Take off the black bag

Posted: June 22, 2010 in Uncategorized
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There is a stigma attached to Christian music.  “All they sing about is God and Jesus and they are musical midgets, playing simple songs for there simple and closed-minded audience.”  This load of crap has damaged the Christian music industry and those who believe this and are spreading this fallacy are spreading their ignorance like wildfire. I must confess, there was a time when I too looked down on these artists who chose to fight the uphill battle of making a living with positive songs and Christian values.  Forget writing music, the life of a believer is tough enough without the added pressure of being in the spotlight, even if it is a small one.  Every Christian follower you have is judging your every single move.  I just saw this yesterday: a Christian metal band posted a tweet that contained an expletive, and it was also posted on Facebook.  As soon as it was posted, several people made comments, demeaning the band, telling them they weren’t Christian, and so on.  The post was quickly changed.  Knowing their audience, they probably should have strayed from using this sort of language, but just because someone swears doesn’t mean they have been condemned to hell.  If it did, I don’t think there would need to be a heaven.  My point is, these bands are being so heavily scrutinized it is a wonder that artists choose this path at all.  In the mainstream media, the saying goes, “Any publicity is good publicity.”  Not so for Christian bands.

I have been submerged in the Christian music world for the past 6 years now.  I implore you, please try one of these quality groups.  Give them a fair chance, listen to several of their songs, and tell me if you like what you hear. Choose your favorite genre and listen to the band I have listed.

Metal – Demon Hunter or Project 86

Southern Rock – Maylene and the Sons of Disaster

Rock – Mae

Alternative – Children 18:3

Indie – Fair

Hip-Hop/Rap – Grits

Pop – Owl City

Electronica – Family Force 5

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Comments
  1. steph4christ says:

    I feel we have kindred blogs. I too am writing about Christian music, mostly in the subculture scene. Writing to the “freaks, geeks, and misfits in the body of Christ.” I’ve actually heard of Neon Horse. I like their song Strange Town, of course confession – that’s the only one I’ve heard… I love Children 18:3 though. Anyway before I write a book, I like your blogs and I’m going to link to your blogsite. I hope you enjoy my blog too. Keep writing and keep being a Social Hazard!

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