I have tried to nurture a broad range of music interest. I lean most towards classical.
Yet I seek out random sublime selections and sounds from within a wide variety of genres: older American folks sounds (eg Brothers Four, Peter, Paul & Mary, Simon & Garfunkel), contemporary folk (Lisa Ono), light classical (Charlotte Church, Sarah Brightman), Celtic, and world music, such as Peruvian, and beautiful epic soundtracks.
Favourite classical composers or genres
There a lot of music I may like, but still don’t know the genres. A few I know are Baroque, British folk, Spanish classical, Swedish composers, concertos and symphonies. I have also appreciated Chinese orchestra, and pieces such as Butterfly Lovers.
- Vaughan Williams
I seem to especially enjoy soundtracks composed by James Horner.
- First Knight
- The Last Samurai
- The Passion of the Christ
Anything by Terry MacAlmon, tops my list. He may not be in the mainstream, but he’s my definition of ‘anointed;’ and with soul.
My other favourites are bit dated: Dennis Jernigan, Graham Kendrick, John Chisum, Kent Henry, and Lynn DeShazo. I also enjoy older Hillsong sounds, such as the ‘Simply Worship’ series.
I have enjoyed Linda McKechnie’s instrumentals; she tries to synthesise classical melodies with hymns or contemporary praise sounds.
Concerns about contemporary Christian music
I share sympathies with some thoughtful observers, which over these past decades, both structures and people within the Christian music industry have unwittingly created an ethos that too often expresses sub-biblical ideals regarding praise and worship.
What has contributed to this malaise are inherent forces of: consumerism, competitive profit-making driven benchmarks, entertainment culture, sensuality, sensate-driven uses of technology to stimulate “moments of perceived divine presence,” and the whole sale castration of theological reasoning and instruction from the realm of worship and praise.
It worth visiting the following link to Brian McLaren’s “An Open Letter to Worship Song Writers.” http://www.brianmclaren.net/archives/2005/06/an_open_letter_to_songwriters_265.html ).
McLaren’s letter is a most stimulating essay that offers some thoughtful directions and proposals that are relevant, to actually all believers.
Another observation is that the contemporary drives for “relevance” have actually limited the scope of musical creativity within contemporary Christian music. A visit to any music store should demonstrate the breadth of music genres that is popularly available. We need to engage the vast genres that have emerged in today’s world.