From time to time, I like to create new playlists on Faith Bible Church’s Spotify account. As you might suspect, I listen to a lot of music and often find myself eager to expand my listening into new songs, new genres.
Sometimes when I create a playlist, it’s for a specific purpose. Maybe I’m looking for songs on a particular topic (such as when our church was going through our study of suffering last year), or exploring Christ-exalting music originating from outside our immediate cultural context, or just need something chill on a cold, windy day.
Other times, I’m simply bored of whatever I’ve been listening to and ready for a change! Whatever the reason, these playlists can also be a resource for you in your own listening or to share with others, and I pray they will be an encouragement to many.
Recently, I created a new, quite eclectic playlist, built initially for my own personal study. I wanted to explore some new music to see what trends might be emerging in songwriting in the age of Covid.
For the most part, I've avoided the more "mainstream" Christian artists that are most popular on radio and in worship services—not because there isn't good content there, but because I often find those songs more formulaic ̶ safer, perhaps. I wanted to delve into creative songs that seem more reflective of our current cultural/social moment.
Fortunately, there is a vast array of gifted songwriters publishing new music right now, and there are some real gems in my “Post-Covid” playlist. Nearly all have been written since the pandemic began (I think I let a few songs from 2019 sneak in).
Having listened to these songs (and many others) repeatedly, here are a few of the themes that have stuck out to me:
So check out the new playlist. Set it on random play and listen for a while. Does anything stand out to you? What songs (whether on this playlist or not) do you find yourself gravitating toward in your own listening these days, and why?
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John is the pastor over Music Ministry at Faith Bible Church. He is a coffee aficionado who loves most kinds of music, but has a particular fondness for big band (especially when he's playing trumpet in the band). He and his wife, Laurie, have 3 kids who enjoy reading, hiking, and the symphony.
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