I started playing in G tuning to spice things up a bit… not that I ever played that well in E, being a hack. For G tuning, strings are tuned to DGDGBD, except “Daughter” which is GGDGBD (The E string is tuned up to G). Keith Richards had the low string removed from his Tele, so he never played the low D.
Some songs in G…
Start Me Up- The Rolling Stones
Brown Sugar- The Rolling Stones
Honky Tonk Women- The Rolling Stones
Tumbling Dice- The Rolling Stones
Daughter- Pearl Jam
Some people might notice that these are not “Christian” songs. When I was in middle school, I had a (cassette) single of “Show Me The Way” by Styx, a song that is an inspiring prayer for more faith. A friend of my mother’s convinced her that Styx was a “Satan-worshipping” band, and I was forced to throw the tape away. A few years later, I read that Willow Creek Church used “Show Me the Way” as a theme song for an Easter service.
In Genesis, God is described as the Creator… as the Original Artist so that everything in the world that is good and true and beautiful comes from God. I’ve heard songs released by “Christian” music labels that were great songs and many more that were subpar, even ripoffs of current pop songs. I believe that the “sacred” vs “secular” labels are artificial categories that often fail to see the Original Artist at work.
If God is the ultimate Creator, perhaps music that is creative, beautiful and soul-stirring is more God-honoring, or Christian, than uncreative, formulaic songs. Perhaps, even if the artist did not intend for the song to be God-honoring, if it’s creative, good, and beautiful, then it’s God’s and should be appreciated as such.
What are your thoughts?