:: Friday, April 26, 2002 ::

Dove Awards musings. The Dove Awards, which is the Contemporary Christian Music industry's version of the Grammys, were handed out last night, and -- big surprise -- Steven Curtis Chapman won again. The dude has now won 45 Doves in his career, according to this report. He's like the New York Yankees of CCM.

Meanwhile, P.O.D., which performed at the Dove Awards, comments on the hypocrisy of the Gospel Music Association, which sponsors the awards. ''It's like the same people that banned us,'' P.O.D.'s Sonny Sandoval says in this report, ''now they're in their little office and they're like, 'Our goal is to help them break into the mainstream.' 'No, it's not. Let's be honest with ourselves, that's not your heart's intention. You're just selling records. Whatever link you have to this, it looks good on your plate.'' Linked via Rock Rebel.

Speaking of selling records: the Christian music industry seems to be doing quite well at it. Sales increased by 13 percent in 2001, even while the mainstream record industry was in the doldrums. But Crosswalk music columnist Mark Joseph wonders how legit those sales numbers truly are. "Kerry Livgren of [the band] Kansas once posed this question: 'Are we making converts to Christ or to Christian Music?'" Joseph says. "That's a question that those who are part of what is called the 'Christian Music industry' should ponder."

And then he made a great point:

It's becoming clear that most non-Christians will be no more attracted to a genre called 'Christian Music' than Christians would be attracted to a genre called 'Buddhist Music.' By ditching the label Buddhist Music, prominent Buddhists like Duncan Sheik have won a hearing among non-Buddhists for their music and their ideas. Christians who won't abandon the label 'Christian music,' even when doing so will bring this music and its lyrical content to more non-believers, are making a serious and critical mistake.

Friday Five time. Here they are:

1. What are your hobbies? In descending order: reading, writing, playing guitar, running, drinking too much coffee, blogging, playing trivia games and word games like boggle, crossword puzzles, etc.

2. Do you collect anything? If so, what? I have a coin collection, but I don't actively collect coins anymore. I'll occasionally take them out and look at them. I guess you could say I collect books, because I usually buy more than I am able to ever read and have a backlog of reading that dates back to college. Often, I end up taking unread books (as well as read ones) down to the library for its semi-annual used-book sales.

3. Is there a hobby you're interested in, but just don't have the time/money to do? Yes. Several. World traveling would be at the top of that list. Collecting and restoring '60s-era muscle cars would be another.

4. Have you ever turned a hobby into a moneymaking opportunity? I've sold writing and coins. But I can't say I've made any real money at either. :-)

5. Besides web-related stuff (burbs, rings, etc.), what clubs do you belong to? Does church count? I belong to a local church, and work in the youth ministry and with the worship team there.

:: Andrew 07:12 + ::

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