Learning to speak the language(s)

Every four years, the world’s attention is drawn to international sports events like the Olympics and the World Cup.  At each of these events, the participants will speak several languages, which requires the use of translators.

These translators have to interpret what they are hearing and then express it in the new language. But they can’t do that unless they know the vocabulary of the sport they are covering.

The same is true when it comes to music.

Each genre and style of music is a language, with unique qualities that allow the ‘speakers’ to communicate with musicians and audiences in that style.

However, just like a new spoken language, learning a new musical language isn’t easy. It takes time, effort and patience to dig into a new style or genre.

To those of us working primarily in the church, studying popular music trends may seem unnecessary. But you’d never spend an extended time in a foreign land without trying to learn the language. If we truly want to reach the world, we have to know how the world speaks musically.

Music is the Rosetta Stone of society.

No matter where you perform, keep increasing your musical vocabulary. Chances are someone in the audience will hear you speaking their language, and a new conversation can begin.

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2 thoughts on “Learning to speak the language(s)

  1. Very true…I agree 100% I think the “dangerous”: part doesn’t necessarily come from learning different genres but how those genres are used when ministering a song….Good post!

    • Thank you! I appreciate your thoughts. It’s certainly a subject that musicians in all types of situations have to consider.