I have always loved music. As long as I can remember, my favorite feeling was the music so loud that I could feel it in my bones and it engulfed me with its presence and power. I have always gone towards the harder stuff and the past year or so I dipped into Christian screamo and became addicted. My life is defined in my head by songs. I have bands that I love so much I can tell it is their song just by the first few seconds. I like other bands, but there are a select that are what I call "my bands" and nothing will ever change that. Now, I did say I like Christian Screamo. Honestly, you either love it or you hate it. It is something you have to get used to. When I first started listening to it I started with a band called RED. They were a great introduction since it wasn't too hard. Then I got into Haste the Day and Greeley Estates and Oh Sleeper. Each getting a little harder. Then I found my favorite, Norma Jean. All have GREAT CD's and I recommend them to anyone who likes that type of music or if they want to give it a try. Now some Christians don't think it is right, that is screamo music, but here is what I say...The hymns that we sing in church were based on drinking songs. The style for most of our contempory Christian music is based on cointempory secular music. The Christian country is intermingled with country songs about sex, drugs, and alcohol. Hard Rock Christians music is based on hard rock secular music. Same with screamo. The way I see it is that people are picking out something they just don't like and saying it is from the pit of hell. We need to look at the whole picture. God gave us music. It is what we do with it. I have seen many so called contemporary Christian bands go out and play with a secular group and not mention the name of God. Then I have seen my favorite Screamo bands all proclaim Christ at their concerts. Now which is better? Music is a way to reach people. Screamo music reaches a different group of people that need God just as any other band would. It is what the band does when they get on that stage and what they put in their lyrics. Either they are too ashamed of God and won't mention His name because the fear or rejection, or they realize their calling and that is to proclaim Christ even if they get shunned and can't get good shows. God has used this music to help me deal with life and turn things over to God. To me it is uplifting, to me it helps me to let go and let God. It helps me to realize the deepness of the struggle I face. I don't get that when I listen to contemporary Christian music. Yes, I like it, but it doesn't inspire me the same way my music does. I don't look like the type who would like that music, but it is my passion and it wakes me up, it helps me not to hold things inside of me that need to come out, it helps me to see my sin and turn to God. God gave us music, it is what we do with it that matters, not how it sounds.
You know, they said the same thing about the music I listened to back in my day. How dare those people use drums and electric guitars! What about that terrible beat! Can you believe it? It's too loud and too fast!
Although the style of music which appeals to me differs from yours, it also probably differs from a lot of my peers. I can only take "mellow" for so long. It has it's place but I have to confess that generally the music I drift towards is music which makes me want to "seize the day" and thrust myself into the heat of the battle. This is the kind of music which speaks to me most often.
My husband, who is a sound engineer and media techie, always challenges people who complain to show him a secular note and a Christian note.
I say you need to pay attention to any music you listen to regardless of the style. If it draws you closer to God, praise God! On the other hand if you find it is interfering with your relationship with God, then you need to flee from it regardless of how soft, loud, fast or slow it is!
I also enjoy the hymns we sing at church, but I only truly feel revived by them is when they are sung at church and when it is a body of believers.
AMEN K. I agree with you totally!
Screamo, I didn't know that was the technical name for it. I just ordered and got a CD called "Scares Remain-Special Edition" by Disciple. I got it for the song "Things Left Unsaid". I saw the video and story behind this and it touched my heart. Yet when I got it and started ripping it to my computer and heard the screaming at the first song, I was like charged up. I like to be charged up at times by this type of music. Sometimes in the mornings on the way to work I'll crank it up and rock out on the way to work, but that is only if my wife is not with me. She doesn't like loud music...unless it is Mercy Me or something she likes. Some times I'll crank it up and do some head banging just to bug her. :wink: The first time I heard Screamo music was on the way home from work one day after a very hard day. It was summer time and I had the windows down and was screaming right along with the music. It was awesome. I never felt so energized and forgot all about my day at work. I think this may go along with how David worshiped God. He abandoned his own heart and didn't care what his wife thought. Right now I think if I sung to some Screamo music it would kill my throat. Then again it might clear out this cold. I'll let you know. Thanks for the blog.
I agree with your blog, youaregolden, but I did want to ask if you could expound more on what you meant by, "the hymns we sing in church were based on drinking songs." The hymns we sing in our church are written by people like F. Crosby, Issac Watts, Charles Wesley and John Newton. I don't find anywhere a connection between a basis of drinking songs and the songs they wrote. Can you tell me more about how you know this?
We did a study in our church about music and some of the great artists got the tunes from drinking sosngs sung in a bar. They changed them into something that would glorify God. I thought that was really neat!
Thanks for the response! You know, it's funny, because when I was a teen-ager, I did the same thing. I wrote music often and sometimes, I took secular music and put lyrics to it that gave honor to Christ. Here is one that I still sing today. Sing this to the tune of "Today, while the blossoms still cling to the vine. (By the way, I did not write the lyrics to this particular song, but someone who loved the Lord did and did a great job with it).
Today, I will trustingly cling to His hand
Though rocky the pathway, though treachr'ous the land
My Jesus takes all of my worries away,
How can I fear, when He's here, by my side
His love is my pleasure, His life is my breath
His presence I'll cherish, in life and in death
Beside me to guide and before me to lead,
my Jesus, is all that I need.
He beckons me to Him, His hands I can see
So cruelly nailed, pierced on Calvary for me
Tomorrow is Heaven, I know it is true
Because He lives, I shall live to.
Thanks for your blog. You are right. All music belongs to God - no matter if it is Christian Screamo or the Cathredrals. God bless you for making a good point. I understand exactly what you mean about music helping to grow us in a variety of ways.