To be perfectly honest, I don’t really like much of what’s popular in music today. Modern pop (and, to an extent, some country) music seems to be dominated by artists who don’t write their own songs. These singers and bands rely on outside songwriters to tell the stories they sing. There’s very little that’s authentic about singing someone else’s songs.
I am (and, as long as I’ve been aware of songwriting credits, have been) drawn to singer-songwriters…artists and bands who tell their own stories and write the songs they sing. Singer-songwriters have to be concerned with their authenticity, because no one who sings their own songs wants to appear fake.
We who are believers in Jesus Christ have to be authentic as well. We’re writing our verses and lines in the Eternal Story, and we don’t want to sing someone else’s lines. I can’t help but believe that if we are true to who and what God is calling us to be, we’re going to be more effective witnesses, and our lives will never be boring.
Are you going to be a vapid pop star trying to interpret someone else’s songs, or are you going to be a singer-songwriter, making the most of your own story?