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Mormons Who Rock the Music Industry

Jamie Lawson Armstrong - July 02, 2014

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In an industry known for partying hard, "Mormon rock star" might seem like an oxymoron--but not for these Church members who are rocking the music scene! Check out these rock 'n' roll celebrities who are also LDS.

Kaskade

Mormons Who Rock the Music Industry: Kaskade

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Ryan Raddon, aka Kaskade, is probably the hottest music phenom you've never heard of. In 2011 the New York Times declared the Grammy-nominated DJ/music producer the "new face of electronic dance music." This faithful Church member and father of three married his wife, Naomi, after serving his mission in Japan. Kaskade fills stadiums all over the world and commands a salary of more than $200,000 per night. Yes, you read that right.

Mormons Who Rock the Music Industry: Kaskade

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bskia said...

12:52 PM
on Jul 02, 2014

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I wish some of these people wouldn't identify themselves as Mormon. It would also be nice if articles like this wouldn't take so much pleasure in appearing to laud their profiles, just because they're Mormon. For me, many of them have crossed over to the dark side -- almost to the perverse. With their skills and talent, I wonder why they can't come up with more motivating and uplifting messages to their music. A lot of it is just drab and dreary. I think they could do much better. It appears they love dancing on the edge of the cliff. Pied Pipers, the lot of them. Not all of them and not every song. But, why any of them and why any of their songs? I'm not looking for another Donny Osmond. Sorry Donny. You're a nice guy, but those days are over. I am looking for some grit to a good challenge. Tell me a gut wrenching story about the Atonement! Overcoming the odds! Beating the darkness out of you! Can you not sing about higher standards in a compelling way? Of course you can! Stay away from the edge. And, to those who live and love this music, don't be pied to the edge with them. The music is fine. The messages are wanting.

brix09 said...

01:18 PM
on Jul 02, 2014

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@bskia "Lds living" is a church magazine, and perhaps there's something to be learned by them spotlighting a group such as this. Posts like you just made are prime examples of the harm of Mormon culture. Sadly, it's also why many in society see us as self righteous, close minded, bigotous people. There is no room for that in the church, it only serves to alienate. Love one another and don't judge. We should be embracing our brothers and sisters, even those with different beleifs, and welcoming them with open arms. We should encourage and applaud the efforts of all those who are striving, where ever they may be on their journey, so that they may know their value (which, by the way,is no greater or less than your own). That, to me, is the point of this article. I applaud them for following their dreams, where ever their journey may take them, and also doing their best to hold close to their beliefs. They have more courage than most, and that is worth celebrating.

mtgmbs6 said...

05:46 PM
on Jul 02, 2014

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OOPS YOU FORGOT to mention Mersi Stone. They are a fantastic group from Nashville Tenn. I know them and have always admired their music. Give a listen! You will be so happy you did! https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/mersi-sone-ep/id894586506 Look up Mersi Stone on Facebook to like their site.

mtgmbs6 said...

05:46 PM
on Jul 02, 2014

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https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/mersi-sone-ep/id894586506

mp3_aficionado said...

06:00 PM
on Jul 02, 2014

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@brix09 You are too kind. Thank you for carefully articulating what I might say in a much more offensive and "bull in a china closet" manner. The holier than thou attitude of the previous poster is precisely why I will never live in Utah again -- too many self-righteous and judgmental folks. Were there more folks like brix09, the LDS church wouldn't have to work so hard with its public relations dollars. Well said! And thanks!

bgtaylor4 said...

03:05 AM
on Jul 03, 2014

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Not sure what the term "rocking" the world means. Popular music? Inside but largely outside the church? Then include Brooke White, David Archuleta and the extremely popular Lindsey Stirling as well as the Piano Guys.

max494 said...

