LENT DEVOTIONAL 2015 – 40 DAYS OF CLASSIC ROCK – #24 – “More Than A Feeling” – Boston
by Pastor Kyle Durbin, Centenary UMC
“More Than A Feeling,” by Boston, ranks as one of the few songs on this list that I have covered with a number of the different bands I have played in, both in its original version and as a sped up punk rock version. Of course, this only happened after I realized that a song I was writing was, in fact, a direct knock-off of the classic chord progression from the song of of Boston’s self-titled 1976 album. This actually makes it quite surprising that it took guitarist and singer Tom Scholz almost five years to write it.
It’s no surprise that the song has been linked to songs by The Kingsman, Elton John, and even Nirvana, for it’s simple and accessible melody and musical progression. The lyrics are reminiscent of several other songs in this countdown, as they reflect on a long, lost love gone by. For Scholz, it’s a particular song that conjures up, “more than a feeling,” as he, “gets lost in a familiar song.” For the Israelites of the Old Testament, it was during their time in exile when old songs became particularly difficult for them, as Psalm 137:4, “how can we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land?” Realizing that the past has left us behind can be difficult for any of us to reconcile, but knowing that God is with us wherever we find ourselves can allow us to, as the Psalmist does just one chapter later, “give thanks to the Lord,” because, “the Lord will fulfill his purpose for me.”
Ever-present Redeemer, our lives do not always work out the way we planned, and sometimes our best years appear to be behind us. Keep us ever faithful that your plans are always for our future, and for that, we have reason to hope. Amen.