Sunday, September 21, 2008

Worship music

The other night I found some of our old worship cds. Mostly old Vineyard stuff. I've been listening to them the past few days and it's been nice. It's mellow, and it's the kind of music that really helped transform me into a new person back in the early and mid-90's (I know, it was Jesus that transformed me, but I think he used music to help).

I hate to admit it, though, but I don't listen to much "Christian" music anymore. Every now and then I'll force myself to try to listen to the local Christian radio station and... I'm sorry, but I just can't take it. I don't know if it's more because of the dj's or the music. All that happy-clappy, over-caffeinated, ccm-type stuff just... well, let's just say I don't like it. Maybe I'm just old.

I'm not really very familiar with any current worship/Christian type music. I like Josh Garrels, and some old stuff from Jars of Clay, Ashley Cleveland, Rich Mullins and stuff like that. So there's probably a whole bunch that I don't even know about. I used to subscribe to some worship magazines that sent out new music, but it got pretty predictable.

Anyway, I was glad to find these cd's. Does anyone know of any people or groups that are worth listening to today?

6 comments:

Jim said...

I like John Mark McMillan. He is a Christian and it shows in his music, but he doesn't write "happy clappy" fer sure. Much of his second album ("The Song Inside the Sounds of Breaking Down") was about lament, in fact. Some of his songs are directly about Jesus, some are a bit more obscure. You could put him on at a party and no one would know you're playing "Christian" music. :o) I see he also has a new album coming out. Cool.

http://www.myspace.com/johnmarkmcmillan
http://www.thejohnmark.com/home.html
http://cdbaby.com/cd/jmmcmillan2

Fran Leeman said...

I like some stuff form "Enter the Worship Circle" (some of their stuff is recorded just sitting in a circle playing and singing). But I agree, Dan, I find the simple stuff often has a greater impact on me than the all-jazzed-up stuff.

Carrie Jade said...

Drew and I have an interesting worship experience to tell you about next weekend....

dan h. said...

Jim,
Thanks for the heads up about John Mark. Sounds good.

Fran,
Great to hear from you, and welcome to my blog! I have actually heard of ETWC, but have never heard any of their music. I'll have to check it out. Thanks!

Carrie,
Looking forward to hearing about it. I'm sure it's hard to top the major production we put on each week. :)

Rick said...

You're right, you getting old! But I couldn't agree with you more about the local CCM stations, pretty lame, very repetative. I'm like you the simple stuff resonates with me. I like checking out the artists at indieheaven.com.

dan h. said...

Rick,
I might be old, but I'm not the only one. ;)

Thanks for the link to indieheaven.