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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Worship 101

It's no lie...I'm a dummy when it comes to the world of praise and worship music. I've been a Christian for 21 years, was raised in the church, live with three women who are fiercely loyal to the praise tracks on their iPods, and work in corporate marketing for one of the largest Christian retailers in the United States. Yet still, I am clueless.

I grew up listening to secular music, and garnering a great understanding and appreciation of an eclectic variety of artists and albums throughout the ages. Some of my happiest memories are tagged to songs that define my current life stage. And who expresses emotion and the circumstances of life better than the poetic artists writing these songs? My iTunes library currently holds 32.1 GB of music in the form of 663 albums/23.5 days. I estimate that only about five percent is composed of religious content. And that's probably a generous guess.

In the church, I cut my teeth on Baptist hymns. They will always be my first choice when it comes to praising my Savior through song. If you experience the unfortunate event of standing next to me in church during A Mighty Fortress is Our God, you might not be able to hear yourself sing because of my loud soprano. I can't get enough.

I have an issue with praise and worship music. A large portion of the songs are (in my humble opinion) incredibly cheesetastic, and quite frankly, they annoy me. And I tire of singing a chorus ten times in four minutes, as is indicative of many praise songs.

I want to learn. I want some praise and worship to call my own. Half the battle is knowing where to start. Will you please help? I have a $25 iTunes giftcard burning a hole in my pocket. Can you suggest artists, songs, choirs, albums, etc? Teach me, o wise ones.


Blogger arica said...

I know I live 20 steps from you, but I had to respond. Speaking of Mighty Fortress, Christy Nockels recorded a version on her latest album, Life Light Up. The entire album is great! You might even try the Hymns album recorded by Passion. It's several of the great old hymns with new melodies. Might be a good transition album.

10:50 PM

Blogger thesciencegirl said...

I went to a a concert by a worship group last week, and was amazed at the cheesiness. I had a hard time getting into the worship because a lot of the music was so bad and repetitive.

Lately, I've been listening to a lot of artists who have Christian themes in their music but aren't necessarily marketed as Christian groups.

I'm a big fan of Jon Foreman's music (unabashedly Christian themes) as well as Josh Ritter and Sufjan Stevens (hints and references to scripture that I find interesting). As far as praise music, I love hymns as well, and I enjoy how Selah performs classic hymns. And I will always love Third Day.

11:35 AM

Blogger Courtney Baker said...

You know if I were you I would start with some of the leading worship bands... Hillsong, Hillsong United, any of the passion people.

1:24 PM

Anonymous Katie said...

Hey girl! I just discovered Meredith Andrews last week when they previewed her album on a local Christian station. I just love that she sings about real life situations. In fact, her song "You're Not Alone" is about being a single girl in Chicago. It's totally applicable to women in our stage of life!

7:32 PM


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