A tsunami called COVID-19 slammed into the world with little warning. The rapid spread of COVID around the world caught everyone by surprise. This “world-shifting” pandemic did not play favorites and every nation on the planet has suffered. And COVID and its variants are not through. Bummer. That’s the bad news.
No wonder that MRC Data, which provides analytics and data to the music industry, discovered that 55% of music listeners said one of the most important thangs the music industry can do to help people is to offer more “uplifiting” and “happy” music. Pandora, an online music streaming service saw a “whopping 111% increase” in people searching for “happy?” music on its service. According to an article this week in Relevant, because of this Pandora now has 8 new “channels” containing “curated playlists of encouraging music”. Here they are along with the music genre:
Feel Good - R & B
Get Happy – Pop/Hot AC’s
Hope for Hard Times – Christian/Gospel
Vinyl Happiness – Classic Rock
Handpicked 100: Happy Shuffle – a playlist of the 100 happiest songs of all time.
Happiness. The pursuit, longing for, striving after happiness. Not simply the circumstantial, too-soon-ended feeling of joy; but rather the deep seated, soul centered sense of contentment that while shaken during hard time still remains a reservoir of joy, strength, hope and love.
The Beatitudes given by Jesus to the world, offer a series of steps to experiencing such a blessed life. While listed separately, they really form an incredible whole, when taken seriously and applied to our lives, help nurture that inner joy that sustains us, even through COVID. During October, listen in; open up; reach out to embrace the qualities of life that Jesus invites us to follow. The blessed life. The happy* life. The Jesus life.
Grace and peace,
(* New Testament Greek for blessed is “makarios”; also translated as “happy”. This is reflected in the Latin bible, the Vulgate”, which used the Latin word, “beati”, also translated as blessed, happy, rich.”)