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PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2008 6:56 pm    Post subject: Christian music  Reply with quote

Do you listen to Christian music outside of church?

Any particular bands / choirs / types?
What would you recommend?

(I just warble hymns - which could be why the neighbours keep telling me they know a really cheap removal firm....) Smilie_PDT
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2008 7:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Christian music Reply with quote

Lexilogio wrote:
Do you listen to Christian music outside of church?

Any particular bands / choirs / types?
What would you recommend?


Oooh I love music:

Have you got the new "Chant" CD. It's been marketed in a way I'm not entirely comfortable with but it's wonderful stuff.

And I love Taize chant which is polyphonic and uses instruments to help build, and then fade, a symphony around a traditional chant.

Ah, and Gorecki! I think it may have been Bev who posted a link to one of his most beautiful compositions (here).

I could go on and on about beautiful sacred mucic (most of which appeals whether you are a Christian or not; in fact I would say that is a test - great music goes straight to the "soul" of all).
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2008 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love this type of music - wrap your earoles around this. A very fine performance of surely one of the loveliest pieces of music it's ever been given to humans to compose.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2008 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found that gem on this CD, Lighten Our Darkness, which is awesomely beautiful and highly recommended.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2008 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I actually quite enjoy Chant music (mmm ... Gregorian), but generally an awful lot of explicitly "Christian" music is schmaltzy tripe with poor musicality. There are plenty of subtly Christian musicians who make great stuff without (i) being preachy (ii) just trying to make music regardless of their talents.

Creed and P.O.D etc. are fine examples of the more subtle ones who make perfectly adequate music without cheesing it up.

Andre Crouch is also a bit of a legend, even if  don't identify with the message of his work  Smilie_PDT
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gregorian chant, sacred polyphony, baroque: these I all love listening to. I think I am allergic to modern worship music though.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paul wrote:
I think I am allergic to modern worship music though.


I think there is little if any "rock/pop" material that will stand the test of time. I think it has it's place and use but consider little or none of it  it "great" - but short-shelf-life music has its place. But I do think there is other great "modern" music if we think of modern as purely meaning recent compositions. I think there is a good chance that at least some Taize will be seen as timeless and there are some super composiitons by Gorecki, Part, Tavener, Einhorn and MacMillan.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love Taize, gospel and African Spirituals: and I've been dropping hints about some Gregorian chant for months now to a couple of friends for my birthday... we'll have to see...


Some of the modern 'rock/pop' stuff is ok - I confess to really liking Delierious, though not everything they've produced and I like Creed very much.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I must admit I'm not rerally a fan of what could be called christian pop/rock as a rule. But I do have a CD by a band called perculiar people. They're south african I think, and they are pretty good.

something of a sideline now. I've been pondering lately on how beautiful choir music can be. And to my ear the most beautiful is the sort of more classical 'cathedral' type pieces.

Anyway, the sound of an unacompanied choir, just human voices making music, is far more beautiful than anything from nature. i.e birdsong. It amazes me and makes me proud of the human race.

What do you think?
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does anybody know of any good sites where I can download (free) Chant Music, as described above, for my MP3 player.

(Actually I just got a new phone with 8Gb memory that is really good as an MP3 player, I listen to podcasts from Radio4 and I have a few bits and bobs like Mozart and Puccini, so any good sites for downloading MP3s would be cool. Naturally the more free they are the better :) )


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