All the Trees of the Field Will Clap Their Hands

by Katherine Adkins

If you’re anything like me, you’re constantly on the lookout for new music. A problem I constantly come across is that a lot of it is simply morally offensive. That may sound prudish, but I like to be uplifted by music, not made to feel like I need to visit a confessional. The genre of “Christian music” can be equally frustrating, because while the lyrics are encouraging, the music itself can be really bad. In light of this, I’ve decided to start tracking my quest for Catholic-friendly music and sharing it on the Baylor Catholic Blog! I hope you find it helpful.

Sufjan Stevens is one of those musicians that I not-so-secretly wish were Catholic. (Yes, I have a mental list of musicians who ought to convert, don’t judge.) I recommend the album Seven Swans if you’re looking for good music with Christian themes. Spin magazine describes it as sounding like “Eliot Smith after 10 years of Sunday school,” and who wouldn’t want to hear that? It’s definitely his most overtly Christian album. In fact, the song “To be Alone with You” is written directly to Christ. The entire album makes great study music if you need background noise that isn’t too distracting. My favorite song from this album is “The Transfiguration.” It refers to—what else?—the transfiguration of Jesus on the mountain, and always remind me of the Eucharist.

Give it a listen here, or check out the whole album on Spotify:

What are some of your favorite Catholic-friendly bands? Are there any musicians out there you wish were Catholic? Leave us an answer in the comments!

Feel free to send music tips or reviews to newmedia@baylorcatholic.org.

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