By Zachary Harmon, Talon Staff Co-editor
A lot of people out there think that Mumford and Sons is a Christian band. To be honest, I did too, given the content of their songs. But after a bit of research I’ve come to realize that my favorite banjo playing “train conductors” were infact not Christian but rather subscribe to an odd postmodern philosophy, that could potentially align with any religion. A spinless PR move if you ask me.
A band similar in style to Mumford and Sons, yet singing for the Lord, is The Rend Collective. In addition to their banjos and drums, they have a unique quirky style. They make their music differently, recording albums around a campfire and braving the the North Irish Sea in a little fishing boat, just for a music video. They also employ an odd instrument called the Stumpf Fiddle also know as the Jingling Johnny, or the Pogo Cello. It’s a hilarious looking instrument.
Sometimes things need to be done differently. It might seem silly compared to others, but looking at contemporary Christian music, it virtually all sounds the same. It makes sense that they all sound similar, it certainly makes it easier for someone to jump in when a band member finds himself unable to play in church or chapel or what not. But a change in the winds can attract the attention of more people.
You all probably know Romans 12:2 2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Don’t be afraid to do things a little differently.
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