We all know what Christian music is. We must. We use the term often. A google search for the phrase summons over 300 million results. Look for Christian music on iTunes. You’ll find songs, albums, artists, genres, apps, playlists, and more. If we use the phrase this much, we...
Mumford & Sons is kind of a big deal. I suspected that their upcoming concert at the Hollywood Bowl would fill up fast, so I cleared my schedule to buy tickets the moment they went on sale—only to find that the 18,000-seat venue had sold out instantly. Mumford’s first album,...
The Welcome Wagon made a pretty big splash in 2008 when they released their first album under the wing of Sufjan Stevens. The album came out on Sufjan’s label, and Sufjan himself produced and even arranged much of the album. This was enough to gain the band attention, but...
My father in law introduced me to the music of Bob Dylan. At first, I didn’t understand the appeal. But a few years and several albums later, Dylan has become one of my favorites. I won’t argue with anyone who finds his voice less than appealing, but I will...
I’ve written a fair amount about Christian music, and also about the Christian Music Industry (both the positive and the negative). One of the major weaknesses of “Christian Music” as an industry is that it can’t account for all of the solid music being created by solid Christians. It’s...
If Christian music is not the same thing as music made by Christians, then what is it? I’d say the next most obvious candidate for a definition of Christian music is this: music with Christian subject matter. So if the song is about Jesus, salvation, faith, love, etc., then...
The title of this post is probably enough. We all know what it's like to somehow feel better or consoled or validated or inspired after listening to a piece of music—as if by magic. And magic is not the worst term for it: much of music's power comes from...
Christians—evangelical Christians—are those who have a sense of urgency about spreading the gospel. So when a Christian is handed a microphone, he or she knows what to do with it. That microphone, that platform, that position of influence, is to be used for the sake of the gospel. That’s as...
This is dangerous. Writing about what constitutes Christian music is tricky enough. But when you start talking about the Christian Music Industry, things get a bit more awkward. Good people have devoted their lives to the success of this venture. In general, people tend to feel strongly one way...
This great quote is attributed to Elvis Costello: “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.” Indeed. That’s one of art’s greatest characteristics. It defies description. It resists paraphrase. So when it comes to writing about something as complex, subtly nuanced, and experience-driven as music, you may as well be...
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