This morning my husband shared a video on Facebook. It was a tribute to the victims of the Boston bombings. Aerosmith did a rendition of their song Dream On. It has always been a favorite of mine. In fact the lyrics “Dream on, dream on, dream on, dream until your dreams come true,” is a quote I keep for inspiration.
The video reminded me how powerful music can be. Songs can inspire emotions in us. We can find inspiration to be romantic in a love song, to be silly in a silly song, or not to worry and be happy in a happy song. We can find inspiration to climb the smoky mountains, barbecue on a pontoon boat, buy a pick up truck or put low profile 40″ rims on our caddy. We can find inspiration to cry in a sad song or laugh in a funny song. We can find inspiration to dance in an upbeat song. Songs from the Roaring 20’s make us want to put on our tap shoes and do the Charleston. When my grandmother hears a 50’s song she breaks out into the Jitterbug. Song from the 60’s make us want to put on go go boots and get down to the Nitty Gritty. Songs can remind us of a time, somewhere we went or something we did. A song can hold time. We have music from all eras representing not just popular dances but also the state of society. Songs from the 70’s were about political change and making a statement. Songs from the 80’s represented the glitz and glam and increased standard of living. I’m sure you can recall the song titled Money for Nothing by Dire Straits , the lyrics I want my MTV epitomized the 80’s. There are songs that when I hear them can take me back to a specific moment or person so vividly I can smell their scents or hear their voices. I think this is what it would be like if we traveled through time. Memories and emotions are places we go and music can be the catalyst that takes us there.
With all that said, songs can bring negative emotions too. They can make us feel angry, they can spur hate, and inspire violence. If you had tried to tell me this when I was a teenager I probably would have rolled my eyes and defended my stance that Pantera and Iron Maiden were not in fact Devils music. (Inspite of the ghoulish looking characters on their album covers. Yes, I had albums.)
The reality though is that music can cause strong emotions. And let’s be truthful there are songs that can encourage one emotion versus another. With the emotions come thought and through thoughts actions can be inspired. Good or bad. Music does have influence.
The Bible says in Philippians 4:8 Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
We already know that what we think about can effect how we feel about things. Did you know what you listen to can also influence what you’re thinking about and ultimately how you FEEL? This is why you feel inspired when you hear an inspirational song, it’s why you feel sad when you hear the Christmas Shoes song at Christmas, and it’s why you want to buy those apple bottom jeans and the boots with the fur.
In all seriousness, living a redeemed life means focusing on the right things. If you’re sick of being depressed you might want to shut off the lonely songs. Just because it’s another Saturday night and you ain’t got nobody, doesn’t mean you have to dwell on it. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:5 It is better for a man to hear the rebuke of the wise than to hear the song of fools.
Whoever has ears, let them hear. -Matthew 13:9