A couple questions

I just got back from having lunch with my good friend, and fellow Square Peg, Randall Goodgame. We went to the ever-popular, though slightly over-rated, Copper Kettle and had a great time. We're going to get together tomorrow to do some writing as well, which I'm looking forward to.

I briefly mentioned this yesterday, but I'd like to pick your brains a little, if possible. For the next two months I'm really spending a bulk of my time writing songs. I'll be writing for myself, for the new Caedmon's record, and also for my publishing company, which pitches songs to CCM artists.

Now here's what I'm curious about. I've never hid the fact that "christian music" makes me terribly uncomfortable. I still have yet to fully understand why I ended up here, besides it being the place I was led to. I've been struggling with it more and more, probably because I've bene listening to more "christian" radio listening for models as I write for these artists. I won't lie. There is a huge disconnect between most of what I hear and what I believe to be the Gospel. And I know a lot of you feel that way, too.

So my question to you is this, WITHOUT bashing CCM, which can be sort of knee-jerk, what do you want to hear in "christian" music? Do you listen to "christian" radio? If so, can you share with us why? Why do you think there is this disconnect, and what do I do, as a writer who can only get his songs recorded if they strike a chord with the artists, labels, radio folks, etc... who are responsible for what you're already hearing?

It's not that I don't have ideas of what to write about, it's that I wonder whether my ideas are just what I want to hear and not what is really needed. Are there topics you feel should be addressed? What about the Gospel of Jesus is comforting to you? After a hard day, what makes you seek encouragement?

Thanks for your input on this. I just need to hear from some people who don't necessarily live in Nashville and have a job related to this question.