language alert, just in case.
Wenatchee The Hatchet has intermittently tried to explain that for people who were never actually part of the early Mars Hill scene it's very difficult to convey that there was almost an artist/musician community/commune vibe to the place. Jeff's more capable of conveying that sense than Wenatchee The Hatchet, particularly in this lengthy podcast interview. For Jeff it was the punk/new wave/indie rock scene and Mars Hill was kind of a space where people with evangelical backgrounds who had arts and music interests that didn't fit the "normal" could fit in. For Wenatchee The Hatchet it was being into anime and liking films by Miyazaki and Satoshi Kon and also being into classical music but not always the kind of classical music that people listen to for fun.
What's funny is that while Zac and Jeff thought The Shining was super scary when I saw it I was in my early 20s and was already listening to Bartok and Penderecki and Ligeti and Messiaen for fun. So my gut reaction to Kubrick's film was "This movie is actually pretty boring ... but the soundtrack is amazing!" And then there's adoring the string quartets of Haydn but, anyway, if you want to listen to a long podcast that I think goes a long way to explaining the music side of the culture that was once MH it would be difficult to find someone better than Jeff to explain the early scene. Here's hoping more people who were part of the music scene at Seattle and also part of Mars Hill may share their stories moving forward. It would go a long way to being able to share with people who were never at Mars Hill that while Mark Driscoll was at times able to be a catalyst in a scene he was a catalyst as much or more than an integral participant in the musical scene that was a significant early attraction for those who joined MH.
I could try to get into the cinephile side of the early scene but to do that would require the overdue and inevitable review of Cinemagogue, which is seriously overdue.