I have always wondered, if Jesus were a music artiste, what sort of music he would write.
Would He write something like this?
Or would His music influences include this?
Firstly, let me assert that Jesus was born to be a teacher. Not a doctor or a lawyer, although His healing powers would have been very useful if he went into the medical profession. He was a teacher and all the skills He possesses made Him a very good one indeed. For Jesus to fulfil God’s purpose and will, He was meant to be a teacher. Maybe Jesus dabbled with the timbrel and harp after being inspired by King David’s psalms. I can imagine Him, after a long hard day at work, fiddling perhaps with the pipes, sitting by the fire, playing it quite badly. Definitely then, He wasn’t meant to be a musician.
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If He were a musician however, He would probably be skilled at playing multiple instruments, like an Oliver Lee. He would have favourite songs and styles He prefers, but would also embrace various musical instruments from all over the world, melodies from all cultures.
He would enjoy listening to capoeiristas singing about their berimbau, be amused at weird and wonderful instruments, and want to learn how to play the jaw harp and kazoo from me. There is so much goodness that Jesus can bring to us through music that perhaps it would be easier to rule out what kind of music Jesus would not approve of.
Music is made up of both words (lyrics) and melody. Most of the time, when the integrity of a piece of music is questionable, it is because of the lyrics. You never hear the Catholic Church warning people against classical music. The Church’s concern over contemporary Praise & Worship music is probably due more to liturgical inappropriateness than theologically erroneous lyrics. (But that is for another post.) So exactly what kind of lyrics would Jesus disapprove of?
1) Satanic music
Focus is on Satan, who is everything that God is not. Need I say more?
2) Lyrics that encourage negativity
It doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be singing about deaths or heartbreaks. In fact, belting out sappy dramatic songs sometimes connects rich/poor, old/young to the larger human race; we all struggle with these no matter our circumstance or vital statistics. It is when the songs start suggesting and encouraging hopelessness or despair that it leads one away from God. It is then that we should be wary of the devil’s lies. Like so: Suicide Solution
3) Lyrics that encourage negativity (part 2)
On that note, I guess it is safe to say that if a certain marching song encourages men to literally act on what they sing, it goes under this category as well. Thank God they don’t. It’s not that there is absolutely nothing wrong and that they should carry on singing it. I think this article best sums up my opinion.
This is not meant to be an inclusive “list of songs the Church bans”. But the point I was trying to make is of the universality of music, and how Catholicism affirms that all-embracing nature. If whatever I have written did not answer the question conclusively, I hope at least it got you to think about whether Praise & Worship music can/should be sung at mass, or if Purple Light is absolutely destructive to the dignity of women.
Lastly, here’s a music game to play: http://wwww.inbflat.net/.
We are all interwoven notes and melodies that form the music of the universe; sometimes grave and solemn, other times light and frisky. Each individual, yet altogether in harmony.