Wednesday, April 3, 2019

For The Love of Music

Music is probably the most influential form of art and expression. In today’s society the love for music has developed into a lifestyle that is expressed through our relationships with one another, how we dress, the way we talk and how we see the world around us. I think it’s safe to say that music is a big part of our everyday lifestyle and our culture.

Growing up I always had a passion for music, from my mom playing 90s R&B hits Saturday mornings to my dad playing 70s soul music on those long car rides. If it had a dope beat & rhyming lyrics I instantly became a fan. Music was always an outlet, a way to explain how you were feeling at the moment and how life was treating you, I didn’t realize until I was an adult how much the music I was listening to was influencing my moods, certain songs would keep me down in a funk or have me thinking I needed to become someone else in order to be accepted. When your a child you don’t understand what the lyrics really mean, then when you become an adult you start questioning what it is you’ve been listening too.

Don’t get me wrong, there was a time when the most raunchy degrading and rebellious lyrics made sense to me, some of Hip Hops top artists were favorites of mine, being played in my stereo everyday. I didn’t care that the lyrics were telling me to expose my body and men would love me, or to use drugs and not care about anything because the world doesn’t care. When I think back to some of the music I listened too I cringe, what was I thinking lol. I didn’t realize it at the time because it was “just music” but soon my life was starting to reflect those same songs I was listening too.

It’s kind of hard to break bad habits especially the ones you never considered to be bad in the first place. When I accepted Jesus into my life I had no idea the music I was listening too would no longer be a major part of me. I can’t lie it was hard having to give up Nicki Minaj and Drake lol what was I suppose to listen to? I didn’t think I would ever find music that I loved, that I could dance too, ride in the car to, clean the house and move too. My spirit man still wanted to be filled with the tunes of hip hop, R&B and reggae, the sound of soul and pop music but where would I get it from?

It didn’t take long for me to recognize the same quality of sound in Christian music. I was getting the same energy and melody from Christian artist that I would get from the music in the world but this time I was able to worship and give God the praise at the same time. My husband and I shared a big common interest in music when we first met, his passion and love for Christian music guided me towards artist and songs I never knew existed, I had discovered that I could still move and enjoy the sounds of reggae or comprehend 16 bars and a drum pattern over a Christian hip hop track. The transition became easy to the point that secular music no longer existed to me. Now my archive is full of tunes from well know top of the chart Christian artist to the independent ones some may have never heard of. I enjoy listening to music now more than I ever did before.

“Shout your praises to GOD, everybody! Let loose and sing! Strike up the band! Round up an orchestra to play for GOD, Add on a hundred-voice choir. Feature trumpets and big trombones, Fill the air with praises to King GOD.” Psalm‬ ‭98:4-6‬ ‭MSG

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