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Perry
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Christian Music?

I would be surprised that anyone on this group listens to Christian Music, since most of it if filled with law abiding lyrics. As for myself, I choose to listen to Classic Rock, since this is what I mostly grew up on. One of my favorites is U2. Most of the band members of U2 claims to be believers, but they are by no means religious. Take, for example, some of the quotes from Bono (lead singer) and The Edge (guitarist). These guys are alright in my book.

"The new fundamentalists are very, very dangerous. To quote a preacher, "I had a sneak look at the back of the book" I so I know that the good guys will win in the end. In the meantime, the bad guys are in control and religion has become an industry - something that has more in common with MacDonalds that it does with me."
-Bono

"I'm a believer, but religion is the thing when God, like Elvis, has left the building. But when God is in the house, you get something else.
-Bono

"I'm not a very religious person. I'm a need to practice much more Christian. I'm uncomfortable in churches because the Christ I love and read about in the Gospels is often not in the churches. Remember, I come from Ireland and I've seen the damage of religious warfare. I am a believer. I don't wear the badge on the outside but it is on the inside."
-Bono

"I still have a spiritual life, but I'm not really a fan of religion per se. You know, what I believe is very much what I ended up coming to. It's not a doctrine that is connected to any church or any religious group. It's very much my own personal thing."
-The Edge

Edge was asked if he was raising his kids catholic:
"Em . . . technically yes, but again I'm not in favour of presenting something that I think is ultimately very personal in any kind of fundamental way. I think it's really up to everyone, when they reach a certain age, to figure it out for themselves. You know, they are Catholic in terms of their upbringing or whatever, but really they'll decide themselves what they wanna believe, when they get older."
-The Edge

"I have no trouble with Christ, but I have trouble with a lot of Christians."
-The Edge

"I think people understand now that I'm not religious, they understand that I'm nearly anti-religion. When I talk of religion, I'm talking about the force that cut Ireland in two. I'm not religious at all but I do believe in God very strongly, and I don't believe that we just exploded out of thin air, I can't believe it. I think it's the spiritual strength that's essential to the band. People have got to find their own way, I'm not into standing up and saying "Hey, you should be into God!" My own life is exhilarating through and experience I feel, and I feel there's no point in talking about something which should be there in your life anyway. You don't have to preach about it."
-Bono

"I'm a believer, I'm still a believer, but it's the context that people put me in that I resent."
-Bono

"We don't talk about our personal beliefs because there's too much talk. You turn on the television (in America) and you have this guy who looks like a neo-nazi with a Bible in his hand and his fist is virtually coming out of the TV screen and into the room where you're sitting and watching him. The credits come up and the call for cash comes. Can you imagine how that feels? For me, it's as much as I can do to restrain myself from throwing the television out of the top floor of the hotel. It's taught us to shut up. Let's not be the band that talks about love, let's be the band that loves its music and the people are attracted to the music."
-Bono

"I have this hunger in me...everywhere I look I see the evidence of a creator. But I don't see it as religion, which has cut Irish people in two. I don't see Jesus Christ as being in any part of a religion. Religion to me is almost like when God leaves - and people devise a set of rules to fill the space."
-Bono

"I think it's the spiritual strength that's essential to the band. People have got to find their own way. I'm not into standing up and saying, 'hey, you should be into God!' My own life is exhilarating through an experience I feel, and I feel there's no point in talking about something which should be there in your life anyway. You don't have to preach about it."
-Bono

"I think people understand now that I'm not religious, they understand that I'm nearly anti-religion... When I talk of religion I'm talking about the force that's cut this country in two. I'm not religious at all, but I believe in God very strongly, and I don't believe that we just kind of exploded out of thin air, I can't believe that."
-Bono

"And I can't tell the difference between ABC news, Hill Street Blues, and a preacher on the old time gospel hour stealing money from the sick and the old."
-Bono


"Well the God I believe in isn't short of cash, mister."
-Bonno










      

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Actually, I have no argument with this comments and my kids love U2.  This seems to be happening all over "Christendom"---and I'm not surprised.  Law is still law, no matter what covering you try to put on it.
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Perry wrote:

I would be surprised that anyone on this group listens to Christian Music, since most of it if filled with law abiding lyrics.


Surprise! 


      

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I listen to a lot of different things...Christian music and Classic Rock just happen to be two of them.

      

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 when i was caught up in religion i had to explain that i didn't listen to the lyrics of rock music but liked the music on its own merit. so i guess can say now i listen to  "christian" music but don't listen to the lyrics for the same reason.

      

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I tune into the local WAY-FM (CHR - Christian Hit Radio ... yeah, really) on a semi-regular basis as I happen to like some of the songs.  The market has hit a nice groove stylistically.  Every so often one sneaks in with a decent message to it ... but lo, as mcdave said, I sure as heck don't go looking for words of life there!  There is a new group out called "Barlow Girl" - yep, a chick band - that has pumped me back up again for some more rock n roll.

There's another thing I like about listening to this station, for it provides a condensed version of the direction many religious folks are heading toward.  And it sure doesn't hurt as bad as listening to any preaching!!

Jim




      

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...am I going to get in trouble for this?    

