March 17, 2007

Contemporary Christian Music or

Christian Copies of the Mainstream



  1. Both. Musicians have been doing it for ages.

    Imitation is the sincerest of flattery.
    Charles Caleb Colton, Lacon, volume I, no. 183
    (1780 – 1832)

  2. Sometimes imitation builds upon an idea that is already there. It seems though that in this case it isn’t imitation as flattery but imitation as capitalizing on what is popular in the mainstream. Perhaps it should have been Crappy Copies of the Mainstream.

  3. hahaha
    good one.
    It even happened in classical circles – some composers who are now considered “masters” did copy ideas from each other… and there are others who copied as well, but didn’t acheive that status.

    It’s presence of original thought that would make a piece of music worth listening too, wouldn’t it? I can think of lots of “CCM” that doesn’t have an original thought in it, but every once and while I’ve come across a song that althought it keeps the style, it has a piece of originality in it.

    I don’t disagree with your frustration with CCM – I stopped buying Christian CD’s (with the exception of some for teaching purposes at Springs) about 5 years ago. Why? I don’t listen to them after 4-5 times. It’s a waste of my money.

    I’d rather spend it on CD’s of the Jazz albums I own. 🙂


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