Blog 6

Music and I have always had a very deep personal relationship.  I was never able to listen to music and do other tasks like homework at the same time.  This is because when I’m listening to a song that I really enjoy, my mind goes off into a different world and I think too much to actually get anything done.  However music is still a really great to have on lone car drives and plane flights for me.

However my joy for music is also different compared to most people.  I have no favorite artist or bands, I only have favorite songs.  If you pick up my IPod and look at the list of longs and artists you’ll probably find something alone the lines of over 1000 songs and maybe just 1000 artists.  And my taste in songs is also different from most people.  The bulk of my music collection consists of songs from soundtracks and Christian worship songs.   I was so happy when Itunes and Amazon MP3 started up and I could buy single songs for 99 cents.  I was wasting so much money buying an entire CD just for one song.

So for this weeks prompt I had to choose a favorite song since I don’t have a favorite artist or album.    So I chose one of my favorite worship songs titled “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)” written by Matt Redman.  I chose this songs because it’s a fairly new song that has become very popular among churches and Christians.

The song was inspired by Psalm 103 in the bible, and Redman wrote it with a friend.  As far as asking if the song is honest or not I would say that yes it is, it seems like the song was written exactly how the artist intended it to be (Pike, n.d., para. 7).  But this particular song is different compared to Kurt Cobain’s band.  The idea that “the recording artist who seeks to be honest faces resistance from a for-profit industry and marketers” seems to be different with religious music.  I haven’t done a whole lot of research on this topic so I could be wrong, but from what I found out about the song I chose was that they wrote the song, recorded it, and then someone bought it (Redman, n.d.).

I would also say that this song is independent, at least by my standards of what independent means.  The song was written very quickly according to Redman, and the bulk of the song was written in one day.  No one seemed to try and chance the song and as far as I can tell they never rewrote it.  One could argue that the song is not independent because its based off of a Psalm which is already been written.

Now days it seems to be really easy to publish and show off your stuff independently; in the “Don’t Stop Believing” essay it was said that “even before YouTube, independent artists have been able to attract relatively smallish but incredibly loyal fan bases” (Pike, n.d., para. 22).  This shows me that YouTube is not necessarily the reason why people can so easily get their stuff out by themselves. And its just songs and music, you can now self publish your own books and many other things independently.


Considering that the song is Christian religious, I’d say that the song is productive.  But I think there are a lot of songs out there that are not very productive.  I’ve never heard the song by Kurt Cobain’s band, but even with the background meaning behind the song, any song with the lyrics “Rape me” isn’t something anyone should be listening too.  In my opinion there are so many songs out there that are sending bad messages, its not wonder that the our world is going to the dogs.  This “Internet age is an era of conformity and commercialism (Pike, n.d., para. 36).  I says that its not just the internet.  Even on television they are adding in more and more commercials, you watch old reruns of television shows and find that they cut on scenes from the original airing to put in more commercial time.


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Pike, D. (n.d.). Don’t Stop Believing. Unpublished working paper.

rarescristian. (2011, August 4). Matt redman – 10,000 reasons (bless the lord) +Lyrics [Video file]. Retrieved from

Redman, M. (n.d.). Song story: 10,000 reasons (Interview by Worship Leader) [Transcript]. Retrieved June 17, 2013, from Interviews and Free Downloads website:

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3 Responses to Blog 6

  1. bwc109 says:

    I like how you listen to songs moreso than artists. Songs can be changed from artist to artist, and the song becomes an interpretation of an expression, much like the plays of ancient Greece. Psalms is quite inspirational, as chapter 133 is my favorite Bible passage =) but when you talk about the music being honest because it was written as the artist intended it to be, doesn’t that make it independent?

    What would you say to the idea that “religious” music isn’t resisted because it has a huge audience, and due to its nature, is self-regulated to the point that no controversy over the music exists, making it widely acceptable?

    I am most curious about your definition of productive. From what I can tell, your definition of productive is something being “Christian religious,” or you’re trying to say that anything “Christian religious” is automatically productive. I don’t know if either of those hold true, because I would not call the Thirty Year’s War or other events and media that are “Christian religious” productive, nor do I remember reading about Christian religious being a qualifier for something being productive in the readings. Why do you think “‘Rape me’ isn’t something anyone should be listening too?”

    • rmk243 says:

      I wasn’t exactly trying to say that all Christian religious music is productive, I think I was trying to say that a lot of Christian Religious can be productive because for the most part its talking about piece and love and Gods love for us, and generally for the most part people aren’t going to go around shooting people after listening to songs like they. I’m sure there are songs out there that are considered christian religious they are not productive. My problem is that my vocabulary in music is very limited. I’d say that my definition of productive music is anything that has a positive meaning behind it. And in my opinion the saying “Rape Me” doesn’t sound positive. Maybe I’m being narrow minded but like I said before my music vocabulary is very limited. There are more songs out their that I have not heard of then I have. 🙂 thanks for the comment

  2. hsumedia says:

    Ruth, I am so glad that you introduced Christian music into the discussion. I think you’re right about independence not being an issue. By its nature, Christian music argues a perspective. From what I’ve listened to, it seems that controversial issues aren’t probed deeply but the music is more about, as you say, “peace and love and God’s love for us.” I’ve encountered Christian music that includes some social critique, though it may not ever be as popular. Here’s a link to one such song by Christian recording artist Rich Mullins, now deceased:
    This particular song addresses the mistreatment of indigenous people in North America, equating them essentially to Jesus. Mullins sings:

    “These men of violence, they have made this a world full of wars
    Oh God break Your silence and let Your justice shine forth
    Show some mercy, Oh Lord
    ‘Cause I can see a people dispossessed
    Broken and brave in the face of so much fear
    Driven from their homes by the greed of a nation
    Whose treaties were as good as litter
    Along the trail of their tears
    I can see the Covenant colors
    The sun and the rain have woven against the blue of the sky
    And I know if we live we will live by His promise
    I know He who made it and
    And I’m sure that He would not lie.”

    Such a song might not be as in-your-face as Nirvana’s “Rape Me,” but both songs are pointing out a societal flaw — oppression of people or of artistic expression, in Nirvana’s case. I believe that any music that wakes us up to the realities of the world and causes us to want to engage to “be better ancestors” is productive. Music that lulls us into complacency seems to work against those values. But the jury (the one in my head!) is always always still conferring on this.

    Thanks for your thought-provoking post!

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