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September 30th, 2010

Music As Religion?


music-as-religionFor as long as I can remember, I’ve turned to music when questioning life and making major decisions. While some find solace in prayer, going to church or synagogue, I simply go to my iTunes playlist.


To some.

For me, not so much. My criteria is simple.

Major life questioning: Switchfoot

Simply unwinding: John Mayer

Nostalgic for my childhood: Backstreet Boys

And my most recent addition:

Sheer disbelief and being thankful: Pat Benatar

The last category is currently my favorite. You see, last month I interviewed the infamous Pat Benatar. The original “Heartbreaker” and the singer who will forever be known with her declaration, “Love Is a Battlefield.”

I’m still in disbelief myself.

A few days after my interview I got word that a friend of a friend had a pair of tickets to her New York show. Naturally I went.

While my avid church-going grandmother will surely roll over in her grave as I type this, I had more of a religious experience standing a few feet from the stage at Nokia Theatre than I have ever witnessed in a church. As Pat Benatar sang her second song, “Shadows of the Night” an overwhelming feeling of gratefulness enveloped me.

I’m living the life I’ve always dreamed of — interviewing bands and covering concerts — and I couldn’t be happier.

Words can’t even begin to describe how thankful I was at that moment.

As Benatar’s husband Neil Geraldo provided climatic guitar riffs to accompany her soaring vocals, I couldn’t help but smile at the chorus of the song.

We’re running with the Shadows of the Night

So baby take my  hand, you’ll be all right

DSC04778Surrender all you dreams to me tonight

They’ll come true in the end

So far, so many of my dreams have already come true. Some that I never even realized were possible a few years ago.

“Doing what you love takes a lot of faith,” Monica told me once.

I couldn’t agree more.

Where do you find your faith?

The Author : Annie Reuter
Annie Reuter, is a freelance writer and music blogger who covers concerts and music festivals around the country. In constant pursuit of the next show to attend and band to interview, Annie keeps up her own music blog, You Sing, I Write, where she uncovers what it's really like to spend the day with a rock star.
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  • Dan Horan, OFM

    So true. I believe that music is indeed an outlet for prayer and encountering the Divine. I wrote about a similar experience recently: http://www.datinggod.org/2010/09/14/music-is-what-god-wants-us-to-do/ Keep rocking!

  • Monica

    This is a great post. I read it twice. I hope you write more on your love for music.

  • Tom Coleman

    Switchfoot: “Ooh your love is a symphony…”

  • Tom Gibbons

    And I just totally downloaded “Shadows of the Night.” That IS an awesome song…

  • Tom Gibbons

    Lots of good insight here… I’m a big live music fan and I know what you mean. I’d say that at church or when doing service work I have different kinds of spiritual experiences that I haven’t had at concerts. That being said, there’s nothing on Earth like a Springsteen show at the Meadowlands.

  • kellee maize

    great work … love your style.

  • Celine Tardy

    One of my strong spiritual moments happened during our first time seeing Switchfoot live…was amazing. Will never forget it either.

  • Farrah Fidler

    Great post, Annie. I find that some of the most spiritual/religious and G-dly moments happen in our daily life, and if we can tap into that it’s simply beautiful. Keep living your dream and I hope you’ll have many more of these moments.

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