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Judging Motives

Discussion in '2003 Archive' started by Dr. Bob, Jun 25, 2003.

  1. Dr. Bob

    Dr. Bob Administrator

    Jun 30, 2000
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    Writers of hymns/Gospel songs in previous generations wrote their music fr use in revivals and churches. McGranahan, Bliss, Crosby or Sankey made precious little $$ for their labors.

    In more recent decades, Al Smith and John Peterson are two notables who turned song writing into songbook/hymnbook sales and made a living. Still, most of their work was simply sung in church, with no $$ relation to the composers.

    Bill Gaither started a different trend. Hype marketing, concert series, cd's, videos enhanced the $$ from writing Christian music. Still, many songs had rich texts and are used in hymnals. I do not begrude him or others from making a living at it.

    But it seems to me (CAUTION: this is opinion) that many of the modern CCM writers and performers could be motivated by $$. They write songs that are simplistic, shallow or innocuous (see thread on 7-11 music) and I've begun to wonder about their motives.

    I'm trying not to judge Another's servant. But this music is permeating my church and I'm concerned.

    Just thinking out loud and would love other's thoughts on the matter.
  2. Joshua Rhodes

    Joshua Rhodes <img src=/jrhodes.jpg>

    Jun 9, 2003
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    Unfortunately Bro. Dr. Bob, I agree... there are too many "artists" that sully the waters by improper motives. It's a shame really, because I know many of the writers and singers are in it for the right reasons. Keep the faith, Bro. Dr. Bob, the good stuff is out there, it just may take a little more searching to find. Just my humble opinion. [​IMG]
  3. ScottEmerson

    ScottEmerson Active Member

    Jun 3, 2002
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    There are several groups who have started out Christian, and then crossed over to lucrative contracts. That is very sad to me. Not all CCM music is like that, though.