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Is Christian Music 'Genreless' and 'Unoriginal'?
Christian Post ^ | 09/14/2011 | Jeff Schapiro

Posted on 09/14/2011 9:19:22 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

While some have sought to make Christian music more relevant by adding an electric guitar or a hip-hop beat to it, others prefer to listen and worship through more traditional forms of music, such as hymns. But should Christian music be limited to a designated genre, or can faith-based themes be effectively portrayed through any number of styles?

Though people may disagree on which style they like best, there's no denying that Christian or Gospel music is widely sought after.

A 2009 report from the Gospel Music Association indicates that Christian music sales total about half a billion dollars per year. In 2008, the Christian music industry sold over 56 million units in the form of CDs, cassettes, digital tracks and digital albums.

But a recent article by Will Edwards, which appeared in University of Alabama's student newspaper, The Crimson White, describes Christian music as being “unoriginal” and “genreless.”

Edwards' article, titled “Guitars killed Christian music, no resurrection in sight,” argues that Christian music, in the form of hymns and classical music composed by the likes of Mozart and Bach, made an impact because it once led the musical culture. With the rise of rock-and-roll and the increased use of broadcasting technology, however, Christian music was left behind and has been playing catch-up to secular culture ever since.

He accuses Christian music of lacking in originality, saying, “Many Christian songs have a near-identical equal in the secular music industry. It’s a knock-off of the original ... For the past 50 years, Christian music has been playing copycat to whatever is popular on secular radio. They haven’t changed the message, but the music that delivers it has become stale and unoriginal.”

Musician and minister Jimi Calhoun agrees with Edwards in many ways.

"There's a considerable amount of people who think that music hasn't been original since the '70s,” Calhoun told The Christian Post in an interview.

A resident of Austin, Texas, Calhoun previously worked as a professional bass guitar player, playing with a number of famous musicians including Jimi Hendrix, Mick Jagger, John Lennon, Etta James, Lou Rawls and more.

He said that, from his experience, Christian music is not well-respected in the broader music industry.

"It sells a lot of records ... if I were an executive I would want to try to get market share in this,” he said, but “from the player's standpoint ... it's not looked up to."

Calhoun's journey to Christ began on a trip to England, where he started his search for God and for inner peace. He studied both Buddhism and Metaphysics, but eventually ended up at Christianity and later became an ordained minister.

Though he has worked in several other ministries before, he is currently planning on starting his own church with the goal of bridging the gap between art and spirituality.

Calhoun pointed out that Christian music as an evangelism tool is “noneffective” and that “it's never utilized in an arena where people are going to hear it and make a decision for Christ.”

"It's an art form that goes directly to the choir. It's an edification thing, even though we tell ourselves that we're witnessing,” he explained.

Edwards doesn't just criticize Christian music for its lack of creativity, however. He also suggests that Christian music should be confined to a specific style of music.

“Christian music is genreless,” he writes. “Turn on the Christian radio station and listen for 30 minutes. You will hear two piano ballads, three pop/rock songs and one pseudo heavy metal thrasher. It doesn’t sound like anything specific. When I put on the pop station, I know what I’m getting. There’s a genre there, but Christian music lacks that.”

But Patrick McGuire, associate of Music and Worship at the Florida-based First Baptist Church Merritt Island, argued that Christian music doesn't have to fit into a particular style. To create a Christian-specific genre would be to limit the impact that Christian music has on the world.

"We're really called to be in the world and to serve the way that Christ did, and for us to have music that is explicitly religious and therefore not accessible to outsiders ... I don't really think that's the call of Christ," he stated.

McGuire has been working at the church for about a year and serves as its leader of the rhythm section. The church has a choir and orchestra, but they also play more contemporary music as well. First Baptist's worship team spent last summer writing and recording original music, which he says lends authenticity to corporate worship experiences.

"The most important thing that I relate to ... is just how powerful it is to see a twenty-something standing next to a 70-year-old in the choir and to hear them in one voice proclaim the Gospel,” he said.


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1 posted on 09/14/2011 9:19:27 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Hi Seek,

If your taking a poll - I’m voting for Gregorian Chant.

Inspiring holiness since circa 600 AD.

Regards,
Lurking’


2 posted on 09/14/2011 9:25:19 AM PDT by LurkingSince'98 (Catholics=John 6:53-58 Everyone else=John 6:60-66)
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To: SeekAndFind

“We’re really called to be in the world and to serve the way that Christ did, and for us to have music that is explicitly religious and therefore not accessible to outsiders ... I don’t really think that’s the call of Christ,” he stated.

