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Other Articles about Music

Written by Paul Race for Creek Don't Rise?

Although this site is targeted to supporters of folk traditions, Americana, and related /a>musical genres, we often come across - or write - articles on other sites that we think you would find interesting. For example, we have a sister site, SchoolOfTheRock.com that targets Worship and Contemporary Christian musicans, but some of the articles we wrote for that site might be of interest to any performing musician. To keep you from having to jump all over the internet, we'll copy such articles here if we can.

Click to learn about our newsletter for acoustic, Americana, folk music and more.Our current list of articles for this site includes:

  • Musician or Wannabe? - Many folks who say they have a "dream" of being a professional musician are really just daydreamers. Do you have the drive, work ethic and commitment you need to distance yourself from the wannabes?

  • How to Give Guitar Lessons - A Humorous Look - Maybe you've tried teaching, or thought about it. This is one person's experience.

  • Did God Really Give Rock & Roll to You? - The background that every contemporary, folk, pop, rock, blues, jazz, or musical theatre musician should know.

  • Are You a "Brand Bigot"? - What do musicianship and name brand instruments have to do with each other? If you remove prejudice and bragging rights from the equation, not as much as you might think.
Also, check out our Acoustic Instrument Primers for articles that don't quite fit here, but may be of interest, including:

Other Resources

Our sister site SchoolOfTheRock.com, which is targeted more toward Worship and CCM music, does include more articles about music in general that you may find interesting, including:

  • A Brief History of Contemporary Christian Music - People prefer to hear the Gospel, come to Christ, serve Christ, and read their Bibles in their own language. Strange as it may seem to some folks, music itself is a language. In fact, to Baby Boomers and subsequent generations, music became "The language," the lingua franca through which they communicated all of the concepts, attitudes, dreams, and visions that they held most dear. Though this seems clear to many growing evangelical churches today, it wasn't always so. Read more.

  • Can you Worship the Lord on the Flutophone? - Worried about drums or guitars in church? Learn how all ?the major classes of musical instruments we use today . . . all descended from the 3000-year-old instruments mentioned in Psalm 150: brass, woodwinds, strings, and percussion.? Read more.

  • CCM Artist links - A supplement to our article on the history of Contemporary Christian Music, including links to representative songs, artist websites, and historical references. Read more.

Creek Don't Rise? is operating as a part of Breakthrough Communications?, the communication company started by writer and musician Paul Race in 1995. We are not a non-profit agency, although Paul and other individuals affiliated with Creek Don't Rise? have worked with non-profit regional educational, musical, and theatrical organizations for many years.

If you are interested in contributing content, asking questions, sponsoring a concert, or sponsoring a reading or production of our play, please contact us for more detailed information, for reading copies of the script, song demos, etc.


Paul Race playing a banjo. Click to go to Paul's music home page.Whatever else you get out of our pages, I hope you come away with some great ideas for "sharing the joy."

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