07:32 AM
on Jul 03, 2014

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@bskia, what brix09 said....and mp3_aficionado too! BTW, mp3: although I agree wholeheartedly with the reason to NOT live in Utah, you find one (at least) in every ward where ever you go. We should all take a lesson in self righteousness, perhaps weekly... Now for my REAL comment... @bskia: ARE YOU KIDDING?!?!? You have to be pulling someone's leg here. If you really feel that way then you've got some real hangups dude. Just saying. I personally am thrilled at the variety of music! David Archeletta aside, I think this article was trying to 1. Use DA as a catalyst to discuss others who are successfully rocking the same world, and 2. Deflecting a bit of attention away from DA so he can come home from the world he just experienced and try to resume his life. It was hard enough re-acclimating after the mission. Can you imagine coming back to what he is returning to...at his age? Anyway, to sum this all up, I think for anyone who has grown up in the church (particularly Utah) at many points in your life you, as an individual, you may feel like you're living in a very "cookie cutter" world. I'm happy the church strives to deflate the folk lore of labels. ROCK ON!

lankimanc said...

02:47 PM
on Jul 03, 2014

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I LOVE electronic dance music! It isn't so big in the US, so to some may seem radical and edgy, but it's mainstream tunes in Europe. Rarely, if ever, are there lyrics, it's just a good tune to dance to. And dancing is awesome! I'm European and now live in the US. I'm completely active in the church and dedicated to serving The Lord. There are no issues with this music and being a true servant of The Lord. I'm thrilled this article has been written because it emphasizes that you don't have to live a lifestyle of debauchery to enjoy good music; it gives hope to many many people. Thanks LDS Living.

bskia said...

02:34 AM
on Jul 04, 2014

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My apologies for this long comment and for any spelling mistakes or grammatical errors. @mp3_aficionado: Just to be clear. I don't live in Utah. I don't even live in the United States. Sounds like a few of you might be suffering from a "Holier Than Thou" issue yourselves. People in Utah are... What was that again? Not as good as you? Wow! That's a rather vitriolic blanket statement, full of all sorts of "read between the lines" sentiments. You don't have to agree with me, but you most assuredly don't have enough information about me to accuse me of being self righteous, close minded or being a bigot from one simple partial opinion. (By the way, bigotous hasn't been established as a word, yet. At least not anywhere I've looked. But, it works. Keep using it and it might catch on.) I find name calling is usually used when someone doesn't have any substance in defence of their opinion. Here's some substance to mine. I offer it up because it appears people can draw the wrong conclusion to my thoughts, if they haven't actually seen the videos or heard the songs of the bands I'm referring to. Let me dedicate this list to you, brix009 and max494, since they seem to share the same viewpoint as you do. As I said previously, just so the point doesn't get lost, not every song by every band is bad. I hope that's clear. I hope you don't misunderstand what I'm saying here. I hope it's so simple it can't be misunderstood or twisted or demonized. I'm not talking about musical tastes. I'm a music lover. There aren't many types of music I don't like. I've even found good rap songs, a category of music generally saturated in filth. It's not the music! It's the message! AND, IT'S THE PORTRAYAL OF THE MESSAGE! I've seen great songs with terrific messages portrayed in a video that's extremely disheartening and betrays the beauty of the song. You can't tell me you haven't seen that, as well. So, here's a couple of examples of what I'm referring to. 1. Kaskade - Atmosphere (official video): This video is riddled with provocative and scantily clad young women, some of them wearing less than a Ventura Beach swimming suit (read: bikini; string; thread). Much of the dancing is blatantly suggestive and clearly not conducive to even the most liberal standard of modesty. It's not just the young women. One fellow is seen stripping his shirt off. Most inappropriate. Modesty isn't just for girls. Would that be a dance you'd allow your children to attend. If you have any, I doubt it. Another young man is adorned with two bright and attractive earrings. Not clip ons, either. Church standards? Hardly. Now this may be over the top, but it can't be ignored. Along with a host of other obvious violations of good taste, the main character stands above a crazed crowd bathed in light appearing as though he were in the throws of being worshipped. The humble fellow raises his hands like a saviour of sorts and falls into his worshippers raised hands who handle his sacrificed body in a similitude of what really took place. Weird, right? See what you can come up with? 2. The Killers - When You Were Young: This one really pains me. I so like Brandon Flowers, but I'm torn over this video, which is clearly overly sensual. It's just too vivid in it's portrayal of adultry. I don't think a bed ever needs to be in a music video unless it's a baby crib. Brandon is such a good musician and such a nice guy. But, they're all nice folks. I'd just like to see them stay away from the sexually arousing displays of infidelity. 3. Panic! At The Disco - Girls/Girls/Boys: YIKES! Really????!!!! A video of a totally nude man. Forget the message even! What could anyone say that would suggest this is a great ensign for Mormonism? 4. Neon Trees - Animal / Sleeping with a friend: Neon Trees has a number of songs, these two being prime examples, with lyrics deliberately vague enough to be read by both sides of the line, seemingly to garner the broadest base of fans they can. It just smacks of deceipt. It makes one suspicious of their motives. Nice people, though. The sad thing about this list is, LDSLiving should have spent ten minutes researching the images these bands are putting out there and compare the persona of these bands to the standards of the Gospel, before giving them a standing ovation. If they had considered some of what I've recognized, there's no way this article would have been written with the angle they chose. It may have not been written at all. Anyone who thinks these people are doing The Saviour a favour, needs to think again. I'm pretty certain He would rather we use our talents, which all of these groups clearly possess, to draw people to Him and not to themselves or inadvertently off course into Satan's domain. I've never seen such an array of fence straddlers as these groups. Get over your blindness to that fact. There are so many Christian bands out there doing more for Mormonism than any of these bands have done. They're actually using the Light of Christ to prepare people for the greater light. That of the Holy Ghost. Again, I hope they don't hold themselves out as ambassadors of the Church and I hope you stop giving them a pass just because they have a membership number. Or, even a Temple Recommend. Disclaimer: In case you think this makes me one who thinks he's "holier than thou" let me assure you I'm not. I'm riddle with my own sins and I'm fighting desperately to overcome them. Nothing I care to divulge here. If we were in the same ward, I'll guess we would be great friends. And, I'm guessing, or at least hoping, you have tremendous testimony. Maybe I can hear it sometime. By the way, I live in Canada. I'm a harmonica player, a father of eight, and i'm a Mormon.

