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To See You Happy: Experimental Christianity Leaves Us Hanging

Ed. Note: As they are designed to, these "What's In a Names" get a little fanciful sometimes. There is in fact no church on Phillippine Street - in fact, there is no Phillipine Street in Houston at all, though there is one in Jersey Village - and Joshua Littleton is still very much on this Earth. The poem "To See You Happy" is real. Our apologies to To See You Happy for any confusion.

It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off we're trying to find meaning in the oddest monikers.

It started out so well. We found To See You Happy through the Super Happy Fun Land calendar, and in addition to having a name that made us what to explore its origins we were thoroughly digging the first experimental Christian music we've ever heard.

Not to start a holy war or anything, but working in a sheet-music store, you really come to hate the question, "Do you sell Christian music?" It always leads you down a road of endless covers, slight tweaks, and half-remembered hymns and never to anything with an original voice. So it's nice to hear someone really tackle sacred music from a road less traveled.

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Jef Rouner (not cis, he/him) is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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