[Points to whoever first gets the song this post's title is from without Googling - Erin doesn't count. :o) ]
Jeff has been riffing (pun intended) on both being bored by CCM (yes, that will be in a future version of buzzword bingo) as well as spiritually moved by some "secular" music. Others have run posts on both topics before, but it keeps coming up as a popular topic so obviously it is not just Jeff (or me!) who feels that way. Les likes Third Day while my 12 year old daughter loves Casting Crowns (and has been to one of their concerts), but both are pretty much just "OK" to me. I do love John Mark McMillan, but that's because he sings songs of lament and not just the usual "happy clappy" or "Jesus is my boyfriend" stuff.
Our denomination sings pretty complicated stuff (except for the "contemporary" service, which pretty much sticks to the CCM genre). My lovely wife, who grew up singing in choirs and playing classical piano, loves it. Me? Not so much. It is hard to tap your foot to them let alone get lost in them. In the sense of "traditional" hymns I actually love bluegrass gospel - I can sing right along, know how to find the harmonies and get carried away by both the music and the lyrics (and yes, O, Brother had something to do with that - sue me for being unoriginal). I am pretty boring - Amazing Grace still moves me to tears (I can never actually sing "that saved a wretch like me" - I choke up every time), and I guess I'm the only person on the planet that still wishes services ended with the doxology.
When it comes to secular music speaking to us in a spiritual way lots of people have their lists. Here are some (but far from all) of mine:
- Big Head Todd and the Monsters - Flander's Fields
- Everlast - What It's Like
- Bruce Hornsby - The Way It Is
- Anne McCue - Gandhi
- Lori McKenna - Bible Song
- Alanis Morissette - Still
- Spanky and Our Gang - Give a Damn
- U2 - One
What about you? Leave a comment on one of Jeff's posts.