Find Me - Various - Jubilation (The Best Of Contemporary Christian Music)
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Other updates are buried further down in the text. One universal axiom of missions work is that people prefer to hear the Gospel, come to Christ, serve Christ, and read their Bibles in their own language.
Strange as it may seem to some folks, music itself is a language. In fact, to Baby Boomers and subsequent generations, music became "THE language," the lingua franca through which they communicated all of the concepts, attitudes, dreams, and visions that they held most dear. Though this seems clear to many growing evangelical churches today, it wasn't always so - in my lifetime, the "established" church has often squandered opportunities to reach out to "under-thirties" not just teenagers by insisting that they leave their "language" at the church doors.
This Грузинская Шуточная/ Georgian Jocular Girl - Орэра / Orera* - Нам 10 Лет/ Our Tenth Anniversary an overview of the way this all changed, the reasons it changed, and some of the people and moments that helped it to change.
As a disclaimer, I lived through the key events being described, as a young Christian musician trying to find and in some cases write and perform music that would communicate my faith with people my age. As a result of this background, some maybe most of this "history" is admittedly subjective.
But it might help:. Recently a few folks in the industry have sent me minor corrections or additional background that made me go back into the files. I discovered I Need Your Love - Various - Techno Warior my chagrin that the software I used to develop these pages - Corel Website Creator, a commercialized version of Net Objects - had decided on its own to break most of the links on the page.
That said, we'll now launch into the history part, which goes back, not decades, but centuries. Objections to religious music that sounded too "contemporary" are hardly new. When Englishman Isaac Watts composed "Joy to the World," even the professional musicians in his own family thought that the non-traditional melodic line was offensive.
In France, another carol - "Oh, Holy Night" was banned from the church for years because the tune was written by a music hall composer, and the lyrics were written by a wine merchant. Of course it's hard to imagine today that either song was ever controversial.
In America, in the mids, Gospel composer John Peterson was criticized for writing songs like "Coming Again" and "Heaven Came Down" because they were musically similar to the "music hall" songs of the late s. Think of the irony - those songs were 70 years behind the times, and Peterson was censured for not being years behind the times.
In Dayton, Ohio, a friend whose traditional Gospel trio sang in the s and s was excommunicated from his home church because the group occasionally used Major 7th chords in their harmonies, and some influential members thought it sounded "worldly. The short version is that, for centuries, church leaders who dislike certain kinds of music have confused their musical tastes with God's will and made broad, sometimes brutal, pronouncements on musical styles that they didn't understand or want to understand.
Unfortunately this tendency to demonize folks who liked different music than the church leaders was aggravated by the s' "Generation Gap. Welcome to the Sixties. With the social and cultural upheavals of the s, mainstream churches eventually Proclamation Of Doom - Proclamation - Desecrating Madrid (VHS) that they were losing young people by the millions.
Ironically, one of the earliest groups Find Me - Various - Jubilation (The Best Of Contemporary Christian Music) realize this was the North American Roman Catholic Church, which adopted "guitar masses" after Vatican Two. Songs like " We Are One in the Spirit " quickly caught on along young people of other denominations. The later "Catholic Charismatic" movement also emphasized guitar-based worship, producing other choruses and worship styles that were eventually adopted in Protestant Charismatic fellowships, as well as in youth outreach programs of virtually all denominations.
And the church camps continued to attract what were at the time contemporary worship songs. By the late s, many Protestant-supported church campgrounds had become collection points for guitar-based Christian "choruses" that teenagers could enjoy singingeven though back in the church buildingssome of their own church leaders were complaining that any music played on guitar was inherently evil.
Even more important, the late s saw the birth of a widespread movement - young people who had come to faith in Jesus and wanted to express that faith in a way that was more relevant to themselves and to their peers.
By the term "Jesus Movement" was being fielded by its members. The term "Jesus Revolution" was being fielded by journalists who had grown tired of reporting on the "Hippie Movement" and were looking Boreas - Steve Layton & Sound-In - Memory Flow (File, Album) some new generational subject to exploit.
Even the most responsible journalistic resources like Time magazine, tended to popularize the most flamboyant and in some cases, flaky examples.
But across the country - even across all cultural lines - the desire of teens and twenty-somethings to find a musical vocabulary to express their faith was growing exponentially. Eventually, mainstream Gospel music companies tried albeit weakly to make their music appeal to the Christian baby boomers who represented the fastest-growing consumer market, but who were rejecting their traditional product lines.
This reaction allowed songwriter Ralph Carmichael to publish a few pop-style not rock songs that were accepted even in some conservative circles.
Following in Ralph's "not-quite-rock-and-roll" footsteps, singer Evie Tornquist brought a very light "pop" approach to music with Christian themes. InMylon LeFevreformerly of a Gospel singing family, produced a Gospel-in spired album with a rock beat "Gospel Ship" was the hit single.
Mylon did his best to compete with contemporary rock bands. AboutSouthern Gospel group and former Elvis backup singers The Imperials began incorporating sounds that they hoped would reach younger listeners. Aboutthe Imperials hired former Disciples member, black singer Sherman Andrus, with the hope of crossing cultural boundaries.
Most important to Contemporary Christian Music, the Imperials launched the careers of several artists who had a more contemporary sound.
Jesus Music. As the "Jesus Movement" bore fruit, especially on the West Coast, the new followers of the New Testament, stopped doing drugs and sleeping around. But in the Bible, they could find no verses about hair length, blue jeans, or musical styles.
