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Harmony in a Discordant World -The Christian Vocation to Music
thought of Christians in music brings up two stereotypes: those
narrowly defined Christians who appeal only to the churchgoing
audience, or the inflammatory “former” Christians who went to
church at some point, but who are now hellbent on rebelling against
it; Miley Cyrus and Sinead O’Connor being two obvious examples.
Between these extremes stands a different type of musician who is
also Christian, the type who is “in the world but not of the
world.” What are Christians doing in a space as vile as the music
industry? As it turns out, they're doing quite a bit.
popular music icons, you'll find many have their roots in
Christianity. Elvis and Johnny Cash sang gospel; and more recently U2
has formed a mutual admiration society with the last three popes.
might argue that Christianity's contribution to music stems from the
fact that many Christians learn to read music to sing in the church
choir; ergo, it is the ability to read music, not their beliefs that
attract them to careers in music. Others may argue Christianity's
contribution to music stems from its literature. Good stories,
profound images, and classic cultural references make for great
lyrics. While not an overtly “Christian band”, the lyrics of
Mumford & Sons draw deeply from Christianity's profound words.
Their lyrics appear to have been infused with incense before being
released into the open air.
Daryl Bazinet Musician
if some Christians entered the music industry, not because of their
ability to read music nor their access to interesting words, but
rather because music is their vocation? It seems clear that, singer
songwriter, Daryl Bazinet received his vocation to music very early.
He recounts the traumatic events which lead to his involvement in
have had 4 brain operations in my life. The second one when I was
eight was actually a frontal lobectomy. They removed my entire right
frontal lobe in order to make sure they got all of the tumor."
actually died on the operating table and was brought back to life
TWICE -that's more times than Lazarus. To help redevelop his small
motor skills, which are controlled by the right frontal lobe, his
mother placed Daryl in piano lessons with the church organist.
According to medical reasoning, he should not be alive, let alone be
performing as a musician. He says he owes his life “to the grace of
God and music.”
has been been playing piano for 34 years. Additionally, he plays
drums, guitar and bass, an instrument also played by his manager Mark
Rosner. Mark is the force behind Rosner Management Services, a
company disrupting the North American music scene
). Bazinet says, “the expert guidance...I receive from Mark is
Mark Rosner Rosner Management Services
Mark's impact on so many music careers indicates that he too is
living out a vocation that had its origin in Christian musician.
Albeit a vocation that is different than he and others might have
predicted. When he first entered the industry as a member of a
Christian rock band, it was to touch people's lives through music.
Now he manages musicians from many genres; in fact his clients
include people who routinely take open and direct aim at
Christianity. Somehow he manages to unify this motley crew. He
company as a 'mini-world' with it's own eco system that mirrors life
and gives him an opportunity to help and direct people in their
lives, provided they are open to it.
Rosner encourages Christian
artists to be original, noting that “art is about expression.”
He is also clear that talent is
essential for success in music, but notes that if talented people
don't have ethics and integrity to accompany their talent, he can
spot that quickly and will move on from those artists. He admits
there can be conflicts between people based on values. In addressing
these issues he says, “...I always try to educate first. If that
doesn't work, I exercise as much tolerance as I can, but only to a
On the point of values Bazinet
says, “...When my Christian values have been challenged it's those
same Christian values, my faith, that has seen me through.” When
playing at venues that challenge his world view he says, “...really
all I can do is hope that the message in the music reaches those
listening on some level.”
not opposed to fame and fortune, these aren't the forces that drive
him. Daryl says, “My goal is to bring my music...my talent... to as
many people as possible....if in some way I can touch people on some
level... I have accomplished something wonderful. Money is often not
a top priority for artists. To help musicians keep body and soul
together, Rosner partners with companies like Sierrasil who fill the
role that patrons of the arts once did. Every time a Sierrasil
customer enters the promocode “DarylBazinet” on
that fan receives a discount and Sierrasil supports this artist in
his vocation. If you've ever thought there should be more Christians
in music, supporting the ones who are there seems like a good way to
ensure more will answer their calling. To find out more about how
Rosner, Bazinet, and other musicians engage the world of music and
business while participating in a just economy visit
Michael Bentley President of Seirrasil
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