simplyjohn said...

03:18 PM
on Jul 04, 2014

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Whether it be the Tabernacle Choir or Saints that rock, I say go for it and fun! And so it goes...

bskia said...

10:55 PM
on Jul 04, 2014

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simplyjohn, go for what, exactly? Be specific. Open ended comments like that are so frustrating. They sound clever, but they're meaningless unless you provide some context. Are you saying that no matter what, anything goes? Where do you draw the line? Is there a line?

bskia said...

11:09 PM
on Jul 04, 2014

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Do you really think music videos are harmless when they're peppered with immoral undertones and suggestive overtones? Is music neutral ground between good and evil; are music videos a place both sides can meet, sing and dance without being influenced one way or the other and it's all just innocent fun? You're seriously deceived if you think so.

drew1house said...

01:26 AM
on Jul 05, 2014

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bskia, Look, what you are saying is akin to saying none of us should like football or glorify LDS members who play it on a professional level due to the fact that it is a game that is played on Sunday by athletes who have chosen to pursue mammon by playing a game that violates the sabbath if you choose it as a profession. Yet Steve Young is held up as a huge example by the church as is Austin Collie and Ezekiel Ansah etc. Great roll models for our kids. Yes, we try to he a little more careful as mormons. I try to avoid working on Sunday though my career traditionally requires it. These artists do not absolutely control their careers. To a degree they are hired by the industry who do have some expectations of them that may not totally fall in line with what the first presidency would choose were they filming the videos or writing the songs themselves (these are not Afterglow type artists, they are Rock Stars who are LDS). That being said they do say "no" and do draw lines that non-LDS artists would not even recognize as lines. Understand that despite The Killers offensive video... Brandon Flowers was asked to do an "I am a mormon" video AFTER the video you referenced was made. Elane from Neon Trees "I am a Mormon" video came out a week after "Sleeping with a Friend" was released. If the church was super embarrassed by her behavior they probably would have chosen not to affiliate. There are a bunch of artists who used to be Mormon who are not referenced here as the magazine cannot vouch for their example setting any more. Jewell, The kid from the Used who's dad was a stake president though he left the church pretty young. James Valentine from Maroon 5, and Win Butler from Arcade Fire was raised LDS but is no longer a TBM though his brother who is in the band, Will still attends I believe. Then, there is a guy in Jimmy Eat World who no longer is active. They forgot the guy from Dishwalla who is still active but probably was not included as they have not released anything in a while. And if I had written it I would have included Scott and Brendo who are up and coming from Orem/Provo. Just YouTube their name for a ton of kind of 90's, fun dancy throw back hip hop/rap that is totally clean. They are a YouTube sensation and will be signed and will be HUGE eventually. Take a chill pill... I am happy that there are some LDS people having an influence in an industry that I love... and have since I was a kid attending stake dances in the 1980's. What would your preference be... These guys never identify as LDS so as not to bring shame on the church and confusion to our poor kids?

