Michael W. Smith’s ‘Lamu’ Is a Great Song from the 80s [AUDIO]
Michael W Smith 1986 - The Big Picture - Lamu
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Michael W. Smith is still producing hits. The news of his latest one reminded me of “Lamu,” which is probably one of his best songs. And if you’re in the mood for 1980s nostalgia but also want something that’s meaningful and different from the standard 80s go-to music, then this song is for you.
“Lamu” appeared on Smith’s 1986 album The Big Picture. It has a definitively 80s sound to it—you recognize it as soon as the synthetic rhythm kicks in at the 15 second mark.
On top of this, it has something a lot of pop music (then and today) is starkly missing: meaning. In short, “Lamu” is about how you can neither run from life’s problems, nor find paradise—true paradise—here on Earth. Everyone needs God. But like any good piece of art, the song doesn’t beat you over the head with the message. You have to listen carefully to understand it.
By the way, if you’re asking if Lamu is a real place and if it is a popular destination, the answer is: yes to both.
So if you’re looking for a throwback to the 80s, or even if you are just interested in a song that has withstood the test of time, give “Lamu” a listen.