Friday, January 25, 2008

ACC

We are definitely not in a perfect world as alluded to in my last post. We have all done things that have helped both the cause of good and bad.

Here is something that points out this problem through the artistic medium of music and video. The song also mentions how to fix ourselves concerning any bad that we may have personally done. You have probably heard the song before, but not quite listened to the lyrics...



For those of you that don't know me really well, I like Christian music and there are a lot of really good Christian music groups out there. You probably don't know this as well, but Linkin Park is a Christian band. They are definitely on the harder side of Adult Contemporary Christian (ACC). Sometimes the ACC songs can be a little too "born again" for me, but there are some jewels out there. For the other end of the spectrum there are two amazing songs that are beautiful both in lyrics and audio:






For those of you out there that like a little R & B:



If you like Sarah McLachlan type of music:



If you like more chill Jack Johnson-esque:



or



Growing up in Utah I didn't even know this genre existed. When I flew to Maryland to interview for dental school at U of MD and Virginia Commonwealth I rented a car and drove to the two schools. I obviously didn't know the FM stations at all so I just scanned around until I found a song I liked. One scan brought me to a song that I had never heard before and really liked, then the next...same thing. After about four songs in a row that I really liked and hadn't heard before the DJ came on and mentioned something about the ACC music they were playing. I was pleasantly surprised, hopefully you will be as well.

7 comments:

Wendy said...

I had the exact same experience when we moved to WA from UT. I found a station I liked and discovered it was a Christian station. I think the Utah variety (think "Sounds of Sunday") has turned a lot of us off to even considering that type of music as an alternative. I still don't park my radio on the ACC stations but I enjoy some of the songs.

I HAVE heard the Linkin Park song. Riley plays that riff on the piano all the time. I had no idea they were ACC.

Carson Calderwood said...

Too true about LDS variety. I hate the thought of Afterglow, but there are good ones like Hillary Weeks' song El Shaddai. I sometimes listen to the online station Air 1 because the Seattle station isn't that great.

Jodee Chapman said...

I really like that MercyMe song. I like Emerson Drive's version of it too!

Shelley & Jake said...

I think Hillary Weeks just performed El Shaddai - I think it originated somewhere else. I like that Linkin Park song too. Have you tried Switchfoot? We own Beautiful Letdown, and I absolutely love it, particularly This is Your Life, Meant to Live, Dare You to Move, and Twenty-Four.

Wendy said...

Amy Grant originally did El Shaddai.

The Hunsakers said...

My husband and I were wondering where you got the info on Linkin Park being ACC. They have some pretty hard core stuff. Just wanting you to back up your facts.

Carson Calderwood said...

No problem. They definitely do have some hard stuff. I mostly know of them due to their radio play. They aren't technically ACC, but more commonly referred to as Nu-metal and the lace their lyrics with Christian themes. The band itself is a conglomerate of religious views, but you don't have to be a self proclaimed Christian band to be considered Christian. Its all about the lyrics on this one, not the feel.