Issue 25 – Spring 2020
The name of a popular Swedish Rock Band, Roxette. Marie Fredrkksson and Per Gessie were the dynamic duo that formed in 1986. Their album Look Sharp! was released in 1988 in the USA. The group was known for hits like: She’s Got the Look, Church of Your Heart, Joyride, Listen to Your Heart, and Spending My Time. There was certainly nothing overtly religious about their ultra-pop music; however, it ranged from upbeat “bubble gum pop” to some pretty deep break up songs.
Spending My Time was one of their powerful break-up tunes. A distressed Marie sings about a broken love affair in melancholy tones. I hope you’ll forgive this piece of nostalgia – I was coming of age in the late 80s and early 90s when this band was at their height. The cassettes of their music filled my 1985 Ford LTD II, 1984 K-Car, and later my 1985 LTD II Wagon (they made good cars in the 80s) as I drove friends around the back roads of New Brunswick during my high school and Bible College days. I seem to recall a melancholy break up or two and Marie and Per’s anthems seemed to soothe my troubled heart.
This past December I read that Marie Fredrkksson had lost her battle to brain cancer at age 61. I was shocked to see this come over the airwaves and memories of her music came rushing to the forefront of my mind. Lyrics and music, I had not thought of for years, was on my mind. I began to youtube the music and was reminded of the music that was part of my biographical soundtrack. There is footage of her last concert in 2016 where she was too frail to sing standing up and did the concert from a leather chair.
The scene of her in that last concert jarred me. This once vibrant woman that I remember from my youth is ailing and obviously dying. My own life flashed before my eyes in the range of videos from my youth until today and up until her last concert. I was reminded of the title of one Roxette song - Spending My Time. Roxette lyrics are not full of life-giving messages, but I was struck by the scripture James 4:14 -Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.I saw old footage of Marie dancing around on stage with a Stetson hat, full of life and music. I looked back at my old grad photos where I insisted on having an old black Stetson on for one of them. One thing I discern from that old photo is that my youth is fading as well. It says in Ephesians 5, Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. What exactly am I doing with the time the Lord is giving me?
When I go out and speak for CAFNB I tell the kids, “Imagine getting several birthday cards- each one with a gift of money. You set the money aside and after opening all the cards you count it. You look at that money and you ask yourself, ‘What will I spend it on?’ ” I tell them, “Life is very similar; you receive so many days/months/years. How will you spend it?” As a Christian we know we are accountable for the days of our lives. May the prayer of our hearts be to live out our days for our Creator.
Marleigh Genereaux is a Master’s of Counselling Student at Liberty University. Marleigh has a heart for young people and desires for them to walk in truth. You can book Marleigh for a presentation of An Anxious Generation for your group this spring season of CAFNB. Please contact us for more details. Marleigh lives with her husband Ryan, the Family Life Pastor, at The Ridge Church in Maple Ridge, NB.
by Marsha Boyd-Mitchell, CAFNB Executive Director