Sunday, June 8, 2008

My Inspiring, Fun/Loving and Indifferent Music Menu

Music plays a huge role in my life, most of my thoughts about music are from Father and how he relates to me. It’s hard to compile all of my thoughts about music into a couple of sentence so bare with me while I go on and on about how music effects my everyday life.

Most of where my inspiration and depth of love for Father comes from music and it doesn’t have to be Christian, and honestly most of what I love is not Christian music. Ever since I was probably in high school or younger I found some pretty inspirational music from the band Creed. Creed is not a Christian band; they are secular alternative/rock band that started in the mid-to late 90’s. Father used them to open my eyes to how sensitive I am to life behind the microphone. Meaning, what inspired this artist to create such amazing lyrics. If you search on you tube, you will find some amazing songs that Creed has written and even some interviews that Scott Stapp, the lead singer has done! Very intelligent and an amazing musician!
It’s all about the mood and I love all different Genres of music anywhere from soundtracks to hard rock music! My mood swings are wacked because I could go from soft classical soundtrack music to some heavy metal hard stuff in one day! Sounds bizarre I know, but that just how I role! LOL!

Other Musicians and bands that I love and have inspired me are: Benjamin Gate, Coldplay, Enya, One Republic, Pete Stuart, R.E.M. Red, Sheryl Crowe, Stevie Wonder, Snow Patrol, Sade, Skillet, Switchfoot, Five Iron Frenzy, and Vanessa Carlton. The most inspiring and moving songs are from Benjamin Gate. They are a Christian band and I have been listening to them for years. They broke up a couple of years ago, but Adrienne, the lead singers voice is the most amazing voice I have ever heard, she gives me the chills and her lyrics are the most heart wrenching lyrics I have ever come across! She has written so many songs that just bring me up close and personal to how I feel about Father and who he is in my life. BG is definitely up there in my book.

Movie soundtracks that I like are: Braveheart, Chronicles of Narnia, Gladiator, Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, and The Notebook. Great music to completely chill and get lost in! I love it! All of these movies are great, but they wouldn’t be as good if they didn’t have their soundtracks to back em’ up!

Now to the indifferent and fun/loving music: Ace of Base, Amberlin, Andy Hunter, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Brandy, Chevelle, Dave Matthews Band, Duran Duran, Matchbox Twenty, Michael Buble’, Michael Jackson, Plumb, Royksopp, Squirrel Nut Zippers, and Evanescens. I think all of these bands are great to listen to! Royksopp and Andy Hunter are more of electronic/techno bands, fun and awesome to travel on long trips with. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s and Squirrel Nut Zippers are both Hyper Jazz music! Fun stuff!

Well, that about wraps up my music menu! If anyone has questions ask away! I would be glad to elaborate upon your request!


lydia joy said...

Wow, this is interesting timing to discover this post, I love it! I can sooo relate to a lot of what you say in this post, and I just added music to my blog too, some Christian and some non. I am so inspired by all types of music and like you could go from soft to insane - hah! stuff!!

Walking Church said...

I too love a variety of toppings on my music pizza as well

But my age is sadly showing a tad with some classic stuff like Hendrix;Led Zep and Neil Young.

Still love Hillsong United - for worship; I bet you can't tell by all my postings of them

Joel Brueseke said...

How wonderful of you to share this!

On Christian music: I really had only heard of Stryper in the mid to late 80's, but it was enough to get my curiosity up. I would sing along with tears to a couple of their songs that were played on MTV, thinking that some day I would "live the Christian life." Other than that I only knew of popular 'secular' music. I was into pop and rock/metal mainly.

But then in 1992 when I began my "serious, committed," legalistic walk with the Lord, I destroyed and threw away almost all of my 'secular' music! I had over 200 tapes and albums. At first I was very happy that I had done so but I later, after the chains of legalism began to come off, I came to regret it. I had thrown away a lot of good music!

Nowadays I listen to such a wide variety of music. Having spent 11 1/2 years in Christian radio I obviously became familiar with a lot of Christian music. But most of the music I listen to these days is not in that genre. I simply like music, and I love well-constructed music, including vocals. Lyrics are secondary to me these days, in my overall listening experience. I mean, I DO love songs with great lyrics! But mostly I sing along with songs simply because I like the tune and/or the way the vocals are done, whether or not I like the lyrics.

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