A fun exercise
Below are the lyrics of a song I enjoyed on my way into work this morning. Read them (and imagine a relaxed backbeat and lush production) and see if you can discern its purpose.
Is it a secular/pop love song, or is it a worship song? Or both?
The answer: Secular love song. (Frankly, the "magic in your eyes," line should have given it away.) The themes it uses...
- Internal emotions and mysticism ("deep inside, a feeling of wonder")
- Total dedication ("I give you everything")
- Love (no distinction, of course, between eros and agape)
...are common to a large body of popular musics, and by virtue of their overlap with CCM, find their way into 'church' music.
The artist in this case: Shakatak, "Just For You," from Smooth Solos (2002) This is a great (now possibly defunct, I believe) smooth jazz group from the 80s and 90s. I don't know much about them but I do know the music was impeccably produced, listener-friendly, and very smooth.
With some very minor tweaks, this song--including the arrangement and production--would fit in very well with many "contemporary music," programs.