Welcome to The Ancient Star Song. Here you will find a variety of genres (acid, blues, British beat, country, folk, gospel, honky tonk, jazz, progressive, psychedelic, rock ), from a variety of places around the world, recorded between the mid 60’s and the early 80’s, all with one commonality – the person and work of Jesus Christ. A call to follow Jesus was a central evangelical theme running through these albums. I hope you enjoy the music. If you are new to this site you can see more albums scrolling through our categories page.
Most of this music received very little or no air play on Christian stations. Most toured but to small churches in the local where they resided. This was the beginnings of Contemporary Christian Music as it is known today. A lot of the music was so radical that there was an uproar in the traditional churches of the day, some of which still carries on today. God worked in unbelievable ways and touched lives and brought people to salvation during this time. Yes it was probably one of the most disruptive times in American history with the civil rights and anti-war movements joined by the feminist movement. It is presented here for the glorification of Jesus and so my generation and the present generation might enjoy and find the peace that Jesus offers.
I hope you find this site helpful, informative and above all interesting.
I became a Christian in the mid 1960’s. I purchased about a hundred of these albums when they were first released. I was alone and lonely struggling with life. I would relax listening to the albums and reading the notes on the back of the cover, if the lyrics were found I would read them and other credits as well often found on the record sleeve. Through out my life I have fallen back of the messages found in the lyrics and the gospel message in the bible. A few songs I’ve sung to myself when things have gotten very difficult. One of those songs is “See Ye First” by Karen Lafferty. It has helped me to focus on what is really important, where I need to be looking. Another song is “Charity” by Kenn Gulkikson. It reminds me of what love is and how we are to love one another.
It was also during this period that Calvin Miller wrote “The Singer” which is a wonderful book which is an allegory of Jesus life. Jesus is seen as the Singer, the Troubadour who is the only one who can sing the Ancient Star-Song. It is a book of prose or poetic prose that just seems to flow, yet holds profound truth within it. He does sing the song, the song of love, of God (Earthmaker). It cost His life in the great machine. Where the inhabits of the city walked by and dropped the pebbles (sins) into the hopper that drove the great machine. We all walk by the hopper at the foot of the cross. We all drop our sin on Him, or lay them at his feet. He arises from the dead to touch the lives of those he touched before. He has touched me. Has He touched you? The book seemed to be a part of the message that God was spreading through the music of the day.
Another song that touched me deeply was John Fisher’s “Have You Seen Jesus My Lord?” I searched for meaning in my life. I found that meaning and purpose when I found Jesus. Are you searching for meaning and purpose in your life? This song also reminds me to seek Jesus.
In bad times and in good I’ve sung Pauline M. Mills & Tom Smail’s “Thou Art Worthy” a song of love and worship of my God and Savior Jesus, based on Revelations 4:11. In difficult times it reminds me to praise Him for He alone is worthy. In good times it reminds me to be thankful for everything that He has given to me.
If you haven’t all ready asked Jesus to come into your life. You can do it now, He wants to have a personal relationship with you. Jesus, I am a sinner, I repent of (turn away from) my sins. Please come into my life and begin the process of becoming more like you. I give you my life, use me to your glory. Thank you for what you are about to do. Amen. Ask Him in, before it is too late.