I’ll Fly Away was my granddaddy’s favorite song. He learned to read music, but didn’t play any instrument. Granddad sang bass and Grandmother Hightower sang the melody and played the guitar.
Grandmother and Mom put me in front of the church when I was 5 years old to sing “I’ve got a mansion just over the hilltop,” with Grandmother. I started taking piano lessons in third grade and continued through my senior year, with one year in college at ORU. We kids all took lessons. I like to play piano, but singing is my first love.
One of my favorite memories is hearing my mom sing as she went about her housework. “Oh, how I love Jesus, Oh, how I love Jesus, Oh, how I love Jesus, Because He first loved me.”
Everything on earth has a musical note, its own sound, associated with it. Sound waves move through the air, as frequency and even if a person can’t hear it, the frequency can be measured. If God had not put air surrounding the earth, there would no sound or music, because music cannot be produced in a vacuum.
On the day of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem described in Luke 19:37-40 NIV, “the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen. “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
In the Bible, the last mention of music is in heaven.
Revelation 5:13 “Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, forever and ever!”
At creation, God put music into everything on this earth, as a symbol of the music in heaven.