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  • #601

    Andres Ortiz
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    Soooo….what kind of music do you listen to and why?

    Is there something about either of the 2 types of music you do not like or that you like a lot?

    #2245

    Andres Ortiz
    Keymaster

    Overall, I listen to both types the same amount. Christian music has a positive message which I like because once I listen to a good song, it tends to stick in my head and so does that positive message. Now there are secular songs and bands that I like to listen to as well, and it is usually because the message is also good.

    Some Christian music has the “by faith alone” theme of praise which is more Protestant, but I mostly listen to the songs about living our lives as Christians in mind, heart, and actions.

    What I don’t like about some secular music is that it is too violent, or only way too concerned with sex. I try to stay away from those kind.

    Not only does the song have to have a good meaning behind it, but it also has (for the most part) to sound good in order for me to listen to it often. <img src=” title=”Wink” />

    #2246

    Andres Ortiz
    Keymaster

    I suppose I could answer this too since I [i:1sfeau88]am[/i:1sfeau88] the one who started this topic <img src=” title=”Wink” />

    Anyway, I didn’t really grow up listening to Christian music at all so I really don’t listen to much at all. I find that most Christian music seems to be that trendy, Evangelical stuff that I don’t really like. If there was some good Catholic theology based music out there then I might reconsider.

    Since meeting Stephanie, she has introduced me to Rebecca St. James who I find to be a pretty good artist. Her songs are not all about God and me, but as Steph said it’s “about living our lives as Christians in mind, heart, and actions.”

    #2252

    Andres Ortiz
    Keymaster

    Thanks, Jon!!!!

    You got it! <img src=” title=”Wink” />

    ~Stephanie

    #2684

    Andres Ortiz
    Keymaster

    I want to give this a bump so that hopefully more people will vote and we can get some more opinions. <img src=” title=”Wink” />

    #2692

    Benedict
    Member

    I tend to like all kinds of music, although some genres appeal to me more than others. Christian music is one of those genres that does not. Perhaps it is the trendy Evangelical tone. Whatever it is, I do not enjoy listening to most Christian songs (although I do have a few favorites; they emphasize God’s power and wisdom such as “God is in Control” and “Our God is an Awesome God”).

    I listen to secular music but mostly Oldies. You do not have so much sex and violence in Oldies songs (but you can find it). I also have a concept called a God Song. A God Song is any secular song that, with no or minor changes, could be considered as God singing to you or vice versa. The song that inspired the concept is the Backstreet Boy’s “Larger than Life” wherein I paid particular attention to the lines:

    All you people [the Trinity] can’t you see, can’t you see
    How your love’s affecting our reality
    Every time we’re down
    You can make it right
    And that makes you larger than life.

    #2700

    Andres Ortiz
    Keymaster

    I also like to listen to oldies. :lol:

    I do listen to secular songs as well, but I try to make them ones about something other than sex, money, or violence. With the music market as it is now, that cuts down my selections by a least half.

    I don’t have statistics or anything, but most people will say that listening/making music is important to them. I don’t doubt that. Music and rhythm have certain power and it is a good idea to be cautious of what we allow ourselves to listen to.

    Here is some evidence of how music has substantial influence: when we are pre-schoolers we learn the alphabet by singing the letters to a tune and rhythm. Try just saying the letters of the alphabet without any sort of rhythm or song to it. Then spell Mississippi–I bet is is very tempting to use rhythm. Other cultures frequently use songs to teach second, third, and fourth languages to children. If a song comes on the radio that was popular with your age group (say in high school for example) 5, 10, 20, even 30 or 40 years ago, it is likely that you will remember and start singing the words right along with the radio. <img src=” title=”Wink” />

    This is why I am hesitant to believe those people who say they are not affected when they listen all the time to music about sex and violence.

    #2702

    Andres Ortiz
    Keymaster

    [quote:1shx1qq7]Christian music is one of those genres that does not. Perhaps it is the trendy Evangelical tone.[/quote:1shx1qq7]

    Yes, I feel the same way – it has a trendy, Evangelical tone. Not much more to say on that one. <img src=” title=”Razz” />

    [quote:1shx1qq7]I listen to secular music but mostly Oldies. You do not have so much sex and violence in Oldies songs (but you can find it).[/quote:1shx1qq7]

    That reminds me of one of my friends, Marissa (who also wrote a few articles for this website). Personally, Oldies just don’t do it for me. I need something a little more intense than upbeat.

    I generally get my fix with some hardcore Creed (not the mushy stuff on the radio).

    Btw, I try to stay away from the Backstreet Boys as much as possible. <img src=” title=”Wink” />

    [quote:1shx1qq7]This is why I am hesitant to believe those people who say they are not affected when they listen all the time to music about sex and violence.[/quote:1shx1qq7]

    Yeah. I’d love to see a study done on this showing how that kind of music affects people’s beliefs and attitudes.

