“Christian homes should not be places where nothing but a bit of sentimental or romantic music is heard, but places where there is the greatest variety of good music, so that natural talent may find the necessary spark to set it on fire.” ~Edith Schaeffer, The Art of Homemaking
Why are we so dull? Why don’t we have variety? Why aren’t we encouraging our family to be involved in music?
My family right now (January 2015) is in the process of growing in the area of music.
That’s hard because there are so many ways you can grow and not everyone is gifted in the same things.
My husband wants me to join him for the song time during our Sunday services. It’s been on my heart a long time to join him, but with little ones, and the last quarter teaching Sunday School, I hadn’t been able to figure out the logistics of how to do that.
But now is the time!
Not only that but that means I need to practice more, be more available (almost on call) at home for my husband, before Sunday School, and at the beginning of service.
I need to schedule my own music time!
I’ll work on it. This is a work in progress!
That also means, too, that I need to take the time for ear training and relearning songs I learned wrong (very vital for this to work).
I have to add that this also means trying to, eventually, learn an instrument. (My husband is voting for the guitar and I think guitar or piano would be really neat.)
As far as resources, I’ve been looking into Music Theory and Music lessons (voice, piano, etc) for kids and Rainbow Resource seems to have a neat variety of choices, such as Keyboard Capers, which I have been eying for awhile. They also have voice lesson ideas, guitar lessons and piano lesson books that look very interesting and promising. Hopefully it will come to something! (I would love to review some products, but I am short of cash after the holidays! If I am able, I will get something and let you know what I think!)
With that being said, we have been also, off and on, scouring the internet for new music (well, new to us, that is) and movies that inspire us in the way of music.
Though they aren’t Christian, my husband has really been enjoying the Gregory Brothers on YouTube. Not just him, but I enjoy some of their songs as well. Especially when they change songs around, like this one. This cracks me up!
Maybe because they mix songs with drama and costume? (lol More my thing. Shouldn’t we all just break out into song?) That and this video goes into lots of great conversation.
How does different notes/sounds affect people? What makes a song sound different? I know my husband and I have discussed this with others before.
The Gregory Brothers kind of spoof songs, too, but they sound AMAZING. We both enjoy the sound of Andrew Rose Gregory, too, just not always all the lyrics (oh, the woes of being a Christian! Just joking!).
As far as a song we have wanted to incorporate in service, we liked this video. I love the variety of instruments. We won’t be as twangy, but yeah. 🙂
I still have a hard time hitting one note singing this because I have it in my head as something else. My husband asks me if I can hear the different notes, and I can’t exactly. For me that takes training, and it is on my TO-DO list. Again, he has more of a musical ear. (A curse and a blessing, if you ask me. 🙂 )
As far as how I am incorporating music into the everyday as of right now, I have been trying to read Then Sings My Soul: 150 of the World’s Greatest Hymn Stories. It has been sitting on my shelf FOREVER and I finally pulled it off when I was searching for anything that would help me focus on music and God a bit more.
It’s been kind of neat learning the history of hymns. I think one reason I had not read it until now is because I really didn’t know a lot of hymns by heart except Amazing Grace. Now I know a lot more and find myself singing them off and on around the house. There is some great lyrics in those that hit your heart in ways sometimes modern worship music doesn’t.
With that being said, let’s move on to something else that has kind of inspired my husband and I on our journey. One movie that was really interesting that I think we watched near the end of December that kind of went with music was Ragamuffin.
It’s based on the life of Rich Mullins and was very interesting. It brought me back to a lot of his music, which I really enjoy and is just great to listen to. You can find videos on him in the Ragamuffin Archive on YouTube. It also made me wonder what life was REALLY like for him and maybe have me look up more on him as a person. Real life and struggles were touched on in this movie. The only thing is, it is REALLY LONG. So, don’t watch this at night or all in one sitting. Break it up if you need to. Great story.
My husband and I are starting to explore what’s out there (him more than I, but that will change in the next couple of weeks). We are more prone to listen to Switchfoot, and Andrew Gregory. Because I don’t have as much of a musical ear (and sometimes am silly beyond all reason) I enjoy a variety of music (like when you watched that MercyMe Video Shake, Shake, Shake), I hit more Casting Crowns, Third Day, MercyMe, etc. A lot of these are very generic (and because I am tired, I did not hit all of them). I also like Shaun Groves (which not many people have heard of). My favorite song by him, because it spoke to me during a time where I had really put myself in a bad place, was “Welcome Home”. It was my life, my heart, that needed cleaning. He has some excellent, poetical songs, on one of his other CDs, but I haven’t looked into his music in awhile to see if he was still playing anything. I guess I should put that on my list, huh?
My husband and I are looking for more, if you are interested in sharing!
We like real, honest, not just the “the same old” Christian music where it all sounds the same and is all hunky dory. Life has a complexity of things going on and music that reflects variety is AMAZING and reflects the many aspects of God.
PLEASE, if you have any good suggestions, please comment below! Books, cds, movies that help us in the music area are most welcome!
With that all being said, add some variety to your listening ears, and bless your family as well, as you talk through music, explain why you like or dislike a piece, listen and be okay with other peoples answers. Learning to play instruments, singing, do whatever you can to incorporate a sense of music in your home! It might actually draw you together more! 🙂
(Or apart! lol Look out if you are not as musically inclined! If you aren’t, just pop in some good music and start dancing, okay?)
You never know if somehow one of your kids will be interested (someday) in being a performer and eventually uses that gift to inspire others.
What are you doing today to make music happen?
Be inspired today!