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« on: April 06, 2004, 01:15:07 PM »

Well, I'm not a fan of so-called Contemporary Christian music. I was wondering if anyone here were fans of Contemporary Christian music.  

I'll express my reasons why later, I'm curious about what others think first.

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« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2004, 01:29:42 PM »

Most of it is just cheap ersatz for secular music
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« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2004, 01:40:03 PM »

Except for a few simple "hymns" with texts taken straight from the Scriptures, I don't care for it.
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« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2004, 01:41:40 PM »

I don't care for it at all.  I don't have a theological reason not to (if I thought about it I would probably come up with something) but rather purely asthetical.  I can't stand modern music, rock most of all.

I much prefer more classical music and I love chant.

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« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2004, 02:01:14 PM »

There's some good Christian metal out there. Tourniquet (who not too long ago released a new album) at the top of the list. They're a thrash band I'd put up against Metallica any day (and I used to be a major Metallica mark). Early Deliverance for more thrash, though not as good as Tourniquet. Underoath if you like the heavier stuff. Six Feet Deep if you like a hardcore/groove metal. Even early Whitecross if you happen to like that high-pitched early 80's metal style. The lyrics are all of questionable theological precision, but they're heartfelt, and I'd rather listen to people singing about how they love Christ and are trying to be good Christians than to listen to most of the alternatives.

Oddly enough, I can think of theological reasons for not listening to metal. More than half a dozen, actually. But it's all subjective. Music that might whip one person into a frenzy (making him want to get into a mosh pit), for another person relieves tension. Music (let's say, classical) that might have a profound spiritual influence on someone, might bore another person and put them to sleep. For my own part, some of the theological reasons against metal are valid in my own life. But having tried to go without such music for well over a year, I can safely say that it's better (for me at least) to get a little dirty with Christian Metal, than to get really muddy without it.

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PS. I should add that Christian Rock isn't that much different than Secular Rock as far as quality. Probably 1% of both secular and Christian bands are really good. The difference is that when it comes to secular, that 1% comes out to like 500 bands in the history of rock, since 50,000 bands have tried. When it comes to Christians, though, maybe only 5,000 bands have tried, so there's maybe 50 good Christian bands. And while there are good secular bands who very few have heard about, because of the nature of the music business, there's even more Christian bands who people have never heard about. Thus, it seems (to those who have never really looked hard) that Christian bands suck. They don't. If someone puts an effort into finding good Christian bands (in every genre), they will find them.
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« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2004, 02:39:58 PM »

In regards to contemporary Christian music, I would recommend the group "Eikona", which I seem to recall is made up of 4 women who are wives of Greek Orthodox priests.  I've seen them perform and have a couple of their CDs.  Good stuff, blending chants, etc, with more contemporary sounds.
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« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2004, 05:24:13 PM »

I was subjected to a year very little but CCM in my brief sojourn as a student at an evangelical college.  Very little of it was enjoyable for me as most was sappy dreck, but that can be said for popular music as Justin pointed out above.  I like some of Bebo Norman's stuff (especially The Hammer Holds and A Page is Turned) and enjoy the song "Flood" by Jars of Clay, as well as some of the ska by Audio Adrenaline is okay.  

There are several once-CCM artists that are now exclusively secular musicians that I enjoy.  Lifehouse, The Cardigans, and Maire Brennan.  And I can't forget that Bob Dylan had a gospel album.  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2004, 05:55:53 PM »

Has anyone heard the Bulgarian group "Hesychia"?  A Bulgarian guy recently played one of their albums for me, but I can't seem to find it for sale anywhere.
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« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2004, 06:26:16 PM »

hmm I have never heard of this Eikona group.  I thought it was all evangelical protestant in outlook.  I wonder if there is someplace you could purchase one of their CD's.

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« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2004, 06:42:14 PM »

Personally, I don't care for it very much.  Most of it doesn't really say much, or worse, has bad theology in it.  The sad thing is that many churches are singing the praise songs instead of the old hymns, and some of those praise songs aren't that great.
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« Reply #10 on: April 06, 2004, 10:25:25 PM »

Eikonia CD's -

http://www.light-n-life.com/shopping/order_product.asp?ProductNum=MOTH050

Eikonia - Great Vespers from Conciliar Press -

http://conciliarpress.bizhosting.com/the_saturday_service_of_great_vespers.html

The Akathist invites us to rejoice in the role the Virgin Mary played in the incarnation. "Rejoice, for thou sustaineth the Sustainer of all; Rejoice, thou through whom the Creator becometh a babe!" Cd & cassette

http://conciliarpress.bizhosting.com/the_akathist_hymn.html

The Good Shepard by Katina (Original songs in a 20th-century folk tradition, with Orthodox religious themes; feature a solo woman's voice and folk guitar. CD only )

http://conciliarpress.bizhosting.com/the_good_shepherd_1.html

 
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« Reply #11 on: April 07, 2004, 12:29:02 AM »