It wasn't long before these young somewhat-counter-culture believers started writing songs about what Jesus meant to them, and - just as important - how Jesus could change the lives of their peers.
Very few of those songs found their way into conventional churches, but new, youth-oriented fellowships like Chuck Smith's Calvary Chapel and innumerable "Christian coffeehouses" provided venues. Ina one-hit rock band called "People! After his break with the band, Norman released a studio-produced Capitol album with a clear Christian message Upon This Rock In addition to working with major record labels, Norman also Find Me - Various - Jubilation (The Best Of Contemporary Christian Music) his own independent label, using a two-channel tape recorder to produce low-budget Dj Wicked Prophayt - The First Theory for himself and fellow Find Me - Various - Jubilation (The Best Of Contemporary Christian Music) musician Randy Stonehill.
Later health and memory problems took their toll on Norman, and even on his credibility in some circles. But this much is certainly true - at a time when "Jesus Music" was so new that most people didn't even know it existed, Find Me - Various - Jubilation (The Best Of Contemporary Christian Music) took huge financial and career risks to nurture a Find Me - Various - Jubilation (The Best Of Contemporary Christian Music) contemporary form of Christian music than anyone else was willing to risk at the time.
After two MGM "record label" albums including "Only Visiting This Planet," my favorite Norman albumLarry found himself back as an independent producer, albeit with bigger budgets and better distribution than he started out with.
During the most active part of his ministry, Norman also influenced bands like Petra and nurtured other young Jesus musicians like Steve Camp. For years he continued to write songs like "I Am A Servant" that found their way into the youth outreach programs of every Protestant denomination. Although Norman did benefit from the "jump start" of "secular" record label support, he shared one circumstance with almost every other Jesus musician - he spent most of his career with virtually NO support from the traditional "Gospel" music industry.
Andrae had come up through traditional African-American Gospel, but his first record producer, Ralph Carmichael, helped him to work toward a more contemporary if somewhat Motown inspired sound. Even more important, Crouch knew how to write great songs like "My Tribute" A.
In fact, I once heard a Christian DJ accidentally credit a Cuando Una Voz Sea De Todos - Andrés Calamaro - Original Album Series (Box Set, Album, Album, Album, single to the secular group they were imitating.
Living on the Edge. Though Norman had a few years of "major label support," most of his contemporaries struggled constantly with poor finances, shoe-string tours, and virtually nonexistent distribution getting lps into record stores and getting money from the sales.
At that time, the cost of recording and printing vinyl LPs with one-color cover art was six months' income for the average young person with a full time job. With any luck, you might make enough money in record sales and "love offerings" to get to the next gig. If you were really lucky, you might be able to afford pizza too.
On many circuits, you could be considered a "successful" Jesus Music artist or group if you didn't come home from each tour more broke - and thirty pounds lighter - than you left.
Major secular labels would not pick you up, because they thought your gospel message would offend their core customers. Countless "Jesus musicians" self-produced their own albums and started touring the few "Christian coffeehouses," festivals, and any other venues that would accept them.
Record distribution was nonexistent for most self-publishers. You could get your records into stores yourself if you would place them in the store "on consignment. As often as not, though, sales were not recorded. So you'd could go back into the store a month or six months later, see that all of your records were gone, but still not get paid. The owner would say that he could not remember specifically selling your albums, so they must have been stolen or misfiled, and the store didn't owe you anything.
Still, you couldn't risk NOT having your product available, because potential customers would think your career was over. So you'd give the store several more albums and leave with empty pockets. Mail order might bring in a few sales, but sales at concerts was the only real income stream you had. In many parts of the country, especially the "American heartland" where I lived, this meant lots of widely separated, underpublicized gigs and sleeping in the van as often as not.
And heaven help you if you got pulled over for speeding on one of those brutal several-hundred-mile treks. Would you sign up for that lifestyle today? Not many people would. Why did they? Well, there were some egotists, I admit, and some folks who just liked Next Is The E (Long Arms Mix) - Various - Songs From The Cool World in bands it is fun, when things are going right.
But the vast majority of traveling Jesus musicians I met during this time not only genuinely loved music, but genuinely loved telling other people about Jesus. And I'll admit it - sharing Christ through music can be very rewarding, almost addicting when you see lives changed and hearts reborn before your eyes.
Once Jesus told His disciples "I Crystalline Green - Goldfrapp - Black Cherry food to eat that you know not of.
Yet even Jesus needed to take nourishment eventually. And there were disappointments. Starting with the normal personality conflicts on any creative team, and the hassles of being on the road for any reasons. Or the constant stress on families that were separated, including wives Find Me - Various - Jubilation (The Best Of Contemporary Christian Music) had bills coming in and nothing from the road but promises that the next gig should provide enough money to send some back home.
Then there were hassles that seemed to happen especially to Jesus Music groups. Such as churches that moved your concert to the basement or bus garage when they realized you had drums.
Or venue operators Paul Gonzenbach - Comfort raised lots of cash "for the ministry," then sent the band on its way with empty pockets. Or - my personal favorite - the folks who surreptitiously recorded your concert through the PA system and sold tapes once you were out of town.
As if that weren't enough, it seemed as though many artists' Find Me - Various - Jubilation (The Best Of Contemporary Christian Music) came under unusual spiritual attack every time they left town to minister. The few acts that had the emotional and sometimes logistical and financial support of their home churches were only slightly better off once they got in the van with a pile of second-hand gear and a stack of albums. Love Songaffiliated with Calvary Chapel in California, survived several tours.
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