Carman Licciardello, simply known as Carman, who rose to Christian music fame in the late 80s has died unexpectedly due to complications following hiatal hernia surgery. Many have already written about his legacy and the details of his life and death. One article worth reading is this one at Christianity Today. Carman’s music and videos … Continue reading Carman: A Soundtrack of My Youth
Society is filled with voices trying to tell us what to think and how to live, and we often spend too much time trying to please the unpleasable. Too often, churches spend more time trying to charm the culture rather than serving our Savior. We seek to entice the lost with entertainment when they are … Continue reading When Christians Try to Please the Culture
For many evangelicals, it seems goosebumps are the litmus test as to whether a song is anointed, but an emotional reaction can be misleading. I once had a co-worker who loved just about everything Disney. He put a sticker on his car, and he would proudly wear Disney hats and shirts. He was one of … Continue reading Was That Worship?
This one is purely for fun. In 1985, in response to Band Aid and the gathering of secular artists around a cause, Steve Camp gathered upward to 90 Christian musicians to form the C.A.U.S.E (Christian Artists United to Save the Earth). They recorded the song, Do Something Now, and the accompanying video below. This video … Continue reading CCM Backbeat: How Well Do You Know 80’s Christian Music?
Bob Kauflin, formerly of the group GLAD, did us a favor and pulled out a song written in 1980 to reminded us how a song can stand the test of time and speak to us in our current situation. Even in quarantine, we have every reason to be glad. Here is what Bob wrote: A … Continue reading CCM Backbeat: GLAD in Quarantine
With everything going on, I thought I could benefit from a break from all the current events for a CCM Backbeat. Hopefully you will be encouraged as well. Here are five classic CCM songs of comfort. 1. He Will Make Always Make a Way - Farrell & Farrell (1984) Let's start with something a little … Continue reading CCM Backbeat: 5 Songs of Comfort
It is common these days to hear people who appeared to walk close to the Lord, announce to the world that they are embracing a sinful lifestyle, or that they have doubted their faith and are moving on to other things. Usually, these announcements involve a discussion of their happiness. They will allude to the … Continue reading The Role of “Happiness” in Leaving the Faith
Many people are familiar with the music of Dion (DiMucci) even if they do not realize it. In the early 60's he had a several rock hits. Two of his biggest were, Runaround Sue and The Wanderer. These songs made him a household name during this time, and in 1989 he was inducted into the … Continue reading CCM Backbeat: I Put Away My Idols by Dion
Someone once asked me, "What is one topic that you know way too much about that has nothing to do with your career or education?" My immediate answer was, "80's Christian music." Actually, it goes back further than the 80's. I am a collector of classic Christian vinyl records, and I listen to them regularly … Continue reading CCM Backbeat: Lyrics That Were Not Afraid
Though it is true that God can and does move in places where entertainment happens, have we begun to rely on artificial hype to fill the void when He is missing? Has entertainment become a cover for our spiritual emptiness?