I miss rock music. It really doesn’t exist much anymore. I guess if I am being honest I really miss alternative grunge rock music. Well, that and southern rock and if I am really honest some hair metal stuff too, well that and some punk and even some of that not very good shorts wearing punk of Smashmouth and the like.
Of course I didn’t really listen to much mainstream stuff. When I got to college my local Christian store had a great music section that included Die Happy, One Bad Pig, Dig Hesus (sp?), Whiteheart, Plankeye, the Grey Dot release of Third Day and many others. This was the soundtrack of my college years.
These songs moved me, they were a big part of my spiritual awakening, they are tied to memories of serving and worshiping and learning about God. They are the sounds that pulled me through hard times and connected me with my friends.
And now, there is nothing in Christian music that sounds like that.
The modern worship movement is amazing…if you like U2 and the Passion City sound. They have great lyrics and songs that aren’t boring, but they still aren’t rock and roll. They still don’t speak to me on that deep, “I remember when” level.
I was thinking about this the other day and a few things hit me 1) I am an old man and 2) When people are arguing about worship styles in church many of them are really arguing for music that moves them. They may couch it in language of inappropriate or too loud or “of the devil” but at its heart their argument is probably a deep desire for music that moves them.
So next time you are frustrated with someone who wants a different worship style think of me and remember you will be the old person one day dreaming of worship music that sounds like Passion City.