Tectonic Shift

i love music.
no seriously…. i love music.
and i love Jesus.
no seriously…. i really love that Jesus the Christ fellow.
so it might not make much sense when i confess that i hate Christian Music. No seriously…. i really, really, really do not like the gutter genre of Christian Music.
But it wasn’t always like this.
My history: i “discovered” popular music when i was 11 / 12 years old  {back in 1983 / 1984} – and it changed my life. i sort of came alive when i discovered music and the history and the breadth of all the music!!
when i think of that time i think of Genesis 2:7 “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” 
on the flip side i also think of Genesis 3:5 “For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” {NOTE –  that might be more about my conservative upbringing…. like why do i have the king james version of the bible in my head? anyway…..} 
the second half of the 80’s was my music playground and education and then the 90’s was my music university. i still have boxes and boxes of cassettes, vinyl and literally thousands and thousands of Compact Discs in my garage {the bane of my patient non-horading wife Benita}
Actual history: Christian music used to be amazing. It used to be great. The 70’s, the 80’s and the 90’s are three decades of creative people using all types of music to explore their faith, their world, their cultures. It grew and grew and grew! every decade building on the groundbreaking work the generation did before it. Christian music of every conceivable genre was pretty much as good as any other music ever made and often times it was incredible and amazing and better than anything else ever made.
and then……
And then the new millennium rolled over and two things happened: The old music industry died and the rise of the genre of modern worship music happened. Those two things sealed the deal for creative artistic exciting explorative new christian music. Because the music industry collapsed and money was tight – everyone went “safe” into the boring, trite, repetitive, mushy world of christian worship music. it all sounds the same and it is lyrically so unconvincing and lightweight. it follows the bland white man soft rock genres that; at best puts me to sleep and at worst makes me sick.
and yes i am greatly generalising, and yes there are always exceptions to both sides of the story!
in the end i really do think that the death of the music industry was great because it is forcing the true creative and talented musicians to just make music. we have gone back to music industry of the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s – musicians release songs and do shows and work on a smaller scale to attract a following. the concept of the album {something created by big record labels} is disappearing again.
Add to that that the concept of separate christian music area is disappearing again. Back before the 70’s if you were a christian musician you just put your music out there like everyone else, you couldn’t go to the christian record label, christian radio station and christian music festival… you just released your art into the universe like everyone else. that’s why when you look back at the music from the 30’s to the 70’s if an artist like Elvis or Johnny Cash wanted to sing the Gospel Hymns of his youth he released it like any other normal song, he didn’t seek out a christian version of the industry.
Anyway i am ranting a little, let me take a breath and get to my point.
==breathe in==breathe out==
As someone who hates contemporary christian worship music my world has just been quaked.
Last night i stumbled across a christian worship band that is making amazing art and the lyrics are beautiful and the music is creative and it feels real and moves me in a way i have not been moved in a long, long, long time.
The band is from Seattle USA and they are being promoted by the tiny grassroots collective known as Bad Christian – the band is KINGS KALEIDOSCOPE. Not a great band name i know, but don’t let that put you off, we all have favourite bands with awful names. 
I have said all of the above to leave you with this: 
do yourself a favour and check out this band: Kings Kaleidoscope.
just watch the first 11 minutes of this: that is all it took for me. this was the 11 minutes that have honestly changed me and moved me and made me write all this.

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