my tastes in music are constantly evolving, but one aspect that has remained for a long time is a general distaste for CCM (contemporary Christian music). I actually used to like Amy Grant when I was a kid, and then I was into Petra in my early teens, but that was about it. I’ve gone from pop/rock to modern jazz to bluegrass to folk to various other stuff since then.
I’ve always been far more cynical than I should be, and haven’t liked pop/rock for ages, so most of CCM is right out. besides not liking the tunes, perhaps the root of the issue is that as I was growing up it just wasnt cool to sing about Jesus like that. sure it’s fine in church to sing the old hymns, but something about rockin out for Jesus rubbed me wrong. thankfully, I think I’m starting to get over that.
Michelle has always been more open to CCMish stuff and praise music in general, since she would play guitar for youth group and such, so I’m glad her appreciation for some of it has rubbed off on me. she’s helped me drop my cynicism a bit, and listening to the less-poppy Christian radio in town has helped too. I can now honestly believe that the folks singing the songs really do love Jesus, and it’s good to sing along too. dang, my arrogance runs rampant sometimes.
anyway, these days some of the guys and I do “preparatory” music for our church service. basically we play and sing a song at the beginning of the worship service. most of the stuff we do I would call modern folk, usually with a foot planted in old hymns. learning and playing these songs has made me hunger for recordings of similarly-styled stuff.
so does anyone know of any albums that have worship songs and/or hymns that arent pop/rock or a schmaltzy boys choir? it seems common for CCM (or almost CCM) artists to do an album with hymns or worship songs, but it’s hard to find any that I like. here are those I’ve found so far:
any others anyone knows of? I dont mind a little rockin out (since we do have a bass and little drum at times in our band), but power chords and trying too hard to sound cool are out. bonus points for mandolins.