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Nicholas Reicher

CCM for musicians

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might as well tackle this one.

If you're a praise band and want to write CCM, here's the guide:

  1. Copy U2.
  2. Take generic lyrics about "I couldn't do it, you had to help me". Be vague about whatever "it" is you couldn't do and who the "You" is.
  3. make sure doctrine is not discussed, because it's divisive.
  4. Don't consult the Bible.
  5. Avoid doing hymns because those tend to have doctrinal stances.

 

Or

 

Be Stryper, break all the rules, openly praise the name of Jesus, warn of coming judgment, and have guitar solos!

Lyrics for "Makes me wanna sing"

Jesus King of Kings

Jesus makes me wanna sing

 

Or

 

Be Sacred Warrior, load your heavy metal tunes full of doctrinal truth, warn of judgment, and make everyone really uncomfortable.

 

Any other options?

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just so everyone understands, the requirement to avoid doctrine is not always the musicians' fault. often its the record company, who don't want to offend anyone identifying as Christian whether they are or not.

Keith Green wrote some songs before the 1979 decision to keep music doctrine lite that certainly were divisive.

musicians tend to copy what hey hear, so most CCM musicians would have no idea why they write their songs that way.

as for why Christian metal bands get away with it, the assumption is they'll have little commercial appeal so it doesn't matter in the long run.

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Not to mention that the metal bands actively pursue excellence in musicianship more than most other genres. No "good enough for gospel" for bands like Stryper and Audlo Adrenaline!

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17 hours ago, EClayRowe said:

Not to mention that the metal bands actively pursue excellence in musicianship more than most other genres. No "good enough for gospel" for bands like Stryper and Audlo Adrenaline!

You know, I once toyed with the concept of a youtube channel on playing guitar. I was going to call it "Why you suck at guitar", but I figured the "You suck at cooking" guy would hunt me down and beat me up.

 

I'm not kidding when I say I used to terrify headline acts when I opened for bands in my musician days.

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