Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — “When I think of home
I think of a place where there’s love overflowing
I wish I was home
I wish I was back there with the things I been knowing……..
that we must look inside our hearts
To find a world full of love
— Select lyrics from the song “Home” by Charlie Smalls, from the Tony Award winning Musical “The Wiz”
Going home. Around the world, in any given society, there is a quintessential need among human beings to “go home.” What is it about “going home” that fills our hearts with anticipation, longing, peace, or comfort? Countless songs, plays, poems and stories have been written about it. Movies and television specials have been produced about it. From spirituals, country, jazz or R&B, ballads about, going home has long been the subject of songs of the soul.
Perhaps what we feel when we think of “going home” is a simple essence of the human heart — the need to be welcomed, received, accepted, loved, unconditionally by those we love. Perhaps it’s the need for shelter, warmth, comfort, reassurance, restoration that fills us with the longing to go home.
It has long been said that “home is where your heart is.” In the lyrics of “Home,” the composer Charlie Smalls captures the need for a “world full of love” in his show-stopping, award-winning song. One of my voice students had chosen this song and worked diligently on it to sing for a family celebration and for her school talent show. I had sung “Home” a lifetime ago as a soloist with the Venango County Chorus in Pennsylvania, so it was a nostalgic experience for me to train someone else how to perform it.
Earlier this week, I attended a concert at Evangel Assembly of God called “Worship Wednesday Live,” sponsored by the WDCX radio station. It featured the Evangel worship team and the Brothers McClurg, fronted by Chris and Anthony Hoisington, a group that filled the sanctuary with wonderful acoustic guitars and warm, blended vocal harmonies.