I'm not commenting to reply or rebuke anything anyones said, so if you read what I wrote with that on your mind you'll miss what I'm saying. I'm simply talking to you like a christian brother and just telling another guitarist about how things are growing in me musically for the Lord's sake. And maybe a little encouragement too
Thats fine. When I picked up guitar I was a Satriani and Vai addict. I used to play like that but as time went on I began to be more interested in the songs as a whole and lately I have had a much more understated style concentrating on song textures and ambience. I will take your comments as a compliment because my main influences as of late have been Coldplay, Delirious, Incubus, and several indie bands. What I would like to get to some day is something along the lines of "heavier" Coldplay" with a more attention grabbing lead guitar. It is the guitar in those bands that draw me to them; so subtle and yet in context they are SO powerful. I love it.
I play worship music with 65 year old ladies at church. I used to be kind of put off by it, but I started to pray for the Lord to use me and he's blessed me by playing with these ladies. also, I started to stop thinking about "my music, my guitar skills, my technique," and started to get my eyes more on Jesus, which is what worship is for. Still have a lot of work for the Lord to do though.
I was like you man, for the last 17 years (from ages 9-26) of playing guitar it's all been about being a cool amazing guitarist. I listened to music with Vai, Satch, Petrucci and all. I also became a big metal head. It's fine to listen to what you want so this isn't about that, but since we're both christians I'll tell you what started to turn me around.
I started studying the Bible more and in the verses about "all glory, honor and praise (Rev4:11)," really got me thinking about what I play and listen to. Who is getting the glory honor and praise? There is a lot of music out there that gives glory, honor and praise to things I don't want to have a part in. So whether or not the instrumentation is amazing I just can't relate any more, if you know what I mean. I started thinking like you did about the song as a whole like you did.
The words started to stand out to me in new ways too. You know, words are important, I used to convince myself they weren't really too important for the music I like, but now it's changed. So I started to get into music that glorifies the Lord and talks about walking with Him. Regardless of the skills of the musicians, (well to a point they have to make coherent music of course). Yeah a lot of Christian music is repetitive, but some of it's genius, and a lot of the songs that I think are inspired by the Holy Spirit are beyond simple audio, if you catch my meaning.
I really got into Thrid Day recently because they aren't ashamed even though they sell millions of records and win awards, and they do write good songs. And I started to realize that christian music maybe doesn't sound so amazing instrumentally because the people are focusing on something besides thier own musical glory or goals. I don't really know, but I want the messages more than anything today. I need them, I don't need any more sex, drugs and rock and roll personally. I don't need songs about cars anymore. Or politics or whatever for that matter. I just want my eyes on Jesus.
Take care bro.