Tyler Huckabee has a great read on the death of contemporary Christian Music (“CCM”).
As someone who listens to Christian music, it is was not my first choice. I grew up listening to Nirvana and Pearl Jam, still two of my favorite bands. I am an alt-rock listener and, unless I want to listen to Rush Limbaugh, rarely does my car radio move away from Alt Nation on Sirius-XM. But when it does, it hops over to Channel 63 and Christian music on The Message.
I don’t like the over-wrought praise music where too many musicians want to make sure you know they’re in emotional ecstasy. It sounds like I’m listening to someone having sex. It makes me uncomfortable.
But there is a lot of awesome music out there that is just good music. I’m a big fan of Third Day, Need to Breathe, John Mark McMillian, and a host of others. I’ve been listening a lot to the Ghost Ship album “The Good King.” There’s a lot there. A friend and I trade texts almost on a daily basis with new discoveries. The band Carrollton is my latest. Their 2014 EP is great. But I too am finding more and more I like a lot of the subversive cross-over hits that play on other stations. If you listen to them, you might get the actual message, but the superficial message is okay too.
I remember when I started seminary, a very wise man told me not to go to seminary. He said I should come take classes and learn, but if I got in the mindset that I was going to seminary, I’d start sounding like that on radio. Then he said, “Let me put it to you this way, right now you sound like rock and roll on the radio. If you go to seminary, you’re going to start sounding like Christian music on the radio, and nobody listens to Christian music on the radio.” Considering he is a preacher, I took that as sound advice.