I think the Call of Christ is to “seek and save the lost” or something like that...

interesting article though

I remember when Micheal W Smith went “mainstream” his music was really bad during that time. Andre Crouch tried the “mainstream” “stuff” too IIRC..


3 posted on 09/14/2011 9:27:27 AM PDT by Rightly Biased (Do you know how awkward it is to have a political argument with a naked man?)
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To: SeekAndFind

A few months ago I went to church, I was late getting up and had to go to the “contemporary” service. The guy playing the guitar was jamming like he was at a heavy metal concert instead of a church service. It really made me sick. I thought that this was punishment for getting up late.


4 posted on 09/14/2011 9:28:50 AM PDT by dragonblustar
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To: SeekAndFind
I personally can't stand the socalled "Christian" music of today . . . Someone said it could be called "24/7": 24 repetitions of 7 words, if I recall it correctly. Sounds like the rock station from any other pagan station, and unless you have a decoding ring, you''ll be unable to understand most of the lyrics.

Gone are the days of the Righteous Bros, Forester Sisters, etc., singing perfectly clear and lovely lyrics.

We have a Fish station here in Cleveland which I try to avoid because of the 24/7 nature of almost all they play.

5 posted on 09/14/2011 9:29:30 AM PDT by laweeks
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To: SeekAndFind

Local Christian stations here in DC have been playing the SAME 15-20 songs for the last 10 years. I have NO DOUBT that all they do is put in the same 24 hour rotation sound track, put in a little weather and comment and call it a day.

Our family has since quit listening to them for going on 2 years now.

Every once in awhile we’ll check in and yep, SAME SONGS!!!!


6 posted on 09/14/2011 9:30:38 AM PDT by Hammerhead
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To: LurkingSince'98

If your taking a poll - I’m voting for Gregorian Chant.

Inspiring holiness since circa 600 AD.


Correct. The Church created music to bear the mysteries of the Gospel in Byzantine and Gregorian chant. Every other attempt at ‘Christian’ music seems to be an adaptation of musical impulses from outside the household of faith. Including the Protestant hymn tradition and this contemporary pop stuff they are referencing.

That doesn’t make it bad, but must we call it ‘Christian?’


7 posted on 09/14/2011 9:31:57 AM PDT by Rippin
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To: laweeks

Yeh, I HATE being led by teenagers/20 somethings jamming on guitars playing to modern christian rock chorus’ and video screens.

Enough already!!! And this is coming from a guy that enjoys punk, rockabilly, heavy metal etc. etc.


8 posted on 09/14/2011 9:33:57 AM PDT by Hammerhead
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To: SeekAndFind
Is Christian Music 'Genreless' and 'Unoriginal'?

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Chris Tomlin....
Matt Redman...
Danny Daniels...
Stephen Curtis Chapman
Michael W. Smith...
Scott Underwood...

....With so many others who write and lead worship-- loving God with all of their hearts...

....As well as instruments and voice talents...

*************

The question has been answered.... jmho...

9 posted on 09/14/2011 9:35:50 AM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: LurkingSince'98
RE: If your taking a poll - I’m voting for Gregorian Chant.

I actually have this CD:


The 99 Most Essential Gregorian Chants



For those of you readers with very short attention spans, Be aware that some of the chants in this CD last over 8 Minutes. One of them -- MISA DE ANGELIS lasts 15 minutes !
10 posted on 09/14/2011 9:35:56 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: SeekAndFind

As someone who has been a musician all his life, from playing blues and rock in clubs and now praise and worship music in the church; I am of the opinion that much of this article is right on the money.

However, all of the music written and recorded today is based on something that came before it. Ecclesiastes says that “there is nothing new under the sun.”

Personally I don’t listen to much Christian music but stick to Motown and classic rock because I find most Christian music to be predictable and uninspiring. Strange that those of us supposedly filled with the Holy Spirit can’t come up with something more inspiring. But then again tastes on music are subjective.

I welcome any suggestions on good Christian music that you find good and interesting and will take the time to listen. Thanks!

