Thursday, 27 June 2019

" 1960's and '70s Favorite Folk Mass songs. It doesn't take a lot of research to discover the subject of "Folk Mass" is a very polarizing one. How surprised I was when searching for the songs I fondly remembered singing at church to realize they are definitely not loved by all. There are forums where, to this day, they are argued over. I am not here to take sides one way or another. I just know that for me a lot of these songs continue to inspire me in my faith. Surely after almost 50 years we should all be able to appreciate them for what they were trying to do, help young people of the 1960s and 1970s worship in a distinctive way they could relate to. By the way, growing up I never understood how the "Missa Bossa Nova" ever sounded anything like a Bossa Nova...well after hearing the original recordings with its percussion and flute solos as well as its great bass lines it is easy to hear that it actually does. Finally, after listening to the original versions I believe the word "Folk" seems very appropriate to use for this music. I think you'll see what I mean... Please use the comment section below for questions or feedback, both of which are always appreciated. But most of all, enjoy, all the guitar and banjo picking from back in the days of the American Folk Mass era. " -

Rock ’n’ roll was born from a spirit of rebellion that questioned authority and the traditional morality of the Christian church. And for many Christian leaders, it was clear that rock music paved the way to damnation. To them, everything about rock ’n roll clearly spoke of the "Devil’s Music" - from its roots in African-American culture to its hip-shimmying rhythms and less-than-pious lyrics. Rock ’n roll emerged in the 1950s as part of a global cultural and generational revolution that stood the authority of the church on its head. In Europe and the US, this "godless” music sparked the ire of many Christian leaders. Many saw rock music as a sign of cultural and moral decline, and some even believed to hear hidden satanic messages in its lyrics. But even as fundamentalist preachers waged war against rock ‘n’ roll, the young generation was raising rock music to a new religion. 

Church pews emptied, and nightclubs and concert venues filled. By the mid-1960s, John Lennon offhandedly remarked that the Beatles were "more popular than Jesus.” Fans venerated their rock star idols, even erecting altars in their name. But soon the rebellion came full circle. Christian rock emerged and began drawing the young and pious. By 2014, Patti Smith, who once called rock her "only religion”, would receive an invitation to perform at the Vatican. Drawing on interviews and archival footage, this documentary revisits more than 60 years of musical revolution. -


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