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Music: A way to express joy

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Music is accessible just about everywhere these days. With satellite radio available in vehicles, along with the regular radio stations, which are now available online and as portable as one's cell phone, music can be taken just about anyplace. There is music in church, music in stores, and other public places. Music channels exist on cable television, too. Music has the ability to uplift one's spirit. It can be joyous, upbeat, and able to promote a good mood. It can also be melancholy; able to bring the tears rolling. Some music, such as rap and other new styles, incorporate aggressive phrases and a heavy beat. This type of music does not bring solitude, nor does it promote positivity. This is what some people like, though. For some, the heavy beat lessens stress for them.

For the most part, though, music seems to promote happiness. People like to sing along, hum, tap a toe to keep the beat, or start dancing--no matter where they might be. Music comes in many forms. From classical, symphony, pop, country, contemporary, new age, easy listening, rap, and a variety of others. Everyone usually has their own particular favorite.

A particular song that comes to mind is Barry Manilow's "Turn the Radio Up." The lyrics to this song tell of the effect that music can have on a person. One refrain states, "Turn the radio up, Hear the harmony, Don't you be so profound, Turn the radio up, It'll turn you around," (http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/barrymanilow/turntheradioup.html). A YouTube video accompanies this article, featuring his performance of this song.

God loves to hear us sing. He gave us a voice. To sing a joyful tune or to sing a glorious hymn--either one gives praise to God, as He wants us to be happy. Psalm 98: 4-6 says, "Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth; break into song; sing praise. Sing praise to the Lord with harp, with the harp and melodious song. With trumpets and the sound of the horn shout with joy to the King, the Lord," (The New American Bible, 1987, Wichita, KS: Devore & Sons, Inc.).

Include a little music in each day. It can turn a frown upside down.

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