|Fon Mor-the only band I was a groupie for-this is on my birthday at Fiddler's Hearth|
Having purchased tickets to a Petra concert in 1985, a small group from my Christian high school planned to make a night of it in South Bend, until the school administration caught wind. Since Petra was a bit anti-Baptist (they had a song entitle "Color Code" which busted on Bob Jones University), we were threatened with expulsion if we attended. The next few weeks' chapel sessions were a liturgy of the ills of Christian rock music. I had a hard time with that since many of my Baptist friends listened to secular rock music, but somehow Christian rock was worse? Shortly after I began to listen to secular rock as the music video scene was just dawning, and I would stay up late on Friday nights to watch Friday Night Videos-remember that? After awhile, I felt convicted and returned to Christian rock, only to backslide again as I entered college.
When I graduated from high school I was still pretty conservative when it came to secular versus Christian music. But with my new car that actually had an FM radio in it (the truck I drove only had AM), soon a world of other stations was opened to me so I would channel surf on my commutes. Soon secular music-rock and pop-found a way into my personal culture shift.
But it wasn’t just rock music. I began to develop an appreciation for a variety of genre's that included instrumental New Age music, some Blues, Classical, Jazz, and Celtic. I had a few discs of New Age music my dad had, which I found incredibly soothing to do homework when pulling near-all-nighters. And the Celtic music, which my friend Fabian introduced me to, made me feel a connection to my roots. I started back into country music by the mid 90s and never left it. I slipped so far away from Christian music that I didn’t begin listening to it again until I met my future wife. I thought Christian music tanked so badly during the late 1980s and through the 1990s, it really seemed pointless. I didn’t become a fan again until Third Day and Newsboys rose to the top of the music scene. Now some pretty solid talent has joined the Christian music pool.
The only music I can't muster the strength to appreciate is opera....well, and show tunes. I don't think as a dude I'm alone here. But if there is one type of music that I appreciate most...it is anything played on bagpipes. So we make a yearly pilgrimage to the Fulton County Trail of Courage just to listen to the bagpipes.