Music has a way of capturing your attention and putting you in a mood. I guess that’s why the soundtrack of a movie is so important.
If you’ve ever watched a movie with no soundtrack and just the actors’ lines, you really feel like there is something missing.
The background music draws out the emotion in you that the scene is trying to create, whether it is tension or laughter or joy or sadness.
A scene with a car cruising down a beachside freeway will boost the emotions when the music is something like the first 20 seconds of Steppenwolf’s, “Born To Be Wild”.
You can instantly imagine yourself in the car, taking those curves, looking out at the waves crashing on the beach below you.
Well, the other day my wife, Lily, was watching the opening song for the country music awards.
I wasn’t watching but from the other side of the room I said, “That sounds like … like … like (it took me a while) Hootie.”
Then it came to me. It was a song by Hootie and the Blowfish and the lead singer – who is not Hootie but Darius Rucker – was featured in that all-star cast rendition of “Hold Your Hand”.
It was a fond memory and the song was so good it hooked me in.
I spend the next hour or so on YouTube listening to different renditions of that song and others by Darius Rucker’s band.
I can’t really explain it, but listening to that song highjacked my evening and got me in a mood to listen to more of the same.
That’s what songs do. They capture your emotions and reel you in so that you feel something you weren’t feeling just minutes before.
When you think about it, music has a great power.
When Lily and I went on our honeymoon, we drove to our destination at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, about a 16 hour drive away.
We had lots of time in the car and there were a few songs that really captured our attention. We can both still remember those songs today.
That was 32 years ago, yet when we hear those songs now we both look at each other, smile and remember that drive.
Music has such a profound impact on emotions that you can find it being used everywhere to put people in the right mood … whether it is in an elevator, a department store, a commercial, your car, or even at the hockey arena.
A few years ago, I think the rink where I played hockey was experimenting on us. They pumped happy, easy-going music into the dressing rooms and the arena.
I think it was to see if it would calm us down and keep the altercations to a minimum.
I never did find out the results of that study … if it was one.
Music is around us most of our day; we are rarely without music in our lives. We wake to it, fall asleep with it and it is a soundtrack to our day.
Here’s the thing: God created music to move our emotions. And some of the time our emotions should be moved towards God. Don’t neglect ensuring that your emotions are stirred towards the God who loves you, cares for you and has given His precious Son, Jesus to die for you. Whether secular or spiritual, your music on a regular basis should draw you to give God glory and worship Him.
Question: What song stirs up your emotions? Leave your comments below.