I Need Beautiful Music to Thrive

The radio on Cape Cod is atrocious, to say the least. I’m on a steady diet of the likes of Rihanna and Maroon 5 if I even coax myself into turning on the radio in the car. There’s country, which I tried switching over to, but they’re just as bad in Nashville these days, dripping with misogyny. I’m left wondering, what happened to Love? to Beauty? to Truth? Granted, every now and then providence will have me turn on my radio to “Don’t Stop Believing,” and those always turn out to be good days :). But, I don’t have time to explore music down other avenues, and so I wind up just tuning out altogether, fed up with the music industry as a whole. Even Christian music (which I can only access online) can sometimes get on my nerves because I overthink things, and I wind up cross-examining some of the faulty Theology they’re offering me to chew on. So life moves forward, and stress weighs heavy on my shoulders, and thoughts race around my mind a mile a minute all hours of the night. Then, I hear a beautiful song, of all places on some random TV show Bones. And, I am reminded how important beautiful music is for my soul. I have to make it a prioity because it makes daily life so much more bearable. I play guitar, very poorly, but I’m always trying to improve. It’s a dream that I never thought I would achieve, so when I play, it brings me great joy. Plus, my kids think I’m great because they don’t know better yet, so I better take advantage of their untrained ears. So, I am going to move music up in my priorities, both playing and listening, because it’s something that helps me to thrive throughout each day rather than merely trying to survive. Maybe you should too!

Here’s the song that inspired this post, simplicity is hard to come by these days…

And this song does a great job making fun of all the contemporary country music…