So people like the “Christian” music genre here. They like it a lot more than in normal places, like Orlando (I miss you!). But what’s the point of that? Seriously? I mean, I like worship music, but only for an hour every Sunday. I don’t listen to Steven Curtis Chapman, or Chris Tomlin for musical entertainment. So after thinking about this for quite a while, I can’t help coming up with a recurring thought: I do listen to Christian music, I just listen to Christian music inside of another genre of music. Just because it’s not labeled Christian on the top of the iTunes window, doesn’t mean it’s not just as good as Toby Mac. In actually, it means it’s (about) seventeen times more affective.
Christian music as a genre holds no surprises. It’s the same freaking chords and notes and rhythms over and over. You could really just change the words of three different Chris Tomlin songs, and only four people in any given congregation would be able to tell the difference. Lyrically there are three different types of Christian songs: asking forgiveness, illustrating someone else’s situation that God showed up in, and praise. That’s really it. Sure, sure, there are exceptions, so stop yelling at me, my over zealous, Christian stereotypes. But the point is that it’s boring, musically, which is an opinion, and spiritually, which is a fact.
Well hear this rant my naysayers:
|August Burns Red|
“This kind of music can truly be a weapon against the spiritual warfare that kids face these days. I don't want to knock other Christian artists, because they all have their place, but if we were speaking metaphorically, what kind of weapon would you call contemporary Christian pop, and what kind of weapon would you call Christian heavy metal?” –Ryan Clark of Demon Hunter
I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter hidden things, things from of old- what we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.
-Psalms 78: 2-4