My Guilty Pleasure: Petra

I know that a few of you, my online friends, are musicians or at least knowledgeable about music. So perhaps I am about to embarrass myself.

I love Petra.

They are a late 80s/early 90s Christian rock band, and somehow all of the singers on the band seem to be tenors (I like that, too). I don’t know. Maybe my taste is bad, but I just love their music. I listened to it — and actually worshipped to it — a lot in high school.

In the 90s, I had the album below (Unseen Power) on cassette tape. The cover bore a picture of a white, power-generating windmill against a clear blue sky (because unseen power, get it?). The upshot was that I was listening to this song, In the Likeness of You (Psalm 17:15), back then in circumstances exactly like the ones I’m in now: in the middle of an Idaho winter, when the landscape is severe and almost monochromatic, but the distant horizons draw your eye to their ethereal beauty … not unlike the soaring harmonies of Petra. And the song has the exact same effect on me now as it did then.

So here they are, in all their shaggy-mullet glory. Enjoy.

2 thoughts on “My Guilty Pleasure: Petra

  1. Was this the band that went mainstream in the 90’s to “promote a good message” instead of being Christ centered? I only remember that happening because our gym teacher at the time would play whatever band it was during our PE and he was wicked disappointed when they went mainstream. But I can’t remember the name of the band 😀

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    1. I’m actually not super informed about that scene, but I don’t think that was Petra.
      Maybe it was Pray For Rain (PFR)? I know they had a crossover hit, “Flood.”
      And Newsboys used to be great, IMO, and then they got involved with the God’s Not Dead franchise and … brrrr.

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