I made a comment in my last post about church music and instead of going back and rewording it, I thought I would just write more about it. I don't agree with Gary Chapman, author of The Five Love Languages. I don't think there are 5 languages. I think there are 6, with number 6 being music. Music is my love language. I love to hear Rob sing our song, Forever and Ever, Amen, by Randy Travis in my ear. Music moves me, uplifts me, inspires me, gives me energy, calms me, ministers to me. I think you get the picture!
Music has always been a part of my life. Piano lessons were started in Kindergarten. Saxaphone lessons began a few years after that. I was in children's choir at Penn View where we did a record recording a couple years. I sang in a children's trio. In 8th grade here at HSCA, I was invited by Leroy Adams to be in the high school/college band even though I wasn't technically old enough. Then there was high school choir and ensemble (where most years the choir and ensemble took first place at national competition) and more years in band. My dad comes from a musical family. His sister has been the director of a gospel band in Pennsylvania for many years. All his nephews and a niece play instruments and sing. And now most of THEIR children play. Anyway, you get the picture! Not bragging about anything, just driving home a point. I LOVE MUSIC! I have been to churches where all they sing is hymns. I have been to others where all they sing is contemporary music and others where they have a mix of both. I personally like a mix of both, but if I had to choose between all hymns or all contemporary for church, I would choose hymns. You can turn on any radio station these days and get your fill of upbeat praise and worship. What is much harder to find on the radio is a healthy diet of hymns. I love the message of the old hymns. I also love the more upbeat camp meeting style songs that you don't hear as much these days. I was at work last night and since my "lady" went to bed a little earlier than usual, I was able to read the TV guide and choose what I wanted to watch for a change. At 9:30, the Gaither's were on TBN. I was thrilled! My heart had been heavy all evening with some news that I received right before going to work and I had been praying off and on all evening. I knew that watching the Gaither's sing would be just what I needed. And it was. I guess it was an older one of the Gaither Homecomings and they were singing in an old church in the Carolinas, I believe. All the songs were hymns. I was surprised to find that I knew most of the words to these hymns that I hadn't heard in years. They were songs that I grew up listening to and must have heard hundreds of times. It was like manna from Heaven! I want that for my children. I have vowed to find more CD's with hymns and have them playing frequently at home.
About my comment on loud music in my other post. I don't think that there is anything wrong with instruments being played along with church music, but I think it can get out of hand. When the musicians drown out the voices of those singing praise to God, it's frustrating to me. I guess I don't go to church to hear a concert. I WANT to hear everyone singing together. The more voices, the better. And that's why I so enjoyed the music on Easter Sunday. I know this is just my personal opinion, and there are those who will disagree with me on both sides of this issue. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and I think how you are raised has a strong bearing on how you feel on this subject.
And speaking of this subject, I think I have about wore it out! So, now it's your turn! Tell me what you think!