bskia said...

04:48 AM
on Jul 05, 2014

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I've often worked unwillingly on the Sabbath. However, working on the Sabbath has its workarounds. Immorality doesn't. There's no workaround for vulgarity or infidelity or promiscuity. The Church discourages working on the Sabbath, but they don't condemn it outright. You can't lose your Temple Recommend of working on the Sabbath. Working Sundays can't always be avoided or controlled. But, the morality of songs and how they are displayed in videos can be fully governed. They absolutely can be. You have your agency. If artists don't have control, they need to change professions. I would never sign a contract with an agency without first knowing or agreeing to how they were going to market my music and what type of character I would be seen as. Those things are all in the contract. You know that going in. If you agree to anything that limits your control, you have signed away your agency. To say a musician doesn't have any control is like saying a drunkard isn't responsible for killing someone behind the wheel of a car. He is absolutely and ultimately responsible because he made choices before ever taking his first drink, when he was sober, that led to the sorry outcome. He ignored the promptings, the signs, the council, the common sense. If these artists are getting themselves into something they have little or no control over, they need to get out now or avoid it altogether. I'm not buying the control issue. I've been in and involved with nearly every aspect of the media for over fourty years. Radio. TV. Movies. Recording Studios. I've never seen anyone give up something they didn't want to give up, unless they were being lied to and deceived. And, if they have been deceived, there are courts in just about every country on earth that can help them get out of it. I hope your comment wasn't a dig on the First Presidency. I don't think you'll find a prude in any one of them. But, they do know where to draw the lines. Pardon me. They know where God has drawn the lines. You say these artists are Rock Stars who are LDS. Wouldn't it be better if they were LDS first. First and foremost. It sounds like you're giving them a pass, too. It's not alright to portray scenes of immorality because you're a Rock Star. LDS or not! (drew1house: What would your preference be... These guys never identify as LDS so as not to bring shame on the church and confusion to our poor kids?) Yes! Aboslutely, YES! Unless they are abiding by their covenants and avoiding the very appearance of evil, I say yes. Stop dressing up like Mammon and expecting our youth to want anything other than what their so called Idols give them. (Speaking of Idols...) I totally understand how you feel. I've shaken my head a thousand times wondering why the Afterglow type groups even exist. Who keeps telling these people they're any good? But, someone relates to them. I certainly don't. Their market is extremely limited. Their impact is basically nil outside the realm of moms who pick their Beehives and Mia Maids music for them. And, I've asked myself time and again, "What are they missing?!" What's the difference between the colloquial LDS homegrown artist and a Bono. Where are the LDS versions of Peter Frampton, Sting or The Decembrists? Where's our Freddie Mercury, Beyonce, Mariah, Whitney or Elton John? I don't know! Until we start connecting with our own story and our own pain, and stop trying to tell a rehash of the world's stories, we're not going to find them. We'll never have them. The World's artists sing about what they know. There's a pain in their voice. They have a story to tell. Well, we have a story, too. But, we haven't been able to tap into it. At least not with the David Clayton Thomas grit of Blood, Sweat and Tears. So, we keep prostituting ourselves by singing someone else's story. And, immorality isn't our story! IMMORTALITY IS! Immorality may be where some of us have come from, but we've turned our back on it and we need to leave it behind, not drag it along with us. Bring your pain, but sing a new song. A grander song, with more power and more daring than the world has ever seen. LIke those four boys that won Britain's Got Talent. Stunning! Until they started talking, of course. Until I heard them talk, I was praying they were Saints. That's what I'm hoping to see us do on the world stage. We need to sing with a power and intensity and a message that cannot be mistaken for anyone else's story. That's what I expect from an LDS Artist.

bskia said...

