How do you get mainstream songs out of your head?
Someone in the Middle School Forum asked this question, which is a great one considering I am a musician. The person was not only asking the question, but also answered it herself by mentioning that you can listen to worship right after and/or pray. Great advice!
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We all like to listen to different types of music, generally, and of course as believers we want to listen to music that glorifies God and fills our spirit up with good, positive words. There ARE times when you’ll be flipping through the radio stations or your iPod and you may find yourself humming a secular tune that maybe isn’t so good to keep repeating, amen? Maybe it is a song with gratuitous cursing, sexuality, or derogatory towards women. What do you do AFTER the song is already stuck in your head?
Sometimes songs just stick in your head and you cannot get them out of your mind—what do you do then? Well, first and foremost, I agree with the Project Inspired girl who wrote on the Girl Talk forum. You should transform your mind by reading God’s Word or listening to worship if you are really stuck and sick of the song in your head. Next, pray and ask God to remove it. Another idea is to hum a different tune or a completely different song. Sometimes when I want to remove a certain song or melody from my mind, I just sing a completely different style of music.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2)
If we want to get a certain lyric, harmony or melody out of our head, we must try and change what we are currently thinking. As mentioned, you can listen to a new track, read a verse and so forth, or if you simply can’t get the tune out of your memory, then you can change it up and make the secular track a worshipful track! I have done this with a lot of popular songs like Katy Perry’s “Roar,” Rihanna’s “We Found Love” and Iggy’s “Fancy.” I changed them to Christian/gospel lyrics. Click here to listen.
Tips for Removing a Song From Your Mind
- Pray, read God’s Word: The Bible says don’t try and copy the world, but “be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
- Try and listen to worship or a different song: This helps to change up the harmony and melodic patterns of the music, which will break the cycle of it continuously repeating in your mind.
- If all else fails, make up your own song: Create your own “Christi’s Cover” or gospel version of a mainstream song. Maybe the beat is good or you like the music, but maybe the message is negative or harmful. Change the song by creating positive lyrics. Hey, it’s a fun activity and it will help you change your mind.
Do YOU have any recommendations for getting mainstream music out of your mind? Comment below!