      

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I personally like Christian music. Mind you, there is certainly a lot of eating hay, and spitting out sticks, no doubt. When I get exhausted from such, I can always listen to classical music, the lyrics of which I find amazingly non-legalistic and apolitical.

      

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Mercy Man wrote:
I personally like Christian music. Mind you, there is certainly a lot of eating hay, and spitting out sticks, no doubt. When I get exhausted from such, I can always listen to classical music, the lyrics of which I find amazingly non-legalistic and apolitical.


That's only because the lyrics were written by the ancient Nowordgians!

Jim


      

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Perry
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the shovel wrote:
...am I going to get in trouble for this?    


Unclean!

No! Not when yours truly listens to it as well. As a matter of fact, I took my family to see the Newsboys in concert a couple of weeks ago. What a great show! Peter Furler, the lead singer, really gave a grace-filled talk. Now, to that, I was surprised.

I also like Jars of Clay and Skillet and the beat goes on.


      

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the shovel wrote:
I tune into the local WAY-FM (CHR - Christian Hit Radio ... yeah, really) on a semi-regular basis as I happen to like some of the songs.  The market has hit a nice groove stylistically.  Every so often one sneaks in with a decent message to it ... but lo, as mcdave said, I sure as heck don't go looking for words of life there!  There is a new group out called "Barlow Girl" - yep, a chick band - that has pumped me back up again for some more rock n roll.

There's another thing I like about listening to this station, for it provides a condensed version of the direction many religious folks are heading toward.  And it sure doesn't hurt as bad as listening to any preaching!!

Jim


That's cool. I like to listen to "alternative" Christian Music myself. On the net, I listen to RadioY.com. It's based in Orlando, Florida. They play Y-Hot: Positive Hip-Hop and R&B on one station, and the other (which is the one I listen to) is Y-Rock: Positive Rock and Alternative. This and my U2 CD's and I'm a happy camper.


Edited by perry_63 on Aug-25-04 at 1:30pm


      

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I'm rather eclectic when it comes to music.  Just yesterday I downloaded some "Electronia" instrumental music (very electronic, computerized sounds and rhythyms).  I like - among many others - Creed, Jars of Clay, Third Day, Yanni, Enigma, Cheryl Crow and Avril Lavigne.  I love country harmonies and heavy metal, as well as most things with a heavy Latin beat.  I guess I just like music.

Jim  :)


      

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Satan's music!You are in rebellion!!Well at least that was what i was always taught.....Personally i like heart felt, harmonizing melodies.Not sappy!Defiantly not sappy tunes!No must have a positive emotion to it!!!Dont care fro grunge...dont wanna hear about someones depression .....  
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I Like all those guys too Jim,  although Creed can be a trifle hard sometimes.  Love jars of clay and third day. Right now I'm going backwards trying to collect a little classic rock and blues.  Making some discoveries of great talent that I missed during my "religious" days when I wouldn't allow myself to listen to the devil's music.  One talent that blew me away when I first discovered him was Stevie Ray Vaughn,and when I found out he had passed away I was so frustrated because I wanted to hear more of his music.  Man, the guy could set that instrument on fire!

      

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luvin wrote:
Satan's music!You are in rebellion!!


Hey bro ... don't tell nobody, okay?  I wouldn't want to get in trouble!!! 

Yeah, me too with the emotional aspect of the music.  I especially love gut-level music.  I even enjoy sensing the depression in some songs, though not so that I can get down, but that I can understand where the person is coming from.  Mind you, I can only take so much of that!!    Same with movies.

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Connie wrote:
I Like all those guys too Jim,  although Creed can be a trifle hard sometimes.  Love jars of clay and third day. Right now I'm going backwards trying to collect a little classic rock and blues.  Making some discoveries of great talent that I missed during my "religious" days when I wouldn't allow myself to listen to the devil's music.  One talent that blew me away when I first discovered him was Stevie Ray Vaughn,and when I found out he had passed away I was so frustrated because I wanted to hear more of his music.  Man, the guy could set that instrument on fire!


Hello my sweet Connie!

Yes indeed, he sure could play that thing!!  I was familiar with him because the drummer of my band couldn't get enough of those guys.

Hey, I know exactly what you mean about catching up on the music of that long period when I stayed away from "worldly music".  Years later when friends would speak about certain songs and artists of time I had to just shake my head and express my unfamiliarity.

Truthfully, I don't mind in the least that I had kept myself "out of the loop" because I was able to move in my own direction musically and at my own pace.  It was rather uncanny at times because people would tell me that my music sounded like so-and-so ... often those I was totally ignorant of.  I did in fact experience a whole range of guilt in association with music I had listened to, and some "satan-inspired" musically of some songs I was writing.

In the same vein, I don't mind - or should I say, I am glad - that I had pretty much abandoned the TV.  Then again, I had already cut most TV out of my life when I first moved to south Florida and made some real friends for the first time of my life.  I realized that I would rather live life than to watch everybody else living it. 

Love, Jim


      

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Connie wrote:
I Like all those guys too Jim,  although Creed can be a trifle hard sometimes.  Love jars of clay and third day. Right now I'm going backwards trying to collect a little classic rock and blues.  Making some discoveries of great talent that I missed during my "religious" days when I wouldn't allow myself to listen to the devil's music.  One talent that blew me away when I first discovered him was Stevie Ray Vaughn,and when I found out he had passed away I was so frustrated because I wanted to hear more of his music.  Man, the guy could set that instrument on fire!


