Basically the Gungor frontman had some time on his hands and dumped his feelings, journal style, onto the bands blog space. In the blog, Michael talks about how easy it is to spot Christian music on the radio. Not by the lyrics, but strictly by listening to the music. He takes the industry to task for its perceived lack of creativity. There is much more in the article, but I’ll allow you to decide what you think of what’s written.
I found the blog very interesting and had a lengthy conversation about Christian Music with my best friend since 8th Grade and current host of Backspin Radio (available for free on iTunes), Bill Moore.
Bill worked in the Christian music biz for over 15 years. He has an intimate knowledge of how things work. Obviously he has an opinion. I worked in Christian radio for 6 years a very long time ago and I obviously have an opinion as well.
For me, I’ve always had an issue with Christian music’s tendency to “copy” what’s popular in the world of secular music. Secular music is basically anything and everything that isn’t considered Christian music.
Christian radio is not marketed toward me, the middle aged white guy. There are two local Christian music stations that I’m aware of in Central Ohio. One of those stations is your classic adult contemporary with a lot of different bands that all start to sound the same after a while. Then there’s the hip, youth driven, make your ears bleed station that has a lot of singers screaming in a very deep metal voice for hours on end. Neither one is my cup of tea.
I’ll readily admit that I tend to be all worship music or good ol’ Pop/Rock Top 40 music (limited hip-hop please). Generally speaking I’m always going to like a nice upbeat Rock song. Hair Bands were my favorite… yes, I had a mullett.
Deep down inside, I really want to enjoy what the Christian Music Industry has to offer, but I just can’t get into it. I can’t really tell you why, but Michael Gungor’s blog came as close to why as I’ve ever been able to articulate.
So, let me ask you this: Do you listen to Christian Music? If so, what do you like about it? Do you think that Christian Music lacks creativity?