Christina Taylor’s “American Dreamin'” shows optimism through obstacles. In a world built to chip away at our shine, Taylor is still smiling with this song that stresses owning your quirks.
Rock and country sharpen Taylor’s pop-friendly arrangement. Lyrically lines like “hole in my apple pie sky” show efficiency and color rare in a newcomer’s debut single. A tight melody and strong hook make the track even easier to consume, while unexpected outbursts like “So yo, here we go” add sincerity. Taylor shows potential with a song that will likely sound as good live as it does on the radio.
Well I’ve always been the girl with stars in her eyes / Now they’re sayin’ there’s a hole in my apple pie sky / But I just keep lookin’ up / They say we’re slippin’ down that slippery slope / Hard to hold onto faith when you’re losin’ hope / But I ain’t givin’ in to givin’ up.
So yo, here we go, American Dreamin’ / Free fallin’, free wheelin’ / Ya judges and ya haters can’t stop this feelin’ / Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah / Somebody lovin’, somebody leavin’ / But it’s the same blood we’re all bleeding / We all still lookin’ for somethin’ to believe in / Y’all, it’s called American Dreamin’ / Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.
Girls gotta be hot, guys gotta be strong / But ain’t we all just trying to belong / And I’m just trying to be me / Oh show your true colors, let ’em shine through / Cause love is still love no matter who’s lovin’ who / And I’m gonna find someone who loves me for me.
Mama calls me up, says whatcha doin’ girl / I worry boutcha out there in this big crazy world / When you coming home, mama I can’t say / I’m just livin’ the dream in the U.S. of A.
I’ve been in rough seas, Lord. I know what it is like to be at the mercy of the waves, and I do not like it. If my whole life were similar to the experience of being driven by the wind, I would not only be miserable, I would never get anywhere. To me faith is a very big ship with big motors and a captain who knows what he’s doing. Faith keeps me on course. Sometimes I waver. I don’t ‘ like the looks ahead, I fear we may be going in the wrong direction. But I have a captain who never makes an error, and the ship He commands is big and strong enough for any wave.
Rest and hope make a wonderful combination, and you can find plenty of both in Me. Some people search for the best bed or pillow-or even sleeping pill-in their quest for deep sleep, but only I can provide what you really need. When you rest trustingly in My Presence, I not only refresh you-I fill you with hope.
Hope can make the difference between life and death. Prisoners of war who stop hoping are much less likely to survive. The same is true of people who are battling life-threatening illnesses. So it is important to nurture well your precious hope. It is also vital to place your hope ultimately in Me. Circumstances change all the time, but I am the same yesterday, today, and forever. Moreover, I love you with perfect, life-giving Love. My unfailing Love rests upon you as you put your hope in Me.
Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. -Psalm 62:5-6
About Benjamin [Moses] said: Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders. -Deuteronomy 33:12
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. -Hebrews 13:8 nkjv