Proliferation of excessive excess
Date: July 22, 2013
(Note: This is just something I've wanted to say for a long time, and I hope to inspire thought )
What each place of worship must decide is how they want to promote the word of God.
But on reflection of experience one has to think that music has become an unhealthy obsession
Although its nice to hear great quality music, if that was the driving factor of a person attending a church, they may as well book tickets to see a music show.
There is proliferating, a culture where attention must be grabbed by the performer and not offered humbly by the listener with content of ideas carefully considered by the speaker. after all life is not a musical.
There are many people of worship in Scotland, and who travel from North America and Canada, who have been professionally trained in music either by their place of worship, musically oriented schools or scholarships. They can play 5 different instruments with anything from Mozart to Rihanna to John Cage's 4,33 and will generously share with the congregation. They will wax lyrical about the deep meaning rooted within their graft but to what end is all this? It doesnt really serve the congregation in steering them to what matters, its self promotion. x factor style.
It would be nice to be part of a congregation where music plays no part. That actively doing things which benefit communities, volunteering at homeless centres, offering to help drug addicts, spending time caring for the sick, helping building houses for people in need takes centre stage. Not bigger and better choirs
It would be nice to keep the luxury of being pedantic about music and the ability to pitch perfect a tune in 3 octaves in leisure time and not as part of worship.
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