You don't have to worry about Creed anymore, they broke up earlier this year. They are called AlterBridge now with a new lead singer, the original lead singer, Scott Stapp left Creed. The rest of old Creed band members are a part of the new group.

I too went through that legalism mind set that if I listened to any kind of secular music, I was buying a ticket to hell. Whew! Thank God for his grace! Well, thank him for understanding his Grace, because it has always been there. I just didn't realize it then.

SRV huh? Well, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble was one heck of a band. I live in Texas and know about SRV. I got to see him a few times in his (and my) younger days. What is really sad is that in his younger days, he had a big drug problem. He had since cleaned up his act before his untimely death in the helicopter crash in 1990.

http://www.digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/music_srv/aa_srv_lyr ics.html

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Yeah, me too with the emotional aspect of the music.  I especially love gut-level music.  I even enjoy sensing the depression in some songs, though not so that I can get down, but that I can understand where the person is coming from.  Mind you, I can only take so much of that!!


My boss and I were talking about this today. Too much of anything just ain't good for ya, man! (in Jack Nicholson accent). 

      

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ya i just gotta benefit in some way..otherwise why listen>?
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   Just got finished perusing my latest copy of "Christian Book Distributors"sale catalog.Sometimes pretty good deals on grace type stuff can be found but you have to wade through piles of crap.     it is frustrating to see SO many different ideas and opinions.no wonder people get confused. one book that made me sad was one that was trying to get the "church" away from the infiltration of satan into its music and get back to "godly" music that only has harmony and no backbeat.i suppose the only instument allowed would be the organ  because that is the kind of "christian" music that the apostle Paul liked
personally,i like the beach boys,paul simon,gordon lightfoot, and lately i've gotten hooked on the Glenn miller band


Edited by mcdave on Aug-25-04 at 8:13pm


      

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I like listening to soft and older rock and sometimes country sometimes I just enjoy the music it self and other times I turn the words of a song into the grace of God.

Like the song by Shina Twine my love gonna get .Or Point of Grace when they sing gether at the river of love

Sorry about the miss spelling of some of the names.

Thank God for music .love Dan

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i'd like to write at least one song that speaks God's love, simply.

with cool keyboard, drums and guitar tracks, etc.

it's a dream; to love people thru music; that God could use to reveal himself.  the cross.  His love that cuts across all lines. 

knowing He is my life, living (singing, playing) in, thru me; frees me from worrying about motivations, (ie love of money, need for fame, etc); so i'm watching how he works everything out for good; and whether the music is played now or later (ie in the "next life"), His will be done.

love this subject.  reminded how LOVE makes the song worthy of God (without him its just clanging bells).  how he gives us a new song, a new life.

loving music with ya, dave   

ps ashlee simpsons pieces of me has been catchy for me lately, always enjoyed phil collins, michelle tumes, chris eaton, brent bougouis (sp?), kansas, etc.

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Has anyone hear heard of Switchfoot? They are an alternative-christian rock band and their lyrics are positive and fantastic. They are a four-some that also happen to be surfer dudes from California.

Check out these lyrics:

Gone

by Switchfoot


Album: The Beautiful Letdown




She told him she'd rather fix her makeup 
than try to fix what's going on
But the problem keeps on calling
even with the cell phone gone
She told him that she believes in living
bigger than she's living now
But her world keeps spinning backwards
and upside down

Don't say so long, and throw yourself wrong
Don't spin today away, cause today will soon be

Gone, like yesterday is gone,
Like history is gone
Just try to prove me wrong
And pretend like you're immortal

She said he said live like no tomorrow
Every day we borrow brings us
one step closer to the edge, infinity
Where's your treasure, where's your hope
if you get the world and lose your soul?
She pretends like she pretends like she's immortal

Don't say so long, you're not that far gone
This could be your big chance to make up
Today will soon be

Gone, like yesterday is gone
Like history is gone
The world keeps spinning on
You're going, going, gone
Like summer break is gone,
Like saturday is gone
Just try to prove me wrong
You pretend like you're immortal.

We are not infinite
We are not permanent
Nothing is immediate
We're so confident
In our accomplishments
Look at our decadence

Gone, like Frank Sinatra, like Elvis and his mom,
Like Al Pachino's cash, nothing lasts in this life
Gone, my high school dreams are gone,
my childhood sweets are gone
Life is a day that doesn't last for long.

Life is more than money, time was never money
Time was never cash, life is still more than girls.
Life is more than hundred dollar bills and roto-tom fills,
Life is more than fame and rock and roll and thrills,
All the riches of the kings end up in wills
We've got information in the information age but do
We know what life is outside of our convenient Lexus cages?
She said he said live like no tomorrow
Every moment that we borrow brings us closer
to the God who's not short of cash
Hey Bono, I'm glad you asked
Life is still worth living, life is more than what we are.

http://www.switchfoot.com/index.html

SWITCHFOOT

Jon Foreman - vocals, guitar
Tim Foreman - bass, vocals
Jerome Fontamillas - guitar, keyboards, vocals
Chad Butler - drums

Rarely does a rock band combine explosive guitars with an intense longing for meaning. Jon Foreman and Switchfoot, however, yearn for something more than what pop-culture is selling. "If I'm content as an artist to write a hit song or have a platinum record, then I'll have failed a lot of my fellow human beings," says Foreman. "We have the best jobs in the world because we play music for a living and love doing it, but we didn't get into this to try and sell something. For us, it's about communicating and connecting with people on a different level."

