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i have to find another church . . .
Date: June 11, 2009
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Just to vent, I had an epiphany of a negative sort in church yesterday. I was standing in the bass section of our "Traditional" church choir, not joining in the singing of one of the praise songs for that morning, because the practice of that form of congregational singing makes me so uncomfortable. Ergo, I was trying to concentrate on the actual words being sung, and seeing if I could separate the message from the music.
The singing was being accompanied by a very loudly played piano, electric bass, and of course, the now ubiquitous drum kit. Somewhere in the mind numbing repetition of Now I've come to worship, my mind became suddenly hyper sensitive to a line of text describing Jesus on the cross combined with a sort of night club/bossa nova/rim-shot on the off beat from the drums.
The antithetical ludicrousness of the moment cut through to my soul. I just stood there, shaking my head, comparing that musical treatment of such a profound concept to that which, say, Bach did in the B minor Mass.
I have to find another church.