse collection has everything from adrenaline-charged, crank-up-the-volume rock to poetic, thoughtful lyrics with lullaby melodies. One of the harder songs is TobyMac’s “New World,” which is packed with gritty electric guitar, drums, a little rap to spice things up, and even a quote from the movie.
“Open Up Your Eyes,” by Jeremy Camp, is just as intense but places more emphasis on powerful lyrics rather than powerful music. The song is written as a challenge to the character Edmund, but at the same time offers one to the audience as well. “And the time has come to realize/And see the plan you’ve been designed for/So face the fear of all unknown/ And see the heart inside.”
Nichole Nordeman contributes “I Will Believe,” written from the perspective of the four children. The lyrics offer a beautiful description of devotion and love: “Don’t close your eyes I’m right beside you/Don’t be afraid I’m never far/You and I were always meant to/Wake the dreamers from the dark.”
In my opinion the most entertaining song is David Crowder’s “Turkish Delight.” This lively, disco-flavored tune is the kind that you just have to dance to. It describes how Edmund betrayed his family in exchange for his favorite dessert. Despite the seriousness of the topic, you can’t help but laugh.
“Music Inspired by the Chronicles of Narnia” is a great CD, whether you’re a fan of the story or not. These songs will last long after the excitement over the movie has faded away.