The kind of music we hear can reveal a lot about a person or our environment. As I sit in Rich’s Brew on a Saturday morning, I am well aware that there is a Farrell’s class next door with the booming bass and, I assume, sweaty bodies aggressively moving to beat of staying in shape. You know when you are at a theme park or a carousel just by the sound of the Calliope. The sound of an organ or liturgical chanting sets some in the mood for meditation and prayer. Music is a window to where our soul currently finds rest. Our playlist is veritable verbiage and expression of what is going on inside. But what we listen to is also a formative foundation upon which we create our understanding and engagement with the world around us.
When my teenage son gets in the car with his iPhone and plugs into my stereo, I know I am listening to the syncopated beat and lyrical words that will shape much of his generation. Just like as a teenager I was unaware of the words I sang over and over molding me, this music will create a web of reality upon which our lives begin to find residence, and our world take shape.
See if you can name these songs:
Oh, where do we begin? The rubble or our sin?
I want to hide the truth, I want to shelter you. But with the beast inside, there’s nowhere we can hide.
I can fake a smile, I can force a laugh, I can dance and play the part if you that’s what you ask.
We’re far from home, its for the better. What we dream is all that matters.
I was all out of hope and all out of fight. Couldn’t fight back my tears so I fell on my knees.
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This January at Johnston River of Life we will be playing these songs and looking closely at the lyrics, our culture, our spiritual interpretation and formation through words like these. Can we find faith emerging from these songs?
I hope you will check out our playlist this January.
Pastor Craig Ferguson