About the same over here. I do have kind of a soft spot for sentimental love songs, though. There’s a few by Rascal Flatts that I really like.
Of course, there’s going to be a lot of good and a lot of junk in every type of music, and that definitely includes CCM.
Yea, some friends and I refer to it as the “Finesse” side of CCM. You know, the kinds of songs where you could replace God’s name with that of a random girl and it would sound no different from a regular love song. It does seem like there’s quite a few artists who can’t make it in the mainstream, so they repackage their material for a Christian audience. But hey, what can you do? It’s kind of a hassle to be more selective, but it’s all you really can do.
I think it’s a shame there aren’t more outspoken Catholic artists putting contemporary albums out
I’m a Protestant, so…yea. It doesn’t affect me directly like it does you, but I was kind of curious about that. I was thinking about all the Christian artists, and it kind of hit me that they almost all seemed like they were Protestant and I couldn’t name any Catholic ones. So I wondered if they were out there but I didn’t know about it…I’ve been to quite a few Christian concerts, too, so I wondered if the people attending were mostly Protestant or what.
but for the most part there isn’t any real “anti-catholic” music out there. Even when you do come across the occasional song that mentions theological concepts that contradict Church teachings, it’s usually not supposed to be a mean-spirited ribbing of Catholic Dogma, but rather a passionate Protestant ministering to people the best way they know how. Nothing wrong with that!
I think for most CCM artists (and this may be wrong, but it’s my current impression), they are generally pretty sensitive to audience feedback. They know they’re catering to a wide Christian audience that’s pretty diverse, so whether it’s really about avoiding offense to someone or just avoiding whatever backlash that might occur, most artists tend to have that in mind as they write their lyrics. I have noticed, though, that Christian rap groups (like Cross Movement and LeCrae, for example) tend to have more stuff that’s specific to their particular niche within Christianity. That’s probably because their audience is a bit more homogeneous.
But yeah, I’m a pretty avid believer in the “take the best, leave the rest” concept. And anyways, good music is good music.
I agree. Very much so. It’s good to hear from someone who’s pretty laid back and just enjoys whatever’s worth enjoying. There’s plenty of worship songs and CCM material that’s not worth listening to, but that’s OK. There’s quite enough that is worth listening to, and I like it.