Music to Give By

As stewardship season nears, I’ve been thinking about songs that might make up a “stewardship soundtrack.” For those who hold receptions either to thank donors or encourage them (or both), the perennial question about what to play for backround music is omni-present. Or perhaps I just like to use the term “omni-present” in a sentence.

Either way, between all of us I’m certain we can put together and then burn the perfect subliminal stewardship CD. If this becomes your sole approach to this fall’s annual campaign, you may be in trouble. But let’s give it a shot — it could always be background music during coffee hour on “Stewardship Sunday.”

Now some songs are so obvious that I’ve discounted them. I mean, “Money” by Pink Floyd? Come on. Also, anything by Eddie Money is out. We don’t just want songs about money, bling, etc. but songs that embrace the spirit of generosity and the culture of giving with grateful hearts. Also, tunes that aren’t cheesy — no one’s going to be inspired by Yanni to open their hearts, minds, and wallets.

So here goes. I’m sure you have others so send them in and we’ll see if we can’t come up with the perfect playlist for stewardship receptions the world round.

Give It Away (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

Hurts So Good (John Cougar)

If I Had a Millions Dollars (Barenaked Ladies)

Imagine (John Lennon)

Dream On (Aerosmith)

Another Brick in the Wall (Pink Floyd)

You Really Got Me (The Kinks)

Fields of Gold (Sting)

Come Together (The Beatles)

6 Comments on “Music to Give By”

  1. Lois Schenck says:

    Every performance merits one rehearesal. so I’m going to be singing all the songs I know from thatt great list!

  2. Deb Seles says:

    How about “Everybody’s Got a Hungry Heart”?

  3. aleathia (Dolores) nicholson says:

    “For the Love of Money” and “Stairway to Heaven” by the O’JAYS.

  4. Marguerite says:

    How about the Stephen Foster classic “Hard Times”? Or “Pennies from Heaven”? Or “Brother Can You Spare a Dime,” the old Depression tune. Or there’s Kermit’s lovely “It Isn’t Easy Being Green”. Just thoughts.

  5. LKT says:

    I’m afraid my comment got lost! I also had Pennies from Heaven as well as “We’re In the Money.”

    I’m also thinking “Respect” (“I’m about to give you all my money” should work nicely as a subliminal message) and ABBA’s classic Money Money Money

    Finally what about “She works hard for the money”?

  6. Marty Garwood says:

    Green Back Dollar by the Kingston Trio

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