I explore, read about, and write about religion quite a bit. I find the subject fascinating, but one thing I do like about religion is some of its music – or music that is themed around it.
I recently read a post by Serendipity about old time religious music, and it got me to thinking about some music I like that is themed around religion.
First up I like this song by Evanescence a lot:
The singer, Amy Lee, had this to say about the song in an interview:
A lot of our songs are written in a way that you could take them to mean several different things. That one was written by our drummer Rocky [Gray], who was in a Christian death metal band before he joined us. He told me that it is coming from a Christian standpoint, but it’s about suicide. It’s from the perspective of someone who has just committed suicide and it’s about the controversy in Christianity that if you commit suicide, will you go to heaven or hell? If all sins are forgiven after accepting Christ, why would there be an exception?
It’s a good question. Why would there be an exception?
It’s not so much the words that I like, but the guitar and Amy’s voice.
Next is Sabbath Bloddy Sabbath by Black Sabbath.
Say that 6 times really fast.
The video has a cute dog in it is well. Win, win.
Anyhow, in 2013, Bassist Geezer Butler had this to say about his religious/non-religious activity.
Then again, they’ve been having close scrapes since the late-60s. Butler remembers experiencing excruciating kidney problems, believing he was dying. It was then that his parents, strict Catholics who would “whip and beat” him if he cursed (“which,” he says, “is why I rarely swear now”), witnessed the full extent of their son’s immersion in the dark arts: they recoiled in horror at his black-painted bedroom, with its proliferation of Satanic paraphernalia.
I wonder if the ‘dark arts’ was his black room and upside down crosses or his parent’s alleged penchant for whipping and beating him?
See the Light by Jeff healey blows me away. The guitar is so amazing. It’s sort of like an electrical version of gospel.
Good Lawd, Jesus! Jeff sure could make that guitar sing. If anything could convert me it would be this song.
What are some of your religious-y themed musical favorites?