In another thread - Instrumental Worship - is it Biblical - I read the discussion I will paste below. Since my question might derail the thread (further than it is), I decided to start a separate thread to ask a question. I give the following quotes to hopefully set the context. I don't want this thread to be about whether instrumental music is scriptural, or whether one can praise God with it. I am just interested in your reaction to instrumental music of songs you know versus instrumental music you've never heard. I thought of a pianist playing "His Eye is on the Sparrow", and realize when hearing it I would think "religiously" because I would be thinking such thoughts as "His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me, etc.". If I'd never heard the words, I might just be thinking that is a nice sounding tune or something like that. My experience has been that when I hear instrumental music of songs I know (i.e. makes me think of the words), I think of God, the Bible, etc., based on thinking of the words to the song. When I hear instrumental music which has no context for me (i.e. I've never heard it before), there is no religious thought or "feeling" particularly associated with it. Would I feel the same way about hearing "Amazing Grace" played on the bagpipes if I'd never heard the song "Amazing Grace"? I doubt it. Anyway, I guess there is a question in there somewhere. If you've been in a service and heard an instrumental which you've never heard before and don't know the words, what do you think of? Why?