In the profession to which I am called the subject of music types often comes to the fore bringing with it firmly held biases. It makes no difference the class; it will bring ecstasy to some and horror to others.
My adoptive father had performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and he owned stacks of recordings of that genre and played them incessantly on an RCA Victrola with a Pit Bull on the label. As a four-year-old living in the Bainbridge Naval Training Center, I would awake to Enrico Caruso blessing the apartment. When I was around seven my sister, Isabel, worked as a disc jockey at a Hillbilly radio station with Uncle Alex Campbell. I listened to Tex Ritter, Sunset Carson, Jimmy Davis, Patsy Cline, and Hank Williams, and many others. Then, along came Elvis. Then with this came Jesus into my life and varied music types of the day.
Now for the heresy! I liked some of the songs from each group and in no way favored all the music of a particular genre. Here’s a key to why from an altogether different singer.
"You can change someone’s life in three minutes with the right song. " Bruce Springsteen.
For most of my 50 some years as a pastor, and evangelist, among other branches of ministry, I near went crazy trying to get people to grasp the power of the music when it’s appropriately matched with the sermon subject. Bev Shea and Billy Graham had that down to a T.
David used his virtuosity on the Harp to calm Saul the raging King.
Roy Acuff set a mood with his fiddle playing The Wabash Cannonball, very different from the grand Down From His Glory. Music can set the mood for worship, fun, or just everyday living. Here’s one thing God says about it:
Ephesians 19 “speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,”
Contextually, music was to enjoy instead of getting drunk!! Too many mixes of the two and the combination fails in providing the inner needs for positive living.
Now, find someone to; Sing Me A Song of Sharon’s Sweet Rose.
Copyright © 2018 Larry Lilly
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