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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, March 28, 2024

Opus 2024-058: Name that Tune

I don’t think that any of the modern worship songs would be recognized by anyone on the old game show Name That Tune.  I didn’t watch it much but I have a memory of an orchestra beginning to play a song and the contestants were supposed to slap the button to “Name That Tune”.  They had one mode where they would bid on how many notes it would take them to name it.  Modern “praise music” is so monotonous that it would be hard to tell the difference, especially if they had to leave out the accompaniment.  On many of the songs the only thing memorable is the crazy riffs on the lead guitar or the wild drum solo.  Even those get to be dull because they tend to rely on the same cool stuff they used before.

On the other hand anyone who heard and sang Amazing Grace for the first time would remember it the next time. They may not remember the words, but it would be familiar to them as a significant piece of music.  They would eventually internalize it and sing it when they were plowing the south 40.

I am aware that there are some contemporary worship songs that are memorable.  The big problem is that the “worship bands” don’t like to use them.  If the ink is dry or it has been around long enough to appear in printed and bound form then it is not contemporary enough.  It might do them well to spend some time in Proverbs,

(Pro 24:21 KJV)  My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change:
homo unius libri

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