Buddhist thoughts on dating
So we replaced our hymns with new songs, written for solo commercial recordings.
That’s right, we replaced songs created for many voices with songs meant for one or a few.
Most of the music churches are now attempting to sing is instrumentally-driven music in a vernacular style that was written for a solo artist recording.
Replicating that style of music, with its syncopation, affected vocals, aimless melodies, and awkward vocal ranges, is impossible congregational task.
They often embellish their performanced with ad libs, rubato, rhythmic embellishments, and melodic freedom, while the We’ve minimized the congregation’s role. We’ve stopped giving the musicians among us the resources they need to apply their abilities.
We have a rich history of hymns and songs dating back centuries, set to beautiful, singable melodies with a rich harmonic framework, a group to which each generation added their best. Their language was too difficult for us, we said, and it just got in the way of our emotional experience, anyway.
It’s not for the church, it’s for those who aren’t part of the church.
The historic liturgy is out, and the 19th-century revival model is in.
And cover bands are not usually very adept at drawing the song out of a congregation.
I’ve even heard this sad story from my friends in the a cappella tradition.