04:59 AM
on Jul 05, 2014

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Sorry. Five boys. Collabro. Winners of Britain's Got Talent 2014

matnjam said...

10:40 AM
on Jul 05, 2014

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Wow most of yall are pretty rude to each other with these comments. Try loving one another more and be greatful for what we have and who we are as Mormons, it's awesome to see what other Mormons are doing out in the real world and not hiding that there Mormon , unfortunately thats what we are kinda taught is to hide it, I will be honest I am far from perfect, when I'm amongst a group of people talking and I say that I'm Mormon, afterwards a couple of people hang after the crowd leaves and say that there Mormons I kinda hate that they come out of the woodwork... But I take it in stride, I'm greatful to hear about my fellow brothers and sisters out there, Steve Young QB for the 49ers (retired), Ty detmer QB Green Bay (retired), jet blue airlines CEO ( not sure if he still is) and lets not forget our first presidency quorum of the 12 and 70 and all that have served in callings and missions!! I've come across some great Mormons out there, ive had friends come across Steve young in the Oakland temple. So thank you kaskade for sharing your story.... Kaskade makes me think of the cascade mountain rage where I used to live...

drew1house said...

12:23 PM
on Jul 05, 2014

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Well bskia... You at least seem to have thought through your position a little more thoroughly than you did in your first post. I have to say. I am LDS and I disagree with you. I suppose you also disagree with the decision for the church to ask these participants to film their 'I am a mormon" videos. From what I see your presumption is they missed the fact that those existed when the request was made? Or the church leadership are making mistakes letting these poor examples be set up as examples? Again. I disagree. I loved the article and hope to see more of these. This is not the Ensign... They have their own web page. This magazines focus is LIVING as and among LDS people. I love reading about others who share my faith and realize that they are each human and have their own struggles. It is affirming... Gives me hope...

bskia said...

01:58 PM
on Jul 05, 2014

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Stick with me. I have a summary to all this at the end. But first, matnjam, I'm sorry you think we're being rude to each other. I'm not finding any rudeness here. You can't take offence if none is intended. I don't think anyone is being rude to me because they're expressing their opionion. One very difficult thing to do in reading quick posts like these is to hear them. So much is conveyed in speech that is lost in writing like inflections, tones of voice, and verbal emphases. I applaud people who can write and make themselves understood without giving offence. As a reader, based on one's own bias, you will always read into comments things that are not there. People generally read defensively as though an enemy is attacking them which wouldn't be the case in a conversation. Usually. I'm not taking offence to anything anyone has said so far. It's their opinion. I just don't agree. I have very specific ideas about what's happening here, but it's too complex to detail in a quick and simple post. drew1house, I didn't think through my position more thoroughly. I just tried to articulate it more thoroughly because I saw how people were missing some of my points. That's where I realized you can't just post an opinion without substantiating it. Very difficult to do. As I alluded to already, this discussion would be far better as an in person conversation. Just like music, a person's voice can carry a far deeper meaning or message. One of my many callings is as a writer for the Church in Canada. After spending an inordinate amount of time on an article, the editors begin shredding it. Did I mean this or did I mean that? It drives me insane sometimes, especially when I thought I was being so careful and so clear. They tear it apart and reconstruct it in an attempt to manifest the best of the original meaning. We all know what we're trying to say, but we have to write it as though no one knows us or where we're coming from so when it's read we make certain they can't pick it apart. But, we still don't accomplish that in every case. Off the cuff writing like we're doing here is often misunderstood because we can't take weeks to work through and clarify our thoughts. For that very reason, this article would NEVER have been allowed on lds.org or any of its world wide country versions. Because LDSLiving is an "at arms length" entity it is not directly affiliated with the Church nor is it subject to the same scrutiny. I have no idea why. That's an article unto itself. And, so back to the topic we've been discussing. LDS bands that appear to publicly present images opposing that of Church doctrine, is a wildly fascinating subject in need of an extensive amount of research. I'd like to know why so many members are drawn to the flame of fame to such a degree that they would lay down their morals to achieve it while at the same time grasping onto their Temple Recommends. It's only my opinion based on my observations. It's been a great discussion. Thanks for your sentiments. It's been a real eye opener. Here's my summary: Would you proudly play that video for the Saviour in hopes He'd be proud of you for representing Him so well with all the skills and talents and abilities Heavenly Father blessed you with? I hope you don't just flippantly answer that before you give it some serious thought.

jjenks1288 said...