BZ


11 posted on 09/14/2011 9:36:07 AM PDT by Bed_Zeppelin
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To: LurkingSince'98; Salamander

Gregorian Chant dudes doing an Ozzy cover tune:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVqAPofFgT4

Same dudes covering Metallica:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7csvgL-G3E


12 posted on 09/14/2011 9:37:31 AM PDT by humblegunner (The kinder, gentler version...)
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To: SeekAndFind

Christian music presents a contradiction of sorts. Music is a creative, often spontaneous and mysterious thing and if you are a believer then you ascribe its origins and power to move to God.

The problem (for lack of a better term) is that contemporary Christian music is by definition centered around a single subject i.e. everyone knows how the song ends before it begins because of the intentions - stated or unstated - of the individuals or groups performing such music.

Many artists do themselves no favors by mindlessly copying the pop music flavor of the month along with certain production techniques in order to appear hip. From Roland JC-120 amps in the 80s to Mesa/Boogie Rectifiers in the 90s and 00s, it’s one thing to use state of the art gear but quite another to create soundalike tracks or performances with predictable ‘you’re a bad/sad/lost person but here’s hope’ narrative lyrics. Such a narrative is, by definition, inescapable given the genre and I think bands are conscious of this with their often elliptical - but still confined - choice of lyrics. Hence ‘deep and meaningful’ titles ‘Is It Worth It?’ ‘Don’t Turn Away,’ or ‘Drop Your Guard’ (these are all fictitious but typically trite examples).

Making matters worse, there are some insanely talented people in PWBs (to use the Craigslist acronym) but far too many hacks meandering through 3-chord songs on poorly tuned acoustics. You may say ‘they hear a calling’ and fair play to them for acting on it but any public performance should come with a self-inventory of one’s preparedness.

I realize this is potential flame-bait with claims of ‘you’ve never heard of XXX’ or ‘XXX’s lyrics aren’t like that’ but as before when you start with one subject you will, inevitably, end with the same subject.


13 posted on 09/14/2011 9:38:08 AM PDT by relictele (Pax Quaeritur Bello)
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To: Hammerhead

most modern praise songs are like commercial jingles, except more simplistic!


14 posted on 09/14/2011 9:39:23 AM PDT by MNDude
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To: SeekAndFind

The usual thing ... “Music I don’t like is bad. Waaaaaaaah!”


15 posted on 09/14/2011 9:41:16 AM PDT by Tax-chick (I welcome our new reptilian overlords. They are so quiet!)
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To: SeekAndFind

All of it I’ve heard since about 1994 is soulless. Everybody in the Christian rock community needs to listen to old time gospel and find out what a joyous noise sounds like.


16 posted on 09/14/2011 9:41:16 AM PDT by discostu (keep on keeping on)
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To: SeekAndFind
Try the Holy Hip Hop series. There is some incredibly fun music here and great lyrics.
17 posted on 09/14/2011 9:41:16 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: SeekAndFind
If a song is Holy Spirit inspired, it will reach many people.

From my exerience the Holy Spirit has blessed me with over 100+ songs in all different styles. For the past 10 years He has given me melodies as I play in the Spirit. Then, as I read the Bible up pops verses or entire portions of Scripture that fit the melodies. It's a real God-thing.

The Lord says, "Sing to Me a new song." He puts songs in our hearts.

18 posted on 09/14/2011 9:42:01 AM PDT by stars & stripes forever ( Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.)
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To: Bed_Zeppelin

I once invited a young secular immigrant from Bulgaria to a Christian Youth Fellowship Group ( mostly composed of dozens of late teeners and college students ).

After the fellowship, the Bulgarian told me that the songs being sang (including the lyrics ) sound like love songs he heard in Bulgaria ( and remember, Bulgaria is secular and was under atheistic communism for many years ).


19 posted on 09/14/2011 9:42:07 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: SeekAndFind

Yes, it generally is.

Very sincere, however.

And Christianity had a great run in music that lasted for centuries.


20 posted on 09/14/2011 9:42:52 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Bed_Zeppelin

I once invited a young secular immigrant from Bulgaria to a Christian Youth Fellowship Group ( mostly composed of dozens of late teeners and college students ).

After the fellowship, the Bulgarian told me that the songs being sang (including the lyrics ) sound like love songs he heard in Bulgaria ( and remember, Bulgaria is secular and was under atheistic communism for many years ).

He said the love songs to Jesus ( e.g. repeats of “Jesus I Love you, Jesus I need you” ) gave him the impression that the girls wanted Jesus to be their boyfriend or something....


