This is a series that explores the music Jesus might have written and sung had he been a modern-day musician. At the bottom of this page is a list with links to the songs I (and anyone else who wishes to be included) have chosen so far. I have limited the list to secular, i.e. non-religious, music.
It is suggested that you listen to the songs, noting any particular phrases that seem to jump out at you and paying attention to any emotions that are evoked. Then reflect on what, if any, eternal truths are evident, and why it has been suggested Jesus would have been happy to sing this song. Some are obvious, some are a bit more obscure and a few may shock. If you have any ‘aha’ moments in this process, we’d love to hear about them. Just email Rev. Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rev. Bob’s comments on each song will appear at the bottom of the page of the next song on the list.
Not among the songs Jesus would have sung, but appropriate to this page is the song, “Jesus was a Rock Star”.
Our first offering in Jesus’ repertoire is Gerry Rafferty’s The Ark, which you can hear on YouTube by clicking on this link.
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To read the lyrics for “The Ark”, click on the link below…
You will note the list is heavy with songs from the 60s and 70s, not only because these were the years of Rev. Bob’s adolescence and early adulthood, but because these chaotic years spawned more than the usual number of prophetic songs and songs about building a better society. Music from the 80s onward tended to be more focussed on the individual – the ‘me’ generation – and so the pickings for Jesus got slimmer. This is not to say there were no appropriate songs from which to choose, but Rev. Bob is not as familiar with the music of later generations. Thanks to Susie Seale for helping in this regard. If younger visitors to this site wish to help me out, we would be most grateful. Send suggestions to email@example.com