I’m still trying to figure out how it happened. How did my singing stop Derrick from shooting? How can something so simple as a song affect what happens in the world?
Ralph told me how music has power in the spiritual and physical realm. Like in the physical world, music produces harmonic vibrations that can effect solid objects. There was this bridge called Galloping Gertie that collapsed in 1940 due to harmonic resonance. He showed me a video (on a VCR!) That was truly one of the weirdest things I’ve ever seen. Solid steel bending and twisting like spaghetti. It’s kind of like how an opera singer can make a glass shatter, or a tuning fork will pick up the sound of another tuning fork, or how your insides vibrate when you listen to really loud music.
I play music mostly because it calms me down. If I couldn’t do music, I’d probably go insane. Ralph told me some stuff about how music affects the brain. I guess this makes sense. I sing when I have nightmares and when I’m sad and lonely. And then I feel better.
But could my singing actually affect evil spirits? That seems a little crazy. Ralph told me that when King Saul in Bible had an evil spirit tormenting him, he would send for David, who drove the spirit away by playing the harp. So maybe it can happen. There’s this song I love called Scare Away the Dark by Passenger. It kind of describes how I feel.
Love without fear in your heart
Feel, feel like you still have a choice
If we all light up we can scare away the dark
There’s a lot of singing in the Bible. There’s this one time when Paul and Silas were singing hymns in prison and an earthquake hit and all the doors flew open. Or when the army was Judah was going up to a battle, and the musicians and singers led the way. As soon as they starting singing and praising God, He set ambushes against the enemy.
Music has power. Maybe even to scare away the Dark. I hope so. I think I’m going to need to do that a lot now.