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More Christian Rock Bands
By Chris MacIntosh aka Grandfather Rock
CS Lewis was once quoted as saying something to the effect: "The world doesn't need anymore Christian books, they need more great books written by Christians" Recently I found out that one of my favorite groups, Infradig, is disbanding. Lately I find myself listening often to music by Tickle Penny Corner, another band that is no longer active. To say that Beth Spransy had a voice touched by heaven is a complete understatement. I miss them as I am sure a year from now I will be moaning about no more new music from Infradig. Two totally different bands with vastly different sounds, yet both were committed to excellence in their craft. To paraphrase Mr. Lewis, "The world doesn't need any more Christian rock bands, we are in need of Christians creating great rock, etc., music.
The amount of music that
is being produced by artists who hold to a Christian worldview is nothing
short of astounding in its scope and quality. Now, I'm not talking about
artists connected to what is commonly called the CCM industry and are pushing
a specific agenda. I am referring to musicians who create music for the
love of music and
Last October I took the ride over to New Jersey to see the Roe vs Pritzl Round 2 tour. They played in a small church auditorium for about 50 people and put on one of the best shows that I have seen in many a year. Over the many years that I have seen either of these artists in any configuration, I have never been disappointed and I know for a fact that this tour was not the best financial thing either of them has ever embarked upon. Gee, maybe if they charged tens of thousands of dollars they might be better off. They don't, yet their passion for their craft remains as strong as ever.
As I sit writing this piece
the Cornerstone Festival draws nearer. I look at the schedule for the artists
appearing on the Gallery Stage and my heart skips with joy at the knowledge
of the great music I will be enjoying in a few weeks. Folks like Tess Wiley,
Erick Brandt, Roe vs Pritzl, Ric Hordinski, Over The Rhine, Leigh Nash,
I have been listening to
music for over fifty years now, rock, jazz, country, classical almost any
genre you can think of. I find that the older I get the more passionate
for good music I become. My first concert experience was the Dave Clark
5 back in 1964, that's 44 years ago and I have no desire to stop any time
soon. When I think of some