OK, so lately I'm completely in love with Monastic Music. Bah rum cha!
No really, Gregorian Chant is really my thing as of late. It's so soothing to listen to, and helps me feel total "zen" when I'm trying to zone out on my lunch break at work.
There is probably something to that. I mean, religious music resonates with people and they feel "good" and probably attribute that to the "spirit." I can see how if faithful LDS members listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and feel the same way I do when I listen to Gregorian Chant music, then they are Mormon4Life.
Honestly though, the music aspect of the LDS church was never all that appealing to me. Except for a couple of songs when I was in primary, I never really thought the music in church was all that beautiful.
Except for "If you could hie to Kolob." To me, that shit was the best. I mean the BEST. It sounded cool. It was about Kolob, and I've always been into science fiction to some degree. Also, the part If you could hie to Kolob in the twinkling of an eye always reminded and reminds me still of "Beam me up, Scotty!" And what I loved a ton about this song, is that it wasn't the whitewashed version of Mormonism that is currently the emphasized in the Sunday School manuals, it was what made me, as a Mormon, different than any Joe Christian. Frankly, I thought Mormonism kicked Christianity in the ass when it came to the "awesome" factor.
I mean, Mormonism basically says that God evolved from a lower form and then started life on earth. Something close to, though not exactly the same as, what Dawkins himself has said is possible. (Though this begs the question, "who designed the designer?" But maybe not really, because the designer EVOLVED from a natural process to begin with!) Anywho, I thought I'd share a video of that hymn here... just cause I'm in the mood. And I'm on a break at work. :)
What do you all think? Can music be the main crux for someone's faith in a religion?