Now that YouTube and other
video websites are online repositories of such a vast array of visual music
history are online, isn't it too bad that more performances by '60s-'70s
vintage Jesus hippie bands and singers weren't preserved in some moving
If one brand of extreme Christocentric
metal is called holy unblack metal by some, why isn't another called death-to-self
metal? It makes sense to me.
Since Hollywood isn't likely
to ever touch it, how about BILLY GRAHAM's movie people optioning the rights
from D-BOY RODRIGUEZ's parents to adapt their late son's story for the
silver screen? It could not only re ignite investigative interest in finding
out who killed the late rapper, but it would give Graham's company another
chance to make another biographical movie that could be at least as good
as The Hiding Place.
How strange is it to hear
MATT KEARNEY's "Undeniable" on RICK DEES' countdown show and see its vid'
on VH1 two-plus years after first hearing it in a strictly cCm context?
If the cover art of their
first album primarily for the general market is ugly as that for the refashioned
general market version of their last Christian market longplayer, will
SUPER[CHICK] register in the consciousness of the rest of the world as
perhaps they should? Really, what were they thinking with that last cover?
If not a full-on complete
works box set, isn't it long overdue for some label, likely in England,
to issue or 2- or 3-CD collection of the late STEVE FAIRNIE's work in various
bands including FISH CO., FAMOUS NAMES, WRITZ and THE TECHNOS? As a multimedia
bonus, wouldn't it be killer to include an updated video version of Fairnie's
board game based on making it to the top of the pop chart, Hype? Oh, yes
Will the world ever again
see a more delightful array of Christian t(w)een pop once JUMP 5's final
headlining tour-with support by opening acts including JESSIE DANIELS,
CALI, CARRIED AWAY and PURE N.R.G.-wraps up? Don't hold your breath on
Were cCm radio to reflect
the ethnic diversity of believers in the U.S., not just by skin color but
musical influences, wouldn't it 1) not only mirror the international spectrum
of our faith and the breadth of salvation the Lord provides, but 2) perhaps
sound more appealing to the ears of unbelievers who'd happen upon a Christian
station and have their minds blown at the wide-ranging music they can hear?
The closest you may come to that is my friend GEORGE LUKE's World Beat
show Saturdays at 3 PM Central time on England's United Christian Broadcasting
( www.UCB.co.uk). And exceptional as his show is, it shouldn't be such
an exception in its variety. Syndicate already, will ya, George!?
If artistic excellence is
one of the goals of Christian-made and marketed music, don't you wonder
how widespread the use of AutoTune software (its name describes what it
does to a singer's vocals) is in believers' musical wares? And should Christian
labels be signing acts who need such enhancement?
What does it represent when
RELIENT K is featured on B In Tune, a government-funded TV show encouraging
young people's participation in the music business, without mention of
the band's Christianity? Good, bad, or immaterial? I'm not going to do
all the sorting out of the interaction of believers making music and the
rest of the world they inhabit by myself, people.
Doesn't it make sense that
CARMAN would be signed to a soul gospel label and embraced by that genre's
community now that his days as a cCm hitmaker are over? And, not that I've
ever been gaga over the guy's church-gone-Atlantic City-artistry, but how
did the latter situation come about?
Did CHRIS DAUGHTERY's Christianity
escape my cultural radar, or are cCm radio programmers wanting to latch
onto the star of an American Idol contestant with a bit more general market
name recognition than MANDISA when they started playing his band's "Home"?
And to continue the AI speculation, if PLUMB can get a song about teen
domestic strife such as "Cut" on Christian radio, why not publically Jesus-loving
KELLY CLARKSON's "Because Of You"?
Now that TONEX says he's
jumping from gospel to R&B, will he have any more occasion to claim
from stage that people must speak in tongues in order to be truly born
again spiritually? If you don't believe me that he's done so already, listen
carefully all the way through his Out The Box. Either way, here's hoping
he's changed his mind about that doctrinal peculiarity, and wishing him
the best outside the church-marketed box.
Jamie Lee Rake