State of Play #006 "Unappealing and Nothing New" (Part 3) by Andrew Funderburk on 2015-03-13 09:48:14
This week we continue the thought processes that have been covered over the past two weeks. The foundational question to the thoughts are, "Why is there a creativity gap between Christian music and mainstream music?" This week we move forward to the questions, "Why...does the one [mainstream music] sound more appealing in presentation?" and "What is it that draws my ear, as well as many others, to the mainstream musical sound?"
For some, the answer may seem to be one-sided; however, it appears that the answers to these questions are multi-faceted. For the majority, it could be that the answer is rooted in one reasoning but with many branches coming out. One reason that I've found to cause me to gravitate towards mainstream music is honesty. There is an honesty in the way that many of the artists feel and express their thoughts, whether positively or negatively.
At times, it correlates with my own feelings, whether that is happiness, anger, sadness, frustration, struggles of being human, etc. Many times, when a song comes in story form, it automatically tunes the listener into what's being said. Tied closely with that would be the intimacy of hearing someone else's story. It makes me feel closer to the person singing the song. There are a few occasions where I hear true honesty of self-expression in Christian music, as well as, personal stories of the artists themselves. In saying that, though, there are some [Christian artists] who do open up their hearts and lives to the listener.
Due to the fact that much of Christian radio sounds the same, some may have the want for something fresh, rather than hearing the monotony that Christian radio might have. There is also an element of creativity that many mainstream artists have as well. They don't necessarily have to remain in one genre of music.
Already you may be nodding, saying, "That's it!!! That's why I listen more to mainstream music!" Some of those reasonings may be part of why you do gravitate towards mainstream music, but take this next paragraph as a check-in first. With the greater part of mainstream music being glorification of the flesh and its desires, the reasoning for gravitating towards mainstream music for others would be to "experience" certain aspects of the flesh without ever "doing it."
I think of Jesus when He said many times that if we so much as hold onto certain thoughts, we have already become guilty of that act (see Matthew 5:28). Furthermore, Jesus also says, ..."out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks," (Luke 6:45b). I don't think we can ever fully justify listening to some things in light of not being of the world. We can identify without jumping into the mud itself. We are called to a higher standard. In light of all of that, a question to ask that correlates to what the main topic is would be, "How can Christian artists remain true to glorifying Christ while discussing the struggles of the flesh?" Moreover, how are we as believers keeping ourselves in check in regards to what we are filling our hearts with?
When we are in the fire, it’s easy to ask God, “Why?” It doesn’t hurt to ask that question, to examine our own hearts. If we can find no explanation for the trial, it’s possible that another drama is being played out behind the scenes.
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