So I decided that this blog isn’t very personal, I don’t tell you very much about me–I think most blogs are too personal–often times just a big list of things that people do every day, but mine has very little personal content, so I thought I should share one of my great loves with you all–music! I am a avid music fan and was thinking that I should share some of my love for music with you. Much of the music I share will be from Christian artists that do not walk the typical path of Contemporary Christian Music (CCM). Much of the music I share will be secular artists that produce beautiful music that we can listen to with careful discernment. Much of the music I share will be by artists that I do not know whether they are Christians or not. We can learn something from and enjoy these various types of music if we do so with discernment and when necessary, take the time to point out when their worldview proves itself to contradict Scripture.
Because there are those who believe that all secular music is evil, I need to make a couple of comments. First, just because I like a particular song or band does not mean that I agree with everything that particular band stands for nor does it mean that I believe the song is in every way glorifying to God. Everything human beings do is touched by the effects of sin as we are all sinners and live in a fallen world. We are also all made in the image of God and therefore capable of displaying that image in the art we create–that said, there are, at times, people who are not believers in the Lord Jesus Christ who create beautiful art that we can look at (or hear in this instance) and admire and come to understand something about the world we live in or our being created in the image of God. Often times secular art needs to be interpreted with Christian discernment–in other words what does a particular piece of art say about man? What does it say about God? Is the artist saying something about his or her fallen condition? Is the artist whether consciously or not displaying something of having been created in the image of God? Anything good or beautiful in this world is a product of us having been created by a good God (James 1:17)!
Often times Christian music, especially CCM, needs to be listened to with just as much discernment. I have listened to enough CCM in my day to know that not all of it is glorifying to God. Sometimes I think that “Christian” music that makes little of God is worse than secular music that makes no claims about God whatsoever. I’d rather listen to beautiful music that displays something of the image of God in us than “Christian” music that makes our holy God out to be smaller and less holy than He is!
That was a long explanation, I don’t expect everyone to agree, but hopefully those of you who understand where I am coming from will enjoy some of the music I share!
What I have been listening to this week: Fleet Foxes–I kept hearing that this band is awesome and I liked every single I heard, so I finally gave in and picked up their album. This video is pretty funny, with all the barn animals just sitting there around the band. Plus, do these guys not look like they came straight out of the 70’s? Awesome! I love the lead singer’s vocals and his beard (think I should grow one like that?)–its different but very cool.
For those with more eclectic taste: Department of Eagles–kind of a mix between Radiohead, Broken Social Scene is best way I can describe it. Very cool, very melodic. This is an alternate version of a song from their new album, In Ear Park, called “No One Does It like You.”
Future Release that I can’t wait to get: Welcome Wagon–this band consists of the Rev. Vito Aiuto, a Presbyterian pastor from New York and his wife, Monique. You can listen to a track off their upcoming album for free here. The song is called “Sold! To the Nice Rich Man!” I think its actually a cover of an old Danielson Family song. Listen to the lyrics (if its not obvious, the “nice” rich man is Satan)–very interesting stuff and Rev. Aiuto has a pretty sweet guitar solo! Their new album was produced by Sufjan Stevens and this song just oozes of Sufjan influence in a good way. This is the best song I have heard in a while–the new album is supposed to a mix of hymns they put their own spin on and some songs they wrote–I can’t wait! Seriously, go listen to the song right now!