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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Andy on "Why I Don't Listen To Christian Music."

Andy over at The Last Homely House just put up a good post titled "Why I Don't Listen To Christian Music." I've found it interesting (but not surprising) that many fans of my and Indelible Grace's music don't listen to much CCM.



Blogger VanDyke said...

I am going back a couple of weeks, but I was wondering about your irrational fear of Geoff Moore. Can you elaborate? I also wanted to say that I really enjoyed you and ID at Jubilee.

9:14 PM

Blogger Matthew Smith said...

Sorry, I keep the details of my irrational fears to myself.

We loved playing for you guys at Jubilee!

8:52 AM

Blogger Malachi_Abaddon said...

I would have to agree. Much of CCM has degraded in its theology. That's one reason why I appreciate artists such as Steven Curtis Chapman and yourself.

SCC has let some of the modern trendiness affect him an extent I'll admit, but his music seems doctrinally sound. And we all know where you stand :).

4:14 PM

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8:11 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't listen to a lot of CCM. Started out listening to Decade as a kid in the late 70's so it's a long trek in the other direction. Unrelated- like Aimee Mann and especially Lost in Space with the synth and space echo effects. I caught that same vibe from All I Owe. Who played guitar on that track and what effects are used to create that quasi-fuzz-octave-synth sound? Really curious...

11:20 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Matthew, I found the post on CCM quite interesting in that it made me stop and think about why I do listen to CCM.

As a kid in the 70's and 80's my taste was along the pop-rock and disco genre, and part of my brain breaks out in the Hussle everytime I hear a familiar BeeGee's tune!! LOL

But not growing up in the church and therefore not knowing or learning to love the old gospel hymns, it was CCM that helped me connect with God in a way that I never had before. DC Talk's Jesus Freak still rocks, but now that I'm a mature Christian of 13 plus years, what I love most and what sends Holy Spirit chills up my spine are the contemporary versions of hymns like your "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing".

This hymn is especially meaningful to me and my recent faith journey. I had never heard it before, but when reading a book by Bill Bright, "The Joy of Intimacy with God", he mentioned a few of the lyrics by Robert Robinson that had touched him. It made me cry because I know what it is like to wander far from God. I found a book on hymns and found the song lyrics along with the story about Robinson himself...amazing. Again, the tears flowed.

On my way to work a couple of months ago, I was listening to KVTT 91.7 (Dallas) when I heard your song. It was a moment of personal confirmation that God's love surrounded right then and there...and always has...even when I wandered.

It took me quite a while to find out who sang that version I heard that day, but here I am finally to say, "Thank you, Matthew."

Thank you for making Christian music when you could have chosen any genre and been successful at it all. Thank you for choosing this particular hymn...you've done a beautiful job with it. You've blessed my life with your talent.

That's why I listen to CCM.

Take care, Karen

8:58 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

about 10 years ago when i was 14 and in sunday school, they did a little game with christian music. it was a name that tune kind of game. i didnt know any of the songs. i listened to marilyn manson and nine inch nails and nirvana. there was one girl who was getting all of the songs right. everyone seemed impressed by her knowledge of christian music. i, however, was not impressed.

earlier that morning a boy, who was just a little bit different, had sat down beside her. she looked at her friend with a disgusted look on her face and she made a big deal about scooting over so there was a chair in between the two of them. i couldn’t comprehend how someone who obviously listened to mostly christian music could treat another person in such an un-christian way.

as i said earlier, i listened to secular music, and rather dark secular music at that, but i would never, ever treat another human being the way she treated that boy. i think that was a situation where she listened to christian music because it made her feel better about herself, because it maybe made her feel like she was doing something pious, when in reality she was missing the whole concept of what it is to be a christian. But everyone else in the youth group thought she was so wonderful. I saw her for her hypocrisy.

what does it say about listening to CCM when you know that much about it, and still treat someone like they are garbage? and in sunday school no less?!

now i listen to mostly christian contemporary music, or country music. but i don’t listen to it because i think it makes me more christian. i listen to it because i like how it sounds, and i think a lot of other music on the radio sounds like garbage now. i still listen to marilyn manson occasionally, and i am still an avid nine inch nails fan…and i would still never treat another person like they were an outcast or garbage.

6:00 AM


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