Senior Honors Theses

Publication Date

2013

School

College of Arts and Sciences

Major

Interdisciplinary Studies

Primary Subject Area

Music

Keywords

Songwriting, Cross-over, Swift, Switchfoot, Music

Disciplines

Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture | Composition | Liturgy and Worship | Music

Abstract

A cross-over song has been defined as a song written by a Christian artist aimed at a mainstream audience. An understanding of the core principles of cross-over songs and their relevance in contemporary culture is essential for Christian songwriters. Six albums marked by spiritual overtones or undertones, representing a broad spectrum of contemporary cross-over music, were examined. Selected songs were critiqued by analyzing the album of origin, lyrical content, author’s expressed worldview, and level of commercial success. Renaissance art also provided a historical parallel to modern day songwriting. Recommendations were developed for Christian songwriters to craft songs with greater effectiveness to impact the culture while adhering to a biblical worldview.

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