Music has a powerful effect on the mind and heart. It can change the entire mood of an environment in seconds. While there may be different factors that determine what music effects people in what way – such as personal taste and style, music is a powerful influence. This has always been the case. And I am not only speaking of New Age or classical music. I am speaking of all kinds of music – pop, country, classical, rock, hip-hop, alternative, rap, a capella, folk, hymns, chant, Jazz, oldies, choir, not to mention all the world music – Celtic, African, South American, Middle Eastern, Asian, Aboriginal, and so forth.
Music has power.
Because of this, I think it is very important that we recognize that music is not an end of itself.
There is a popular idea which toys with the idea of music for it’s own sake. Or you might say, music as a contribution to the arts in general. I can understand that, but I don’t like that idea. I simply don’t. I suppose that makes me a bit of an outlaw in the field of the arts, but if music is written for no intent at all, then what is it worth?
Why do I say this? Mainly I am concerned that if we put too much emphasis on music for its own sake, we may praise it while overlooking its intended message. Some call pornography an art. I used to disagree with that, until I reminded that art is not necessarily good of itself. Whether or not pornography is an art is irrelevant. There is good, clean art, which portrays positive messages, and there is evil art, which carries poison that can destroy the soul.
If masterful music is put to a degrading message, can we really praise the music as being a positive influence on society? I don’t believe so. In fact, such music is more poisonous than if the message was put to a discordant, unpleasant sound. Skill, talent, and power can be used for evil just as they can be used for good.
Some use the beauty and talent of an artistic portrayal to justify it as a worthy influence. But satan will use as much “light” as necessary to sneak in a dark message. You may have an entire glass of fresh juice, but one drop of a strong poison will still kill – even if the poison doesn’t effect the flavor of the juice.
Basically, there is music of God, and there is music of satan. Art and music are not good or bad of themselves. They are only as good or as bad as their message.