big mistake. HUGE.

Jun 26, 2009 by

i’m a big music person. i don’t know about every new band, and i’m not a snob about what’s “good” or “what’s not” but i do really just enjoy music. of all types. maybe even country, but i’m not sure on that yet. haven’t given it a fair shot. so this is a question for any of you out there who listen to christian music.

i have a pastor’s wife confession:

i only own one “christian” CD.

switchfoot. from 2003.

not because i think christian music is bad, but because i’m not sure it’s good. i just don’t know. and i need you to tell me. i feel like taste in music is as individual as fashion and style or food preferences. to each his own. if you like it, that’s all that matters. i just want to know what you like, or what you think i’ll like. because i’m not tech savvy, persay, i don’t listen to free downloaded music constantly or have a lot of random music on my computer. i don’t have an ipod and i don’t even know how to download music without, like, getting arrested or something. the only music i stole was off nicks hard drive a while back ;) thanks, nick. but buying CD’s is so expensive and, i don’t know, old fashioned now or something. clearly i need some help.

here’s where you come in. below is a list of some CD’s i own or bands/musicians i enjoy (i’m across the board- jazz, hip hop, rock, i’m into whatever) and maybe you could give me some music suggestions?! i’m curious about the christian music arena, but if you’re reading and you don’t own any christian music either, then you can suggest any new music that you’re listening to or just love in general. i’m always looking for suggestions.

yay! i’m excited already!

some of my faves: Adele, John Mayer, Coldplay, Ryan Adams, Kenna, Bright Eyes, Radiohead, James Morrison, Ben Harper, Gomez, Estelle, Rufus Wainwright, Feist, Mat Kearney, Citizen Cope, Kings of Leon, Amy Winehouse, Kanye West, The Fray, Augustana, Death Cab for Cutie, The Decemberists, Ray LaMontaigne, Regina Spektor, John Legend, Michael Buble, Live, Damian Rice, U2, Harry Connick Jr., Norah Jones, Jason Mraz, Jimi Hendrix, Pearl Jam, The Cranberries, Josh Kelley, RAtM, Beck, Dave Matthews Band, Snow Patrol, Jamie Cullum, Foo Fighters, Robin Thicke, Justin Timberlake, MJ in his early days ;)…and the list goes on.

“without music life would be a mistake.”
friedrich nietzsche

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  1. WitchyEditor

    Joni Mitchell (get her album Blue first, Lee Ann used to love her, borrow cds)

  2. John Diehl

    According to your list I would def suggest a couple of great albums I've enjoyed recently:
    Jaymay – Autumn Fallin'
    Ingird Michaelson – Be OK
    and for something crazy if you enjoy electro house music in the slightest you must check out Justice – Cross and you enjoy that then pick up the live album version – A Cross the Universe

  3. Nick

    I do not mean to burst your bubble…but maybe one (being me) would say you own not one christian CD!

    For the record I think that is a good thing. I love other music.

    As Christians, we are called to be missionaries/pastors in our own context. For the musician, this means loving Jesus and playing in secular circles. How else will they (the other non-christian musicians) see Jesus?

    I have lots of friends who do that. In regards to worship, there are people who use their gifts for the edification of the church but it seems that we have made too much of the Christian music scene, me being the top offender back in the day.

    All that to say…I think that is a good thing.

  4. michelle

    mmm, you're probably right, nick. i'm not a proponent for (literally) "buying into" to the christian realm…t-shirts, bumper stickers, etc. (if you want to read a fascinating book on that, read "brand jesus" by tyler wigg stevenson).

    sometimes you just want something lyrically that has good themes to fill my head, which doesn't necessarily mean christian. but IS unlike, say, amy winehouse ;)

  5. suzannah

    i'm pretty suspicious of christian music, but i really like the welcome wagon (produced by sufjan stevens, if you like him–and oddly, they're the pastor/wife of my sister's church plant) and enter the worship circle–they're kinda hippie/folksy worship.

    we just got the new decemberists–love them!

    also, i have a print with that quote graffitied on a wall that i've been wondering what to do with. want it?

  6. Nick Inglis

    I didn't have any Caedmon's Call on my hard drive? Shame on me. You should check out some of the old Caedmon's Call albums like "40 Acres" and "Long Line of Leavers". They're pretty awesome for christian music. Also, check out Derek Webb (who used to be the lead singer for Caedmon's Call). On the worship side, I'm coming around to liking the newer David Crowder Band stuff (I didn't like his older albums, although if Cameron read this he'd probably freak out) and Ten Shekel Shirt is some awesome honest praise music. I'll probably hit up this thread when I think of or come across more, but that's pretty much my Christian genre music… and hey other Nick, Switchfoot has reached a lot of people for Christ. I wouldn't be so quick to judge, I saw them a few times earlier in their career and they had an alter calls at their concerts.