Giving Jesus Christ praise is what we should be doing with our music. However, the world listens to those who wish to pull them away from Jesus.
Psalms 105:2 – Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works.
The history of rock and roll has been fluid and unpredictable, with the genre continuously redefined and reinvented from its emergence in the late 1940s. Rock music is a broad genre of popular music which began as rock n roll in the late 1940s and early 1950s in the United States, evolving to a number of distinct styles during the mid-1960s and beyond, especially in the United States and United Kingdom. The origins of rock music date back to the late 1940s, with popular styles at the time, country music and blues, evolving into a new sound, helped by electric guitars and steady drumbeats. Although the term Rock and Roll was not coined until the early 1950s, traces of the genre can be heard on 1920s-1930s period blues records.
Rock and rolls direct origins lay in blending the different Black music genres of the era, including rhythm and blues and gospel, with country and Western. White musical styles, such as blues and country, as well as African-American music genres, such as swing and jazz, had direct influences on rock & roll music. The sound of Rock and Roll music has been called rockabilly, a mix of country, swing jazz, and rhythm and blues. Rock music was influenced by the different African-American musical genres of the late 1940s and early 1950s, including gospel, rhythm and blues, country, jump blues, and jazz, as well as boogie-woogie.
Psalms 104:33 – I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
Rock and roll has been seen as leading to a number of different subgenres, including rockabilly, combining rock and roll with hillbilly country music, commonly played and recorded during the mid-1950s by white vocalists such as Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, and, most critically, Elvis Presley. Rock and roll, also called rock n roll or rock and roll, styles of popular music which originated in the United States during the mid-1950s, which evolved in the mid-1960s to the more inclusive international style known as rock and roll, although the latter continues to be known as rock & roll. The term pop has been used since the beginning of the 20th century to denote pop music generally, but since the mid-1950s has begun to be used to denote a specific genre that targets the younger market, usually characterised as the more subdued alternative to rock & roll. Musicians referred to a rock style of the early 1980s the New Wave, borrowing elements of punk-rock, reggae, folk, synthpop, funk, and art-rock.
Ephesians 5:19 – Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
Soon, younger musicians were combining this music with rock n roll, creating a new genre called rock n roll, or rock. These bands combined the American influences with a strong energy, creating the style of rock and roll that defined the British invasion of that time. Elsewhere in California, avant-garde musicians Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart were creating some of the most bizarre rock music that had ever been heard, and The Doors were playing a powerhouse style of blues-based psychedelic rock that found immediate success with the 1967 single Light My Fire, which reached No. Heralding this new sound were disc jockeys like Allen Freed in Cleveland, Ohio, Dewey Phillips in Memphis, Tennessee, William (Hoss) Allen at WLAC in Nashville, Tennessee–who created radio rock and roll, playing brisk, bluesy, hard-edged records, introducing suburban white teens to a culture that seemed more exotic, exciting, and illicit than anything they had ever known.
In the early years of the 1940s, major rock & roll performers like Chuck Berry and Fats Domino adopted the 4/4 beat, and classic blues chord structures, with memorable chord structures, which attracted American teens. Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, the Third Ear Band, and Hawkwind created genres (decadent stand-up, world music, and psychedelic hard rock) for which there was no name.
Colossians 3:16 – Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
While a number of other subgenres were formed during the late 1960s, including glam rock and progressive rock, many of these pioneering musicians did not achieve commercial success until the 1970s, when acts such as Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, and Led Zeppelin became cultural icons, although acts such as Pink Floyd were highly musically diverse. The few exceptions included early prog rock bands such as King Crimson and Pink Floyd, and British glam artists such as T-Rex, Queen, David Bowie, and Roxy Music. Many American bands, like R.E.M, released hit songs which gained wide appeal on college radio stations, leading to people calling the music style college rock, which would later develop into what we now know as alternative rock.
James 5:13 – Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.
By that time, as Elijah Wald points out in his recent revisionist history of popular music, How The Beatles Destroyed Rock and Roll, white artists and producers had stopped reinventing R&B songs in the style of pop music, and started copying them. Beat groups such as The Beatles, drawing from a broad spectrum of American influences, including 1950s rock and roll, soul, rhythm and blues, and surf music, originally reinterpreted standard American melody lines and played to dancers. By embracing sexuality and juvenile rebellion in their music, The Stones drew controversy, but they also elevated rock music to new cultural heights.
Ecclesiastes 7:5 – It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.
A confluence of influences including rhythm and blues, jazz, boogie-woogie, blues, gospel, and rockabilly, combined with raw lyrics and pungent performing styles, rock and roll is a genuinely American genre with a rich and complicated history marked by musical experimentation and anti-establishment attitudes. The description sounds fairly straightforward, but a closer look at the evolution of rock n roll shows just how diverse styles and influences shaped its development over the years. While rock has evolved greatly since the 1950s, it has maintained a similar format. Rock can come in many shapes and forms, but like Elvis shared in the above quote, you can never not help moving toward it.