Did you catch that? – the original quote is breast, not beast.
Yesterday was one of those days where everything went wrong from start to finish. It was brutal. I’m driving home to face my family at dinnertime knowing that I was in a beastly mood. To top it off, I
had to got to go home teaching at 7:00pm.
(Wait, he’s going Home Teaching on March 1? Why that Pharisee! Note: In my mind it was February 29 – not my fault there was no leap year this year.)
Anyway, back to my sob story… I knew that I needed to get out of my foul mood, so I did what has usually proven most effective for me. I grabbed my iPod and selected a playlist called “Calm”. (I did this after pulling over to the side of the road. Sure.)
I spent the next 15 minutes listening to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Seriously? You are buying this?
– The next few paragraphs might be considered heresy in some circles – proceed with caution –
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has never done much for me. I love what they bring to General Conference, but I’m not one to turn to MoTab when I need a spiritual boost. Mozart, obviously, Bach, sometimes, MoTab, not so much.
Back to the story: My “calm” playlist contains songs by Jon Foreman. Jon is the lead singer of a Christian/Alternative band called Switchfoot. His/Their music rides the edge between full-out Christian music and alternative. Some of it is soft and deliberate, some is rock.
A few years back, Jon Foreman released a series of four EPs named after the seasons. – Fall, Winter, Spring Summer. Some of those songs speak to my soul. And they aren’t even for sale at Deseret Book – go figure.
I do not claim to know the mind of God, but I am curious as to how He feels about people putting their praise into music that doesn’t fit into the traditional “church” mold. Many of these people have pieces of truth, but not all of it. Few would argue that Mozart and Handel were not inspired men, even though they did not know the full truth of the restored gospel. So, can the case be made that some people outside our faith can be inspired as well in their art? I would say yes. But with guitars? Why not.
Below is a Jon Foreman song that is partially a rework of the Lord’s Prayer. Take a listen, see what you think. Does it inspire? Is it sacrilege? Does an evil tree bring forth good fruit? I would like to know your thoughts on the matter.
Oh, I got home with a softer heart, did not kick the dog or beat my kids, and had a nice Home Teaching visit. Don’t you just love happy endings?