Everyone loves music.You do. I do. Maybe we all like different kinds of music, but the bottom line is we love music. I’m yet to meet a person who feels the world would be better without music. And I’m hoping never to meet one.
Once I had a discussion with my friends about the different talent hunts out there to discover new singers. There are just so many, aren’t there?? And new faces keep coming. And then we talked about the few shows where we have seen people walking out because they’ve been asked to sing something they don’t agree with. These people are mostly believers in Christ who prefer to sing only gospel. My friend thought that they were just creating a scene and that what harm would it do to just sing those lines. Just because we sing it doesn’t mean we accept it was her point.
I don’t think teens and adults walk out because they want to show themselves as saints. Actually few weeks before the above conversation, I had met a friend and we were transferring songs from one cellphone to the other. As it was time for her to leave, she asked me to just quickly select the songs that I needed and transfer it to my phone. So I was just playing every song real quick,fast forwarding it often and simply transferring the ones I seemed to like, not giving much attention to the lyrics. Later when I settled to listen to them, surprisingly all the songs were centered around the theme of loss,pain after break up,taking revenge on the one who cheated and so on. It gave me kind of a very unpleasant feeling after listening to all of them.
So does it mean all these famous artists singing those songs have felt that pain at some point? Ran away or was chased by someone they loved, took revenge and hurled insults after they were cheated? Certainly not. Some of them are leading very happy lives. But they sing of sorrow,sorrow and more sorrow. And I kept asking myself, how can they write and sing something that they don’t feel? I write poetry and from experience I know that poems written out of imagination and poems written from the heart never match. The former ones seem so artificial. Especially when it’s about an abstract thing like happiness or pain or sorrow or expectation or anything you can name.
This exactly is the difference between those who grow up writing and singing gospel numbers and those who can sing almost anything. Because when you sing those gospel songs, you just cannot sing them without meaning them. Maybe some people are good in faking it, but most singers can’t. Have you seen “the making” videos of gospel songs? You can always see how much heart and soul has gone into it and how singers felt God’s hand throughout the making. It just isn’t possible to make the audience feel the emotion in a gospel song without the singer feeling it in the first place.
So those “walking out” singers most probably grew up singing something they felt and believed that it just seems so not right for them to sing anything else that they don’t agree with.
I’m not saying gospel songs don’t deal with the feelings of loss and pain. They do, but at the end they teach us who our source of strength is rather than focusing only on the weaknesses of a human soul.
I used to listen to almost every kind of song when I was a young teen. Even those songs where most of the words are “the star *******” words. Just for the sake of the music, I wouldn’t care about the lyrics. But as I listened to more of gospel and as I grew up gaining inspiration and strength from them,it became more and more difficult for me to keep listening to the not so good secular ones.
If you think I’m against secular music, then you got me all wrong. There are great bands and solo singers out there who sing wonderful, inspirational and close to life secular numbers. What I’m against is singers singing something that they haven’t experienced just so they can have more fans and just so they can top the charts. This other group of singers who sing and write for the joy of it,who sing and write what they believe don’t worry when they don’t qualify for the top 10. If one person listens to it and comes and tell them how it has helped them,that would be payment enough for them. Just like many bloggers out there. Not much followers, not many comments but still we write for the love of it and for the joy of it because we write what we believe.
When you let wrong lyrics into your mind, it can affect you to a great extent, make you feel things you shouldn’t be feeling.So I just would like to end it saying, stick to what is good, stick to your beliefs, your faith. Don’t let anything else, be it music or movies or even your friend lead you away from it.