December 30, 2008

Me and Christian Music

Posted in music at 9:36 am by coolkid

My family practice Buddhism so I would say I am more or less a Buddhist. Well Buddhists have cool music, but living in the US especially in Utah means a lot of contact of Christian music, AKA Sunday music.

I can trace my contact with Christian music back to high school. The movie “Sister acts” gave me a lot of inspiration, musically. Since then I was crazy over Gospel music. I even went to the neighborhood church just to listen to the Choir. Of course they sang traditional Gospel instead of Contemporary ones. But…yeah you got the idea, I like choirs.

Then there came the famous Winans family. First time I got their CD from “music black market” and totally got swept off feet. My favorite is BeBe & CeCe Winans. I have all their CDs and follow their solo acts too.

In the same time, Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith are big names to me too. They have quite a lot of fans in China, not as Christian musicians but secular ones. I remember the Music Channel played Amy Grant’s “Lucky Ones” for a long time. They played Smith’s “Love me Good” too.

After moving to the US, I am surprised to find so many popular artists in China are defined as “Christian artists” in the US. Well this did not drive me off from their music. Here I have to mention this particular CD “WOW 2003”. For quite a long time this CD was my favorite and it led me to many big names in Christian music scene: Point of Grace, Avalon, Jaci Velasquez, Steve Curtis Chapman, and many more. Chapman is profiled by Chinese media because he adopted a Chinese girl and did a lot of charity work.

Now I start to listen to a new generation of Christian musicians like Jeremy Camp and Jake Smith, and those crossover ones like Switch foot, Stacie Orrico, and Eleventyseven.

Why I like Christian music? Because their lyrics are very inspirational. They have the depth that secular music can never reach. Once a while I need inspiration like this, that is why I will come back to the haven of warm lovely Christian music seeking the meaning of my life. This has nothing to do with my religious brief. My opinion is: as long as it is good music, I will listen!

March 9, 2008

When the World Turns Blue

Posted in music at 7:39 pm by coolkid

 

When the world turns blue
Somewhere after you
I’ll just have to handle it
With all I know how to do
I’ll write a song about you
How love can’t live without you
How every place you touched me
Made me feel new

And when we are gone
The song will live on
Some stranger will hear and He’ll say,
“This is just how I feel.
Every line, every moment is true”
When the world turns blue
When the world turns blue

When the world turns blue
You will turn into
Rhythm, word, and melody
That show the power anew
And though the past may find you
With all I left behind you
I still will play the song
That I made for you

And when we are gone
The song will live on
Some stranger will hear and He’ll say,
“This is just how I feel.
Every line, every moment is true”
When the world turns blue
When the world turns blue