What Does Your Playlist Say About You?
“Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing.” Then said they among the heathen, “The LORD hath done great things for them.” (Psalms 126:2)
Music — so what does my playlist say about me?
As a kid, I loved whatever was hip and new … Aerosmith, Tiffany, NKOTB, Richard Marx, Bryan Adams, Chicago … but I also adored my Maranatha Kids and Psalty the Singing Song Book (Children’s Christian music).
My parents, on the other hand, didn’t mind the Christian music but ALWAYS wanted to listen to ‘The Oldies’. Music in the 80′s was totally different than it is today. Chances were you had to find a station with a dial … and then it was a fight with the parents as to what channel you listened to (the parents ALWAYS won … lol!) but there was never an argument when we listened to the Maranatha Kids or Psalty)
As an adult, I still enjoy cool new music but I LOVE my Christian music too, and ironically my son also loves the oldies I grew up listening too….yay!!! But, as I listened to my playlist on the iPhone today, it got me thinking about WHY I like the songs I do. Until now, I’ve never really thought about it — I just sing away (even though I cannot sing.)
What did I discover? Two things.
I realized first, that all the songs I like are actually people singing with real instruments in the background and second, that each song speaks in some personal way to me. So if you are like me and enjoy music, here are a few of my favorites:
Casting Crowns and Mercy Me rates very high on my list … almost every song has touched my heart in one way or another. But only a few are on my playlist because I FEEL the song in my whole being. I feel each emotion in the words. Moreover, I feel like I am surrounded by God’s love when I am singing away.
Taylor Swift … because I am 100% girly girl and LOVE sappy love songs, even if they are the broken heart kind (this also accounts for my love of old 80′s power ballads.) Hedly … their head singer was on Canadian Idol (I only watched a few episodes) but their songs have big piano, pure vocals, and they sound awesome turned up loud. It’s definitely the kind of music you can blast on a summer day with the windows down:)
Natalie Grant, NewSong, 33 Miles, and Chris Tomlin also sing songs that reach deep down into my soul In this sense, I think music is a symbol of who we are.
We play songs at weddings and funerals, during sports intermissions, in our cars, when we exercise or recuperate — lying in bed, and when we sing praise in church. Overall, I have determined that my playlist says I am a Christian with girly girl tastes, who shows love and kindness … who at times adds a little badness on the side
What does your playlist say about you???