    #2708

    Sunset
    Member

    I listen to both about the same amount of time. I enjoy the different emotions provoked by either. I do, however, own [b:kflfh6tx]more[/b:kflfh6tx] secular music than Christian music. Most of my cd’s were gifts, and I find that people are more comfortable giving secular music as a gift.

    #2728

    Andres Ortiz
    Keymaster

    Actually, many of my CDs were gifts too, but most of the CDs I received were Christian music. Usually, the person who gave them to me was one of my close friends and sometimes a relative.

    But I can still see that for the most part people do probably feel more comfortable giving secular gifts period.

    #3076

    but when I do listen to music, I often avoid the popular music because the lyrics can be vulgar and the music makes my head hurt…
    showing my age I guess

    #3078

    Anonymous

    What a great anything and everything subject, you have hit on a popular subject.

    I will listen to most kinds of music, including other music than listed so far like bluegrass, reggae (with decent lyrics), even polka has its place in my heart. My favorites however are Christian, Jazz, and classical.

    My least favorite is the old-fashioned country, the kind with the twangy guitar and crying in your beer music. I hope I am not offending anyone’s choice here. I am in my late forties-instead of having baby boomer parents who would play big band sound and stuff like that I grew up with a never ending saga from country music keeping me awake at nite-so I tend to not like it.

    I do NOT like music that creates a ‘brainworm’, I hope nobody here remembers the song “knock three times on the ceiling if you want me, twice on the pipes…” Its songs like that—-just like Berrycat says-stick with you forever!

    I don’t understand the dislike on this website of Popular Christian Rock. When I listen to those songs, I DO find myself singing all day, out loud or in my head, and what I end up picking up from those songs is all elements of prayer—-praise (especially praise), confession, thanksgiving, and supplication


    the rythyms help me to pray alllllllll day long. Okay I made my point.

    Actually I do invite more comments as to why folks don’t care for Christian music


    only because I tend to use alot of it in my particular ministry. I would like to know your thoughts.

    #3082

    Andres Ortiz
    Keymaster

    [quote:uvtb3t57]Actually I do invite more comments as to why folks don’t care for Christian music


    only because I tend to use alot of it in my particular ministry. I would like to know your thoughts.[/quote:uvtb3t57]

    Personally, I think it all sounds the same or sounds like a blatant copying of style from secular artists just to sound cool or stay trendy. Being trendy and cool is not what being Christian is all about though so I think it smacks of some irony.

    #3083

    The late Rich Mullins recorded many songs that would make you think
    he was a Catholic who just didn’t know it.

    As for the genuine article, I recommend Dana

    #3085

    Andres Ortiz
    Keymaster

    Dana who?

    #3089
    #3112

    Andres Ortiz
    Keymaster

    [quote:kgkdy9ia] Personally, I think it all sounds the same or sounds like a blatant copying of style from secular artists just to sound cool or stay trendy. Being trendy and cool is not what being Christian is all about though so I think it smacks of some irony.
    [/quote:kgkdy9ia]

    Actually, I don’t think that the main point it to sound “cool’ and or “trendy” but that Christian music is a way to bring faith into everyday life. But if there was an Christian artist whose main goal was to sound cool, you are right, there would be irony in that. However, most artists seem to focus on the message.

    Christian artists combine the secular idea of contemporary sounds with Christian lyrics as way to add Christ into the mix of daily life. So…

    When you think about it, this website is kind of like the Christian music. It combines the contemporary, secular idea of a forum/message board with the Catholic/Christian idea of faith, theology, and fellowship. I am using a contemporary means to strengthen and share my faith. <img src=” title=”Wink” />

    #3196

    Andres Ortiz
    Keymaster

    [quote:3ek9k9i9]When you think about it, this website is kind of like the Christian music. It combines the contemporary, secular idea of a forum/message board with the Catholic/Christian idea of faith, theology, and fellowship. I am using a contemporary means to strengthen and share my faith. <img src=” title=”Wink” />[/quote:3ek9k9i9]

    Well, that’s debatable because the internet was never a secular only medium to begin with and neither was music. However, hard rock, pop, rap, etc. were all secular forms of music that contemporary Christian artists copy. It wasn’t too long ago when Christian music (a.k.a Gospel music) was its own genre and had a distinct style.

    The internet is like music in that it is a medium and neither is a secular idea. <img src=” title=”Smile” />

    #3199

    Andres Ortiz
    Keymaster

    excuse me

    #3209

    Andres Ortiz
    Keymaster

    I meant all that in a nice way. <img src=” title=”Smile” />

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