below are 10 bands/ artists that I (or you) are nominating for "official" band of Emergent. You will notice that almost everyone is a white male. For this I am sorry. However, it is apropos. Emergent is still a primarily white male discussion (this is not a good thing, but it is a "thing") and its musician will be such. I tried to lean away from too much white folk music, primarily because I would rather bash in my skull than listen to many earnest white guys with guitars singing earnest songs that "mean something." I am looking at you JT and your ilk.
Where is the world music? Emergent wants to be the "world music" version of Christianity but it is not there yet. If so, I would nominate K'naan and Tinariwen, but both are primarily Muslim.
Yes I do know the winner(s). First of all here are some of the musicians did not make the cut:
David Wilcox- white guy folk singer. Cannot do it. Of course, he deals with spirituality in a way that is emerging and is one of the only white earnest folkies I can stand. Still. He is the "official" band of the older white element of Emergent, luckily it is tiny.
Coldplay- seriously. stop. never. they are the "official" band of bad youth ministry... along with the Fray and Snow Patrol.
Bruce Springsteen- he is the official band of America. Too big. Too all encompassing.
The Clash-we are undeserving of The Clash. Official band of cool 50 year olds that we hope to be some day.
John Coltrane- the namesake of one of my sons. Even though I would consider Love Supreme a precursor to the Emergent Christianity movement, we need lyrics. he could be considered a patron saint, especially if we wanted to be cool.
Bob Marley- we are not worthy of Bob Marley. An interesting choice though.
The Roots- Way too cool for Emergent.
Bob Dylan- We wish. Of course, there is a strong Minnesota element to Emergent's leadership, so he could be a good choice. He plugged in and changed the rules. He redefined himself countless times. He is the meta-narrative singer. But, he is too big.
Green Day- Why would I consider them? They went from snotty punks to deep thinkers with something to say, much like The Beastie Boys. But, no.
Moby- maybe for the vegan element in Emergent. I thought about him for a minute. Then I ordered a burger.
mewithoutyou- maybe in a few years.
Lauren Hill- she should have been, but she went kinda crazy and has not put out any music in years.
Rage Against the Machine- angry. prophetic. socialistic. this is the official band of the Jesus for President crowd.
Ben Folds- He is the official band of Rick, but not Emergent.
Here are your nominees, all of which I will comment on next week (you can give your insight, but it will not play into my decision. This is a fiefdom!):
1. Sufjan Stevens
3. The 77s
4. Johnny Cash
6. Bill Mallonee and Vigilantes of Love
7. Arcade Fire
8. Rich Mullins
Make your guesses or vote (if you don't mind your vote not counting- yes, I am disenfranchising you).