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Music has always been an integral part of my life. I grew up paying the piano and violin, joined choir in High School, and have sort of always considered myself a person who knows music well. I used to always be up-to-date on the cool new music. I knew who was popular and who was new and upcoming. Recently, I’ve lost that touch. I listen to the same music over and over.  For a while I was frustrated by this because I liked knowing all the popular music. I no longer feel this way, let me tell you why.

Something that has made a big impact on what and how I listen, is having a child. I used to think that what songs were talking about didn’t really matter. The lyrics were sort of something that you could tune out- the beat was what really mattered. Totally opposite of what we are taught in church, right? As I’ve been hanging out with my baby though, it just doesn’t feel right anymore to listen to the most popular music anymore. Sure, I still love to get down to the latest Katy Perry or T-Swift song, but as I’ve listened, really listened, to what the majority of their songs are saying, I don’t like it. I don’t like how much popular music talks about sex and revenge and anger. I want my music to uplift my family. I now care if a song swears because I have a tiny human hanging out with me and learning from everything I do. While I used to be sure that bad music was pretty much not a thing, I’m now sure that there’s a lot of music that isn’t uplifting and good. And it makes a difference in my life if that’s what I’m listening to!

I would challenge you to take a good look at how your music choices are making you feel. Listen to what the music is actually saying, and  figure out if that’s something you really want to have in your life or not. I am sure that as you try to listen to cleaner, more uplifting music, you will be a happier person.

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