Philosopher Clint Black once sang, “Ain’t it funny how a melody can bring back a memory, take you to another place in time, even change your state of mind.”
Music has a unique way of touching the soul. David knew this. He used music to soothe the restless heart of a chaotic king. There was a Chinese emperor who could gauge the state of his people by the music each region was producing. Harmonious strains meant prosperity. Music characterized by dissonant chords indicated turmoil. And in our own culture, music shapes everything from the theme of a party to the way we see human dignity.
Music is powerful. More than anything else, music gives a vehicle for the emotions and thoughts for which we often can not find our own words. Music speaks the heart.
Criticizing someone’s music takes a shot at more than their preferences. It often impugns the ideas that are important to them. Be careful when commenting on someone’s musical choices. More than likely, they won’t hear, “I don’t like the way that sounds.” They will hear, “These thoughts that touch you deeply and reflect who you are inside, this heartbreak, this Saviour you love, they are invalid.” And that is a heavy statement to make.