Friday, April 17, 2009

Songs: Reaching out to the inner dimentions

There is nothing that gets us down and out like a pint of emotional distress and depression. They burrow deep, deeper then just under our skins. They hide and linger but pounce you when you least expect them to come. When I'm in a rut like this, my worst moments would normal come at the break of dawn and towards the time when the sun sets and in the middle of the night. I think it is the stillness that sort of pokes us and reminds us of the bad stuff that is happening.

I've not enjoyed these bouts, i mean who would enjoy them? But it's during times like this that I found that songs helped immensely. There was this this time when i was walking, trying to out stress myself, I was listening to this song that goes "...when will I see your face again..." playing on my handphone and it suddenly warmed my heart somehow. Weird? I'm starting to think that songs have these kind of depth in them, when the lyrics and melody combine and they actually
reach out in our souls. Please, let me just state here that i'm not at all talking about christian songs. All types of songs and genre have this sort of capacity.

I was actually feeling thankful that there are people who devote their time in perfecting their craft in writing quality song. Well regardless if most of them are just thinking about money! But I just wanted to say that songs play a vital part in life. They sort of journey along with us at an emotional level.

I'm usually a heavy rock kind of dude but I'm enjoying music by anyone that falls in the mold of singer/musician/songwriter genre. Gavin Degraw fall into this category. I'm not sure how 'religious' this post is but i see songs have a capacity to help when we are down and out. I was just wondering though if you share some similar experiences with me on this. Just curious i guess.

(Just did some minor editing!)


Eilidh said...


I absolutely agree with you 100% on this. Music has an effect like nothing else (apart from chocolate maybe :P), especially in some of our darkest moments. I'm pretty much always listening to music, especially when I'm on my way to and from college. It's amazing how different songs or even styles of music can shape your mood for the rest of the day.

I also agree that it doesn't just have to be Christian music. I know people who listen only to Christian music, but to be honest I don't really see the benefit in that. We're supposed to immerse ourselves in God and His Word, not Christian music!!

I'm sorry that things are still rough, but I am glad that music is helping you out along the way! Incidently, where people might suggest that we should be looking to God in our times of need (which I absolutely agree with), I think God uses things around us to encourage, such as music.

Keep on.

Tremonti said...


"Incidently, where people might suggest that we should be looking to God in our times of need (which I absolutely agree with), I think God uses things around us to encourage, such as music."

This is a nice quote indeed. When God does such things, it makes life/ keeps life interesting.

Mason said...

I too see music as an incredibly important element of my life, and as a way in which I can get through difficult times.
Though few, if any, of the songs I listen to are 'Christian' persay, I do think that Eilidh is correct in saying God uses those things in our lives to help us in the hard times.

Tremonti said...

It is amazing what music can do, not to mention what eikons, broken or redeemed can conjure up when they write song that helps us in our way. Music has the capacity to be a universal language that we humans share as a whole. Christian or non christian!

Hopeful Theo

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