Contemporary Christian Music – By The Numbers

Contemporary Christian music is playing an increasingly important role in the world’s music scene, and it has proven itself not just a form of entertainment but a way for followers to explore their faith. In contemporary Christian music, Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, and the deep Purpleare famous among a lot of other musicians. These musicians have proved that playing the guitar is no longer enough for an artist to be considered a Christian rock star. Contemporary Christian music allows even these established musicians to explore their creativity using rhythmic and melodic features never used in any other form of music.

In contemporary Christian music, there is a strong leaning towards the use of traditional notation, mainly the musical flush of E notation or the Latin Mass. Major keys are still used for songs but most of the work is transposed to the key of ‘standard tuning’ (A Minor, C, D, E flat, F, G, A-flat).

Groove

Dance music is an essential part of contemporary Christian music. Recorded dance music is called hip hop or breakbeat music, and it has played an important role in the development of the contemporary Christian music scene. Breakbeats are usually around four and a half minutes long. The music is played in ‘time’ – beat one is the click of the beat, and the ‘break,’ of the music is the single chord that is broken by that click. About the same time that people began to oscillate on the beat of the bass, the instrumentalists began to lower their beats to Isn’t it time we got off this crazy train? Once the bass was gone, the ‘tune’ of the music set in.

Music is also used for playing courage and drawing strength from the heart. One of the most common music used in the church is called hymns. They range from the Old Testament’s Mattantic music to the modern call to arms to the anthems of the Christian West. Within the hymnal, musical hooks are often used back to back so the music makes a stronger message than it does of the lyrics. The use of the organ and its family of instruments such as the harpsichord, organ, and piano greatly helped hymns be heard.

Believe me, these are some of the reasons for the birth of Christian contemporary music. The cross-pollination of different types of music naturally brings with it the natural harmonization of diverse styles. Each style naturally bore the stamp of the original that came before it. Classic, jazz, and contemporary Christian music each exhibited its own set of characteristics that focused on the voice and the spirit rather than the ear and the mind. The classicists absorb the best of these without breaking the traditional forms. The jazz musicians absorb the lullaby of the greats. The contemporary artists have the energy and spirit of the pioneers.

The contemporary form of Christian music, like all forms of music, has many variations and sub-genres. Some of them are, according to some people, even more, contemporary than the classicists. In fact, many seemingly ‘traditional’ Christian songs are really music in name only. Such are the intricacies and nuances of musical expression that no one is able to simply pin down. Some of them are highly commercial, some are highly poetic and some are quite damn crazy. In short, they express the complexities of life in a manner that is more beautiful and elegant than one would experience in person.

Let us not forget that the origin and subsequent development of Christian contemporary music actually did follow biblical teachings. The theme of the origin and subsequent development of Christian music is actually based on the teachings of Jesus Christ. If not for his carious status, his consistent triumphs over evil, and the suffering he encountered, we would not have this rich seam full of musical expression. The carious theme is actually the binding together of all the biblical knowledge and wisdom with musical stylings and sentiments. The more we study the original sources, the more we discover how beautifully these repetitions and reflections are woven into the tapestry of the life of Christ.

Blessings of Hands

Let us now turn our attention to the harp and its many reincarnations in history. Although few people would recognize an original harp still in existence, its influence and history have been significant. There are so many versions and references to the original harp in the lives of the ancient world, that it is difficult to accept that it was not utilized for its magical and educational purposes as well. In fact, at one point, it would be extraordinary to accept that some form of religious service was not conducted using harps as a prominent part of the efficacy of the ritual.