12:57 PM
on Jul 15, 2014

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@bskia, wow! really? since you clearly fancy yourself the intellectual superior to everyone posting here, please define "Narcissist" and tell me if it applies to you. I certainly think it does, because you are clearly working from a perspective that would imply that anyone here is interested in the pious, self indulgent novel that you just posted on here. Your ego is blaring through these posts with such a blinding glare that no one can hear what you're saying. You pretend that your objective with this never ending rant is to clarify your position and be understood, when it is clear your real motivation is simply to be heard and position yourself as everyone's intellectual superior. And for the record, I would much rather read someone's short, "flippant" post and ponder its implications, if there are any to be found, than read through the self indulgent b.s. that you are posting. If people post things that hold no value for you, i would suggest you disregard it, rather than make it your mission to let them know that you are smarter than they are. I would also suggest that you push yourself away from the computer and dust off those scriptures and see if you can find some humility in there. You are clearly lacking it in abundance.

stanley7 said...

11:47 PM
on Jul 27, 2014

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Dear Readers I tend to not write comments, however I can take the criticism I might take by this comment I post, but I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. And yes I live in Utah, I have lived in other places of the continent as well and there are wonderful people all over, we are all brother and sisters in Christ, we should all be united in the cause of Proclaiming the gospel and redeeming the dead. I love this article by Elder Cook https://www.lds.org/new-era/2013/03/dont-wear-masks?lang=eng Maybe we all need to be reminded of this, may God bless you all as you live the gospel, and help others just as Christ would.

zehnwaters said...

10:49 PM
on Aug 05, 2014

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jjenks1288 The hypocrisy...it stings.

sonflowermama said...

03:10 PM
on Aug 10, 2014

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@bskia Thank you - I appreciate what you are saying. And I agree with you. So much, that this is the first time I have left a comment. As a disciple of Christ, I am committed to stand as a witness of Christ in all things and in all places. We are asked to not only raise the bar and live up to it, but warn our neighbor. I see you as doing this. When I showed my 15 year old "Hey look! Neon Trees Ms. Bradley is LDS" and he said, "Have you see the video 'Sleeping With a Friend' "? all I could say was, "Wow son! Glad you questioned it. It shows me that your sensors are tracking well." He wasn't condemning her. There is a big distinction between condemning and judging. And he judged this song righteously.

barbarahman said...

02:32 AM
on Aug 24, 2014

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@bskia, thank you. Your brave comments reminded me of: "...those who are built up to become popular in the eyes of the world, and those who seek the lusts of the flesh and the things of the world, and to do all manner of iniquity...are they who need fear..." Some of the backlash reminded me of: "...they were in the attitude of mocking and pointing their fingers towards those who had come at and were partaking of the fruit." Let's despise the shame of the world, for, "...they who have...despised the shame of [the world]...shall inherit the kingdom of God...". Speaking for myself, I don't despise the worldly--I love them, but I do despise their shame, or in other words, the shameful things that they do. We've all done shameful things, but we should all despise those shameful things, no matter who has done or is doing them. To everyone: Don't forget that the saying, "Love the sinner, but hate the sin." still includes the phrase, "hate the sin". Let's stop being so afraid of offending sinners that we don't hate sin. It's OK to hate sin and keep God-given enmity between us and the devil, because by doing so, we exercise true (and not just a false and outward show of) love for the sinner.

son_of_helaman said...

