Hello everyone! I'm 20 years old. When I was 13/14 years old, I was pretty much tone deaf because all I listened to was hard rock music (of the "christian" variety), and pretty much no good music except when I was at church. I couldn't really sing in church because I figured I just wasn't gifted with a good singing voice or ears for music! My Pastor, some BJU people, and some other folks were trying to get me to give up my rock'n roll music. Finally I did (it was a rather SLOW and painful process). In the 4 or 5 years that followed, I grew ears for music and even developed a singing voice! What a coincidence, huh? Basically, my mind just needed to spend time with good music so it could understand it. About a year ago I lost all of my hearing. 3 months ago, I had cochlear implants put in. Now I can hear very well (my audiologist said she hasn't seen anyone do so well so quick with the implants). The way the implants work is that there are thousands of little nerve/hairs inside your cochlea, each of which signals a different tone to your brain. The implants can only stimulate those in wide swathes....think of it as if you played the piano with mittens on instead of your fingers. Lots of notes all at once! Its up to my brain to pick out those individual notes from the big clump of nerves that is stimulated.... I say all of that for this reason: Had God not had me get rid of all my junk 'music' and train my brain to discern good music for 4 years before I went deaf, I would probably not understand music at all now with my implants. But, as it is, music sounds good (not as great as it once did, but it DOES sound like music and my brain recognition gets better every day!). The point of the book of Job, IMO, is that God doesn't owe anyone anything! He didn't owe it to me to give me those 4 years of good music...He didn't even owe it to me to give me any hearing back at all. These are all gracious gifts...given in spite of me, not because of me. Regardless of your music convictions, you can't argue that listening to good music wasn't better for me, because of what I was going to go through. God is too good.