Well, I honestly didn’t mean to go any further with the All Saved Freak Band thing until I decided to try to see if I could find a song on YouTube and got suddenly re-immersed into a dazzling display of funky, pure, unadulterated, raw Jesus Music of the early 1970s.
This was before Christian music was contemporary and Christian radio played it.
Before tours and contracts,
Before careers and airplay,
Before Perrier in the dressing room,
Before Christian promoters, producers, and roadies,
Before Christian busses and semis and record execs,
Before Christian was an adjective,
Before worship was music,
Before Moral was a Majority and Christian was a Coalition,
Before Christian became politics,
Before we knew what we were doing… there was Jesus music.
Jesus music was rough and unruly. It was offensive. It was locked out of most churches and happening on the street. No one asked; they just did it. Musicians were preachers and preachers were evangelists. And freaks got saved.
There was no plan. There were no credentials. There was the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit was a little wild.
This wasn’t premeditated, packaged or marketed. There was no strategy. This was people getting plugged into Jesus and plugging in their guitars. It wasn’t perfect. It was raw. It was what a revolution is like.
But then again you had to have been there.
Make no mistake: this is not nostalgia. This is to ask the question: “What could happen now?”
For a real treat, and to see what I mean, enjoy “Daughter of Zion” by the All Saved Freak Band.