‘Address one another in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord in your heart.’ Ephesians 5:19 ESV
If you are like me, you crave more tunes than your local Christian music radio station can offer. My solution was to build my own music library. Here are a few tricks that will help you pile up the praises and spiritual songs.
Tip #1 – Don’t be afraid of digital music:
Like you, I have no idea what to do with all of the cases once a CD migrates to my music binder. I personally prefer a physical CD, but digital music is much easier to carry around. However, aside from the space issue, digital music is less expensive. Typically a digital album will cost at least a few dollars less. Even more so, since you can buy just one song through Amazon or other digital stores, you can be building a collection song by song if you need to. This can come in handy when you really want to own your favorite song, but can’t afford the album. Keep in mind, if you love the song, pay the $1 to own it. Your favorite artist’s best work is worth it, right?
Tip #2 – $5 deals from Amazon:
Amazon regularly changes their $5 albums about every two weeks. This is a great way to build a digital collection, as these deals are not offered for classic CDs. If you just bought one $5 album each time they update their deals, you’ll have almost 25 albums in a year and will have only spent about $120 dollars. So for the price of just 10 new releases, you can have almost 300 tracks in your first year. For the price of one of your vanilla, hazlenut, triple shot iced latte, you can add about a dozen songs as permanent members to your music collection.
Tip #3- Don’t Get stuck on the names you know:
It’s not hard to find a song you like when you are listening to Toby Mac or Francesca Battistelli. The problem is, even if you own let’s say five of their albums, you’ll have a dozen or so of your favorite songs that will get old quick and mean less because you’ve heard them too much. Not to mention, you’ll hear those song anywhere. You will never know the wealth of meaningful songs available to you until you give new artists a try. Wouldn’t you want a collection of diverse songs that are all great and keep your ears entertained? I can promise you, this first year of straight Christian Music Blogging has been great, and I am very pleased to have found songs from the wide expanse called Christian Music. I can personally tell you Beckah Shae is now one of my favorite artists and I didn’t know she was out there before this past July.
Tip #4 – Second Hand Treasures:
If you have to have the work of the top names in Christian Music, you do not have to break your budget to own their work. Buy Used CD’s. While I try to support artists as much as I can afford to with their newest releases, it is pretty hard to buy new copies of albums produced 20-30 years ago. This is also a good way to sample the work an artist you’ve heard played on the radio. Very rarely will a song make it to the radio without having another half a dozen or more tunes from the same album that you’ve never heard. Just because it does not get air time does not mean you won’t enjoy it.
I hope you’ll find these tips useful. – Timothy.
Oh, and I almost forgot, how about a song to wrap things up?