Music Monday

Steven Curtis Chapman is one of my favorite Christian artists and this song is one of his best. 

Be prepared for those of you with daughters-you may want to have a tissue handy.  A good reminder to enjoy each moment with our children…

 

 

Here is a an excerpt from Wikepedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinderella_(Steven_Curtis_Chapman_song) about the inspiration for this song.  After suffering an unimaginable loss, this song took on even greater meaning for their family.

“The song “Cinderella” was written by Steven Curtis Chapman one night after helping his two youngest daughters – Stevey Joy and Maria Sue – to take a bath and after putting them to sleep. Chapman remembers that the girls were stalling him, putting on their gowns of Cinderella, while he was trying to do it quickly so he could put them to bed and go to his studio to work. Chapman says he even refused to read them a story that night. However, after walking out, he says he felt God telling him the name “Emily Chapman”, his oldest daughter who was already in her twenties at the time. Steven remembered how he had rushed through some moments in Emily’s childhood because of his career, and remembered how he now had a chance to not do it again with his younger daughters. He then felt guilty for neglecting them and started writing the song to remind himself to cherish the moments he could with his family, no matter how brief they might be:

“Emily is now 20 years old … she’s grown up. I used to have this moments with her, you know, tuck her in bed every night, when I was home; you know, bath time, story time […] and it went by like that. And I rushed through a lot of those moments with her, trying to get back up to my studio to write […] But I thought ‘Man, it goes by so fast’ and my wife and I have the luxury of having a grown daughter, and almost grown sons, and now we get a chance to do it again. Are we gonna do the same thing? are we gonna run through those moments? or am I gonna have enough sense to stop and slow down in those moments… even if they’re just gonna be a few extra moments, just enjoy it, and let my little girls know that I’ve not rush through it.[1]

Chapman says he wrote the song in about an hour, which was unusual for him. Chapman says that his daughters thought it was “the greatest song ever written, because it was inspired by them, but mostly because it had the name ‘Cinderella’.”

Several months later, in May 2008, Chapman’s youngest daughter, Maria Sue, died as a result of an accident in the Chapman’s driveway, and the song took on a whole new meaning for the Chapman family. While the song had originally been written as a message to love and cherish parenthood while it lasted, it acquired another message of the frailty of life and how suddenly it can change. After his daughter’s death, Chapman had said he was “pretty sure [he] would never sing the song again”. On July 11, while singing on stage, he felt God talking to him through all his songs, confronting him. Chapman felt that he needed to believe in the hope he proclaims in his songs, and bring that hope to others by singing the song.[2]

~Blessings,

Jennifer

 

Comments

  1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this song!! Almost used it at my wedding…..was in the running of songs for the Father/Daughter dance.