That stance earned the Switchfoot vocalist/guitarist and his bandmates (brother/bassist Tim Foreman, keyboardist Jerome Fontamillas and drummer Chad Butler) an invitation to attend last December’s Nashville summit for DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade for Africa), the charity organization founded by U2’s main man Bono to promote AIDS awareness and debt relief for developing nations. “It was incredible,” says Foreman, who’s worked with Sudanese refugees in the band’s hometown of San Diego. “Here’s a guy who has all the money, fame and notoriety that anyone could ever want, and he’s passionately talking to us about a bunch of poor people in Africa who will never buy his records. Listening to him speak was definitely a life-changing experience.”

When the meeting ended, Foreman walked over and handed the U2 frontman $40. “I told him I owed it to him for sneaking into a U2 show in London a couple of years ago,” he says. “He laughed and told me he did the same thing when he was younger. We spoke for a while and then he gave the money back, saying he felt he had already been compensated. To be honest, I was relieved because it was my last $40 and I needed the money to get home.”

As for his involvement with DATA and its cause, Foreman says, “I talk about it quite a bit in interviews and from the stage, but I’m careful not to be annoying about it. We’ve never really been a political band. Our songs are more about the politics of the heart than they are about foreign politics. I don’t think we can solve the outside problems until we solve the ones within.”

On the Columbia/RED Ink debut The Beautiful Letdown, Foreman opens up with self-revelatory songs about hope, love, faith and the desire to be more than what he’s been sold. In spacious settings, the singer connects with subtle emotional power, surveying a landscape of mediocrity in “More Than Fine,” digging for painful truths in title track “Beautiful Letdown” and stepping on a distortion pedal to scream about the dissonance of the modern age in “Ammunition.” On lead single “Meant To Live,” inspired by TS Elliot’s “The Hollow Men,” he strives to survive in a world where love and hate breathe the same air.

“It’s not a dark album, but it talks about dark things that have happened to me,” says Foreman. “A lot of the songs are about the hope that’s deeper than the wound and how that’s something that we can really hold onto. I think that’s something that kids are picking up on and taking with them.” He pauses and adds, “Don’t misunderstand—I have no delusions of grandeur thinking that our songs will single-handedly change the world. But change is possible and I definitely want to be a part of that. We always make it a point to talk to people outside after the shows, and I recently had a kid come up to me and give me a big hug because he was so affected by ‘Dare You To Move’ (from The Beautiful Letdown). Apparently, he was going through some really rough times and wasn’t sure if he wanted to live anymore, but heard the song and was inspired. That’s incredible. On days when you’re wondering what you’re doing playing a show in some small town in the middle of nowhere, you think about moments like that and realize that you’re part of a bigger story than your own.”

Musically, Switchfoot draws as much from the Police and James Taylor as from the Beatles and Stevie Wonder to create swirling guitar pop, full of effortlessly arching melodies and textures that shift in continual, sensual motion. “We’ve never fit in any of the genre boxes,” says Foreman. “I think that diversity is our strength.”

Produced by John Fields (Andrew W.K.) and mixed by Chris Lord-Alge (Goo Goo Dolls, Michelle Branch), Tom Lord-Alge (blink-182, Rolling Stones) and Jack Joseph Puig (John Mayer, No Doubt), The Beautiful Letdown entered the Billboard Top 200 this past spring at #85. The album, which The Orange County Register described as “…a rousing rock testament of hope, dreams and inspiration,” can attribute its early success to lead single “Meant To Live,” which hit the Top 40 on the Modern Rock Chart (its companion video, directed by Laurent Briet (Radiohead), subsequently went into rotation on MTV2). Meanwhile, the band has been tearing up venues across the country during a three-month sold-out headlining tour. In addition to selling out four nights in Los Angeles, the quartet shared festival stages with the likes of Jane’s Addiction and Audioslave and recently performed on “Last Call with Carson Daly” and the “Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn.”

Foreman credits the album’s raw, live edge to the band’s DIY attitude. “We didn’t want to waste time screwing around in a $1000 a day studio,” he laughs. “So we did all the pre-production in my bedroom. When we finally recorded the album, we did the whole thing in two weeks. John (Fields) works fast and so do we. There were no lunch or dinner breaks—we worked straight through and it turned out great. You can ruin things if you spend too much time in the studio.”

The Beautiful Letdown comes three years after Switchfoot’s third independently-released and critically acclaimed album Learning To Breathe. In between the two discs, the band won the 2001 ASCAP San Diego Music Award for “Best Pop Album” and “Best Pop Artist,” won the 2002 ASCAP San Diego Music Award for “Best Adult Alternative and contributed five songs to the gold-certified soundtrack for the Mandy Moore film A Walk To Remember (including a duet with Foreman and Moore). “We were at the movie premiere,” recalls Foreman, “And David Hasselhoff was sitting behind us bawling his eyes out with his daughter. It was a bit surreal.”

