Music is alive; I’d like to compare it to a magician. It has many gifts, many different tricks and it plays lots of games. It can make things disappear, re-appear, and make something appear out of no-where. Am I making sense? Or do you think I’m over-exaggerating? Let’s think about this for a minute; or better yet, listen. Listen to the song that’s playing in your head. Your thoughts have vanished for a moment and the tune of the song repeatedly playing in your head has replaced them, by creating stories relating to the lyrics.
Most of the time you don’t even remember where or when you heard the song; from the night before? When you walked into the store? Or, even when a stranger walked by humming the song to herself. Music passes through the room and invites itself into your head. Music is very sneaky, it charms as well, especially your ears, flirts with them a little as it very quickly makes its way into your head, playing with your thoughts and emotions. As it continues, the song stirs up something in you, bringing back memories; good or bad memories. It also brings back feelings, feelings that you probably haven’t felt in a long time or didn’t know were still there.
Music, it can make you laugh and it can make you cry. It takes you by the hand and spins you around the room; makes you fall in love with the tune as you discover new dance moves. It’s almost as if music has the ability to turn into a liquid and flows through your veins making itself one with you. Just like the blood that gives you life, music can make you feel alive. Music’s abilities are endless; no one can know the power and control it has over you. Often, it takes advantage of those who under-estimate its influence.
An angry man, for example, can easily be triggered off when a particular song plays and messes with his thinking. A woman may admire a man and enjoy his company, she can quickly fall in love with him when the right song plays, so that she starts to believe she’s in love. A young boy can have his emotions shaken when he hears the many rap songs about women. His once innocent thoughts are ruined and he is taught to think of things even a grown man shouldn’t be thinking about, as he now sees women differently than before.
Music creates expectancy, a fantasy, an illusion, a story that doesn’t even exist, yet it makes you hope or wish it does.
A sincere Christian for example, he loves the Lord but he loves music as well; and, he may slowly find himself drifting away. Because he’s always brushed the warnings aside, believing it’s just a song and not taking the dangers of music seriously. People forget that music plays around with their emotions like with a puppet, makes one do and say and think as it pleases. When you find your body moving to the beat of the song and your lips continuously repeating its lyrics, you may not be aware of this yet, but you are already one step further from the Lord than you were yesterday.
Listening to, or hearing a song isn’t a sin in itself; remembering the good old days when a song plays isn’t a bad thing. Simply remember to be careful that the little music you do listen to isn’t setting up home in your head, because its only a matter of time before it reaches your heart.