Friday, April 11, 2008

Christianity and Music

Hello everyone!

Yesterday a friend let me borrow a music album that has blown me away with its vision. In Christ Alone is the latest album by Keith and Kristyn Getty, Irish composers of modern day hymns, of which the church is so badly in need of. The lyrics are powerful, meaningful, and theologically strong. The vocals by Kristyn Getty are beautiful and the instrumental and vocal arrangements by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend are musically outstanding.

You've probably already heard "In Christ Alone," more than likely by Natalie Grant or the Newsboys. Please check out the original artists who are giving so much more to Christian music than I've seen so far! If Christian music as a whole keeps going down the current will be so blended with secular music that Christ will be ashamed of His bride and the lost will find no more in what the Church claims for its music than does the world.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying we should completely revert back to quartets, organs, and pianos. I enjoy several aspects of Contemporary music. But what happened to music being beautiful, instructional, ministering, and actually musical...not just some random words and notes thrown together?

Here is what the Gettys have to say:

"Who is creating the next generation of hymns for the Church? And greater still, has the unique formula of the hymn been abandoned on the back pew of the praise & worship movement? Irish composers and artists Keith & Kristyn Getty don't believe so, and they're on a mission to revive the art of hymnody for a new generation.

'There are two reasons we write modern hymns," explains Keith. "First, it's to help teach the faith. What we sing affects how we think, how we feel and ultimately how we live, so it's so important that we sing the whole scope of truth the Bible has given us. The second reason is to try and create a more timeless musical style that every generation can sing, a style that relates to the past and the future.'

'In the Church, the purpose of singing is to express the community we have as the Body of Christ." Kristyn adds. "To try and search for the melodic ideas and song structure that might bring more people in, that's what we're trying to investigate. Is there a way to bring everyone together musically?'"

May you enjoy this new well of wonderful music!

In His care,
Ana Smith

The Gettys and I aren't the only ones with this vision. Please check out the following resources and organizations:

P.S. For my Alabama friends: The Gettys will be at Shades Mountain Church in Birmingham on Sunday, September 14.

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