Over the course of the past several years, more than 40 Switchfoot songs have been used for several nationally televised shows, including “Dawson’s Creek” (five songs), “Regis and Kelly,” “Felicity,” and many more. “The context in which the songs are used can be pretty funny,” says Foreman. “I remember writing a song about spiritual longing and then seeing it played back during a hot tub scene on some show. The songs can wind up very far from the edge of the bed where they were originally written.”

Switchfoot’s roots can be traced back to the beaches of San Diego in the mid-‘90s, when the Foremans and Butler connected as surfers (Fontamillas joined in September of 2000). Though they competed in national surf championships on weekends and earned product endorsements from equipment companies, the real bond came from a common love of music. They decided to form a band, chose the name Switchfoot (a surfing term), put themselves through months of sweaty garage band workouts, and then hit the road. After just 20 gigs, they signed with re:Think records and released Legend of Chin in 1997. They’ve averaged 150 shows a year ever since, while selling more than 400,000 copies of their first three albums (Legend of Chin, New Way to Be Human and Learning to Breathe) combined. Shortly after recording The Beautiful Letdown, Switchfoot signed with Columbia. The album has since become the band’s fastest-selling record to date.

“Tim, Chad, Jerome and I have seen pretty much everything over the past six years,” says Foreman. “We’ve been at this ever since Tim graduated from high school. But this all feels like a new chapter. I think this album is where our future begins.”

THE HIGH NOTES:

* 2003 San Diego Music Award for "Album of the Year," and “Pop Album of the Year   
* 2002 San Diego Music Award for “Best Adult Alternative”
* 2001 San Diego Music Awards for "Best Pop Album,” and "Best Pop Artist"
* 1997 San Diego Music Award for "Best New Artist"
* 5 songs included on the Gold certified soundtrack "A Walk to Remember"
* Over 50 songs usages on major TV (WB, FOX , CBS, Columbia, MTV, ABC, and Disney)
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Signature Sound Quartet, Kirk Talley, the Easters, the Isaacs, Gold City, The Hoppers (I remember when it was the Hopper Brothers and Connie, almost 30 years ago; now it's Claude and Connie and their son and his wife!), and most of the older Southern Gospel stuff, from the Rambos, the Happy Goodmans, Statesmen, the Cathedrals, the Imperials (from around '72-'75, I guess), Lewis Family.

Now and again I'll turn on the radio, for NPR, or one of the easy-listening stations becuase they don't have any southern gospel radio in the area, that I know of. 


      

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Perry, been listening to - and enjoying - Switchfoot for a while now.   Good band, great music!  :)

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I can't say I've heard anything by Switchfoot, but I have heard of the name. Maybe I should check them out. The Christian group and Latin inspired, Salvador, has taken over my CD player for a little over a month now and doesn't seem to want to be ejected any time soon. It just keeps spinning around and around.  It's hard to set still while listening to them, too. You just want to get up and dance around Carmen Miranda-style with joy before the Lord. Too bad that little dancing icon doesn't have a fruity hat on its head.  It would have fit in perfectly.

Third Day, Delirious, and Newsboys are also favorites around our house, as well as Paul Wilbur, Moya (Maire) Brennan and Iona. Coming from an Irish background, the last two are indespensible. 

 

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Has anyone ever heard of Larry Norman, Love Song, Randy Stonehill?   Kind of dates me, eh.  Well, being in Russia I sure don't hear as much of the new stuff like most of you.  I do enjoy Beethoven and Tschaikovski, however.  Say, are the still doing gigs anywhere.

Honestly, my all time favorite is Phil Keaggy.  My kids tell me he is old.  Oh well, so am I.  But I think he can still make the guitar sing.

Comment on U2: I wonder how free Bono and Edge might be with their comments if they were not making millions.  Maybe wrong.  I know I feel pretty frisky when my checking account is a bit more in the positive than before, you know.



      

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I became a fan of U2 after hearing some of their music here and there and being impressed with that sorta "something" about their sound.  It seems I could hear life in the instruments or something.  I'd ask my daughter Jessica, "who's that"?  She'd say U2.  This happened 2 or 3 different times.  I bought some of their cd's and heard their lyrics and identified with them.  I realized that they were "christian", but didn't promote themselves as such.  I thought that was so cool.   Isn't that the witness we can have?  People could see and hear life without a label?

      

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I always noticed U2 had hat sort of "anticipation" sound to there music that made it feel powerful.
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Timothy said:

 

"I do enjoy Beethoven and Tschaikovski, however.  Say, are the still doing gigs anywhere."

(WARNING: REALLY BAD JOKE AHEAD)

The last I heard, Beethoven and Tschaikovsky were dusting themselves off and leaving their 'digs' to travel with the "Decomposing Composers World Tour".  People are coffin up lots of money to see them.    (Can't say I didn't warn ya!)

 

Seriously, though, when it comes to composers, I absolutely love Tschaikovsky. There's just something about his music that touches me deep inside.

 

Phil Keaggy is pretty good, too.

