Do you listen to Christian Music by way of the radio like K-Love or Air1. It’s a great place to be inspired and lifted up by music that is always positive. Next question. Is that the extent of your music listening? These stations do a great job thinking through playlists of songs that will lift you up through your day. There’s a catch. They are incredibly narrow in the style of songs they will play. The multi-billion dollar industry of Christian music dictates very strict formulas for the music that will make it in the Christian Contemporary Music scene. That’s fine, its their gig. The shame is that hundreds of non-conformist music makers go unnoticed and unheard by the greater population. It’s the same for music that is not Christian.
Sunday morning comes and most of you expect to hear these same songs you listened to all week. Grace required now. I rarely listen to these stations and like to hold a sacred spot for each of the 5 songs that we will sing together. It’s not that we avoid these songs intentionally, not at all. A good song is a good song no matter where it gets played. In the end we error heavily on the side of songs that are at least very familiar in the local church at large. In the heart of every artist there is deep desire for originality and I, at least, think it best to stay away from creating Sunday morning playlists that are heard on Christian radio all week. Let’s enjoy those songs Monday through Saturday and have a unique experience on Sunday.
Here’s an idea for all of you who have limited your music listening to Christian radio. Seek out bands that are local or don’t follow the formulas, but create equally inspirational, thought provoking, and musical sounds. Use the internet and sites like Pandora, Spotify and others to expand your music listening. Consider listening to music that is not on Christian labels. They are real people who have real stories and might inspire you to new heights.