–> Morning Joy is the name of a . . .

. . . Christian Blues Band being planned for the near future. This page gives some details about what it might look like when it finally happens.

Mission Statement

Morning Joy will attempt, through the vehicle of blues, to portray the human need for salvation and the path to salvation through Jesus Christ.

What is a Christian Blues Band?

Let’s dissect this. A Christian Band would be a group of musicians who use music as a vehicle for communicating the gospel of Jesus Christ to an audience. And a Blues Band is a group that plays music that is (at least primarily) in the blues genre. So a Christian Blues Band would be a group of musicians who use blues-based music for communicating the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Isn’t that a contradiction in terms?

Why would that be the case? First, blues is not totally a “woe is me, nobody knows the trouble” kind of music. And then, consider this passage from Isaiah (ch 53 vs 5 – KJV): “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” If Christ didn’t understand the blues, didn’t live the blues, then nobody has.

I thought the Blues is a “Down and Out” genre. You mean it isn’t?

The blues runs the gamut of human emotion. Plain and simple.

–> Some Specifics About Morning Joy

Morning Joy is planned as a musical group that shows a wide range of the human condition and how Jesus fits into all of that. From down and out to up and over, Jesus cares what happens to us, and the Holy Spirit walks by our side at the lowest points of our existence and the highest points, convicting and encouraging us along the way.

Where does the name come from?

Psalm 30, verse 5 (KJV): “For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favor is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”

Are all the songs going to be “the blues” in the purest sense?

No. We are not blues purists or elitists. We enjoy listening to and playing the blues. But we enjoy other genres as well and those influences are bound to creep in.

But all the songs will be blatantly Christian, right?

Once again, no. We have life without Christ before we have life with him.

Then how do you get the Christian message across?

By painting a picture of where we’ve been, and where we’ve come to, and where we’re going.

OK, mister. You’ve asked all the questions and given all the answers. How can I comment on all of this?

Post on our wall.