21 posted on 09/14/2011 9:43:42 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: Tax-chick; Hammerhead

I once invited a young secular immigrant from Bulgaria to a Christian Youth Fellowship Group ( mostly composed of dozens of late teeners and college students ).

After the fellowship, the Bulgarian told me that the songs being sang (including the lyrics ) sound like love songs he heard in Bulgaria ( and remember, Bulgaria is secular and was under atheistic communism for many years ).

He said the love songs to Jesus ( e.g. repeats of “Jesus I Love you, Jesus I need you” ) gave him the impression that the girls wanted Jesus to be their boyfriend or something....


22 posted on 09/14/2011 9:45:07 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: Bed_Zeppelin

I’m trying to remember where I heard about the program director for a Christian music station talking about “JPM’s. JPM’s are supposedly “Jesuses per minute”. It was told to make the point that the music was generally so bad and the lyrics so vapid that he felt that if there wasn’t so many JPM’s in a song the audience wouldn’t realize it was supposed to be “Christian music”, whatever that means. I don’t know if the anecdote is true or not.

All I know is that every time I turn the station to “Christian rock” it is pretty lame, but to be fair most of the new “regular” rock that gets played on the radio is lame too.

Freegards


23 posted on 09/14/2011 9:49:16 AM PDT by Ransomed
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To: Hammerhead
Yeh, I HATE being led by teenagers/20 somethings jamming on guitars playing to modern christian rock chorus’ and video screens.

I totally agree. Satan has taken over church music. The church can no longer heal the deaf, but it sure is trying to cause deafness in many churches.

24 posted on 09/14/2011 9:49:46 AM PDT by aimhigh
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To: SeekAndFind

My favorite song..

By my favorite singer...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Lk3jPQSDFc


25 posted on 09/14/2011 9:55:18 AM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: SeekAndFind

I prefer traditional Southern Baptist hymnal and traditional Christmas music

the sort of things one would find in the 1960s when I grew up


26 posted on 09/14/2011 10:00:21 AM PDT by wardaddy (, Dick Cheney ....get his book...he should have been President)
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To: humblegunner

I can’t do youtube here right now.

Is it ‘The Benzedrine Monks Of Santo Domonica’?


27 posted on 09/14/2011 10:01:02 AM PDT by WayneS (Don't Blame Me, I voted for Kodos!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Some of the contemporary music is very wonderful (that which sticks to a Biblical message-the message of the Cross and empty tomb! However some of it is very blah-feelings oriented, or really no meaning.

I think you really have to judge each band/artist and lyric individually!

J.S.


28 posted on 09/14/2011 10:01:15 AM PDT by JSDude1 (December 18, 2010 the Day the radical homosexual left declared WAR on the US Military.)
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To: SeekAndFind
As both a singer and a Christian I love traditional gospels etc and do sing them. Every once in a while I listed to more contemporary Christian music to bolster my excitement to Christ. However. This contemporary music for me rarely feels right in Church. I am old school and many that I know feel the same way. They like traditional mass and music.

Since lyrics speak to a person's soul, I think it is hard to convert based on a song. I have seen a strong impact through certain older films on a contemporary audience and I believe that has to do with story that encompasses several senses. A song sung pure and lovely with God shining through has the power through its shear beauty to convert the heart. It hears God. It is not in the words. It is in the beauty of God.

29 posted on 09/14/2011 10:01:24 AM PDT by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Christian” is a theme, not a genre. Christian music can be rock, pop, A/C, jazz, classical - that’s its broad appeal. Those who say only classical sacred music or hymns are “Christian” forget that Charles and John Wesley (and others) set Christian lyrics to popular drinking songs of the day - many of which eventually made it into the hymnal.

FWIW, I write and perform Christian music in multiple genres because different folks are attracted to different styles. I haven’t gone hip-hop yet (my daughters would DIE), but somebody will listen to Holy Hip-Hop (a real genre) and find Christ.

AFWIW, I get tired of overly repetitive praise tunes in our worship services, too.

Colonel, USAFR


30 posted on 09/14/2011 10:04:06 AM PDT by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: Tax-chick
No no!

You're WRONG!

It's the music I don't like that is bad!

;-)

31 posted on 09/14/2011 10:04:38 AM PDT by WayneS (Don't Blame Me, I voted for Kodos!)
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To: WayneS

The best I can come up with is the Wikipedia entry:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gregorian_%28band%29

They have no site of their own, and the one fan site I found kind of sucked.

