EVIDENTLY THO WE ARE A MAJOR FORCE OF MID-STREAM AMERICA...MOST MARKETERS DON'T THINK THERE IS MUCH OF A MARKET FOR US...I DO MISS ISRAEL HOUGHTON...THIRD DAY...OUTKAST EVEN...BUT UNLESS WE DO SPEAK UP AND INSIST ON BEING COUNTED...I GUESS THEY EXPECT US TO DO THE MEEK/MILD CHRISTIAN THINg AND SHUT UP AND GO HIDE IN A CORNER OF THE COUNTRY SOMEWHERE....
No, I don't think we are missing out at all. If there's no christian music in essential music, guess what, it doesn't belong there. The other post mentions a few acts, again guess what, never heard of them, and I don't want to. Not everyone in the world believes they have to absorb themselves in the greatest lie ever.
When did it become "Christian Music", isnt it just rock, hip hop, country etc. but the songs just happen to be about religion. I personally like Creed and POD but i dont listen to it because its Christian Music, i listen to it because its good rock. The posibility of certain artists not being including in an "Essentials" list is surely because they have not excelled or been recognised in their certain genres, not their subject matter.
And dont tell me that Christian Music is a genre now...
Or any of the artists that are put in the "Christian Music" genre are not known well enough or as influential as many other artists. Lets face it the two you listed are not two great bands. I've not heard of either of their songs quite a few years. Now you get someone who sells as many copies and has such and influence as The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, U2, Rolling Stones or any of the other handful of bands that many people have at least heard of before then I will include them in my list of music. But face it most "Christian Music" is such a niche category of music that for it to become mainstream enough they are going to have to drop the whole specific religion and sing about just plain old spiritual awareness which even then I doubt that any band could become as large as any of the bands I rattled off earlier. And since they are Christian I doubt they are willing to say "You know what, not everyone may believe in this thing we call god so instead lets just sing about everyone doing good and helping each other because they want to not because they might go to hell."
You may not have heard, but the classical repertoire is chockfull of sacred (and yes, Christian) music by Bach, Handel, Mozart, Brahms, Faure, Poulenc, Vaughan Williams, and that's only a few names from my admittedly modest classical collection. Perhaps you might want to rethink your definition of what constitutes Christian music.
When did the content and intent behind music dictate its categorization in anywhere other than record stores? Oh.. wait, this is a type of record store. Never mind.
..Wait, no! I have another complaint. What would dictate "essential" Christian Music? If the music is being isolated because of its subject matter, then its subject matter must become the qualifier. In other words, the most essential Christian music must somehow be innately more Christian than non-essential Christian Music. Otherwise you're applying unnecessary qualifiers to what is otherwise simply pop music with a specific intent. Of course, if you're going to do that, why stop at Christian? Why not essential Islam, Atheist, Zoroastrian? It's quite the can of worms, understand? I'm willing to follow you down the slope as long as you're watching for trees. (Sorry, that was a mixed metaphor.)
Christian music promotes one theme and one theme only, Christ. If you want Christian music to be rated within the genre of essential music, then remove the adjective. It is by definition self-limiting.
A cursory skim of the list (ignoring completely the classical section, which is entirely made up of Christian music, in every sense of the term) reveals such artists as Louis Armstrong, James Brown, Garth Brooks, Mariah Carey, the Carpenters, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Bing Crosby, Miles Davis, the Dixie Chicks, Aretha Franklin, Billy Holliday, John Lee Hooker, Tom Jones, Tim McGraw, Thelonious Monk, Willie Nelson, Sinéad O'Connor, Elvis Presley, Otis Redding, Diana Ross, U2 and Warren Zevon.
These are not simply musicians who happen to be Christian, but are musicians whose work is deeply and explicitly influenced by their Christianity. They cover every genre of music for pretty much all of the last century.
I simply don't understand why you claim that Christians are unrepresented. Are you using some strange definition of "Christian musician" that would exclude the people I name above? If so, what is it, and why do you feel that it deserves special consideration?
Not actually true. Mozart was a life-long devout Catholic, and while Beethoven's religious beliefs are argued about, none of his biographers have the slightest doubt that he believed in a personal god.
See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludwig_van_Beethoven%27s_religious_beliefs for more details.
Atheists or Christians or not....you do realize that many, if not most works were commissions, hired by head figures of the time...not personal works? So, one could reasonably be Atheistic, but create Christian-based music because that's what he was hired to do...
Frankly, where's the Native American music: under world Music I suspect. And what about Zoroastrian music for God's sake. Is it just me or are a lot of obviously intelligent people wasting time on this blog? We should be worrying about what will happen to the world if John McBush steals the next election. What am I saying? By then The Rapture will just put an end to this and all other blogs. Peace.
I'm pretty sure everyone here is talking about Christian music with lyrics; the classical artists you mentioned hardly ever had lyrics present in their music. I don't really see how one can affiliate the sound an instrument makes with religion.
Are you serious? Don't get me wrong, i am a born again christian... but are you really suggesting that michael w. smith and steven curtis chapman be put in an "essentials" list with the likes of bob dylan, u2, the beetles, Jimi hendrix, Led Zep, michael jackson??? old Mike and Steve-o have made some pretty decent worship music but i would think you'd agree they have not affected any part of our culture. the above mentioned artist have helped define generations and that is why they belong on this list... not to mention the gagillion albums they sold.