Amy Grant, Fragile and Me

AmyCarolynTakenByRickCropAmy Grant was the first person who taught me the power of a song; she will always have priority seating in myAmyCarolynBeth heart. So I’ve been looking forward to her concert with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra with glee. Last night I was able to attend with my mom and my daughter (3 Generations of Song Geeks!) and our dear friends Tannis, Maureen and Kohl. (Many thanks to Russ Long, who got my whole posse into the Meet and Greet.) I was especially excited to introduce my 12-year-old daughter Beth to Amy and her music. (“She’s my Taylor Swift,” I told Beth. “Oh!” said Beth, “I get it!”)


The concert was splendid — a crackerjack band and a very fine orchestra all orbiting around Amy’s warm, winsome presence. Remarkably, amongst her 3+ decades of hits, the songs that stood out to us the most were from her newest project, How Mercy Looks From Here

We bought it immediately after the concert – go and do likewise.

About a third of the way into the concert, Amy mentioned that some of her favourite artists were Canadian–and then she named two in particular: Carolyn Arends and Joni Mitchell. (My friend Rick Calhoun teased me afterwards that at least she got her Canadian artists in the right order!) And then Amy (the woman, you will recall from paragraph one, who taught me the power of a song), noted that my song “Fragile” had been a lifeline to one of her family members for a very long time.

Um … that was cool.

So here is my song, Fragile. You can listen to it while you’re making arrangements to pick up Amy’s new album.

Carolyn Arends

Life would be easier in thicker skinunderthegaze_0
Yours is thin
It would be better if you wouldn’t cry
All your friends
They wonder why

You’re fragile, easily broken
You’re fragile, already scarred
You’re fragile, but haven’t you noticed
All the most precious things are

Well if the eyes are windows to the soul
Yours is blue
And beautiful
You just don’t have the knack for building walls
Whatever comes
You feel it all

You’re fragile, easily broken…

I’ve heard it said there’s got to be a crack or two
For the light to get through
It seems to me that you are meant to be the kind
Who shines

You’re always trying to find an even keel
Somewhere safe
And not so real
But you were made to live the lows and highs
A winter rose
A butterfly

You’re fragile, easily broken…

© Songs of Peer, Ltd / Mr. Marley’s Music (ASCAP)


14 comments to Amy Grant, Fragile and Me

  • Bev Milton

    That is so cool Carolyn! I feel exactly the same as you about Amy and her decades of music and I feel the same about Amy – you are my favourite Cdn. artist.

    When Amy was in Edmonton for Break Forth in Januuar 2013, I happened to see her in the lobby of our hotel. It was such an honour & pleasure to meet her and then introduce her to my daughter – named Sharaya after the song Amy wrote for a friend and recorded on Amy’s UnGuarded Album from the lates 80’s.

    God doesn’t have to let us cross paths – but I am quite convinced that it brings a smile to His face watching it happen.

    Bless you both for your impact on the Christian community.

    Bev Milton

  • Justine

    What a great story! Amy’s music is special to me, too. “Hope Set High” from Heart in Motion was the first song that ever made me want to think seriously about Jesus. Yep, my spiritual journey started with a listen (or about a million listens throughout high school) to Amy Grant’s break-through secular pop album!

    I saw that that concert was happening in BC a couple days ago on her website. Wondered, idly, if you might go … Awesomeness! She puts on a great concert experience.

    Beth looks like a ballerina! But, why no picture of your spectacular mom?

  • rose

    This makes my heart happy.

  • Mkay

    What a wonderful time for mothers and daughters! My affection for Amy’s music started with “My Father’s Eyes”, shared by a dear friend while in high school. That set me on a path that my friend and Amy, through her music, helped nurture and continue to do, even now.

  • Renne

    What a great tribute to my favorite person besides my family, on the planet. I’ve been listening since I was 15, almost 35 years. There aren’t enough words to tell how much she means to me or how her music has guided me on my journey. I also love your song fragile.

  • Pam G

    Amy and Carolyn….two of my favorite singer/songwriters! The world is a better place because of you two! 🙂

  • Mark M

    Great story, thanks for sharing it. Had you never met Amy before last night?

    And I agree: Her latest album is stellar. I’ve had it for quite a while. What took YOU so long? 😉

    • I know, Mark, I’m not sure how I missed her last disc. Why didn’t you tell me? As far as meeting Amy – yes, I’ve met her a few times and she’s always been very kind. (We had our work with Brown Bannister in common, among other things.) But I hadn’t seen her for several years and never knew if she’d actually heard any of my stuff (other than at a couple of live things where we both played.) Twas a sweet night – she is better than ever!

  • “My Taylor Swift”–what a perfect way to describe it to a kid. Amy and Michael W Smith are forever tied to my early teen years…

    And “Fragile”…sending it to someone now who is in a tender place.

    Blessings on your head, friend. I always think of you with fondness.

  • Marilyn Klassen

    “She’s my Taylor Swift”…lol..I like that..she was for me too!!

  • Ginger

    “Fragile”. I understand what Amy meant when she said it was a lifeline. The lyrics combined with the sweet innocence of your tone is breathtaking. Thank you, Carolyn. You’ve touched my soul all the way down to it’s pinky toes (do souls have feet?) You’re a blessing and this post couldn’t have come at a better time. xo

  • Cathy Noble

    Thank you for sharing. So glad you were able to take your mum and daughter. I need to find a photo and take a look again at Nanny, my mum, myself, and my daughter when she was a baby. Memories flooded over me just now. El Shaidai…Age to Age…He is still the same…as he was in China for my grandparents, as he has been for my parents, for my generation, and will be for our children, and future generations.
    As a child of a fragile mother, my brother and I lived with my grandparents for about six months learning from them. Now we are getting ready to move my parents and see that my dad is now also fragile as well…loving Mum all these years, now waiting for heaven in God’s time…mum packing my coat in with her boxes. ….then listened today to Fragile…brought me back to listening to my lifeline as a teen, from an album by The Alf Bell Family…where they recorded a version of The Prayer of St Francis of Assisi…especially important to me in those years before leaving home.
    So glad for those around us, some now in heaven singing in that amazing time of worship, watching over us, cheering us on, as we are getting ready to join them in glory. Tears of sadness become tears of joy. Thanks for letting us see glimpses of God in the cracks…and the smiles and the laughter that is life!

  • Cathy Noble

    Quick note…at age of three …my time with Nanny and Grampa may have been about six weeks only….not really sure. My new baby sister was with one of my aunts…it sure seemed much longer to me…it is not something I ask my parents about…glad for family that cared and were able to be there for us.

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