Music has always played an important role in my life. Growing up with a CD collection containing over 350 albums, each season of life contains its own soundtrack. If certain songs are heard, memories — both good and bad — flood in like a tidal wave instantly taking me back to times and places past. The journey of the last few years is no exception. This path of recovery has had and continues to have its own soundtrack. Although the style of music I enjoy ranges from hip-hop to country to gospel and to metal, admittedly, growing up as a churchboy, the majority of artists I allowed myself to hear almost exclusively had to be labeled Christian or I simply would not play them or purchase their material. Part of being a churchboy was boasting in the fact that I could find a “godly” alternative for any genre chosen. This narrow-mindedness severely limited not only what I heard, but also at times, and probably more often that I even realize or care to admit, alienated me from peers and schoolmates because I didn’t know their music and they didn’t know mine.
Since waking up to the realization of God’s true grace and acceptance, I have stopped determining what I allow myself to hear by limiting it to those artists only found on a Christian radio station or in a Christian bookstore or labeled as Christian at all. I’ve not only found myself enjoying many artists and songs who would never be considered holy and righteous by the religious elite, I am finding God in their lyrics as they cry in agony or scream in rage or celebrate the joys of everyday life.
My intent is to share many of these songs, the ideas they present, and what they have spoken to me in upcoming posts. I plan to update this introduction piece with a link to each writing as it is shared and look forward to possibly providing each of you a new way of hearing a tune you’ve may have been humming for years or exposing you to something you’ve never heard before.
Stay tuned and keep reading for a recovering churchboy’s soundtrack.
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