 

I used to listen to U2 alot and have been to a couple of their concerts. I love their sound, but they began to get too political or something for me. Now-a-days, to get a fix of that 'sound' without all the politicking, I listen to Delirious. They have some pretty good lyrics about the love of God. One of my favorite lines by them comes from their song, "Grace Like A River":

     "Mystery of mysteries/That you could love someone like me/In Your hands eternity/And yet You have the time for me/A love so undeserved/You held nothing in reserve/Heaven played its symphony/I took Your hand and You rescued me."

 

They have another song called "The Happy Song" that me and my family absolutely love, and I was so happy to find out that my dear friend, Bethany who is new to posting here too, knows and loves this very same song as well. You can't beat lyrics like these from that song:

 

    Oh, I could sing unending songs of how You saved my soul. Well, I could dance a thousand miles because of Your great love. My heart is bursting lord to tell of all you've done, of how you changed my life and wiped away the past. I wanna shout it out, from every roof-top sing, for now I now that God is for me not against me. Everybody's singing now, 'cos we're so happy. Everybody's dancing now, 'cos we're so happy. If only we could see Your face and see You smiling over us, and unseen angels celebrate, for joy is in this place."

   

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I love far too many kinds of music to really name just one or two, but since my kindred hearted step dancing friend mentioned me liking Delirious too, I will ask if anyone here has gotten up and hopping to the song We don't get what we deserve by World Wide Message Tribe.
Now that is a fun song too...
Though for music that is not necessarily as fun, but clearly pretty...I love to listen to Charlotte Church, Sarah Brightman, and sigh...the voice of Josh Groban.
There was a time in my life, chunks of years when I did not allow myself or my children to listen to 'secular music'.
Then one day as I was driving and combing through some radio stations, I heard a song that I was certain was a Christian song, so I left it on, thinking it was about Jesus, but it was a love song by Celine Dion called Because You loved Me...
Anyways I have found many a song that is played as secular inspire me to worship and praise the Lord and just plum thank Him for love, life, family, friends, even cherry pie!
The one Because you love Me, certainly could be so totally a love song to Jesus, 'ceptin' for calling Him baby!
 ... but also I believe that we can know that certain special friend, perhaps husband or wife, that does hands and feet be that love of Jesus to us that accomplishes that which the song speaks of...
For all those times you stood by me
For all the truth that you made me see
For all the joy you brought to my life
For all the wrong that you made right
For every dream you made come true
For all the love I found in you
I'll be forever thankful baby
You're the one who held me up
Never let me fall
You're the one who saw me through through it all

You were my strength when I was weak
You were my voice when I couldn't speak
You were my eyes when I couldn't see
You saw the best there was in me
Lifted me up when I couldn't reach
You gave me faith 'coz you believed
I'm everything I am
Because you loved me

You gave me wings and made me fly
You touched my hand I could touch the sky
I lost my faith, you gave it back to me
You said no star was out of reach
You stood by me and I stood tall
I had your love I had it all
I'm grateful for each day you gave me
Maybe I don't know that much
But I know this much is true
I was blessed because I was loved by you

You were my strength when I was weak
You were my voice when I couldn't speak
You were my eyes when I couldn't see
You saw the best there was in me
Lifted me up when I couldn't reach
You gave me faith 'coz you believed
I'm everything I am
Because you loved me

You were always there for me
The tender wind that carried me
A light in the dark shining your love into my life
You've been my inspiration
Through the lies you were the truth
My world is a better place because of you

You were my strength when I was weak
You were my voice when I couldn't speak
You were my eyes when I couldn't see
You saw the best there was in me
Lifted me up when I couldn't reach
You gave me faith 'coz you believed
I'm everything I am
Because you loved me

I'm everything I am
Because you loved me

Love,
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I guess I'll have to dig out my old Delirious albums out, huh?  I really enjoyed them when I was doing the "christian" music thing.  When I began to get a feel for real life and realized that the christian music industry was just as worldly as any, I put all of them away.  Got kinda mad that I had invested so much energy into something that wasn't more "sacred" than anything else.    It doesn't matter one way or another, now, I guess.  Wherever Christ resides, life is.  No 'sacred' vs. 'secular' type of thinking can remove Him from where the Lord is.  If I make my bed in hell, He's there.

 



      

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Dear Bethany,

 

I love listening to Sarah Brightman, too! I remember when she sang that duet, 'Time To Say Goddbye" with Andrea Bocelli. What a hauntingly beautiful song that is. When I first heard it, though, I thought it was a sad song of two people parting from each other. For those who have not had the pleasure of hearing that song, it's sung completely in Italian except for the part where they sing the words, "time to say goodbye" in English in the chorus, and so I just assumed it was a song about a break-up of some sort. The idea seemed to go along with the hauntingly beautiful melody. When I bought her CD and looked at the liner notes, though, I was happy to see it wasn't a break-up song at all. The words actually speak of the two lovers leaving all behind and sailing away to embark on a new life together. Now I can listen to it with tears of joy instead of sadness. My brother loved the song so much, too, that for a time I could always tell when he was coming to visit us, for he would have that song playing full blast in his truck and singing Andrea's part at the top of his lungs every time he came over.

 

Love, Aislinn

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Yes my friend Aislinn!

