June 6 - June 12, 1997
hristian rock? The two words sound as unlikely as Buddhist mambo,
Prozac blues or Luddite techno. Yet full arkloads of Christians
are out there, screeching away lyrics about the Lord while guitar
feedback cleaves the air like Moses parting the Red Sea. How
do these rockers reconcile their strutting style with their Messianic
message? And what do the "nicer" Christian songsters
think? A feature story shows that the Christian music industry
still hasn't figured out how to handle touchy secular genres without
a hell of a lot of internal conflict.
Speaking of secular music, this article recounts how No Doubt recently gave the first "interactive concert" when one of their performances was transmitted live to several countries and followed by an America Online question-and-answer session. Personally, that doesn't sound nearly as fun as huddling with a sweaty mass of people who are holding up lighters and yelling "woo!" But it's the wave of the future, so get used to it. One question remains: how do you hold up your lighter in cyberspace?
One artist guaranteed to stay out of cyberspace, at least for the time being, is Rainer. This well-loved, thoroughly bluesy Tucson guitarist recently conquered brain cancer and has a tribute album out in July. An interview tells all. Also of note is this story about Steve Barta, a pianist known for his creative, Brazilian-flavored fusions of classical and jazz.
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