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Music as Art

It is a lyrical and auditory representation of story.

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Music as Art

Whether entertaining us on walks to class, filling the room with life at parties, or acting as background noise, music is an art form that we interact with on a daily basis. Music has the ability to intrigue and to transport audiences to different worlds and subject matters. Immersing yourself into rhythm and losing yourself in the beauty of a song are only a few of the infinite possibilities that music not only encompasses, but provides for audiences.

Music is a unique art form. It is a lyrical and auditory representation of story. Through patterned constructions of words, rhythm, and instrumental collaboration, music provides listeners with insight to personal experiences and even in-depth interpretations of the world around us. No one song is the same and musical talent is presented in a multitude of forms. Inclinations for music can be displayed in voice, guitar, saxophone, written lyrics, composition and so much more. These elements of music are admirable both individually and jointly. They do not work in isolation, but rather they work collaboratively to create a holistic music experience that conveys a message implicitly and in creative ways. A guitar riff can imply tone, while vocal range can convey a multitude of emotions. This ability to not only entertain audiences, but to tell a story and sculpt a message makes music one of the most powerful forms of art.

The variety of bands and musical artists present in the world today is beyond vast. They range from U2 and Stevie Wonder to Kanye West and Lady Gaga. Each of these artists offers something very different, but they are connected through their creativity and passion for the art. Artists use music as an extension of themselves and the emotions they inhabit. Music representing an extension of self simply means that music has the ability to take the form of something larger than itself. Musical composition brings to life emotion, curiosity, and insight to personal depths. It transcends the limits of expression and provides a piece of art that is unique to each individual that interacts with it.

One of the most important qualities that makes music such a special art form is the various ways in which it can be consumed. Audiences can take in music as live performances, in the comfort of their own homes, mediated through multiple forms of technology or devices, and with company or in isolation. The ways in which to experience music seem almost infinite, but music is molded by the ways in which we experience it. Music can provide an outlet for stress, a channel to celebrate, or a way to bond with others. Music puts us in communication with those around us, allowing the music to be discussed, shared, and further developed by human interaction. Because the themes constructed in music are discussed and widespread, the songs, along with the meanings they possess, will carry on long past their time. Good songs are timeless, something people of all generations can enjoy and connect with. It links people, generations, history, and meanings to each other in a way that cannot accurately be represented by words.

Among the many other art forms, music proves to be one of the most prominent because of its ability to take the shape of a multitude of different things. Whether a certain song or musician represents a Thank You Lord Ringtone memory, an emotion, a significant life event, or even just a certain mood, music as an art allocates us with the opportunity to feel and express in a more complex and valuable way.

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First things first I do not agree with people getting so caught up in the specific theology of a song that they forget who they are singing the song to. I normally don't pay attention to negative things that people say about worship music, but the things that people were saying caught my attention. For example, that the song was not biblical and should not be sung in churches. Worship was created to glorify God, and not to argue over what kind of theology the artist used to write the song. I was not made aware of the controversy surrounding the popular song "Reckless Love" by Cory Asbury until about a week ago, but now that I am aware this is what I have concluded.The controversy surrounding the song is how the term reckless is used to describe God's love. This is the statement that Cory Asbury released after many people questioned his theology regarding his lyrics. I think that by trying to clarify what the song was saying he added to the confusion behind the controversy.This is what he had to say,
"Many have asked me for clarity on the phrase, "reckless love". Many have wondered why I'd use a "negative" word to describe God. I've taken some time to write out my thoughts here. I hope it brings answers to your questions. But more than that, I hope it brings you into an encounter with the wildness of His love.When I use the phrase, "the reckless love of God", I'm not saying that God Himself is reckless. I am, however, saying that the way He loves, is in many regards, quite so. What I mean is this: He is utterly unconcerned with the consequences of His actions with regards to His own safety, comfort, and well-being. His love isn't crafty or slick. It's not cunning or shrewd. In fact, all things considered, it's quite childlike, and might I even suggest, sometimes downright ridiculous. His love bankrupted heaven for you. His love doesn't consider Himself first. His love isn't selfish or self-serving. He doesn't wonder what He'll gain or lose by putting Himself out there. He simply gives Himself away on the off-chance that one of us might look back at Him and offer ourselves in return.His love leaves the ninety-nine to find the one every time."
Some people are arguing that song is biblical because it makes reference to the scripture from Matthew 28:12-14 and Luke 15. Both of these scriptures talk about the parable of the lost sheep and the shepherd. The shepherd symbolizes God and the lost sheep are people that do not have a relationship with God. On the other hand some people are arguing that using the term reckless, referring to God's character is heretical and not biblical. I found two articles that discuss the controversy about the song.The first article is called, "Reckless Love" By Cory Asbury - "Song Meaning, Review, and Worship Leading Tips." The writer of the article, Jake Gosselin argues that people are "Making a mountain out of a molehill" and that the argument is foolish. The second article, "God's Love is not Reckless, Contrary to What You Might Sing" by author Andrew Gabriel argues that using the term reckless is irresponsible and that you cannot separate Gods character traits from God himself. For example, saying that God's love is reckless could also be argued that God himself is reckless. Reckless is typically not a word that someone would use to describe God and his love for us. The term reckless is defined as (of a person or their actions) without thinking or caring about the consequences of an action. However, Cory Asbury is not talking about a person, he is talking about God's passionate and relentless pursuit of the lost. While I would not have chosen the word reckless, I understand what he was trying to communicate through the song. Down below I have linked two articles that might be helpful if you are interested in reading more about the controversy.


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