Apparently not real monks, but they can chant like nobody’s business.


32 posted on 09/14/2011 10:20:04 AM PDT by humblegunner (The kinder, gentler version...)
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To: MNDude

***most modern praise songs are like commercial jingles, except more simplistic!****

Yet you can’t whistle the tune, you can’t feel lifted in spirit by them. the songs just set ther and do nothing except moan and groan take up time.

At church, one canned song I particularly hate has a final refrain of “Thank you lord, thank you Lord, Thank you Lord...” Then it begins to fade out and people begin to set down.

SUDENLY the music comes back loud, and everyone jumps back to their feet...”THANK YOU LORD THANK YOUR LORD thank you lord...” then fades out.
You start to set down and her it comes again! “THANK YOU LORD THANK YOUR LORD thank you Lord..”

Then the song fades out and everyone remains standing because they are not sure if it will start the refrain over again. It is kind of rough on us old people.

Several years back I was trying to listen to a Christian radio station. they played the same song over three times within 20 minutes. The “singer” was moaning and groaning with as much pieity as he could muster. I felt that someone should shoot him just to put him out of his misery.

Give me the good old hymns from the OLD Baptist hymnal or other older songs, or a good dose of THE CHUCK WAGON GANG any day!

Victory in Jesus.

On Christ the solid Rock I stand.

or some Issac Watts songs.

No moaning and groaning in these!


33 posted on 09/14/2011 10:29:26 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Click my name. See my home page, if you dare! NEW PHOTOS & PAINTINGS)
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To: relictele

What Christian music lacks is talent. Thirty minutes of “He Loves Me” sung through the nose of a “prophetic worship leader” is akin to waterboarding. There is no excelence in it because it’s performed for God and nobody is going to say it’s bad. I call it Christian Hip-Hop or “Yeah God” music because the crowd hops around like a Zumba class on meth, while the band plays the same three cords as “Gloria” by Van Morrison.

Christian music is a contradiction. What is the rest of music, non-Christian, demonic, worldly, secular etc. There is good music and bad music. The fact that you take a lousy song and ganish it with slurred or screamed Christian catch phrases doesn’t make it good.

It’s too bad that most of Christian music is either terrible or mediocre, but as long as you are doing it for the Lord, nobody is going to tell you you can’t sing. At the Pearly Gates they may find Simon Cowell instead of Saint Peter.


34 posted on 09/14/2011 10:33:08 AM PDT by Babba Gi
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To: relictele

What Christian music lacks is talent. Thirty minutes of “He Loves Me” sung through the nose of a “prophetic worship leader” is akin to waterboarding. There is no excelence in it because it’s performed for God and nobody is going to say it’s bad. I call it Christian Hip-Hop or “Yeah God” music because the crowd hops around like a Zumba class on meth, while the band plays the same three cords as “Gloria” by Van Morrison.

Christian music is a contradiction. What is the rest of music, non-Christian, demonic, worldly, secular etc. There is good music and bad music. The fact that you take a lousy song and ganish it with slurred or screamed Christian catch phrases doesn’t make it good.

It’s too bad that most of Christian music is either terrible or mediocre, but as long as you are doing it for the Lord, nobody is going to tell you you can’t sing. At the Pearly Gates they may find Simon Cowell instead of Saint Peter.


35 posted on 09/14/2011 10:33:18 AM PDT by Babba Gi
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To: SeekAndFind

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7UNZo9_azI&feature=related


36 posted on 09/14/2011 10:34:47 AM PDT by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: aimhigh
First of all--a disclaimer: I have been involved in Christian music since the 1950s and in the 1960s began a 'ministry' in music that lasted for some decades. In the 1960s, I was one of the 'pioneers' in contemporary Christian music when most church music consisted of piano, organ and choir.

In other words, I am NOT opposed to the contemporary sound nor am I opposed to guitars, drums, etc. in the church.

However, I must say in all honesty that I simply cannot stand most of the contemporary Christian music being written today. Most of it is mindless, boring, repetitive, predictable and utterly lacking in creativity. I prayed for years that our city would someday have a Christian radio station. We now have three of them and I cannot stand to listen to any of them!

Our church has only contemporary Christian music. The music our worship leader picks is what he hears on--you guessed it--the Christian radio station! I whole-heartedly agree with the poster who said something to the effect, "How can those who have the Holy Spirit (the Creator) in them not be able to compose songs that are any more creative?"

