Parody of Disney's
Frozen "Let It Go," as sung by Idina Menzel.
Go" original lyrics/music written by Kristen-Anderson Lopez and
"Let It Show" parody written & performed
by Alan Gilman.
Like many others, I have been really
taken by Disney's animated feature film "Frozen" - an
amazing, and, in many ways, biblical, love story. The profound and
godly nature of the story, the surprising plot twists, carefully
chosen comical elements make it an impactful, entertainment experience
- well deserving of this year's Oscar for best animated feature. Then
there are the songs, which are of the kind of big Broadway show tunes,
superbly performed by some of the best voices of our day.
The most popular song of the film,
"Let It Go" (Oscar for best song), is the musical highpoint
and a powerful, effective plot device within the movie. In "Let
It Go," Queen Elsa is singing about her new found freedom in
finally being who (she thinks) she really is. In her ecstasy, she
doesn't realize that she has left great devastation in her wake. Elsa
will eventually find genuine freedom through sacrificial love, but in
the meantime, she who had been forced to live in isolation within the
walls of her parents' castle, continues in isolation within the icy
walls of a castle of her own making. The only real difference is that
the once highly self-controlled puritanical heir to the throne is
transformed into a self-exiled supermodel queen. It won't be until she
faces the consequences of her personal issues and actions that she
will experience true freedom and the restoration of those whom she
Within the story of the movie,
"Let It Go" perfectly conveys Elsa's resolve to free
herself from her perceived oppression. She sincerely believes that
everyone, herself included, is better off with her decision to
"let it go." It makes sense at this point that she is
clueless as to the real effects of her fear and anger and that
running away wreaked havoc upon her kingdom. The song is not the
end of the story, but rather the starting point from which the
plot will resolve.
As a standalone song, however,
"Let It Go" is literally another story. Instead of being
the expression of a young woman's misguided liberty, taking it out
of the film's context transforms it into an anthem of personal
freedom. It is the song of many in our culture today. No wonder it
is so popular.
The Bible teaches us that true
freedom doesn't come from self-discovery and self-expression. We
become all we were meant to be by hearing God's voice through his
Word. Discovering true freedom, which only God through the Messiah
can give us, requires taking responsibility for our frailties. On
the other hand, celebrating our brokenness and insisting that
everyone around us must tolerate its destructive effects is most
So, I felt that "Let It
Go" called for a response.
At the same time, a theme has been
rising in my life, spurred on by the life of another, my son,
Josh. About three years ago he began to pursue God in a new and
purposeful way. So much in his life changed! Some months ago, he
was sharing with me some of the new difficult challenges he was
facing. As he was talking, a Bible story came to mind - the one
where Jesus calls his disciples to get in the boat with him, their
not knowing that they would soon be in the midst of a
life-threatening storm. They eventually wake up Jesus, who was
sleeping (of all things!), but then stills the winds and the
waves. The disciples go from complete dread to astonishment within
minutes. They didn't know what was going to happen to them when
they got into the boat with Jesus. They didn't know what would
happen to them once the seas began to surge. I don't know what
they thought he would do when they woke him.
Like the disciples Jesus calls us
into the storm. We don't know what's going to happen, but it's
only when we are willing to face these storms that we will truly
know him for who he really is, which in turn will enable us to be
everything we are called to be. So instead of running away from
the storms of life, we need to be willing to face them as Jesus
calls us there.
As Josh was talking to me, this is
what I was seeing was happening to him. And while he was very
uncomfortable, he was making no plans to abandon ship. He was
going to stay in the boat with Jesus.
Not only was I so proud of my son
for his faith and courage, I was also challenged.
This is not the way I was brought
up. My fears and weaknesses were catered to, not confronted.
Instead of learning how to be strengthened through adversity, I
was spoiled by being coddled.
Everything changed when I came to
know the Lord when I was 19, but it has been a challenge for me to
embrace the need to face the storms of life. I can relate to Queen
Elsa. There was a time when I would have wanted nothing more than
to belt out "It's time to see what I can do / To test the
limits and break through / No right, no wrong, no rules for me /
I'm free / Let it go!" But thank God for his invading my life
and teaching me the truths of his brand of liberty. It's really
hard sometimes to face the pain of living, but that's where real
living really lives.
So, in honor of Josh's recent
birthday, I created a (serious) parody of "Let It Go",
entitled "Let It Show." It captures the message of
Frozen, while strongly critiquing the misguided worldview of
"Let It Go" when it's taken out of context.
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