“They have seen Your procession, O God, the procession of my God, my King, into the sanctuary. The singers went on, the musicians after them, in the midst of the maidens beating tambourines.” (Psalm 68:24-25)
In preparing for today’s blog, I’ve actually thought it over and over and prayed about it for about one month. What has been troubling me that I needed to think about it for so long? It’s because I have observed that in the entire 2005, there has not been one Cantonese Christian Music CD produced in the whole USA! What happened??!? Have all the musicians gone hiding? At first, when I realized this, I was lamenting the fact that musicians are not making a strong enough effort to write more and better songs sooner. I know a lot of notable Cantonese Christian musicians personally, and many of them happen to be taking a break this year due to family reasons or other things. Still, I wanted to place the blame on them; and I thought, “What a lousy year this has been! How can the Cantonese Christian musicians be so lazy and not use their creative minds and not make a single CD all year?”
But after some prayer and more observations, I think I know the real reason for the Cantonese Christian music drought. It wasn’t really because of the musicians. If there was enough motivation and enough market for them, they wouldn’t be so dormant right now. The real reason lies with the Church. In short, Cantonese-speaking Christians and churches have not placed music and arts in a place of priority. And with the increasing popularity of pirating CDs into MP3s which gets passed around to friends and family, Christians have joined in to break one of the 10 Commandments against stealing, and as the population of US Chinese Christians becomes more and more Americanized, the Cantonese Christian music market is shrinking, and the Cantonese-speaking Christian musicians and music ministries are getting discouraged. If you don’t want 2006 to turn out like 2005, here’s my plea:
Please buy Cantonese Christian music CDs and support those music ministries and help educate/motivate your church and your brothers and sisters about the importance of supporting Cantonese Christian music.
I hope the “Big United States Cantonese Christian Music Drought of 2005” becomes a wake-up call and rally cry for us.