Originally posted by darvlay
I don't listen to the radio much but when I saw the videos on TV I immediately knew they were Christian Rock because of the strikingly low quality of the song.
It also didn't hurt that I knew what channel was the Christian network du ...[text shortened]... other time...
I couldn't agree more. White Heart, Petra, Carmen, White Cross, Michael W. Smith, DC Talk, Newsboys, De Garmo and Key, Nouveaux, Audio Adrenaline, Jars of Clay. . . I used to love all that s&*$. Well, a few songs were actually pretty good. But just like you, darv, I eventually realized that there was a world of better music out there. It was like stepping out of the shade and into the sweet sunshine (I lived in the NW and "crossed over" in the early grunge period.)
While going to high school, I lived with a family that only listened to xtian music. They were really big on it. Their oldest son wanted to be an xtian rock singer. Anyway, I got to hear an enormous sampling of xtian artists from Keith Green to Stryper. I think that many of these artists had the right intention initially. They loved rock n roll, and they loved Christ. They realized that the music itself is not a problem, but rather the message. So they altered their message to praise God in the way he has made them.
The problem I think is the xtian labels. Like you say, they are racking in big dough peddling this tripe. For most of the big labels, if they want to sell, they have to make the music pass the 30-something with kids test. The consumers and the label work together to strangle any of the creative artists that they have.
Take Amy Grant for instance. I was an avid xtian music listener when she "crossed over." The fall out was huge. The silly thing in my opinion was that she wasn't singing about anything controversial. Compared to the other secular artists, she was an upright pillar. However because she didn't write every song about either "Give your life to Christ" or "Lord you are so (insert positive adjective)" her fans flipped out.
That's the problem in my opinion. The artists under mainstream xtian labels have to sacrifice their artistry for the message. Take the message and put it over an imitation of the sound that is big now. Oh yeah, and the competition is not as high so the music on average sucks more.