The Shift In Christian Music

Maybe it is just me, but there seems to be a huge shift going on in the world of Christian music. Maybe it is just the nature of the music industry that is slowly getting choked out the move towards social media and digital distribution.

For a long time there has been a lot of what people called CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) which basically equated to Christian Pop music. However, listening to the Christian radio recently, there is more of what I would call Christian worship music. Also, there is music that is Christian and not necessary Christian music – if that makes sense.

For instance, you can probably see what I am saying by looking at KLOVE’s recent playlist:
http://www.klove.com/music/songs/recent-songs.aspx

When I say Christian Worship music, I am talking about soul moving anthems and incorporating the hymns of old in a new way. Artists like Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Hillsong, Rend Collective, Bethel Music, and Jesus Culture, plus a plethora of related solo acts related to these artists are all making some amazing soul stirring music that is definitely not pop music.

When I say there is music that is Christian and not necessary Christian music, I am talking about artists who are definitely Christians and are releasing music from there hearts and within their world view, but it is not overtly Christian music. I see groups like Needtobreathe, Switchfoot, Gungor, and even David Crowder now using the moniker Crowder who are making some amazing music.

There are so many indie artists as well that the list could go on and on.

I guess my main point is that I am glad there is such good music available right now, and I hope it gets even better. I am also glad that the topics that are discussed in Christian music as of late are real ones, not candy coated facades.

Here is what I would call a prime example:

AuSable Trip Report June 2015

A few weeks back, I went up for a weekend of fishing with friends and had a fun time.

I stayed in what is my favorite spot along one of the AuSable branches, and targeted brookies mostly.

The first day was a float down the north branch, and I got into a few brookies.

Trout colors

And during that one evening, I got into a really nice brookie.

Nice Brookie

The bugs were REALLY thick that evening. Even my iphone was able to pick up the bugs in the picture. You can even see some bugs mating in this one.
Bugs

We did a pretty fruitless wade down the main branch, but at least the weather was agreeable.

Main

Before we headed back home, we hit the river one last time. It was raining pretty bad, and I started tossing big streamers, but had no luck. Eventually switching to a nymph seemed to do the trick.
Bow

Biography: Charles Townes

Driving on my way home from work I heard a short biography about Charles Townes on NPR. What intrigued me the most is that he was open and honest about his faith while working in the realm of science.

The story is here:
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/01/28/382178361/charles-townes-laser-inventor-black-hole-discoverer-dies-at-99

I did some searching on the Internet, and found this interview:
http://berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/2005/06/17_townes.shtml