Tripp the Anglobaptist is pushing me in good ways. He is pushing me to consider what is the relationship between my sonic urban sub cultural identity and my sonic theological and religious identity. Well he isn’t doing it directly necessarily, but in talking to him about his course work in Liturgy and Music and in our conversation bout praise bands and if there is an appropriate music for Christian worship, he has raised some questions for me about how my views on Christian Worship may or may not link up with my sonic subculture, that is that I identify as Goth and have a taste for that music.
I have written about this in the past, or at least why the various styles and bands that can fit under the label “Goth” appeal to me and what I find in them. But it generally has been for the purpose of explaining to those outside the subculture. It’s been an apologetic in a sense, that is a defense of Goth and my involvement in it.
But what about for me, for other Goth’s: What desires are expressed in our music, in our dance. Why do we listen to what we listen to? What if anything might it connect up to spirituality and God’s desire, or of desiring God?
So this is where I think this blog thread on Priestly Goth is going, for at least awhile. And I think a couple of reviews of recent albums and bands under the umbrella of Goth may find their way to the light of day contextualize in this question.
Not a defense, nor even a simply an explanation, but exploring our sonic identity and spirituality. Perhaps my reader you will want to explore this with me. Let’s discuss, I’d love to hear from others about thier “sonic identities’ or “sonic theology”: why do you listent to and /or identify with a group that listens to a certain style of music? These are tricky things, better to not have only ones own voice.