a realistic dose of cynicism


Not my own.


I picked up (er, downloaded. off iTunes!) Owl City’s new album, Ocean Eyes, Tuesday morning at 12:01am. Yes, I stayed up and waited. I can safely say that if you’ve enjoyed any of Owl City’s previous airy, expansive melodies about the mystical tides and oceans from landlocked Minnesota, you’re going to love Ocean Eyes.

Plenty of happy, get-up-and-dance songs like Rainbow Veins and Hello Seattle (actually, Hello Seattle is on the new album. Twice. That’s how good it is.) from their old albums show their faces in Cave In and Dental Care (a happy, upbeat song about going to the dentist!). But there’s a good, sobering dose of reality too.

Track 7, a slow, heartfelt song entitled Meteor Shower. It’s a very quick song, lasting only 2 minutes 14 seconds, and everyone I’ve talked to about it says it ends much too soon. But it’s clearly the standout powerful and solemn track on an otherwise uplifting CD. The lyrics go,

I can finally see,
That you’re right there beside me,

I am my not own,
For I have been made new,
Please don’t let me go,
I desperately need you (x2)

And I was immediately reminded of 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (I had to look it up… I’m not that good):

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

And of 2 Corinthians 5:17:

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

If Christ has truly paid the price for my sin and spared me from death, then I am truly not my own any longer; I cannot live for myself. I owe my life to Him who has redeemed for me, and I live for him. I exist to bring Him glory.

I am a new creation. I do not live for myself or for the world any longer, but only for Him.

And we very so desperately need God if we’re living for Him and only Him.


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6 Responses

  1. Sandra says:

    I love this post, especially how you just laid it all out there.
    The meaning behind this song is what makes it my favorite šŸ™‚

  2. Rebecca says:

    so many people think it’s about young love… but it’s actually about love that will go on forever. good post

  3. amanda says:

    i love this song but like other people i do wish it would go on longer. i wonder if when he wrote this song if he wrote it from the words of the bible. Do u know if he is a christian and y doesnt he play more of these songs?

    • Sean says:

      Adam Young is a Christian according to interviews. The CD booklet for Ocean Eyes states “All praise and glory to Jesus Christ, to whom I owe everything”

      Adam Young has been clear since his start in the music industry that although he is a devout Christian he does not want to be put in one box as far as his music goes, it is not Christian Pop, it is not Electronica, it is not Disco Pop, it isn’t Synthetically Engineered it simply is music by Owl City.

  4. Lovely, have blogged about it too =)

  5. Hannah S says:

    Praise the Lord! It’s so incredible to see he’s a Christian.

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