I also like to listen to oldies.
I do listen to secular songs as well, but I try to make them ones about something other than sex, money, or violence. With the music market as it is now, that cuts down my selections by a least half.
I don’t have statistics or anything, but most people will say that listening/making music is important to them. I don’t doubt that. Music and rhythm have certain power and it is a good idea to be cautious of what we allow ourselves to listen to.
Here is some evidence of how music has substantial influence: when we are pre-schoolers we learn the alphabet by singing the letters to a tune and rhythm. Try just saying the letters of the alphabet without any sort of rhythm or song to it. Then spell Mississippi–I bet is is very tempting to use rhythm. Other cultures frequently use songs to teach second, third, and fourth languages to children. If a song comes on the radio that was popular with your age group (say in high school for example) 5, 10, 20, even 30 or 40 years ago, it is likely that you will remember and start singing the words right along with the radio. ” title=”Wink” />
This is why I am hesitant to believe those people who say they are not affected when they listen all the time to music about sex and violence.