I think, above all, it allows us to express our emotions in a way that no other way can. Without music, we would be paralyzed and live in a world devoid of emotional depth.
Imagine listening to a movie without the soundtrack. Imagine trying to express yourself when you’re in love…really in love. Imagine telling God that he is holy and worthy to be praised without music. It can be done, but the depth of those things is greater when music is involved.
We have been given a grace-gift to enjoy in our living. That gift helps us daily to express our mood, our outlook, our hope. That’s why, when you’re driving down the road, you constantly hit the ‘seek’ button until you find that perfect song on whatever station it’s on. We need to express how we feel.
I have a lot of different kinds of music in my iTunes. Some I prefer, some I really like, and some I tolerate. But, all of it is necessary, because music – and styles of music – are necessary because we’re different. We’re created uniquely in the image of God, and thus, have the ability to create. Musical styles say a lot about who we are as individuals.
So, from time to time, I’ll share what’s in my iTunes. It’ll say much about me as a person, but don’t be too quick to judge. You may actually expand your musical palette!
These guys are a Southern rock band from Atlanta, Georgia. Think ZZ Top. And, anyone who writes a song about skinny dippin’ and another helping of green bean casserole has to know what it’s like living in the South. Here’s their song “Good One Coming On.”
Shai Linne is a Christian rapper from the Philadelphia area. This guy is deep, solid, and gives us clear doctrine in his music. This song is titled “False Teachers”, and he calls out those who preach the prosperity gospel.
Matt is a worship leader-in-residence at The Summit Church in Raliegh, NC. He is a prolific song writer with a contemporary sound that’s never really too over the top. This song, “Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery” is a hymn that lays out the gospel. It’s one we’ve taught to our congregation.
Smooth and syncopated and it’ll make you move…tap your foot or bob your head. This is what you’d think of when you hear these two guys together. This song, “Fly Me to the Moon”, is a great example of what you can expect.
So, there you have it. A sample of my iTunes player that will, hopefully, help yours grow.