Can Christians Be Artistic Pioneers Again?

Posted: February 12, 2010 in Uncategorized

In his new book, “You Are Not A Gadget,” Jaron Lanier argues that pop music today doesn’t have it’s own sound.  He will often play songs from the ’80’s and ’90’s alongside current music for people 16-24 and ask them from which decade each song came…they usually can’t do it. 

Is pop culture just recycling styles?  Why isn’t there anything new?

I am just old enough to remember hearing about punk and then new wave and then pop/hair metal and then grunge but I can’t identify anything truly new over the last 10 years or more.

I sail over to iTunes every week to check out the top 10 most downloaded songs and try to listen to all of them but they all sound like they could have been written when I was teenager.

There was a time when Christians were actually artistic pioneers but today Christian artists are labeled by their closest secular counterpart.  For example, I often read Christianity Today’s music reviews and if you take a peek you will discover that all of the articles are prefaced by “sounds like My Chemical Romance” or “sounds like John Mayer.” 

In this current stagnant culture, shouldn’t Christians take up this challenge rather than just wait for the next trend to emerge and hop on board?


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