As a side note: I don't belive that current pop or rock music is any better. It seems that we have simply lost the creative spark when it comes to composing music. It is so predictable and so much of it sounds the same. Why do you suppose 50s and 60s music is still so popular 50 to 60 years later?
37 posted on 09/14/2011 10:35:03 AM PDT by systemjim (Lifetime Lover of Music)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’d like to weigh in on this discussion. I’m a musician/singer/songwriter. I came to Christ in 2000 at the age of 40. I was started writing and recording gospel songs.

I was looking to market them and spoke to a contemporary Christian music reviewer in New York who told me that I can’t say “Jesus” too much in my songs. It turns people off.

I also had an opportunity to have my first CD reviewed by an A&R guy at a Christian label. He loved the music (folk/country/bluegrass blend), and said he might personally want to use some of the songs for his own personal project, but since I wasn’t a 23 year old rocker with a goatee, I wasn’t what they were looking for. It was disappointing to say the least.

Currently, I’m a worship leader at a cowboy church. We do a variety of music from old hymns to country gospel to CCM. The music is done well, with a tuned voice and a tuned guitar. The guitar itself didn’t kill Christian music. It is a finely tuned instrument that I use to communicate, just as I pray that I am for God’s use.

Much of CCM is taken from Psalms. It’s all praise, no theology. The hymns that are being forced out of churches are teaching tools and, I believe, are powerful tools for leading people to Christ. I agree that so much of the current Christian music is devoid of any soul or feeling.

I have a three piece band. We love to do gospel concerts, but our main performance venues tend to be in the secular arena. We ALWAYS play gospel songs. It’s amazing to us how well received gospel songs are received in secular places. It opens up hearts and opportunities and is often the only time many people are exposed to the gospel.

A couple of weeks ago, we played at an out door event in Prescott. We included several gospel songs in our set, as usual. When we finished, a homeless man came up in tears thanking us for playing those songs. They had touched him deeply.

My husband and I have been participating with a homeless ministry for many years now. They picked one of my songs, Daddy-O, as a theme song for their web site. Here’s a link:

http://www.youmatterministries.com/You_Matter_Ministries/Home.html

Bottom line - good music is good music. The subject matter of God cannot be exhausted. His word never comes back void - so put it out there.


38 posted on 09/14/2011 10:35:03 AM PDT by stansblugrassgrl (PRAISE THE LORD AND PASS THE AMMUNITION!!! YEEEEEHAW!)
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To: relictele

What Christian music lacks is talent. Thirty minutes of “He Loves Me” sung through the nose of a “prophetic worship leader” is akin to waterboarding. There is no excelence in it because it’s performed for God and nobody is going to say it’s bad. I call it Christian Hip-Hop or “Yeah God” music because the crowd hops around like a Zumba class on meth, while the band plays the same three cords as “Gloria” by Van Morrison.

Christian music is a contradiction. What is the rest of music, non-Christian, demonic, worldly, secular etc. There is good music and bad music. The fact that you take a lousy song and ganish it with slurred or screamed Christian catch phrases doesn’t make it good.

It’s too bad that most of Christian music is either terrible or mediocre, but as long as you are doing it for the Lord, nobody is going to tell you you can’t sing. At the Pearly Gates they may find Simon Cowell instead of Saint Peter.


39 posted on 09/14/2011 10:35:29 AM PDT by Babba Gi
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To: SeekAndFind

My personal favorite:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNROtERcPSs


40 posted on 09/14/2011 10:36:20 AM PDT by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: SeekAndFind

People respond to music in different ways and many do respond to Current Christian Music.

Having sung every thing from Shape note music (1650s) to classical, opera, contemporary to traditional hymns, I think every style works to a degree. It’s all good.


41 posted on 09/14/2011 10:43:04 AM PDT by texmexis best
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To: Bed_Zeppelin

“I welcome any suggestions on good Christian music that you find good and interesting and will take the time to listen. Thanks!”
^^^^^^

Do I have a treat for you! Here are my three favorite singers, all very much different from the lightweight stuff you hear on Christian radio. These three will take you into His Presence.

Jason Upton
http://www.jasonupton.net
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_Upton

Jason Upton has some intensely deep music. There are three sample songs on his website... click the little audio player on the front page.

