Organic Music—Sweet Nutritious and Virtuous

12 Jul

I love music. Yes, that’s right—music. Original statement, I know. Similar to enjoying sunny days. Or water.

   For some time now, I have been taking songs I don’t like—classless, morally compromising songs—and changing the words. I’m that girl, but there’s a reason behind it. I’ve been working with youth for about four years. In that time, I have had the privilege of forming young minds and hearts to love more than popular culture. From decent clothing to a God who loves them more than they could ever dream—I try to hold these teens to a higher standard than the video game, mac & cheese, morally nutrition-less lifestyle they’ve been fed throughout their lives.

  Let’s get back to music. I think we are often in the habit of throwing our arms around anything “with a good beat.” This is fine when the song is good and is equally as bad when I come into the office singing “The Lazy Song”. Let’s be honest, the song is catchy. Bruno Mars, you have a killer voice. Seriously, though, ladies and gentlemen, we’re singing about a boy sticking his hands down his pants? Really?

  I think that if we’re careful about what we put into our bodies, we should be equally as watchful about what we put into our minds—in this case, the influence of music. Just like when I eat something bad for me, it hits me hard the first time. Every time after the initial revolt, I become more and more desensitized. It goes that way for a lot of things—music included. Maybe it’s about time to nutritionally feed our ears, our minds, and our hearts through our musical choices.

  Here’s the drill: let’s read the lyrics. Let’s see if the lyrics are in direct violation of our spiritual and moral wellbeing. Then, we can make decisions about the music we listen to based on those revelations. In my case, the next step is to rewrite the lyrics so they have a positive message for the little pumpkin-pie teens I minister to.

  I know we’re adults and that we know better than to allow silly things like songs to affect us. I know that in a world where every day is-full of moral dilemmas to conquer, I, personally, need all the help I can get. This is a little call to action for me and for all of you. God bless your attentive, listening ears and hearts— may all we do be for the glory of God.

– Gretchen Sonnen

2 Responses to “Organic Music—Sweet Nutritious and Virtuous”

  1. Novice Natural Mama July 12, 2011 at 10:00 pm #

    What a great point, Gretchen. Pop culture music certainly provides little inspiration and lots of grimacing. I’ve found I listen to almost all classical music these days considering I have a young child and that is what’s best for developing neurons.

    Great comparison to organic food (another great thing)! Really enjoyed your perspective here.

    • Gretchen July 21, 2011 at 8:43 pm #

      Thanks for the note!
      I’ve been learning a lot through the lens of a youth worker– what makes them tick? What are they thinking (more like ‘WHAT are they THINKING?!?!?’)? And how can I help them look at things from a different perspective?
      Learning curves are kind of fantastic I think. (:
      More to come I’m sure!

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