How Sweet It Is…

…To Steal J. T.'s Tune

Check this out (or go to the original here, but the comments aren't as good). You know what else could make a great worship song? (sing it with me & Whitney)

And IiiiiiiiiiiiiEeeIiiiiiiiiiiiiii, will always love

YouuuuuuuuuWuuWuuuuuu

There's an unlimited supply of great love songs out there! Maybe this is how contemporary churches can finally get some good music into their concerts worship services!

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11 Responses

  1. I guess I’ve just never been one for denomination or style bashing. I can appreciate different forms and styles of worship in the same way that I appreciate other cultures and races. I just always thought it was not only a waste of time, but also hurtful to our God…you know, the one who made us and the one who we are all worshipping. Consider 1 Samuel 16:7 which says, “…The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” Could it be that this could be true of worship also? Certainly, yours and my worship are very differently outwardly, but I think it is safe to assume that they are very much the same inwardly… grateful and thankful to God, honoring and extoling Him for what he has done for us. I am very hurt by your prejudice comments, but seeing as how you are my flesh and blood, I will choose to forgive you. I would ask, however that if you are going to make comments of this nature in the future that you post a warning. Thank you

  2. By the way, the last couple of sentences are meant to sound a little bit sarcastic. :) I really do love you.

  3. Are you offended because your church is worshipping with "How sweet it is to be loved by you"? (Or Whitney Houston?)

    I'm just sayin', there's a limit to what is appropriate (lyrically and musically) for worship, and actual pop love songs is beyond it.

    And I love you too, sis! 

  4. I remember E and T getting into a lot of scraps as younger siblings. Don’t remember E and R ever getting into any, however. It’s about time, then, that they have a little engagement.

    As always, keyboard communication over the ether-net is fraught with potential for mis-communication. Here, there is that, but mostly there are indicators that face-to-face verbal communication would clear things up.

    I vividly remember being softened by the Spirit at BMT in 1979. What the spirit used (on me) was primarily music – and that of the non-classical variety. However, what was present in nearly every one of those tunes were the Psalms. In addition, those tunes were eminently singable, suitable for all believers. The concert-performance style of songs were still a ways off down the corridors of time. (This is not to say that every one of those songs was a great piece of music – far from it.) The key was that many of them used God’s Psalter – and in that alone were all things relating to the music wars made right.

  5. This report just in from Jeff: he knows of a church that adapted "Red Red Wine" for worship under the guise of "Living Wine" (I can't find the modified lyrics on the web, but I wonder if the Living Wine still "make me feel so fine" and "keep me rockin all of de time"?)

  6. The key was that many of them used God’s Psalter – and in that alone were all things relating to the music wars made right.

    I do have to confess that the biggest chink in my hymnody armor is worship songs based on psalms or other scripture. At that point, all of my curmudgeonly grumblings are reduced to "I don't like that music". Whenever I read psalms (and I'm up-to-date on bible reading this year, thanks to God!) I am always amazed at the number of old BMT choruses that pop out of the text because they're linked in my memory to music.

  7. I do have to admit that “Red Red Wine” is downright cheesy. What I was referring to was more like Hillsong worship and I’m not even sure if that is considered “pop”. I don’t think God only enjoys hymns, however.

  8. I don’t mean to jump into a family fight here, but I thought you folks might be interested in a way I framed a few of these questions a while back in a short piece called stones. It’s a brief exploration of some impressions from visiting an unusual church in Charlotte, NC.

  9. New Piano Man
    By Billy Joel and Edward Sans Gillies III
    (Regrets to Mr. Joel)

    VERSE 1
    It’s 10:45 on a Sunday morn
    The regular crowd shuffles in
    There’s an old man sitting next to me
    Playing bass but his ear’s made of tin
    He says,
    “Son, I can’t play these new melodies
    I’m not really sure how they go
    Won’t you sing ‘Tis so sweet?’
    – I know that one complete
    But this new-fangled stuff has to go!”

    Oh la la la, de de da
    La la, de de da

    CHORUS
    Sing the old songs, New Piano Man
    Sing or prepare to fight
    Well we’re all in the mood
    For a worship war
    And you’ve got us feeling uptight

    VERSE 2
    Now John on guitar
    Loves his power chords
    But he only plays in E
    And he’s quick with a joke
    Or to light up his smoke
    After church when no one can see
    He says, “Ed, this just isn’t fulfilling me”
    As the smile runs away from his face,
    Well I’m sure
    That I could play for Mercy Me
    If I could get out of this place.

    Oh la la la, de de da
    La la, de de da

    REPEAT CHORUS

    VERSE 3
    Now Paul is an old school hymnologist
    Who sings sweet duets with his wife
    He’s a whiner and crier,
    Stirring strife in the choir
    And probably will be for life
    And the pastor
    Has mastered church politics,
    His associates are all nicely cloned
    Yes, they’re sharing a think
    That’s called phoniness
    But it’s better than thinking alone.

    REPEAT CHORUS

    VERSE 4
    It’s a pretty good crowd
    For a Sunday morn
    And an elder gives me the look
    ‘Cause he knows that they’ll seethe
    If I don’t quickly sing
    A song from the sacred hymnbook
    And the piano
    It sounds very synthesized
    And the microphone rings
    Loud and clear
    And they sit in their pews
    Slowly coming unglued
    And say,
    “Man, what are you doing here?”

    Oh la la la, de de da
    La la, de de da

    CHORUS

  10. Would our friend, John Daker’s performance apply in some way to the conversation here?

  11. Now you can comment on Mr. Daker over at my website
    http://jimost.wordpress.com

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