Category — Counterquotes
“When people hear good music, it makes them homesick for something they never had and never will have.”
I totally agree that good music has a way of revealing to us that there is something beyond the here and now. Whether through the intricacy of a Bach fugue, the power of a eighty-piece ensemble, or the simplicity of a well-crafted song, music forces us to look outside ourselves and recognize there are powers we can’t explain.
But does music just create a perpetual Weltschmerz (world-weariness)? If one’s beliefs about the nature of the world and God are vague or basically pessimistic (i.e. there is no God), then sure. Music is ultimately just a reminder that there are things you can’t explain and can’t have.
As a Christian, I am thankful that music serves a much more redemptive purpose. To me, good music reminds me that there is a Creator much greater than I, and that the music I will one day encounter will blow the best performances on this earth out of the water.
Music creates homesickness, but also inspires hope.
(Photo: Robb North)
August 3, 2010 No Comments