MAKING LEMONADE OUT OF LEMONS – REFRAMING SECULAR MUSIC.

MAKING LEMONADE OUT OF LEMONS – REFRAMING SECULAR MUSIC.
Number 1
Author: Kenneth Udut [kudut@mystics.bungi.com]

For whatever reason, many of us Orthodox Christians find ourselves in
secular work environments for 7-8 hours of the day, here in the United
States.  In many of these office buildings, workshops, etc., music is
constantly playing, from when you arrive, to when you leave to go home,
and all the while you are working.

In most office environments, the music playing is what is known as
“Light music” or “Soft rock”, and seems to consist of the same 120 or so
songs played each day, in varying orders.  So, in an effort to ‘make
lemonade out of lemons’, I end up mentally “reframing” – that means,
taking something which is intended one way, and putting a new “frame”
around it (a new context from which to view it) – and attempt to find
redeeming qualities of the lyrics.

Perhaps they are cries to God, unbeknownst to the authors of these
lyrics, perhaps they are sarcastic, perhaps they are meant by the
authors to be taken at face value.  But, whatever the intention of the
authors, I, as an unwilling listener, will attempt to reframe these
songs in a more Orthodox Christian context, so that those of us that
find ourselves listening to this music, can perhaps find a prayer hidden
within, and reclaim it for God.

-Kenneth
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