The Music Tag

I Love Several Songs (Music Tag)

As you probably know already, I love music (like, a lot). I’ve written about it in the past, everything from my favorite music videos to analyzing specific songs like a nerd (but I embrace it). Naturally, I never pass up an opportunity to talk about music, and so this week, I’m participating in the Music Tag! No one actually tagged me to participate in this, but I found it on Wanderer’s Pen and decided it would be fun to just chat about music for a bit. Without further ado, on to the questions!

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A Beginner’s Guide to Christian Rock

Or, “Another Excuse for Me to Talk About My Favorite Bands.”

Want to start listening to Christian rock, but don’t know where to start? Well, I’m here to help.

But let’s get one thing straight first – I’m not the biggest fan of the term “Christian rock,” or whatever genre you feel like shoving in there. First off “Christian” isn’t a genre, no matter what your local Christian bookstore tries to tell you, and second, bands can’t actually be Christian. To quote Blimey Cow for the second time in the past week: “Bands don’t have souls! DC Talk didn’t go to Heaven when it died!”

However, musicians can be Christian, and lyrics can have themes related to Christianity. Musicians and bands use their platform to share the Good News, which I think is wonderful! That’s really what I mean when I use the term “Christian rock” – a rock band that’s using their music and their platform to spread the Gospel.

Now that that’s out of the way, I’ll explain this list: I know from experience that discovering Christian rock is both incredibly exciting and very overwhelming, so I decided to come up with a reference for those new to this “genre.” I’ve included the bands I think are pretty accessible to everyone up to metalcore and heavier artists. There’s a place for everyone, so read on!

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September in Pictures (Uprise 2016)

I mentioned last week that I was headed off to Uprise Fest for the weekend, and I had such a great time! This week, I thought I’d share a bit about my experience and some of the pictures I took as well.

(And don’t forget, you can see more of my Uprise Fest pictures on my Canon Fire Photos Facebook page!)

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Best Of January

Surprise! I bet you weren’t expecting to see a post on a Monday, were you?

Anyway, I decided I want to start something called “Best Of,” which will be a post at the end of each month where I can share some of my favorite things from the last thirty days. It’s a mismatch of books, articles, music, and and other moments, sort of like my “2015: Year In Review” post I did earlier in the year.

Anyway, without further ado, here’s my Best of January!

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Top Ten Music Videos (Part 1)

It’s amazing how art works together. Movies have soundtracks to create the mood of a scene, and books have illustrations to show the reader what’s happening. In the same way, musicians often create videos to go with their songs.

I often see music videos in one of two categories: Narrative videos that tell a story, and performance videos that depict the band or artist performing the song. Of course, there is some overlap between categories, but generally, most videos lean more towards on or the other. Each style offers its own advantages and disadvantages, but both types give the artist plenty of room to be creative.

Narrative music videos are unique, because unlike movies or TV shows, they usually don’t contain dialogue. Instead, they tell stories with just music and actions. In place of storytelling, performance videos allow the artist to create interesting visual effects with lighting, background, and so on. They can be just as creative as narrative videos.

I’ve compiled a list of my ten favorite music videos from all sorts of genres in all sorts of styles. I’ll be posting it in two parts – one this week, and one next week. I’ll also provide links to watch each video, as well as list the artist, album, and genre of the song. So, let’s get started!

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