It comes as no surprise to find out that music has been compared to chocolate. There is something so powerful about the expression of music. It transcends any language or culture. It is universal. Somehow we still feel whatever the artist/performer is trying to convey even if we do not understand the lyrics. Many depend on music to express overwhelming feelings. It is therapeutic. Saul’s servant understood this all too well when he suggested to his master – “let us go and look for someone who is good at playing the harp. He can play for you whenever the evil spirit from God bother you, and you’ll feel better” (1 Samuel 16:14-23) and indeed they found David, son of Jesse.
Martin Luther spoke of the power of music as “one of the fairest and most glorious gifts of God, to which Satan is a bitter enemy, for it removes from the heart the weight of sorry and fascination of evil thoughts.” In addition, Matthew Henry recognised the effect of music as one that has often been used to quieten the wounded conscience. He concluded that “it is a pity that music, which may be serviceable to good temper of the mind, should ever be abused, to support vanity and luxury, and made an occasion of drawing the heart from God and serious things.” Agree or disagree, is this not what we find with music in our society today ?
With that being said, as my first cheeky favs of the year, I would like to share some of my heavily rotated albums and singles so far this year with you. Though the list is extensive, below is a selected few. Some will probably reflect my tardiness to the listening party, others may well be news to your listening ear but either way, I hope this raises an awareness to the power of music and inspires you when it comes to music. Maybe conduct an experiment (why not) – listen to a range of music if you would like to gain an understand for yourself – see how your choice of music has been influencing you. What showed up?