Music has played a significant role in my life.
My mother was a church organist that also loved broadway musicals, jazz combos and Barbara Streisand. Every summer I spent in Cali with my Dylan worshipping dad who immersed me in folk and rock from the 60's and 70's. I studied music in college (ever so impractically), then played in an SF rock band through my 20's. Incredibly, God managed to shepherd me into a 25 year career developing music software which somehow leveraged all those previous experience perfectly.
Having a job that involves your passion is great, but what I'm most thankful for is that music has been so instrumental in my relationship with God. Truth, Beauty, and Love impact me where ever I encounter them, but it is when they exist in music that I am most likely to recognize and embrace their presence, which for me translates to God's presence.
But I have a confession to make.
Before being in the Praise Band, you could scour all the crates of LPs, boxes of cassettes, walls of CDs, multiple hard drives and iPods filled to capacity, and listening history for the multiple streaming services I use but you’d be hard pressed to find much in the way of bonafide contemporary Christian music tracks. I generally consider contemporary Christian music to be rather bland, formulaic, and in worst cases, disingenuous. In addition, the theology often seemed inspired by a more conservative, evangelical Christian perspective than the liberal Christian tradition I'm at home with.
Once I joined the band I decided I better have a better look because in truth, my exposure to contemporary Christian music was pretty minimal. Was it possible my opinion was borne of ignorance and pretentiousness? Could it be that Christian inspired music could run the gamut of styles and sophistication, just like secular music does? Could there be artists with just as much artistic depth and integrity as their “heathen” rivals? What would happen if I listened to and explored this genre as much as I have for “normal” music?
I hope to use this blog as a forum for exposing what I’ve discovered over the last 6 months of exploring. If you don’t like what you hear initially, please come back. I will be trying to vary the type of artists and music I offer up, though certainly my personal bias, which leans heavily toward the stripped down singer/songwriter - will undoubtedly tip the balance a bit. Hopefully I’ll eventually put something out that resonates with you and inspires further exploration. If you find something you want to share, let us know and we’d b’e more than happy to post.
‘nuf talk already. let’s get on with the music!