I'm a big fan of Table of Plenty by John Michael Talbot. Somehow it has touched me the way Byzantine chant never could.
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« Reply #12 on: April 07, 2004, 12:35:54 AM »

One really good Orthodox musician that I've heard is Peter Jon Gillquist.  And before you ask, yes, he is Fr. Peter Gillquist's son.  He's kinda folky (or at least he was when he started), but he's evolved toward more of an psuedo-indie-rock style.  It's really hard to describe what he sounds like.  You kind of just have to listen to him and hear for yourself.
The only reason I know about him is because he graduated from the same (Protestant - specifically Reformed Presbyterian [grrrrrrr]) college that I'm attending, his home parish is about a mile away from the school, and they sell his CDs there, which isn't surprising, since we're basically supporting him at St. Vladimir's.
But, anyway, yeah, I really like Pete's music and I think you guys might want to look into it.
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« Reply #13 on: April 07, 2004, 02:19:33 AM »

Matt, Matt:

That is because you should be listening to Russian Chant. Wink

thanks for the links Orthodoc.

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« Reply #14 on: April 07, 2004, 02:36:09 AM »

One really good Orthodox musician that I've heard is Peter Jon Gillquist.  And before you ask, yes, he is Fr. Peter Gillquist's son.  He's kinda folky (or at least he was when he started), but he's evolved toward more of an psuedo-indie-rock style.  It's really hard to describe what he sounds like.  You kind of just have to listen to him and hear for yourself.
The only reason I know about him is because he graduated from the same (Protestant - specifically Reformed Presbyterian [grrrrrrr]) college that I'm attending, his home parish is about a mile away from the school, and they sell his CDs there, which isn't surprising, since we're basically supporting him at St. Vladimir's.
But, anyway, yeah, I really like Pete's music and I think you guys might want to look into it.

Dude, his home parish is St. Athanasius in Isla Vista (by Santa Barbara).  I know, I grew up with him.  He was only in Beaver Falls for a few years.

Peter's not bad.  I'd that is a pretty accurate description of him.  He's very adept, practical and industrious about promoting himself to the right audiences.  He has decent talent, but I know a few that are far more talented - they just don't know how to market themselves and such.
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« Reply #15 on: April 07, 2004, 03:52:26 AM »

For some really good music, check out Old Believer chant from Russia  (unfortuanly in Russian for us Anglophiles).

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« Reply #16 on: April 07, 2004, 03:53:30 AM »

I meant unfortunate the site is in Russian.  I actually prefer the slavonic for the chants--sounds better than english would I think.

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« Reply #17 on: April 07, 2004, 09:59:02 AM »

Christian rock - boring, banal, derivative and that's just the music - don't get me started on the lyrics and the absolutely awful theology.
oh, did I mention boring?
But "contemporary" praise music is the WORST.
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« Reply #18 on: April 07, 2004, 10:09:25 AM »

Neworthodox, I totally agree for the most part.  And I definitely agree about the contemporary praise music.  The ones that put scriptures to music aren't as bad as some of them, but the Orthodox settings are so much better!
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« Reply #19 on: April 07, 2004, 10:13:34 AM »

Christian rock - boring, banal, derivative and that's just the music - don't get me started on the lyrics and the absolutely awful theology.
oh, did I mention boring?
But "contemporary" praise music is the WORST.
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« Reply #20 on: April 07, 2004, 10:20:00 AM »

what's the shortcut code for that one?

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« Reply #21 on: April 07, 2004, 10:37:39 AM »

Christian Rock.... IMHO....

Aesthically speaking it's schlocky and dull and reminds me of those fake designer perfumes you can buy at Right Aid or CVS.  I can almost hear the ads now... "Like Pearl Jam hate thier dark message? Try Creed! Same rock star image with a new and hip gospel message. For every secular trend there is a "Clean Christian Equivalent". There are Christian punk bands, boy bands, riot grrrrrl bands, goth bands...etc. etc. Name a trend in music and I can find you its Christian equivalent.  Ummm Gimme a Break.

My other objection, the message from these groups are overwhelmingly Protestant.  I'm not Protestant, I don't want Protestant theology in my music.

Finally, the whole "Church of the Christ Consumer" concept makes my teeth itch. CCM just plays into this. I don't see how a megaplex of two auditoriums, 30 classrooms, a board of 10, staff of 40  4 Pepsi machines, gift shop, in house coffee bar and a gymnasium equals a sacred space to worship God?  Getting all whooped into a frenzy over the latest christian boy band does not look like worship to me. It looks like a bunch of teen girls getting whooped into a frenzy over a group of boys.

