Articles about Music

I love music. I especially love Christian music. If you like what you see here, check out one of my other websites: Awesome Christian Music.

It's been some time since my most recent post. I've been extraordinarily busy at work (thanks, God) and at home. That doesn't mean I haven't been working hard to share the Gospel, though. I've created a new website:

I get a fair amount of email from GodWords readers (thank you!), and questions about avoiding temptation come up frequently. This song has helped me keep a wise perspective on such things, and I've been singing it to my son at night for over a decade. All temptations offer a trade: momentary pleasure for long-term suffering.

Downhere is one of my very favorite bands. They combine great lyrics and quality music and really, really great vocals. They're one of Canada's best-kept secrets, and I've been trying to get the secret out for some time now.

I love Downhere. They're good musicians singing meaningful songs. I have a few of their albums, and look forward to getting a few more. In the meantime, I'm enjoying this new video:

This Scott Krippayne song was inspired by the C.S. Lewis tale Voyage of the Dawn Treader (my favorite book in the Narnia series), and was co-authored with Jeff Peabody.

Do you ever feel like you're on your own, with nobody to rely on? Do your friends and family sometimes blow you off and make you feel like you're not worth their time? Do you ever feel abandoned? We've all been there at some point.

Johnny Diaz wants young women to see that they're beautiful, valuable, and important without looking like a falsified version of a real woman. From his 2009 album of the same name, here's Johnny Diaz singing More Beautiful You.

Recently, a friend went through a traumatic situation. She's still having trouble dealing with the emotional fallout from that life-changing day. She commented that those who care for others often have nobody to confide in, and it occurred to me that this song might be particularly meaningful for her.

Most of you probably don't know who Nick Cannon is. That's okay...he hasn't made a huge splash yet. He put out one rap album, hosted some Nickelodeon shows, did some cartoon voice-overs, did some stand-up comedy. He's currently the host of America's Got Talent...but his big claim to fame is that he's Mr. Mariah Carey.

I like Shane and Shane. Not only are they talented singers, they're principled artists. A lot of their songs are simply Scripture set to music. A lot of people (myself included) hear that and think "Um...yeah. No thanks"...but it really works.

I'll admit to being a bit of a Scrooge. Like a lot of dudes, I'm not real excited about the holidays. There are a few exceptions: I love buying gifts for people I care about, I love the downtime that everybody expects with the holidays, and I love the song O Holy Night.

If you're like me, you sometimes wish that the music behind those great worship lyrics was a little more...well, inspiring. Look no further! Plagues of Xodus presents Death Metal Worship!

Many of you know that Steven Curtis Chapman's daughter Maria died tragically a few months ago. Recently, Steven Curtis and his wife Mary Beth appeared on Good Morning, America. Here's the 8-minute interview, where the family talks about grief and about supporting each other.

Andrew Peterson is one of my very favoritist artists. Using only words - the same kinds of words I use - Andrew can create a picture that tells a story like very few songwriters can. Today's video turns the tables.

This just came in from Steven Curtis Chapman's manager: "It has been a little over a week since the accident that put Maria Chapman in Jesus' arms. These have been dark and trying days of deep sadness. The Chapman family is struggling with grief and wrestling to come to terms with the new normal, a world without Maria. It will be a long road.

One of my favorite groups of all time is Casting Crowns. They’ve described what they do as “discipleship set to music”…and that’s something I can get behind. Their newest video, Slow Fade, was released today on Yahoo video. I went and got it so you could see it. The song will be featured in the upcoming movie Fireproof with Kirk Cameron. Enjoy!

If you've never heard the name T-Bone Burnett, it's possible that you really have been living under a rock. He's a musician, producer, and songwriter (among other things). He's toured with Bob Dylan - back in the day, not recently - and produced music for artists like these:

Some people never learn. The point of the gospel is to share it. Some churches never quite get around to helping people share their they completely miss the point. Here's another example of someone missing the point:

Some of you remember Chris Sligh's time on American Idol. Actually, a whole bunch you probably remember it. It is, after all, the biggest thing on TV. If you're not familiar with Chris, you can see his audition video below. After placing 10th on the show, Chris carried on.

Many of you young'uns are only familiar with the DC Talk version of the song I Wish We'd All Been Ready. Here's an opportunity to hear it from the man who wrote it: Larry Norman.

It's been said that the heart of rock 'n roll is rebellion. At times, that's depends on the song, doesn't it? I suppose some would respond that if it's not rebellious, it's not rock 'n roll.