I love that song too and had the very same experience of thinking it so beautiful but of the sadness of singing after two who ought to be together were saying Goodbye! 

And in truth it is more akin to the truth that even as we in Christ, knowing His perfect love for us far surpasses all else that we may have heretofore been clinging to, we set off on a journey with Him, saying goodbye to all else.  Like in Hinds Feet in High Places or the Pilgrim's Progress!

And just as true in marriage how a man shall leave his father and mother and cleave only to his wife!

You know in a funny sorta way, that is too just what Jesus did in that He left the Father, or in truth the Father forsook Him on the cross as Jesus clung to us, bearing our sin, being made sin for us! And now, and in victory, and for all eternity, and in love...we are His bride!

Yes Time to say Goodbye...time for the New Life!

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Amen, Bethany!

 

I had those same thoughts myself of how you can look at the song, "Time To Say Goodbye", in the light of saying goodbye to the old and sailing on in the new with Him (Christ).

I find myself doing that kind of thing with just about every song I hear - seeing it in the light of Christ and what He's done for us - and I even find myself changing certain words of different songs around if I find the original words impossible to pass through my lips due their incompatability with what I know to be true in Him. One example is the Delirious song entitled, "I Could Sing Of Your Love Forever". It's a really great song, but I found that I just could not bring myself to sing along with this one line in the song:

 

 "Oh I feel like dancing/It's foolishness, I know/But when the world has seen the light/They will dance for joy like we're dancing now."

 

Personally, I wondered how or why on earth anyone could or would ever think dancing for joy at the knowledge of God's love was foolishness. Couldn't be more natural of a thing to do on earth in my opinion, if you ask me. Happily, my young son was of the same opinion and so we changed the words to say:

 

"Oh I feel like dancing/It's not foolishness, oh no/'Cause when the world has seen the light/They will dance for joy like we're dancing now."  

 

I kinda have the same attitude about dancing that King David had when he came back with the ark and was dancing for joy in the Lord like a maniac. I really loved his reply to Michal, his wife, when she despised him in her heart over the dancing display and pretty much told him what a foolish spectacle he made of himself. Basically, David responded back with something like this (my loose paraphrase): "Woman, if you think that was so bad and undignified then you  haven't seen nothin' yet- the Lord has been so good to me that I'll become even more undignified than the joyful display you just witnessed! Hah! What do you think of them apples, woman!"

There's even a wonderful song written by Matt Redman called, "Undignified" that sings about this incident from the Bible. It's pretty good. It talks about leaving your pride by the side and dancing uninhibited in the presence of the Lord. I really love that song. Didn't have to change a single lyric of it.

 

Love, Aislinn 

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Michael Kelly Blanchard paints the most beautiful word pictures of the grace of God I have ever heard.  Like U2 and much of the "Irish sound" especially, the Belfast cowboy, Van Morrison.
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Aislinn wrote:

I used to listen to U2 alot and have been to a couple of their concerts. I love their sound, but they began to get too political or something for me. Now-a-days, to get a fix of that 'sound' without all the politicking, I listen to Delirious. They have some pretty good lyrics about the love of God. One of my favorite lines by them comes from their song, "Grace Like A River":

     "Mystery of mysteries/That you could love someone like me/In Your hands eternity/And yet You have the time for me/A love so undeserved/You held nothing in reserve/Heaven played its symphony/I took Your hand and You rescued me."



Yeah, Deliriou5 is very cool and they sound somewhat like U2. They are from England and even their singer, Martin Smith, sings with an British accent. I have most of their stuff and they do have great lyric and sound great live.

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Hi Perry!

 

I'm glad to meet another Delirious afficianado! We were so blessed to see them in concert the day after Thanksgiving this past year. It was absolutely wonderful. We saw them at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix, AZ., which has a really cool set-up inside. The stage, which is round and rotates clockwise very slowly, is in the very middle of the theater with the seats all around it. It's very intimate and no matter where you sit, you never have a bad seat. Since the stage rotates, you get a great view of the whole band again and again as they come back around. I love that place - and the band as well. I have most of their stuff, too. My current favorite song by them is 'Inside Outside':

 

"Inside outside, under my skin/Neverending love I don't know where it begins?/

 I don't know where it ends/I don't know how high, I don't know how deep/

 I don't know how wide/Outside inside around the world/Never ending love envelops

 me like a cloud/I feel you in front/I feel you behind/I feel you up above/

 And I feel You at the side/

 And you, you're all over me/Your banner is over me/

 I give it all 'cos you still captivate me, fascinate me/

 You still captivate me, saturate me

 Inside outside, pulling me in/No matter where I run I know you'll never give in/

 I see you in the storm/I see you in a kiss/

 I've been around the world and never found a love like this/

 You're all over me, you're all over me/You're everything I want to be/

 I'm all over you/You're everything I want to see/You're all over me/

 You still captivate me, fascinate me/

 You still captivate me, saturate me/

 You still captivate me, liberate me/You still captivate me."

 

I love that song. It means a lot to me.

