I work at a grocery store in a small town as a bag boy. Thusly, I am subjected to endless hours of today’s “music.” Some of it catches me off guard by its quality and delivery, but, as a whole, the music of today is abysmal at best. Across the spectrum, however, good or bad, almost every song has a certain feeling about it. I am unaware if anyone else has picked up on this but it is something I have pondered for quite some time now. Here is what I have come up with as an explanation:
From Adele’s Hello to Sam Smith’s I’m Not the Only One, there is an obvious sad, almost depressed tone. You may say, “Well, that’s because those songs are about broken relationships!” I will grant you that. Now what is your explanation for Ruth B’s Lost Boy? Or even Charlie Puth’s One Call Away? There is, without a doubt, a certain air of melacholy surrounding the music. I contend that this is a symptom and not the problem proper.
So what is the cause for the depression of society? Realism. Realization is the cause of our emotional state.
Psalm 32:1–4 (KJV 1900)
1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
2 Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity,
And in whose spirit there is no guile.
3 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old
Through my roaring all the day long.
4 For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me:
My moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.
David is describing for us perfectly the state of our collective heart. Before repenting of his sin, David had the hand of the Lord upon him turning his moisture into the drought of summer. All that David felt was hot, arid, desolate dryness. We might refer to this as depression. God did that to David, a man after God’s own heart. Surely, He would not hesitate, in the least, to do the very same to us. This melancholy feeling around us may well be the very conviction, or, dare I say, judgement of the Almighty. We live in the most prosperous country that ever there was and in the most blessed era to date. Ought we not have about us a bit of gladness and cheer? Selah.