Music is wrong these days
Or maybe it’s right. Wait a minute. Maybe I shouldn’t say music is wrong because there’s no right or wrong in music. But what about music you can’t sing along to? Wouldn’t that be wrong? Or how about music with lots of vulgar language and themes? Can that kind of music be good for anything? Maybe none of this matters to you. If so, tune me out and go back to your iTunes.
Headlines say music is wrong these days. And they say it’s more awesomer than ever.
But both those opinions lack depth and clarity. Because music…real music…will never be wrong. And it’s certainly not the best it’s ever been. Not by a long shot.
Of course, I could offer up the usual “my generation’s music was the best” argument. But I’m not gonna. Because my generation’s music wasn’t the best. Apologies (sort of) to all my fellow baby boomers. But before you other generations, who came after us, start high-fiving, your music stinks. Compared to real music. Real composed and arranged music. By truly skilled composers.
Not simple singer songwriters.
And I say that as a singer songwriter. So, if I’m biased, it’s a bias even against myself.
But why do I even bring it up? Well, I wouldn’t, except I saw yet another online generational debate about it. And even as I read the opinions Moonlight Sonata floated up into my brain. (Thank goodness.) The major to minor transitions gently glided and guided me back into a solid, sensible combination of imagination and reality.
Great music does that.
True compositions from highly gifted composers rise above and beyond overused terms like “awesome” and “amazing.” And they can take you there too. But it requires more than “taste.” You’ll need to hone your appreciation.
And when you appreciate the songs you hear,
It’s like the still, small voice of God can draw near.
And if you’re not moved to faith and hope by a song,
Then maybe that’s when the music you hear is wrong.
Grab some Merch
Or how about some music for kids