My 2 cents, FWIW.
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« Reply #22 on: April 07, 2004, 11:50:59 AM »

Well said, PhosZoe, I concur.
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« Reply #23 on: April 07, 2004, 12:21:34 PM »

Well said, PhosZoe, I concur.

I appreciate the compliment!  Smiley
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« Reply #24 on: April 07, 2004, 12:42:42 PM »

I like some contemporary Christian music, but I voted "Indifferent." In other words, I can take it or leave it.

Real Rock music does not lend itself to the Christian message, IMHO.

I was actually a big Heavy Metal fan for awhile. It is hard to imagine a Christian band with the AC/DC sound, unless it called itself Contradiction.

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« Reply #25 on: April 07, 2004, 12:50:41 PM »

It is hard to imagine a Christian band with the AC/DC sound, unless it called itself Contradiction.

Or "Posers"
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« Reply #26 on: April 07, 2004, 01:21:33 PM »

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« Reply #27 on: April 07, 2004, 01:35:54 PM »

I like some contemporary Christian music, but I voted "Indifferent." In other words, I can take it or leave it.

Real Rock music does not lend itself to the Christian message, IMHO.

I was actually a big Heavy Metal fan for awhile. It is hard to imagine a Christian band with the AC/DC sound, unless it called itself Contradiction.

LOL "Contradiction"

I agree, "Rock and Roll" as we know it was founded on certain grounds with a certain message.  That message maybe positive, but it doesn't quite work as christian

Here's a random tid bit of knowlege." Rock and Roll" and "to rock"l was actually slang for having sex circa 1940.    



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« Reply #28 on: April 08, 2004, 03:05:11 PM »

The CCM that I particularly loathe is the "Praise Song" kind.  It is put forth for congregational singing, but often doesn't work due to large jumps between notes, long sustains, no regular meter or rhythm.  Large groups of people singing together work better with some regular structure and (Dare I say it) even some rhyme and scansion.  That doesn't mean non-harmonic or nursery rhyme simple.  "Sacred Harp" songs are multi-part and not dull, but they were meant (with a bit of learning) to be sung by groups.

The other problem is that to me (having quirky senses of humour and music) alot of these songs sound like either commercials or tv theme songs.  "Taste and See" makes me think of a butter/dairy ad, while "Here Am I, Lord" has a melody that is amazingly akin to the theme from "The Brady Bunch"  

It's mushified, blanderized and packaged.  (I know, "Don't hold back, Ebor.  Tell us what you really think."  Cheesy )

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« Reply #29 on: April 08, 2004, 04:15:37 PM »

CCM is like those "Christian" t-shirts with corporate logos, like the one that looks like the Coke logo and says "Jesus, the Real Thing". When I see those, the hair stands up on the back of my neck and I start growling!!!!!
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« Reply #30 on: April 17, 2004, 12:38:26 AM »

There's some good Christian metal out there. Tourniquet (who not too long ago released a new album) at the top of the list. They're a thrash band I'd put up against Metallica any day (and I used to be a major Metallica mark). Early Deliverance for more thrash, though not as good as Tourniquet. Underoath if you like the heavier stuff. Six Feet Deep if you like a hardcore/groove metal. Even early Whitecross if you happen to like that high-pitched early 80's metal style. The lyrics are all of questionable theological precision, but they're heartfelt, and I'd rather listen to people singing about how they love Christ and are trying to be good Christians than to listen to most of the alternatives.

Oddly enough, I can think of theological reasons for not listening to metal. More than half a dozen, actually. But it's all subjective. Music that might whip one person into a frenzy (making him want to get into a mosh pit), for another person relieves tension. Music (let's say, classical) that might have a profound spiritual influence on someone, might bore another person and put them to sleep. For my own part, some of the theological reasons against metal are valid in my own life. But having tried to go without such music for well over a year, I can safely say that it's better (for me at least) to get a little dirty with Christian Metal, than to get really muddy without it.

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PS. I should add that Christian Rock isn't that much different than Secular Rock as far as quality. Probably 1% of both secular and Christian bands are really good. The difference is that when it comes to secular, that 1% comes out to like 500 bands in the history of rock, since 50,000 bands have tried. When it comes to Christians, though, maybe only 5,000 bands have tried, so there's maybe 50 good Christian bands. And while there are good secular bands who very few have heard about, because of the nature of the music business, there's even more Christian bands who people have never heard about. Thus, it seems (to those who have never really looked hard) that Christian bands suck. They don't. If someone puts an effort into finding good Christian bands (in every genre), they will find them.

