What Emotion Should Art Produce?

One of the things that is tough for me about Christianity in America is our desire for everything to have a happy ending and a feel-good feeling. The problem with all of the happy worship songs is that I often can’t relate.

Not that I don’t love the message or believe that it’s true. It’s just that in my own life I often have more questions than answers.

This got me thinking about how we view art. What emotion should good art draw us to? Happiness? Celebration? Contemplation? Sadness?

I heard this song from an upcoming movie trailer and immediately it resonated with something deep inside me. I looked it up and found that it is from Johann Johannsson and called “The Sun’s Gone Dim And The Sky’s Turned Black.” As I looked at what other people are saying about it I was surprised to see how many people didn’t like it because it was “depressing.” My wife even told me it “made her feel sick” when I was listening to it in our living room as I wrote this!

So either I’m a bit off (which some of you have thought for awhile) or I resonate with a different type of art than the typical person. I’d love to hear your feedback and see where you are at. If you get a chance, find five minutes or so where you won’t have distractions and listen to the following song.

What emotion/feeling does this produce in you?

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Jeremy Jernigan

Speaker | Author | Founder of Communion Wine Co. https://linktr.ee/JeremyJernigan