I have to admit that I love the classical masters, such as Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and Handel, who wrote much Christian music, but I am finding out about new people, like Ralph Carmichael, who wrote many Christian musicals and albums. There are some good interviews on youtube with him.
First names on those please! lol
I guess mine would be the Hinsons from the 70's and Steven Curtis Chapman of course.
I appreciate Rimsky Korsakov for poetic orchestration, which I suppose can't be Christian or Inspirational on its own, but I feel indebted because he then tried to share everything he'd ever learned about orchestration with us in a book before he died.
Beethoven not so much on his own, but what it's like if you listen for a while to the music that came before - nice civilized stately Schumann or Mendelssohn and then listen to Beethoven's Eroica. In that context IMO Beethoven was like a coiled spring exploding, and I get why everyone was a little freaked out at the time. Makes me think of the first time I hear the Brain Salad Surgery album, Which no one would call Christian I guess, but part of the lyrics to "Karn Evil" (Cool Title) are:
Cold and misty morning, I heard a warning borne in the air
About an age of power where no one had an hour to spare,
Where the seeds have withered, silent children shivered, in the cold
Now their faces captured in the lenses of the jackals for gold.
Suffering in silence, they've all been betrayed.
They hurt them and they beat them, in a terrible way,
Praying for survival at the end of the day.
There is no compassion for those who stay.
There must be someone who can set them free:
To take their sorrow from this odyssey
To help the helpless and the refugee
To protect what's left of humanity.
Sorry to be so random - early on the Imperials "Mercy Killing", Amy Grant's "Straight Ahead" Rich Mullen's "Boy Like Me" or "Stand" with phrase which I wish to live:
"And if I stand let me stand on the promise, that you will see me through"
"And if I can't let me fall on the grace that first brought me to you."
John Mark McMillan, Travis Ryan, Chris Brown/Mac Brock, Jonathan Stockstill
Andrew Peterson is a fantastic songwriter. His music is highly inspirational to me.
Post tenebras lux
Musica Anima Mea Est
I have a blog!
My heroes are mostly the ones who paved the way for modern christian music in the seventies and eighties. Larry Norman, Glenn Kaiser, and I especially appreciate Bob Hartman of Petra, those lyrics were always so grounded in scripture. And of course there are many others that I love and respect, but those are three of my biggest influences.