The modern music of our day reflects the culture of our day. We can see the prints of a particular generation in the lyrics and sound of that time. It’s a pretty spot-on commentary about the youth and media culture of our day. And in this contemporary age, culture is changing far more frequently than ever before, reflecting styles of music that are evolving and birthed just as rapidly. Interestingly, it wasn’t always so.
Culture and music flow together. What our parents used to dig, kids of today would deem as lame. And in a few years, the music we think is cool now will probably be outdated. It’s nothing against the music. It’s just a representation, a manifestation of what’s constantly changing around us. With that said, we need to be very aware of our modern day culture, but more importantly, we need to be intentional about the cultures we want to create and cultivate with our music.
Morals and behavior, especially in teens, aren’t completely driven by the lyrics they’re listening to because there are so many factors to building a moral range. However, music can definitely play a vital role in arranging what seems to be right or wrong. Because of this, we need to become leery about the messages that we are putting out with our songs, but to take it a step further, what if the songs we wrote intentionally carried assertive messages? What if they became anthems that declared hope and joy, triumphs over weaknesses, courage plus love? We would have the influence to allow the hearts and minds of the next generation, and that is something to truly take hold of.
The emotional impact is probably the most identifiable and direct impact music has on people in society. It makes us feel a certain way. Music sets moods and builds atmospheres. And as humans, we’re so behaviorally influenced by the way we feel.
That’s why we throw on an upbeat playlist while we’re working out, put on jazz on a romantic date, or get up and dance when a four-on-the-floor beat is going down. When I wake up in the morning, I know exactly what songs to play to get me focused and ready for what’s up ahead in my day. Now that’s powerful.
Music has the ability to culturally, morally, and emotionally influence our society. Thus, the more intentional we become with the sounds, messages, and moods we create and release through our music, the more powerful we will become in making deep positive impacts.
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