On another thread, someone quoted Cardinal Ratzinger as follows:
Cardinal Ratzinger: “Rock… is the expression of elemental passions, and at rock festivals it assumes a cultic character, a form of worship, in fact, in opposition to Christian worship. People are, so to speak, released from themselves by the experience of being part of a crowd and by the emotional shock of rhythm, noise, and special lighting effects. However, in the ecstasy of having all their defenses torn down, the participants sink, as it were, beneath the elemental force of the universe”.
So. Does that mean rock music is bad or not? I hear such different views. And then I guess there is Christian rock music, but some say it depends on the style and I don’t know what that means. I like some Christian rap though I’m not normally a rap fan. But most really big Christian Contemporary music sounds kind of boring to me – Rebecca St. James, Audio Adrenaline and all. The Call had some good songs long ago but I guess only a few.
Music does affect thinking. I mean, I worked in the rock/pop indistry in a small but consuming way long ago and I don’t have to be informed that shows strip people of their defenses. But so do lots of things, like sleep and a few drinks, right? I listen to some old rock’n’roll, as well as lots of other kinds of music, to do things ranging from relax to reminisce about old good times (mostly pretty tame stuff; sitting with friends and looking at art or walking and joking and playing instuments, hanging out) to stretch to get my mind off my problems or pretend I can sing. It’s deeply comforting in those kinds of ways. A big part of it for me is also exercise. So is that wrong? Is there a difference between say Janis Joplin, Green Day, Peter Tosh, Carl Perkins, and the Dead? How about something like Legendary Pink Dots, or the Talking Heads, or Devo? Obviously if a group I used to like gives me the creeps they’re done, I have no need to be further creeped out in my life, thank you very much. But if it still sounds good then what’s the rule? Anyone think a little relaxation is wrong? Where do we draw the line around here?