Sometimes I feel like a huge hypocrite playing rock music in church. I start thinking, well, where did this style come from? From rock and roll. And what is a LOT of rock and roll about? Sex, drinking, drugs, etc. etc. We all cut our teeth on this music. It's where we got a lot of our licks. But, you could say that about any musical style so I try not to think about it too much. I do not like incorporating such blatant songs into church settings but some people think it's okay and I will be lenient and say different strokes for different folks. Heck, the pastor used an IPad last Sunday and that's not a totally, 100% "Christian-approved, church-only" appliance.
I sat in at another church recently and we did "Free Ride" but a Christian band had covered it on their CD so that was supposed to make it okay I guess. However....I've played the lick from "Honky Tonk Women" on church songs and I sometimes play the entire solo from "Who's Cryin' Now?" by Journey when we play "Oh How He Loves Us".......it works though you're going from a 4 feel to 6. My son is the only one who has ever noticed. Notes are notes and most people never know where a lick comes from. But, at least for now I draw a distinction between notes and actual songs. There are a finite number of notes and only so many ways to combine them to make pleasing sounds. I guess we all have to decide where our line will be drawn.