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SirSam
06-28-2018, 04:45 AM
Anyone interested in Christian or religious music?

I will be the first to admit there is a lot of really generic music out there but there is also some amazing expressions of people's faith.

I'll start with this song, A Prayer by my favourite christian band Kings Kaleidoscope. It is about the lead singers anxiety and he actually says the F word when he is describing the nature of his depression, created quite a stir in the christian music community when it came out.

Anyway aside from the swear word (which I personally feel is actually very smartly used but probably became a distraction) I feel like this song is an amazing, incredibly raw expression of Jesus personal love for us and suffering alongside us. The music matches the lyrics so well and the usage of silence is really powerful.

First time I heard this song it made every single hair on my arm stand up and when I played it for my wife she cried.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axmk5-55iuY

Anyway, what did you think? If anyone has any other Christian or other faith music I'd love to hear it and I'd be happy to share more.

The Dude
06-28-2018, 05:20 AM
The only song I can think of is alive by pod. Its just a good song whether its religious or not.

I'll check out the YouTube vid when I get back from the doctors.

SirSam
06-28-2018, 05:22 AM
POD were awesome, when I was a teenager I had a radio show on the local Christian radio station and I probably played that song every second episode.

The Dude
06-28-2018, 06:27 AM
Didn't know/had forgotten you were religious, and it's odd because I have currently been listening to the bible on youtube.

Checked out the song, it's not bad but not really my thing. It is quite touching though you're right. I do love that POD song tho. I tried learning it on guitar ages ago and it's not even that complicated I just plain suck.

SirSam
06-28-2018, 07:50 AM
What parts have you been listening to specifically? Anything in particular stand out?

A similar band to POD that I used to really enjoy was a band called Pillar. I even saw them live, was the sweatiest, smelliest mosh pit I've been in. A song I particularly remember enjoying by them was Frontline. It has been years since I listened to them and I expect I may not love them as much any more just as my tastes have changed but give them a listen if you really liked POD.

meandi
06-28-2018, 09:51 AM
Disclaimer... Iím a straight up atheist.

Having said that, Christian hardcore is one of my favorite genres. UnderOath, Devil Wears Prada, Stretch Arm Strong, We Came As Romans... I could go on, but you guys get the idea.

The Dude
06-28-2018, 11:37 AM
What parts have you been listening to specifically? Anything in particular stand out?

A similar band to POD that I used to really enjoy was a band called Pillar. I even saw them live, was the sweatiest, smelliest mosh pit I've been in. A song I particularly remember enjoying by them was Frontline. It has been years since I listened to them and I expect I may not love them as much any more just as my tastes have changed but give them a listen if you really liked POD.

It wasn't the swear word, anyone can do that. I do it all the time and it doesn't make you cool. South park made the point for me. It works but needs to be limited so that it doesn't just become casual.

It was the Jesus where are you repeatedly that got me.

SirSam
06-28-2018, 06:20 PM
It wasn't the swear word, anyone can do that. I do it all the time and it doesn't make you cool. South park made the point for me. It works but needs to be limited so that it doesn't just become casual.

It was the Jesus where are you repeatedly that got me.

Yeah, that part of the song followed by the silence then the violin is spine tingling.

I think for me the usage of the f word is quite fitting because it is used to add violence to the song and is normally not present in any of their music or really any music for the genre. The idea of the Southpark episode about swearing is that when you use it all the time it loses all meaning however when you never use it, the one time you do really stands out and in this context gives it some real emotional resonance to the violence of his anxiety.

Also I meant what parts of the bible have you been listening to?


Disclaimer... I’m a straight up atheist.

Having said that, Christian hardcore is one of my favorite genres. UnderOath, Devil Wears Prada, Stretch Arm Strong, We Came As Romans... I could go on, but you guys get the idea.

I'm interested as to what attracts you to Christian music given you probably don't have a lot of time for the lyrical content?

In case anyone is interested here is another song by Kings Kaleidoscope called Alive, it is one of my most listened to tracks of last year, mainly for the second half of the song after the rap in the first verse.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpasllUcjK8

Prime Time
06-28-2018, 06:26 PM
I'm quite into classical music with a religious focus but can't say I know much that is pop or rock oriented, beyond the odd song.

I do remember thinking 'Hello McFly' by Relient K was kinda fun, if that counts.

meandi
06-29-2018, 12:44 PM
SirSam,

I grew up as a Christian when I was a teenager, and subsequently got into the hardcore scene where there were a ton of great bands that happened to be Christian. Even after losing my faith, I still enjoyed the style, and it seems Christian bands do that style better than non-Christian bands. Plus, thereís generally a good, positive vibe at live shows that the non-Christian stuff isnít always able to maintain.

SirSam
06-30-2018, 01:26 AM
I'd love to hear some if you could point me to a few songs like that.

I remember going to Christian music festivals as a teenager and just loving catching the metal bands even though they weren't my favourite genre, they just had so much energy and the crowd just went for it so hard.

The Dude
06-30-2018, 11:38 AM
Sam, I was listening to the old testament but my grandma sent me the new testament and recommended it. I'm not sure if it's for me, but I do feel I should read it which I never have. I was good at R.E at school somehow anyway, I don't get how.

Prime Time
04-11-2019, 05:07 AM
I don't know if this is really what you had in mind when starting the thread, but it came on the radio when I was in the car recently, and it's quite something.




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ibn0HNtuS6o

SirSam
04-11-2019, 06:58 AM
Incredible post PT, absolutely not what I had in mind when I started the post but I do not care one bit. I had like 20 tabs open and was clicking around and this just stopped me dead in my tracks. I just closed my eyes and was transported for 4 minutes.

When I listen to something so mind blowingly amazing like that the only thing that comes to mind is the quote by the father of the Reformation Martin Luther when he said "Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world."

Prime Time
04-12-2019, 08:53 AM
Not to turn this into the religion thread but that did remind me of something I read once, where the suggestion was that music was the form that took us closest to the divine. I think the suggestion was that when you're dealing in words and language it's inevitably going to be limited by the act of writing it down and the cultural conventions that inevitably constrain ideas, but that the popularity of music lies in the fact that there's something transcendental about it.

Don't know if that's something people are going to agree with, but bringing in Luther made me think of it. And y'know, hearing the music in that video makes me more likely to agree with it than I might have been if I hadn't just listened to it!