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Breaking Benjamin & the Literary Value of Rock Music

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Grunge, hard rock, alternative rock—whatever it’s designation—doesn’t exactly turn heads in mainstream music. “It’s all the same,” critics say, “It’s dark, depressing, and self-loathing.”

Stereotypes are like cliches; both are easy to reach, the cookie sitting at the top of the jar that everyone picks. Now, the stereotype holds true for some grunge bands, but that mindset skims the surface of what modern rock offers. If a listener invests himself or herself in a band’s lyrics, he or she can scrape the bottom of the barrel and find the harmony of rock. Continue reading Breaking Benjamin & the Literary Value of Rock Music

How Lecrae & Reach Records Made Me a Better Writer

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I know what you’re thinking after reading the title: “Oh great, another Christian fanboy who thinks he’s trendy because he listens to rap.” I couldn’t blame you either. Over the past decade, Lecrae and his lineup of artists at Reach Records (Andy Mineo, Trip Lee, Tedashii, KB, & GAWVI) have appealed to a Christian audience due in part to their intense lyricism, smooth production, and explicit Christian themes. Continue reading How Lecrae & Reach Records Made Me a Better Writer