By Jay R. Howard
Apostles of Rock is the 1st target, entire exam of the modern Christian tune phenomenon. a few see CCM performers as ministers or musical missionaries, whereas others outline them as entertainers or artists. This well known musical stream basically conjures up a number of responses in regards to the courting among Christ and tradition. The ensuing tensions have splintered the style and given upward thrust to false impression, clash, and an obsessive specialize in self-examination. As Christian stars Amy provide, Michael W. Smith, DC speak, and Sixpence None the Richer climb the mainstream charts, Jay Howard and John Streck speak about CCM as an incredible flow and convey how this musical style pertains to a bigger pop culture. They map the area of CCM by way of bringing jointly the views of the folks who practice, examine, industry, and hear this song. via analyzing CCM lyrics, interviews, performances, sites, and chat rooms, Howard and Streck discover the non secular and aesthetic tensions in the CCM group. finally, the clash headquartered round Christian song displays the fashionable non secular community's figuring out of evangelicalism and the community's advanced dating with American pop culture.
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And for every Amy Grant who successfully uses a career in CCM as a launching pad to wider stardom and wealth, there are a dozen artists like Mike Roe who, after more than a decade in the business, gives guitar lessons to put food on the table. For some, it is avocation-work, they feel, that God has called them to. For others, the motivation ·stems from the (possibly naive) belief that CCM will save the world. Arguing that music is the language of youth, many musicians see Christian rock as a way to present the message of Christ to a world that they feel desperately needs it.
As James Huffman explains, "Works like Jesus Christ Superstar, which 'ask the right questions' but allow each individual to provide his own answers, will be appropriated by nearly all-the atheist, the agnostic, the believer. " 26 So, while some evangelicals saw promise in the fact that the questions were being raised, most were disappointed in the answers that were being provided. Jesus Rock emerged as a means not only to present "the right questions" but also to offer the more strident answers evangelicalism demanded.
To a more focused examination of the particular moments and forms that constitute both major and minor aspects of that history, it becomes obvious that other considerations must be brought to bear on our understanding of rock and roll as a musical form. Our case in point is contemporary Christian music, a musical genre that merges rock and roll with evangelical Protestantism. With CCM, therefore, one must add to the already convoluted mix of art, commerce, and politics the equally problematic tensions that characterize twentieth-century Chris~anity.
Apostles of Rock: The Splintered World of Contemporary Christian Music by Jay R. Howard