When Christian musicians get together to work on a musical, they normally discuss the overall theme they want to achieve while writing the music. Some of the themes have been around for hundreds of years. Others are ones that have only become popular in recent years. There is one however, that has been around for over one hundred years and is still very much alive today –Fast Christian Music.
Most people have heard of hymns and have enjoyed some form of Christian music at some point in their life. There are many forms of hymns that have been popular during Christian history. But not all of them were created equal. Most just use one or two instruments and most of them are very slow. Many are just flat and boring.
The key is to take a basic hymn, one that has a well thought out tune and verse, and put it into fast (sometimes called “fast”) version. Everyone knows how to sing a hymn, it’s not hard to do. The problem comes when you have people who can’t sing or who are not able to sing cleanly. It just takes someone with a high quality Christian musical background and a touch of innovation to make a fast Christian song sing well enough so it can be used in a church or at a funeral.
The reason why Christian musicians feel the need to create something like this is because many traditional songs are just flat and dull. They are sung by uninteresting people. Many are boring because the singer uses the same words over again. There is repetition and the lyrics don’t change. A good Christian musical will have someone sing the words to a new arrangement and perhaps use a different instrument.
Many Christian musicians are also highly skilled musicians. This means they are good at arranging the instruments (brass, guitar, piano, drums, etc. ), and they can put together a musical piece that will have the attention of anybody in church or on a trip to church. The person playing the guitar might play a riff from “Who does it for You” by Eric Clapton or “Wish you Were Here” by The Rolling Stones. These are songs that can be played on a harmonica, nylon string acoustic guitar, or steel-string electric guitar.
Another good Christian musical for the church would be “Hallelujah Praise” by Don Williams. It’s very fast and has a great atmosphere of praise. The words go like this: “Hallelujah, give us the grace to glory in our walk in Jesus Christ.” It’s uplifting and gives the listener encouragement.
Some other fast Christian songs for worship that can be used at a service or for a funeral are: “Lord, I am sanctified through Christ”, “The Lord is With Me”, “Till We Have Full Power And Dominion”, and “Hosanna Sweetheart”. All of these songs have a message of hope and love. They inspire, teach, and have a good overall effect on us.
Sometimes you’ll hear about people who use Christian music to make a statement about something else. For instance, there are several bands that play fast Christian songs at their concerts. The band is mostly Pentecostal and their music has Christian lyrics mixed in with the fast-paced music. This is done to get more people to hear what is being said in the song and have a more solid understanding of the lyrics and the song. Sometimes the lyrics are just a call to action, which makes this form of music a great way to get a point across.