Songs of the 70’s hold a special passion for me, perhaps because it’s when I came into adulthood. Put a swoony love song next to some old fashioned rock-n-roll and I had music to cover the range of emotions of a young adult woman coming into bloom. Then my taste got lost. What happened?
It almost doesn’t matter. I lived a bit of a double life for about a decade after graduating high school: college student/working professional by day and party girl with friends on the weekends. The latter covered everything with a disco beat anyways as my personal life unraveled. Then I got saved. What happened next left me lost on the radio dial. Which songs was I supposed to listen to now?
The answer to that question took another half of a lifetime to answer. Amy Grant was the artist for my first Christian CD followed by Russ Taff and others. Christmas recordings were easy to select since well, the popular and Christian music are really o.k. no matter where or who you are with most of the time. Then I started working out. The worship or pop hits with clean lyrics just didn’t get me moving. What to listen to was a question I struggled to resolved as I flipped between my old and my new music discs.
This year I started listening to the noon radio news program for the American Center for Law and Justice. The host often plays classic rock played and recorded from his namesake, the Jay Sekulow Band. I love it! Suddenly my dilemma has now been solved! I know many believers in Jesus Christ stop listening to secular music when it compromises their thinking and I agree: we must use discernment to not recite lyrics that dishonor God, His Word, and His creation. And guess what? There is quite a bit of toe-tapping, electric guitar music out there that does just that while simply expressing the topics of life in song. In addition, these days Christian music has come into it’s own with better production, sound, lyrics, and vocal styles to keep me interested. I’ll end with two examples in just a moment.
So when ya just gotta move to a tune that gets ya going, do a theme check and PLAY IT LOUD SISTA! Our dog might hide out in the back bathroom until the bass stops rattling the windows or my husband rescues her to send her outside for a run in the yard. Tuff beans, pup. Chasing a tennis ball just doesn’t do anything for me like it does for you! I need my music.
Anyone else know what I mean? JJ