Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Opus 2017-007: On the Street: The Dental Beat

I spent a total of three hours at the dentist recently.  I am so thankful for pain blocking drugs.  The romance of bygone eras is revealed as hollow by a dentists chair.  In my first session, a cleaning, I suddenly realized that there was music on.  It was so boring that I hadn’t even noticed.  I asked the hygienist if she knew the song.  She pled ignorance.  It was one of those songs that are so common today,  They have nothing distinctive about them.  They are not painful, just boring. 

Later on when I was being drilled on I noticed that the entire office was joining Smokey Robinson as he sang “My Girl”.  I bet even you started going over that in your head.  “I... guess... you’d...say, What can make me feel this way?.....”  Then more boring stuff.  Then everyone hummed along with the Beatles.  I was struck by the contrast and frustrated by the balance of mediocre.  There is so much really good stuff out there.  I keep wondering why we have to listen to all the filler.  This is true on the radio, in church, or anywhere else you go that music is played.

Are you old enough to remember the game show, Name That Tune.  It was awesome how little it took for some to recognize a melody.  This stuff I was listening to you could not identify after half the song being played. 

It could just be my taste in music but have you ever met anyone who didn’t like “My Girl”?  How about the Platters and “Great Pretender”?  Peter, Paul and Mary and “Puff the Magic Dragon”?  It could also be that some people could not recognize a beat if someone was pounding on their head or a melody if they were playing it themselves.

I vote for great music.  Until they start playing it I will listen to talk radio.

homo unius libri


  1. I've reached that point where the songs from my youth have been turned into elevator music. Some orchestra leaders can make ANYTHING boring.

    1. I have noticed that in church too. Sometimes it is just that the pianist can't do any better but often I think it is a deliberate attempt to move people toward contemporary stuff.

      Grace and peace.


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