The last post I put up had Gregg Allman singing Will The Circle Be Unbroken. That’s right , one of the most notorious drug addicts known in the music industry singing , and singing it well I might add , a southern gospel song with a passion that should have you standing up with your hands raised and arms open.
This may be unusual and unheard of in the music industry today but not so long ago Jesus was a part of popular music. What has happened? When did Jesus become no longer marketable to the youth or to music lovers in general?
Did this happen because a generation of parents failed to teach our children that Jesus was cool? I mean really. Jesus was a rock star! He was the rebel , the bad boy of his day. He had the original posse that traveled everywhere with Him. The establishment hated him and the downtrodden found comfort in His lyrics of hope and promises of things to come.
So now there is music that glamorize violence , drugs and sex , instead of the human spirit or love or struggles. But I have noticed a song or two sneaking in under the radar. Leonard Cohen’s , Hallelujah , sung by Bon Jovi , is one. The first verse is the story of David and Basheba http://youtu.be/RSJbYWPEaxw This song was written back in the sixties when spirituality was cool.
There was George Harrisons My Sweet Lord , that praised Jesus and gave a nod to non Christians in the chorus trying to acknowledge that people worship differently. Another member of the Beatles that very few people know about was Billy Preston , the fifth Beatle. Without a doubt one of my favorite all time songs and videos is That’s The Way God Planned It , performed here in 1970 I think .http://youtu.be/QyyetXvX76Q You know that Billy was raised and performed in church when the Holy Spirit gets him up from the organ and ” flings” him across the stage and Billy gets up ” on his good foot”.
The last one that comes to mind , although I am sure there are many more , is The Doobie Brothers , Jesus Is Just Alright. Good rock and roll with a serving of blues in the middle performed by a band named after a marijuana cigarette , telling the world that “Jesus is my friend’
I may loose some followers with this post or I may gain some. But I think worrying about the popularity and what people may think is part of the problem anyway.Besides I had a wonderful time being thrown back in time and listening to some good music written about a cool Dude.