Music – It’s A Powerful Thing

Music – It’s A Powerful Thing

By Leann Albrecht

I am often amazed at how much music affects the way I feel in any given setting. I was shopping with my friend, Linda, recently. As we wondered through the aisles of clothing, I was conscious of feeling negative and dark. When I took a minute to analyze the source of irritation, I realized it was the music the store was playing. The song was from the 70’s…a time in my life that was very unsettled…a time when I was young and desperately trying to find myself.  At once, unpleasant mental pictures flooded my memory banks. The fact that a melody or sound had that much power over my subconscious was note worthy.

To get in a better mood, I had to take a minute to thank the Lord that those days from the past were covered by His grace and then I allowed His peace to bring back my joy.

Music is a powerful thing! It can create positive or negative feelings. As I mulled over that truth, this is what I concluded.

Familiar music is typically accompanied with well-worn paths of memories. In fact, rarely do those paths ever change no matter how many times we listen to that song. However, a new song, sound or lyric causes our mind and emotions to make new paths, see new pictures and vistas of imagination. It allows us to explore beyond the realm of the “familiar” to create new memories.

This was a good reminder for me as a songwriter, to continue to craft new songs that inspire the listener to new experiences.  To search for new melodies, lyrics and rhythms that paint fresh pictures of God’s character, which allow new grooves of truth to landscape the soul.


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