All I know is this… The process of making pop music is not how music was intended to be created. What I’m referring to is the process itself of a machine built, cookie cutter song; shined, polished and streamlined to appeal to specific markets for the purpose of making the most money.
Now I really don’t care how much money Justin Beiber or the Jonas Brothers make. My concern is how this process has filtered its way into the Christian world and into our churches.
I was recently reminded of this by a video I saw of a group called “FMLYBND”. (Family Band) It was a portrait of a community of young musicians, worshipping and creating unconventional worship music by which they have cultivated an incredible movement in Isla Vista California. What became painfully evident to me is how I constantly see and hear of Worship Ministries trying desperately to manufacture this kind of excitement, momentum and movement by following a “process” far too similar to the cookie cutter pop music machine.
Call me old school, but shouldn’t art/creativity and especially music just naturally overflow from a group of people, or dare I say it, a band? We’ve locked up our creatives in workshops, meetings, processes, strategy discussions, and denominational boundaries. Let the creatives, CREATE. When they realize they can be themselves and don’t have to create something that sounds like Chris Tomlin, Hillsong or Jesus Culture, something incredible will happen: they will be who God created them to be instead of who the CCM says they should be.
I have nothing but respect for the above mentioned worship bands and recognize the movements they have been able to create, but its common(although often forgotten)knowledge that what these artists did was NOT the norm at the time of their inception. I remember the majority of people I spoke with would have gone as far as to say Hillsong United’s early work “was not true worship”. Even “Aftermath” took a lot of heat for forging new ground.
Point: If what you are doing doesn’t sound the way others think it should sound, and isn’t widley accepted at first, you may be on the right track.
Passionate creative movements are seldom the result of reading a “how-to manual” and more often the result of having the courage to write a new one.