Michael Card
http://www.michaelcard.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Card

Michael Card is an Old Testament teacher turned singer. His music is very thoughtful. He has an album “The Beginning,” which is based on the Old Testament, that is unbelievable.

John Michael Talbot
http://www.johnmichaeltalbot.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Michael_Talbot

The Lord taught me a lesson when I heard about John Michael Talbot. I was a Baptist studying Bible at a Baptist university. My roommate said, “You have to listen to this!” and he put on a tape. I listened and was completely blown away. The songs on that tape just ushered me right into the Presence. I was speechless, tears coming to my eyes, and I said “WHO WAS THAT???” My roommate said, “A Catholic monk!”

John Michael Talbot is an honest-to-goodness Catholic monk, who actually looks a lot like Moses. The Lord has given this man an incredible gifting to write Heaven-sent music. If you haven’t heard Talbot’s music before, you will be utterly blown away.

These three men are spiritual heavy-weights. Their music will bless you.


42 posted on 09/14/2011 10:45:47 AM PDT by PastorBooks
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To: Babba Gi

I agree to a point in that talent is often subverted in favor of some rather basic progressions or arrangements in order to make the music ‘accessible.’

I definitely agree that music performed on behalf of The Man Upstairs usually enjoys a relatively unfettered critical pathway.

I once had Bill Gaither Ministries as a client and they were quite a cynical lot. Episodes were churned out like soap operas with cheesy sets and lighting to match. Divine inspiration was a bit thin on the ground compared to the sell-sell-sell ethos.


43 posted on 09/14/2011 10:46:07 AM PDT by relictele (Pax Quaeritur Bello)
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To: SeekAndFind

The best rendition of Amazing Grace(and yes, I know Judy Collins is an 0bamazombie):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ss5I8b4zIKY&feature=related


44 posted on 09/14/2011 10:47:45 AM PDT by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: systemjim

Try this on for size. I like it.

Flyleaf - All Around Me

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xN0FFK8JSYE&ob=av2e


45 posted on 09/14/2011 10:57:06 AM PDT by IAMIUBU
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To: humblegunner

Home listening bookmark.


46 posted on 09/14/2011 11:04:02 AM PDT by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: SeekAndFind
He said the love songs to Jesus ( e.g. repeats of “Jesus I Love you, Jesus I need you” ) gave him the impression that the girls wanted Jesus to be their boyfriend or something ...

At least Jesus isn't going get a girl pregnant and abandon her, give her an incurable STD, or beat her up, like other potential love interests.

But seriously, people make the exact comment you have made all the time, but nuptial/romantic imagery for the soul's relationship to God is one of the many poetic expressions found in Scripture and in the writings of the saints from the earliest days of Christianity. It may not be to everyone's taste, but Christian worship isn't about everyone's sharing the same tastes.

47 posted on 09/14/2011 11:17:39 AM PDT by Tax-chick (I welcome our new reptilian overlords. They are so quiet!)
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To: stansblugrassgrl; SeekAndFind

I second the plug for the performances of “stansblugrassgrl.” I’ve listened to some of the music, and it’s well done. Not everyone is going to like every song or find it inspirational - just as not every Psalm in the Bible speaks to everyone at every time - and it’s not reasonable to expect that.

My band is Contemporary Latin-American Acoustic. We do some modern Latino Christian pieces, but our best songs, and the ones our congregation likes best, are in traditional Ranchero and Mariachi styles ... sort of the Mexican equivalent of Baptist Hymnal standards.


48 posted on 09/14/2011 11:26:35 AM PDT by Tax-chick (I welcome our new reptilian overlords. They are so quiet!)
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To: SeekAndFind
I'll admit I am not a big fan of Christian music, although one of my favorite albums is "Third Day", by, uh, Third Day. I tend to see Christian music the same way the producers of South Park do: Full Episode: "Christian Hard Rock".
49 posted on 09/14/2011 11:30:52 AM PDT by Paradox (Democrats on Obama, They can't deny him, He is them.)
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To: Wings-n-Wind; SeekAndFind
If I may add to your list...

Michael Gungor
Roland Steven Taylor
Thad Cockrell
Jars of Clay
Israel Houghton
Bill Mallonee
Danny Flowers
Mark Heard (RIP)
Phil Keaggy
Buddy and Julie Miller

A few of the above are crossover artists, but all sing of matters of God.

There is a lot of great Christian music around. There are many more artists I like that I could add to the list.

50 posted on 09/14/2011 11:38:26 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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