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The Heart of the Music
4/11/2014 3:11:23 PM by: Susan Lyttek

I had not intended, when I composed last week’s post, to write anything more about music. I had said what I wanted to say. I made the point I wanted to make that the boys have each embraced music, though differently. But God assaulted my mind with the idea and wouldn’t let me rest until I wrote more.

You see, music played an integral role in my coming to Christ.

A few weeks ago, I posted the two-part series on teaching my testimony. A portion of the experiences, alluded to, but not specifically mentioned previously, was the music I listened to.

Since I hung with the wrong crowd and became involved in the occult as a teen, much of the music I listened to either focused on the drug culture or was demonic, or both.

When I devoted my life to Jesus, as part of the process I purged my music collection. I knew I didn’t have enough discernment to know what was “safe” and what wasn’t. So one Saturday, we carted my 500 plus albums to a friend’s house in the country. There, we used them for a skeet shoot and target practice. One of our Christian friends said it was like when the Ephesians burned their works of sorcery. (Acts 19:19) I was 23. Gary and I didn’t have a lot. But it was important to both of us that I start my new life with a clean slate. And neither of us felt right about giving away what might have the same effect on someone else that it had on me.

In that light, as we gave the boys a musical education, I also gave them a music lyrics education. The music itself is important, but as a writer the words are even more so. After all, Christ is the Word and the Bible is called the Word of God, right? So the words of the music we listen to must glorify God.

They learned a lot of these lessons while passengers in one of our vehicles on long road trips with the radio playing. One, I knew music well and remembered many lyrics I’d tried to forget. Two, I am the fastest station changer around. It usually took a dozen notes or less before I said something like, “Horrid song, gotta find something else.” As teens, sometimes they’d ask why and I’d give a lyric summary.

Most people that I’ve spoken to didn’t pay much attention to the ‘radio music’ of their generation. They might know the music or the words of the chorus. But words have always been important to me. I learned them. I learned how to hear and translate the undecipherable. Thus, even a note or two of a ‘bad’ song can take my mind places I’d rather not go.

Therefore when Erik started choosing his own tunes, he ran the lyrics by me because he knew I needed to see that he understood my passion.

For me as a writer, words are the heart of the music.

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