Contemporary Christian Music

Viktor Zeegelaar

Pelican
Orthodox Inquirer
I used to watch some contemporary Christian American music. And while the sounds were nice and the message was good, I came to the conclusion that this often protestant ish music is just another distraction. When listening to Christian music I advice to listen to more deep hymns. Patrick Lenk is a great composer.

 

Louis IX

Pelican
A surprisingly good (especially if you understand French) protestant singer from Ivory Coast i ve been discovering on Internet by accident.
Lyrics are surprisingly good , the melodies are simplistic but (in my humble view) you can feel that he sings with his heart. I regularly listen to these 20 minutes while working and it is always a nice moment. Unfortunately he is protestant , so it's a lot about the show , but we are here to talk about music.







an example of his recent contributions on the singing front : you can start at 28.30 for instance.

 
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I found a couple songs by Amy Sand and have saved a couple to try to practice Chinese. She has a good voice and has concerts in the USA and sometimes other countries (in Chinese). This is her website:


A couple songs I like from her are below (the first is a remake of "Our God is an Awesome God") :


 

Sol Invictus

Sparrow
Orthodox Catechumen
I grew up as a Protestant (Baptist) and was exposed to quite a bit of CCM while I was growing up. I was never a big fan of it at all, thanks to its repetitive tunes and superficial lyrical content. Having said that, there were a few artists that I thought had transcended beyond the typical plastic sheen of CCM. One of my faves from back in the day was Glad, who really set themselves apart when they started releasing acapella albums.


Another group I liked was Petra, although their music catalog is a bit uneven due to the extensive lineup changes they went through. They were a bit harder than most other CCM of its era, but funnily enough, my favorite song of theirs is probably one of their softest ones.


I checked out some modern CCM just a few days ago and found it to be largely the same drek that flooded CCM radio stations 30 years ago. I just can't stomach it.
 

P. D.

Chicken
My favorite song, from Genesis, 1972. Perhaps a little anthropocentric, but it encapsulates very well the spiritual battle of the modern Christian. The little cartoon adaptation is very well done.


[Part I: Lover's Leap]
Walking across the sitting-room, I turn the television off
Sitting beside you, I look into your eyes
As the sound of motor cars fades in the night time
I swear I saw your face change, it didn't seem quite right

...And it's hello babe, with your guardian eyes so blue
Hey my baby, don't you know our love is true

Coming closer with our eyes, a distance falls around our bodies
Out in the garden, the moon seems very bright
Six saintly shrouded men move across the lawn slowly
The seventh walks in front with a cross held high in hand

...And it's hey babe, your supper's waiting for you
Hey my baby, don't you know our love is true

I've been so far from here
Far from your warm arms
It's good to feel you again
It's been a long, long time

Hasn't it?

[Part II: The Guaranteed Eternal Sanctuary Man]
I know a farmer who looks after the farm
With water clear, he cares for all his harvest
I know a fireman who looks after the fire

You, can't you see he's fooled you all
Yes, he's here again, can't you see he's fooled you all
Share his peace
Sign the lease
He's a supersonic scientist
He's the guaranteed eternal sanctuary man

Look, look into my mouth he cries
And all the children lost down many paths
I bet my life you'll walk inside
Hand in hand
Gland in gland
With a spoonful of miracle
He's the guaranteed eternal sanctuary
(We will rock you, rock you little snake
We will keep you snug and warm)

[Part III: Ikhnaton And Itsacon And Their Band Of Merry Men]
Wearing feelings on our faces while our faces took a rest
We walked across the fields to see the children of the West
But we saw a host of dark skinned warriors
Standing still below the ground
Waiting for battle
The fight's begun, they've been released
Killing foe for peace...bang, bang, bang. Bang, bang, bang...
And they're giving me a wonderful potion
'Cos I cannot contain my emotion
And even though I'm feeling good
Something tells me I'd better activate my prayer capsule

Today's a day to celebrate, the foe have met their fate
The order for rejoicing and dancing has come from our warlord

[Part IV: How Dare I Be So Beautiful?]
Wandering through the chaos the battle has left
We climb up a mountain of human flesh
To a plateau of green grass, and green trees full of life
A young figure sits still by a pool
He's been stamped "Human Bacon" by some butchery tool
(He is you)
Social Security took care of this lad
We watch in reverence, as Narcissus is turned to a flower
(A flower?)

[Part V: Willow Farm]
If you go down to Willow Farm
To look for butterflies, flutterbyes, gutterflies
Open your eyes, it's full of surprise, everyone lies
Like the fox on the rocks
And the musical box
Oh, there's Mum & Dad, and good and bad
And everyone's happy to be here
There's Winston Churchill dressed in drag
He used to be a British flag, plastic bag, what a drag
The frog was a prince, the prince was a brick, the brick was an egg
The egg was a bird
(Fly away you sweet little thing, they're hard on your tail)
Hadn't you heard?
(They're going to change you into a human being!)
Yes, we're happy as fish and gorgeous as geese
And wonderfully clean in the morning

We've got everything, we're growing everything
We've got some in
We've got some out
We've got some wild things floating about
Everyone, we're changing everyone
You name them all
We've had them here
And the real stars are still to appear

(All change!)

Feel your body melt;
Mum to mud to mad to dad
Dad diddley office, Dad diddley office
You're all full of ball

Dad to dam to dum to mum
Mum diddley washing, Mum diddley washing
You're all full of ball

Let me hear your lies, we're living this up to the eyes
Ooee-ooee-ooee-oowaa
Momma I want you now

And as you listen to my voice
To look for hidden doors, tidy floors, more applause
You've been here all the time
Like it or not, like what you got
You're under the soil (the soil, the soil)
Yes, deep in the soil (the soil, the soil, the soil, the soil!)
So we'll end with a whistle and end with a bang
And all of us fit in our places

[Part VI: Apocalypse In 9/8 (Co-Starring the delicious talents of Gabble Ratchet)]
With the guards of Magog, swarming around
The Pied Piper takes his children underground
Dragons coming out of the sea
Shimmering silver head of wisdom looking at me
He brings down the fire from the skies
You can tell he's doing well by the look in human eyes
Better not compromise
It won't be easy

666 is no longer alone
He's getting out the marrow in your back bone
And the seven trumpets blowing sweet rock and roll
Gonna blow right down inside your soul
Pythagoras with the looking glass reflects the full moon
In blood, he's writing the lyrics of a brand new tune

And it's hey babe, with your guardian eyes so blue
Hey my baby, don't you know our love is true
I've been so far from here
Far from your loving arms
Now I'm back again, and babe it's gonna work out fine

[Part VII: As Sure As Eggs Is Eggs (Aching Men's Feet)]
Can't you feel our souls ignite
Shedding ever changing colours, in the darkness of the fading night
Like the river joins the ocean, as the germ in a seed grows
We have finally been freed to get back home

There's an angel standing in the sun, and he's crying with a loud voice
"This is the supper of the mighty one"
Lord of Lords
King of Kings
Has returned to lead his children home
To take them to the new Jerusalem
 
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