This surprises me that you have gone back. Then again it probably doesn't.  Many Christian metal bands just stink compared to their non-Christian counterparts. Maybe it is because Christian metal bands lack the anger and the edge needed to make heavy metal music that speaks to people. Perhaps they are not as competent musicians. I think both instances are true to a certain point. Singing about Jesus just isn't going to do it, especially when your life is falling apart or having your heart ripped out.  

As for Tourniquet being up there with Metallica, I don't know. Do you mean old Metallica or new Metallica? Either way, I can think other bands that are far better than Tourniquet out there that can rank up there to Metallica. I have listened to some Tourniquet songs, and to be honest I wouldn't spend a nickel on their albums. If I want to listen to thrash metal then I'll listen to Exodus and Testament before I'd listen to Tourniquet.
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« Reply #31 on: April 17, 2004, 10:17:22 AM »

CCM is like those "Christian" t-shirts with corporate logos, like the one that looks like the Coke logo and says "Jesus, the Real Thing". When I see those, the hair stands up on the back of my neck and I start growling!!!!!
(grrr)

Same here, minus the growl.  More of a sigh.  (sigh)  


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« Reply #32 on: April 17, 2004, 11:16:08 AM »

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I'll second that.

'There are only two kinds of music, good and bad' as producer and 'fifth Beatle' Sir George Martin and I'm sure others have said. And tacking God-talk lyrics onto bad music doesn't make it good.

About the only groups related to CCM I've liked in the past decade were Jars of Clay and Sixpence None the Richer (whose breakout hit wasn't religious at all).

John Michael Talbot's music is good for what it is - crooning ’70s folk pop with God-talk words. If you want to listen to it at home, fine, but not in church.
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« Reply #33 on: April 20, 2004, 11:03:12 AM »

I am thinking of becoming the first Christian lounge musician.

I want to do I Left My Heart In Constantinople a la Tony Bennett and follow it up with Incense Gets In Your Eyes.

Do "cable cars climb halfway to the stars" in Constantinople?

I may have to change that opening number.
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« Reply #34 on: April 21, 2004, 03:31:15 AM »

I'm not a fan of Christian rock ; not because of religious reasons, but because most of it is such poor quality and sounds so lame. I think that DC Talk is one of the cheesiest groups I have ever heard.

The only Christian group that I think is quite talented is Delirious. They sound a lot like U2 & they put on a great show.

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« Reply #35 on: April 21, 2004, 03:40:49 AM »

I've said it before and I'll say it again...the only good Christian "secular" music is American bluegrass, with the possible exception of the hardcore/metal band Strongarm.
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« Reply #36 on: April 21, 2004, 07:14:35 PM »

Has anyone heard the music of Peter Jon Gillquist? I have seen his albums availible on various Orthodox sites. I was wondering if he was any good.

PS- Is he related to Father Peter Gillquist?
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« Reply #37 on: April 21, 2004, 07:48:15 PM »

Isn't he one and the same?
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« Reply #38 on: April 21, 2004, 07:53:15 PM »

The Contemporary Urban Gospel is mostly garbage too.  Kirk Franklin and those guys just take the latest rap and R&B songs off the radio and remake them as cheesy Gospel tunes (Hey! I thought y'all didn't listen to secular music?  How'd you even hear that song to remake it, Kirk? He'd probably say he was despoiling the Devil's camp and taking the music back for God! Hehehe...).

I agree with Bogoliubsty about the old bluegrass tunes though.  I dig them (O Come Angel Band).  And I especially like the old Sam Cooke & the Soul Stirrers type of Quartet Gospel.  I don't consider any of music to really be "sacred music" though except the chants of the Orthodox Church.
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« Reply #39 on: April 21, 2004, 08:01:12 PM »

Isn't he one and the same?

Oh, no.  Fr. Peter Gilquist is in his late 50s early 60s.  Peter Jon Gilquist is Fr. Peter's son, and is a first year seminarian at SVS.
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« Reply #40 on: March 14, 2006, 03:05:10 AM »

I've been listening a lot to Sufjan Steven's Illinois CD lately.  I think he's a musical genius.
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« Reply #41 on: March 14, 2006, 06:26:44 AM »

Wow.... way to resurrect an old thread!
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« Reply #42 on: March 14, 2006, 09:00:14 PM »

Just like any other genre, I like a lot of it.  

I'm not into the Hip-Hop Christian music.  

Too bad we Orthodox don't have a marketing machine to promote our contemporary music.
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« Reply #43 on: March 14, 2006, 10:58:11 PM »

Wow.... way to resurrect an old thread!
Wink Thanks.  Of course, it's not much good if people don't take an interest....but what can you do but run it up the flag pole and see if anyone salutes. Cool
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« Reply #44 on: March 15, 2006, 09:10:53 AM »

Better an old thread up the pole than someone's "delicate underthings" (as one HC user here likes to call them)...
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