To be totally honest, I usually have a somewhat difficult time with the mostly disingenuous marketing invention that is “Christian Music”; a term that essentially serves as an excuse for mediocrity. I’m sure a lot of church musicians will cringe at my saying this, but for the most part, I find a majority of anthemic, Jesus-is-my-boyfriend praise music to be really… hokey. I know, I know, it really does work for some people. And I respect that; if the gift is the message, for some folks praise music packaging hits the nail on the head. It just doesn’t for me most of the time.
To be even more honest, I hear God at work more often when I listen to artists like John Mark Nelson, Ravi Shankar, and this Sufjan Stevens/Coldplay mashup.
I mean, there are some very distinct exceptions to my general distaste for the “Christian” genre… whatever that means. Derek Webb
, some All Sons & Daughters
, Rachel Kurtz
, and a lot of bluegrass gospel-ish stuff
is really, really great. Right now, I’m really digging this band, Gungor. A somewhat experimental rock group who write music that hits a religious tangent and who have studied music outside praise band music?!
This guy’s got some serious song-writing and composing chops. Enjoy this acoustic performance, including a beat-boxing cello player.
Best of luck, and be good to other humans.