A Good Sign: Good Music

From 20 Pieces of Goodness in 2020 Pop Culture by Brett McCracken

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Excellent Christian Music

The renaissance in excellent, independent music-making by Christian artists continued in 2020. Highlights included Jon Guerra’s Keeper of Days (read TGC’s interview with Guerra), Jonathan Ogden’s Twenty Four visual concept album, and not one but two timely new albums from The Porter’s Gate. In July I highlighted 15 quality Christian artists you should know, and this week I assembled a playlist of 100 of the best released-in-2020 songs I heard from Christian musicians (available on Spotify or Apple Music). Check it out below to get a flavor for the diverse beauty of music coming from Christian artists this year, around the world. 

https://open.spotify.com/embed/playlist/0R20WenSZ3DcKnIFi5dUmq

Quality Christian Music for Kids

This year offered plenty of options for parents looking for quality Christian music for their kids. One big highlight for me was The Corner Room’s Remember and Proclaim album. But there were plenty of others. In August I highlighted 14 artists who represent some of the best music I’ve come across for Christian kids. I put a few songs from each in a new 50-song playlist, “Quality Christian Music for Kids,” available on Spotify or Apple Music.

https://open.spotify.com/embed/playlist/7rUYzXW6CLoKXloKn0E4Y5

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This is what I call “a good sign”.

There are hard times coming, and they will get harder until the Great Default has run it’s course over the next two decades or so. (I’m ignoring today’s artificially-puffed up medical mania.)

Our spirits will need some good music, as we push through the hard times.

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LANY’s “i still talk to jesus”

Every year in pop culture we find examples of what Charles Taylor calls “cross-pressures.” These feelings, experiences, or artifacts reveal the push and pull of transcendence (belief) and immanence (unbelief) in a secular age. This year, LANY’s “i still talk to Jesus” is the perfect example of cross-pressures. Watch the moving performance of the song, from LANY’s 2020 album, mama’s boy, below. 

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So do I, man. So do I.

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