 

Love, Aislinn 

 

 

 

 

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Sorry to see this string so inactive on such a hot topic.  I am new to this board and promise to make my official hello on the appropriate board...Mr. Jim already knows how messed up my mind is but I believe that I am...O so slowly...seeing that daystar dawning in my heart....but in the mean time...I used to listen to Larry Norman back in my younger days...But toady...If you are a real music lover I highly recommend Iona a Christian group from the UK.  Musically they have been heavily influenced by Yes, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull and Moody Blues, but have their own Celtic sound.  Each member is what I would consider an accomplished musician...some of the best in the business.  Joanne Hogg, the lead singer has one of the purist voices I've ever heard....Their lyrics are very profound and make one ponder the awesomness of God and I find myself using their music quite often for worship.  You can find their stuff at

www.iona.uk.com

There stuff is little pricey but worth every cent and they deliver world wide.

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I do listen to Christian music, but I must prefer listening to Jazz musicians such as Pat Metheny, Andres Vollenweider, Brand X ... and the beat goes on.

I love "secular" artists like U2, 3 Doors Down and Creed. I'm a dead man and what I listen to doesn't play into what Christ has done for me.

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I would be surprised that anyone on this group listens to Christian Music, since most of it if filled with law abiding lyrics. As for myself, I choose to listen to Classic Rock, since this is what I mostly grew up on. One of my favorites is U2.

U2 Classic Rock?  no no no   Classic Rock is Beach Boys, Chubby Checker, Everly Brothers, Del Shannon, The Seekers ...  etc  etc  etc    

 



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Judy wrote:

Perry wrote:
Christian Music?

I would be surprised that anyone on this group listens to Christian Music, since most of it if filled with law abiding lyrics. As for myself, I choose to listen to Classic Rock, since this is what I mostly grew up on. One of my favorites is U2.

U2 Classic Rock?  no no no   Classic Rock is Beach Boys, Chubby Checker, Everly Brothers, Del Shannon, The Seekers ...  etc  etc  etc    

 



Yeah, don't let that young whipper-snapper get away with trying to redefine Classic Rock!    But you left out Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Elvis, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones.  I'm sorry, but you can't just add them in as an "etc etc etc"!     

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By the way, Cris, my wife and I really enjoy Iona.  Excellent band, excellent vocals!  We just love Celtic music.

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SO Perry, you would classify U2 as a secular band?  I guess so because they don't tout their music as "spiritual" or christian, but I  get so much out of their stuff.  It's like they decided to be "real" way back so they stuck to a secular genre, but their lyrics speak otherwise...to me anyway.  have you heard their latest album?  It's my favorite! for now anyway.The last song is called "yahweh".

      

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Judy wrote:

U2 Classic Rock?  no no no   Classic Rock is Beach Boys, Chubby Checker, Everly Brothers, Del Shannon, The Seekers ...  etc  etc  etc    

I'm sorry Judy, but the bands you listed here are OLDIES (but Goodies!).

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Connie wrote:
SO Perry, you would classify U2 as a secular band?  I guess so because they don't tout their music as "spiritual" or christian, but I  get so much out of their stuff.  It's like they decided to be "real" way back so they stuck to a secular genre, but their lyrics speak otherwise...to me anyway.  have you heard their latest album?  It's my favorite! for now anyway.The last song is called "yahweh".

Connie,

Yeah, I love U2 and I had the opportunity to see them 20 years ago during their "Unforgettable Fire Tour". I would say that they are a Rock band that sings some songs with Christian themes. My son bought me the their latest album "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" for christmas last year. Yes, I really like the songs. I have a picture of Jesus in my mind when I listen to the song "Miracle Drug".

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I love music. All kinds... except vulgar rap & that modern country stuff. (sorry, if there's any sweet hillbillies here who I just offended!) I like Johnny Cash and Loretta Lynn and Patsy Kline... but that's about it.  Anyhoo, all three of my adult kids played in orchestra & band in school and in the IC. And today they are all three singers and musicians. So I grew up (spiritually) with them listening to all kinds of music. Jazz, Big Band, Classical, Celtic, New Age Seascape, Alternative Rock, Christian Rock, Christian Rap, Worship & Praise, Hymns, etc. (I used to love the Gaithers!)*cough* hehe

Today I love Alternative Rock (Christian and non) the most. Because it's like therapy, it shakes me out of this world, really. I sing a lot of rock songs to Jesus or picture Him singing to me. I don't like music that manipulates me in a negative way. DC Talk, Third Day, P.O.D. (Christian rap) and Keith Green are prob'ly my favorite Christian musicians. But I like a lot of secular alternative rockers (Default, U2, Chevelle, Moby, etc) because they seem less "hype", more real, than some of these over-the-top Christian singers.

Maybe as time goes on & I find myself resting more in Christ, realizing grace more & more, maybe I won't need that hard playing music to shake me out of the world anymore. Whatta ya think? Should I start listening to stuff like Barbara Streisand or Neil Diamond or Sandi Patty...??




NOT!!!!!!!!!  

Edited by libertybelle on Jan-25-06 at 10:29pm


      

Psalm 119:45 - "I walk in liberty, for I seek Your teachings."

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Posted: Jan-25-06 at 11:31pm | IP Logged  

LOL

I was just flipping back and forth between NPR and K-Love (which just took over the local Christian Station) and was listening to the Christian music and the thought just hit me, that everything they were referring to with "want" and "need" was my here and now.

      

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