Music is just music

Psalm 26:2-8
Prove me, O LORD, and try me; test my heart and my mind.
For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in your faithfulness.
I do not sit with men of falsehood, nor do I consort with hypocrites.
I hate the assembly of evildoers, and I will not sit with the wicked.
I wash my hands in innocence and go around your altar, O LORD,
proclaiming thanksgiving aloud, and telling all your wondrous deeds.
O LORD, I love the habitation of your house and the place where your glory dwells.

Today Justin asked how my last concert went, and I brushed it off with, “It was OK. It’s just music.” I didn’t really want to talk about it. It was just another one of those concerts I play.

I was surprised at my own comment. Then after he left I thought about it a little more.

Sometimes I like to think like I’m a musicologist (wait, that’s impossible, I’m too conservative, ha). As a “music scholar”, I’m allowed to call myself that, I am particular because I don’t feel the need to place music as an art of some higher, loftier, plane of thought. It’s cool, it’s art, but really music is just music. Music is something created by God for us to enjoy and use for many wonderful cultural purposes.

I used to worship art and music. I have since realized how temporal art is. You create, maybe leave a mark, and then eventually it will be destroyed and you will die clutching your instrument. Fame, personal satisfaction, and entertainment from music doesn’t interest me. That’s not to say that I don’t love music. Art and music is something I will love to do but I have a much bigger, more excellent goal for my exitence.

Jesus Christ. For more information, read the Bible. I’ll write a post on Jesus over the summer.

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