Larry Norman, Randy Stonehill, Phil Keaggy, Second Chapter of Acts, John Fischer, The Way, Oak Ridge Boys, Elvis, "Gospel," holy hymns, church choirs, "sacred" music, Young Life Songs and Creations spiral songbook. . .it was, and is, an endless composition of brain-saturation. I listened to countless hours of it, went to concerts, bought the albums, met some of the "artists" like Stonehill, Fischer, Barry McGuire, Yohann Anderson and others. Believe it or not, I once sang in an 8000-voice choir at a Billy Graham Crusade in Seattle! I sang in a church choir and in the chapel choir at my christian college. I was basically addicted to "God's music" and rarely listened to anything else (except Carole King, James Taylor, John Denver and a bit of YES). Yes, pretty poor for the seventies, with all that great rock and roll. . .then again, I was a Jesus Freak ready and waiting to get to heaven to be with The Master as soon as possible. Can anyone relate to this? Godness, I hope so.
I would be fascinated to hear from others in the non-theist community who continue to be "haunted" by the music, the songs, the "message" that plays endlessly from that era. Were you ever in the Christian Music culture? Amazing how it saturates your brain. Yes, there were some catchy tunes and some powerfully emotional words. . .with some awful theology and fearfully brain-damaging lyrics. Thankfully I emerged from the emotional cloud sometime around college when I studied philosophy and world religions, but I have to admit, there are songs that still creep back, I smile or cringe or change the words to make them relevant to a non-supernatural worldview, or let them fade. Any comments?