A while ago, I put this on this blog and I think it is fantastic, so I’m reposting it:-
Searching around to see if I could pick up the CD cheap to see how good it was I found the artist’s blog and I loved it.
In particular I was attracted by this post ‘Why the Christian music category shouldn’t exist’ http://www.gungormusic.com/blog/?p=65
‘Imagine you were hungry for some pizza, so you do quick Google search for nearby pizza joints. You discover a new one only a few blocks away from you and it’s called Pete’s Christian Pizza. And of course the logo is a Christian fish on a pizza.
“What a strange name for a pizza place”, you say to yourself.
“How can pizza be Christian?”
I’m not sure what decision you make at that point. Me, I probably opt to not go for it. I figure that if they need to slap Christian lingo on there box to try to sell that pizza, there might be something wrong with that pizza…
Does anybody but me find it not only odd but actually offensive to walk into a record store and see a “Christian and Gospel” section?’
‘So certainly this category of “Christian music” can’t be solely based on lyrical content.
What else could it be based on? Whether or not the artist is a Christian? Certainly not, there are plenty of Christians in the other sections, and there are a number of people who are not actually Christians who are in the Christian section, so that can’t be it either.
Um… running out of ideas here…the record label? Well, I’m not even sure what a Christian record label would be defined by, but nearly every Christian record label is actually owned by a larger mainstream label, and all of these companies have people involved in the business that aren’t Christians. Conversely, there certainly are Christians within mainstream record labels all over the place as well, so that can’t be what defines this category either.
Where this leaves us is that it makes no sense. But it exists. So why does it exist? Well, I will tell you my friend. Money. That’s all.
There was (or perhaps used to be) a large enough market segment of the population that would gravitate towards a sign that said “Christian” on it. I lived in Tulsa for a little while, and trust me, it would be far more likely to see something like “Pete’s Christian Pizza” there than it would be to see it in Denver. Why? Because there are enough of the type of Christians that would gravitate towards that fish symbol when making their pizza decisions that it makes commercial sense for Pete to put that fish on that pizza box’.
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