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Stuff we need to listen to

I’ve been listening to the radio recently. (Does anyone else even do that anymore?) I’m horrified. Not at the music – personally I think there’s brilliant music out there. My shock has been over the lyrical content.

I was driving kids to a sports match earlier this year and an artist came on the airwaves. They knew all the words. That is stuff that 7-year-olds should not be singing, and yet they know it verbatim. It’s in them.

This has all got me thinking about the kind of music that people are digesting these days.

Don’t get me wrong. I know there’s great songs out there, with great hooks. But I’m of the opinion that the Good News just has to circulate more and everyone needs to hear it over and over again.

So the question is, what’s on your playlist? I’ve got to a point where I just choose to avoid explicitly vulgar lyrics as much as I can. If something lifts my spirit and my thoughts and feelings, and then I buy it or put it on my playlist. There has to be explicitly passionate music when it comes to morals and character and issues of faith… uplifting music and lyrics that encourage healthy living and relationships, and promote balanced lifestyles. It has to be everywhere. Stuff with groove. Stuff with purpose and hope. Stuff that edifies your soul and speaks uplifting truth and life into your day. Stuff that takes you by the scruff of the neck and leads your thoughts heavenward.

That’s the kind of stuff we need to hear over and over again.

But beyond just the music, the thoughts and ideas in the lyrics are worth a conversation. That’s why I’ve started making podcasts, where the focus is discussion around ideas in songs that gets all of us digging deeper and assessing our paradigms and views on things.

Why the big deal over what we listen to? Well, here’s a video with some additional thoughts:

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