Do We Really Need More Worship Songs? – Stuart Townend

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  1. #1 by Dan on October 25, 2012 - 7:52 am

    Great article, and thanks for sharing it.

    I am very glad to finally hear someone higher up the chain, as it were, be willing to address the fact that many of the praise and worship songs coming down the pike leave a great deal to be desired. Many songs strike as me being unfinished. Many songs are trite. Many songs have very little going for them other than a catchy hook in the chorus. Meter and rhyme are frequently overlooked and left behind for awkward and strained phrasing.

    I applaud Stuart for suggesting that songwriters need to be good stewards of their craft. It’s a good word!

    • #2 by Kirk Ward on October 25, 2012 - 9:55 am

      Songs come from a lot of different places. The music industry is very serious about good song writing, but often their motives are more about producing the next hit or at least producing a “catchy hook” then about the values of the kingdom of Jesus. Obviously, musicians are not alone with this problem; it’s part of the effect of the fall on our vocational life.

      Also, as a church musician, it’s hard to give people what they need and not what they want. When I play a song with a “catchy hook” it can always create the desired affect. The meaty songs will take more time for people to digest and therefore, it’s more of a risk to add them to a set. Pastors need to defend the responsibility of their musicians to do what is not immediately popular.

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