||[Mar. 14th, 2012|09:51 pm]
I've lately been finding out that some of my favorite bands are Christian Rock bands >< See, even though I like a band, I just go and look for their songs, I don't usually feel a need to know everything about them etc. So I usually find out by accident. Also -- I love song lyrics so it's not like I'm not paying attention to them. And here's the thing: SO MANY OF THESE SONGS SOUND LIKE NORMAL RELATIONSHIP SONGS. Seriously. It's really hard for me to identify with a song if I'm being told it's about God because I like my music nice and secular. Like today I found out that Skillet is a Christian Band. WHAT?! For example their song "Forgiven" is SO a song about a guy who cheated on his lover and is sorry that he did. I mean, if I try, I can put a religious spin on and about losing faith and then coming back etc, etc, but I kinda have to stretch my imagination to see it that way. The secular meaning fits the lyrics a lot better. I don't mind Christian bands, especially those whose lyrics are explicitly that. It's the Christian Bands that sound like good secular bands that is kinda heartbreaking to me. It becomes really hard for a time to re-identify with their songs. I mean, in the end I do and I just interpret the song as I wish to -- if you make something so vague that a secular interpretation fits as well or better than a religious one then I feel I have every right to interpret it as secular. These bands say they try to make their songs vague so they have more massive appeal and therefore reach more people and spread faith ect...um, sorry, but when I hear a lot of these songs, religion is NOT what comes into my mind. A love story, happy or sad, is what tends to come to mind. It's just that I like so many of these bands....It's also their Christian fans, the aggressive ones, that bug me, but that's a different story.
A gay friend of mine once wrote, "dear lesbians, please stop looking like cute boys. It's confusing."
So: "dear Christian Rock bands, please stop writing songs that sound (and read) like good relationship songs. It's confusing."