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Sometimes children are more honest about what music expresses

Yesterday my son, Caleb, and I were listening to a recording of orchestral arrangements of hymns; Caleb likes to pick out instruments he hears and name the hymn tune when he recognizes it.

At one point, while we were listening to an arrangement of “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty,” the arrangement had a transitional section that included some pizzicato strings, percussion, and syncopated rhythms. I thought to myself, “Well that really didn’t fit the appropriate mood of that hymn.” The combination of those elements expressed a kind of playful mood that really didn’t fit with the majestic sentiments of the text.

Just then Caleb said, “That sounds silly, doesn’t it?”

Out of the mouth of babes…

Scott Aniol

About Scott Aniol

Scott Aniol is the founder and Executive Director of Religious Affections Ministries. He is Chair of the Worship Ministry Department at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses in ministry, worship, hymnology, aesthetics, culture, and philosophy. He is the author of Worship in Song: A Biblical Approach to Music and Worship, Sound Worship: A Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World, and By the Waters of Babylon: Worship in a Post-Christian Culture, and speaks around the country in churches and conferences. He is an elder in his church in Fort Worth, TX where he resides with his wife and four children. Views posted here are his own and not necessarily those of his employer.

3 Responses to Sometimes children are more honest about what music expresses

  1. Unfortunately, for our now two year old son's first 18 mo. or so, he heard a good deal of Reformed Rap and other popular Christian music. But, for awhile now, he's heard more Bach than anything else (almost every day), as well as classic hymnody in family worship every day.
    Recently, I was flipping through radio stations in the car and landed for a couple seconds on a fairly hard rock station, and my son said, "yucky one!"

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