I have a sign over my writing desk that says FEAR NO ART. And it’s there for a reason. Whether it is Bernini’s David or Andres Serrano’s Immersion (also known as P*ss Christ), I believe that art should be looked at objectively and not censored.
Basically, let people exercise their free speech through art. It’s everyone’s right. Fear no art.
The Lyrics That Did It
So when I was listening to a few new songs the other day and I felt conviction (as in, I really shouldn’t be listening to this), I was surprised. Especially since I sometimes put on music just for the beat, to work out, without paying much attention to the lyrics.
But something inside of me (perhaps the Holy Spirit?) prompted me to take a closer look at what I was listening to. I didn’t want to just dance, I wanted to sing along to the lyrics. Well, one song went “you don’t need no god,” and the other went “if I’m going to hell after this, I’m going to enjoy it while I can.”
Yeah, it’s the new Dido album. And the music and voice are both amazing, but the lyrics left something to be desired.
Not only did the two lyrics above give me pause, but the rest of the song lyrics weren’t great. Do I also want to sing about my ex’s and breaking their hearts? I’m in my mid-30’s, for crying out loud. I’d have to look almost ten years into the past to find my last ex!
It just felt juvenile. Detached. Petty.
What I’m Listening to Instead
Life is too short to spend it singing songs that you don’t feel deep inside. I do need God. I’m not going to hell. I don’t care to sing about an ex. Being this picky with music might seem like splitting hairs, but music is a deep part of my life. It’s the soundtrack to my life. It’s the songs that I will look back on 20 years from now to feel nostalgia.
Music is important to me. So, I searched the Google Music store once more for something more suitable.
It didn’t take me long to find Shania Twain’s album, called Now.
The album begins with an uplifting “Summer’s here, bring it on.” The music is a lovely mix of country with a tropical feel. The songs are so optimistic and uplifting! The songs that are less happy are autobiographical, and they feel less like complaining and more like honesty. After all, we do meet hard times, sometimes.
Who would have thought that the Holy Spirit would nudge me towards better music?? I know I was surprised. But music is important. It’s your soundtrack. It’s your future nostalgia. It’s what you sing from the heart.
So… what are you saying when you sing? What lyrics are you singing? What songs will you look back on when you are older, and what will they make you feel?
Have you had an experience like this?
Share in the comments!
I know Shania Twain isn’t exactly considered Christian music, but I sure am glad that I decided to change the music that I let into my life.
Take care and God bless,