Do you ever find yourself starting to hum a JW tune subconsciously? Several times while driving alone I started singing one of them, and then I get to an offensive lyric which jolts me 'awake', and I say something to myself like 'no!' or 'shutup!'. If anybody heard they'd think I was a few bricks shy of a load 😆
Yes I do and I left thirty years ago! That's the power of high control cults. Songs are a very easy way to get ideas straight into the subconscious mind.
I left 5 years ago and still have those moments where I hum some of their songs. Some of these songs will send me straight into feelings of anger and rage as they are strongly linked to particular moments of my life where the JWs destroyed my family.
On the other hand, there are some other melodies that I still appreciate for its artistic value in the same way I appreciate Catholic Churches while disagreeing with the teachings. Or an appreciation similar to my love for the movie “The 10 Commandments” while I certainly don’t believe any of it.
Of course, I guess this is also due to the fact that I already forgot the lyrics! I don’t believe that any of the lyrics produced by the JWs are strong enough to appeal to me even on a purely artistic level.
Dark Days are here, men live in fear! (In my deepest voice) Whenever we need a quick laugh lol.
Songs are a very easy way to get ideas straight into the subconscious mind.
“The singing of the truth is a good way to get it into the heads and hearts of God’s people.” - Zion's Watch Tower
there are some other melodies that I still appreciate for its artistic value
Likewise. I'm already a fan of orchestral and folk music, and I think that the Kingdom Melodies series (which was virtually all instrumental only) was filled with brilliant compositions that strayed from the straightforward notes in the songbooks.
I don’t believe that any of the lyrics produced by the JWs are strong enough to appeal to me even on a purely artistic level.
Again, agreed. Most lyrics are horrible, just blunt force teaching.
Let’s watch how we walk and watch how we talk and stumble none in our ministry
I can remember some ex-jws writing new lyrics appropriate to their own changed thinking. I rather fill my mind with other music, better written music/lyrics, figuratively needing more room for the new, so I toss the old from my memory or put them in a rented storage area, far away in another galaxy.
Thanks to Mercedes, we get to har that German anthem / Kingdom melody after every Grand Prix. Can't help but sing it ...
Not familiar with that one, have a link?
I am surprised to learn that so many of you do ! For me nope,nada,niet ! I dont know why that is .Perhaps my brains just cleared out all of that clutter, switched off all of that BS.
Now if I ever have to amidst jdumbs and singing, I will be definitely lost...without words !Thouhg I am happy about this!
When I read some of the lines here they seem just like mere sentences to me , not song. Am I weird ?