08:08 PM
on Aug 28, 2014

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bskia, you went too far. It’s obvious that you dislike this type of music and possibly other types of which today’s younger generation is very fond. As you stated at the end of your first comment (didn’t read the others, too long) “the music is fine”, but than earlier called it “drab and dreary”. bskia you remind me of my old man (very old). He hated anything else that wasn’t like country or whatever. In fact some of our general authorities are that old fashion, they are ancients. Or is it that we (it’s not just bskia but more parents) are judging our younger generation because they enjoy jumping, bouncing, jerking and whatever they call nowadays as dancing? My grandmother thought that rock & roll was evil, and my best friend mother thought new age music was unholy. They including you bskia and your friend Donny as you put it “are from those days that are over”. All of us, who are lds, mormons or saints condemn immorality in whatever form. MUSIC IS NOT IMMORAL and has never been. Mother nature with all of its audible cacophony can sometimes produce the most beautiful sounds. Like beauty Music lies in the hearth of the hearer. It is the behavior and the lyrics to the music which can be immoral. Anyone can dance naked while listening to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir or any other more bskia music type. I saw a bit of Kaskade on utube, and I didn’t hear any inappropriate language but however some of the fans were dressed inappropriately. Is this what you are referring to bskia? Then maybe only judge those worldly teens for their immorality not the artist of whom you know absolutely nothing. And if you must judge these few teens, you must also do the same for the entire world. As you already know that’s not how we missionaries are supposed to help the world, but by seeing what’s good in them. This has been repeated over and over at each general conference. Pointing out what’s wrong in others has never been and will never be part of the Savior’s gospel. If the man is guilty of some offence then let his family and his bishop help him. It’s none of our business. “Look at your-self in the mirror” said Elder Russell m. Nelson to us many years back when I was a missionary. We all have something of which we need to repent.

enigma said...

12:19 PM
on Sep 11, 2014

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I think i lost focus on the actual article because I can't believe how long some of these comments are. WOW!

bro.b12 said...

03:50 PM
on Sep 11, 2014

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First, we don't really know anything about these people's lives or what is happening in their hearts. Also, Mormons are not perfect. So why would we keep from celebrating some of the diversity in the membership of our church just because they aren't perfect? They never claimed to be. They show that members of this church are not all cast in the same mold.

vickilynn said...

09:18 PM
on Sep 13, 2014

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All of you knock it off! I'm sure Heavenly Father is not proud of any of you right at this moment! SMH UGH!

brownsugar said...

07:55 AM
on Sep 16, 2014

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I'm not pretending to know everything but much has been said here. At the end of the day they are all individual opinions. Even though we're members of the Church, we are, all of us, still left to "worship God according to the dictates of our own conscience". If one chose to fight immorality that's what his conscience is telling him, if the other fights that we be not judgemental I'm sure it's also his conscience. Popular or not we will be judged with the same Being, the same Being who gave us commandments and leave us to our own obedience wherever our circumstances will lead us. I know these artists know this too, to remind them is good, not to judge them is good also.

brownsugar said...

07:55 AM
on Sep 16, 2014

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I'm not pretending to know everything but much has been said here. At the end of the day they are all individual opinions. Even though we're members of the Church, we are, all of us, still left to "worship God according to the dictates of our own conscience". If one chose to fight immorality that's what his conscience is telling him, if the other fights that we be not judgemental I'm sure it's also his conscience. Popular or not we will be judged with the same Being, the same Being who gave us commandments and leave us to our own obedience wherever our circumstances will lead us. I know these artists know this too, to remind them is good, not to judge them is good also.

woeisye said...

03:09 AM
on Sep 19, 2014

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Great article. Thanks to whoever for the heads up on Jimmy Eat World and Dishwalla, and Mersi Stone. For a list of about 50-60 more LDS rockers, rappers and ravers check out Saints Radio @ LDSaints.com a station (launching Oct 2014) featuring all the aforementioned artists and many more.. Mindy Gledhill, Jess The Facts, The Aquabats, Seve Vs Evan, Th e Moth & The Flame, Late Night Alumni (kaskades band) the list goes on and on on the 'Artists' page.

woeisye said...

03:16 AM
on Sep 19, 2014

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82 Bands or Artists who are or have LDS members in them at Saints Radio @ LDSaints.com. A bakers dozen or so more artists/bands to be added soon.
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