Aww…Monday’s Music Moves Me

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Monday’s Music Moves Me

It’s another freedom of choice week at 4M and I believe I will, once again, dip into the genre of Gospel music. I grew up with the hymns of the church. By the late 70’s contemporary Christian music had separated itself from the rest of gospel music and become its own genre. It is still alive and well today. Early artists included The Imperials, Sandi Patty and Dallas Holm. Today the genre features such gifted souls as Mercy Me, Selah, Crowder, Zach Williams, and Lauren Daigle and there is a song for every occasion.

There was an occasion many years ago when I lost my job. In the construction industry that is not an unusual thing. In fact, I had been laid off work from five positions in a ten year span and this was the last one. Those first few days of unemployment I was depressed to say the least. I came home one day and found that my wife had put an (vinyl) album on the turntable. It was the Imperials and the album was Priority. One song on that album spoke directly to me in a very special way. It reminded me of who I was and that I had reason to rejoice, even in a difficult situation. I was a child of the King of kings and a member of His family. The song…”Trumpet of Jesus”.

One of the most powerful songs to come from the early contemporary Christian music scene was recorded by Dallas Holm and Praise. It speaks of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ…”Rise again.”

The premier female artist of the early days was none other than Sandi Patty. She was the original “Glory note diva”. Sandi had a vocal range that most artists could only dream of and one of her most popular recordings speaks to the moment described in 1 Thessalonians 4:16 that describes the rapture of the church., “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. and the dead in Christ will rise first, then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.” In that moment, “We Shall Behold Him”.

Another group from the early days of contemporary Christian music was Phillips,Craig & Dean. They had a softer sound and their message often came in the form of praise & worship songs. Every time I look at my life and see just how I was disappointing the One who died for me, I can only bow my head and tell Him, “Your Grace Still Amazes Me”.

Finally, a group that is anchored in Southern Gospel has released a new song and for those of us who claim the name of Jesus as our Savior we are ever grateful to be able to say, “I’m a Child of the King”! Have a blessed week.

 

17 thoughts on “Aww…Monday’s Music Moves Me

    1. Sandi may have performed at a few secular events, but her primary focus has always been in the Contemporary Christian genre. The Gaither Vocal Band has been at the top of the Southern Gospel genre for nearly 4 decades.

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  1. Marie Moody

    Well, there ya go… some really beautiful songs here my friend. Now that’s some heavy-duty gospel, my friend. Very wonderful choices I must admit. My favorite is the last one. Those guys really got it goin’!!! Thank you so much for sharing! Love the puppies too! hugs

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  2. Driller,

    I can attest to the feelings that come with unemployment. DH has gone down that road many times which means I journey right alongside him. It hard sometimes to see the blessings ahead for the cloud one is under sometimes but I fought daily to not allow that shadow to weigh me down too far. I forced myself to see that others had worse than us even when it felt so horrible. I knew who held our future and believed that God would provide our needs.

    Dallas Holmes ‘Rise Again’ is a beautiful, powerful song of Jesus triumph over the grave and if it weren’t for Him conquering death then we wouldn’t have life everlasting through his spilled blood on Calvery. Your song choices today are pAwesomely inspiring and soulfully uplifting. I’m so happy to be a child of the King! Have a beautiful week, my friend!

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    1. There will be more songs of inspiration coming in the future. I have thought about returning to the tradition of the 50’s – 60’s TV variety shows. It seemed that Andy Williams, Perry Como and certainly Tennessee Ernie Ford closed each broadcast with an inspirational song. So….regardless of the 4M theme, I may begin closing my weekly post with a song that has an eternal message. Have a blessed week.

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  3. yogiabb

    Your in-depth knowledge and obvious passion for music is amazing. My wife and I have been watching the NPR series on country music the past week or so and find it amazing all the cross connections in the music business.

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    1. You are much too kind with your compliment. We have been watching the NPR Country Music series as well. It is another master piece from Ken Burns who gave us the nine part series on Vietnam a couple of years ago. You are absolutely right about all of the cross connections in country music and how many of the artists not only influenced one another, but how they were influenced by gospel, blues, and rock ‘n roll.

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