Thursday, January 26, 2006

The Uneasy Partnership of Religion in Music --
Cross-posted to Street ProphetsStreet Prophets

Pitchfork Media is an online publication focusing on indie music who, I believe, took their name from the silly belief that rock is the devil's music.  If you're an indie music diehard, it's a must-read.

Up currently is an interesting article on how secular musicians struggle with being labeled religious. (Warning: I've not heard, or even heard of, any of the acts mentioned.)

Few acts can get away with singing about religious themes, unless they they exude bitterness and anger that causes some jaded music critics to give a knee-jerk +1 to a star rating for "edginess."  U2 gets away with it.  I'm not sure who else does.

Chris Dahlen writes:

You can disagree with the church of your choice, but to dismiss religion altogether-- and to write off the best ideas, the best people and of course, the best indie rockers-- that come out of it, seems pointless. Why shoot the messenger just because you're scared he has a message?

One musician tells of a fan saying that the mere mention of "Jesus" caused feelings of detachment, and that's just sad.  Is it fear of proselytizing? Is it the snobbery of people saying, "If Christians like it, then I hate it?"  Is it simple disinterest like a white girl saying she could never date an African-American because black men just don't "turn her on?"

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Blogger Answer Guy said...

Rock is the Devil's music.

If you doubt this, find a CCR (Contemporary Christian Radio, not Credence Clearwater Revival) station and see if you can listen to it for more than 5 minutes at a time.

Now, if you are talented enough, and are smart about it, you can be, in a sense, subversive, and write a great rock song about God or religion.

More about this after I get some needed sleep.

2:12 AM  

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