Friday, November 04, 2005

Band Practice

Week #4
Band Practice

I went on wednesday evening to watch and obserce a band pracitce for the church worship service on Sunday morning. It was very interesting to say the least. I had been to band practices before and for the most part it was what i was expecting it to be. They first prayed when we got in there and then started to go over the songs that they were going to be playing. The drums there that they play are electric and i personally am not a fan of but that is besides the point. After going through there playlist of songs they went over basically how the songs were going to go in order and what would be happening in between them and anything else that was scheduled that they needed to know about sunday morning. For the most part it was pretty routine and not much more than i was expecting. It was interesting to see how intentional again the songs are and even the way that they play the songs because there are so many different people that go to the church that it must be consistant for the most part and also pleasing. I had never really thought about that before so that was kind of interesting for me to learn about.

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Blogger Ben Robinson said...

You're right, band practices are fairly routine. You made the comment, "It was interesting to see how intentional again the songs are and even the way that they play the songs because there are so many different people that go to the church that it must be consistant for the most part and also pleasing."

I think I agree in part and disagree in part with this churches philosophy as it pertains to the selection of music. Certainly we do not need to be stuck with one certain "genre" of music as if it holds some type of divine approval that the others do not. Sometimes it is good for a congregation to experience various forms of music.

What I am concerned about is when we change music style simply for the sake of pleasing people. It causes me to question what is really driving our selection of music. The "feelings" of people, or the content of the music? I don't care what type of style is used as long as the songs contain theological integrity. If a worship team chooses certain songs that downplay theology because, "Oh people don't feel like thinking when they sing," I think that's a grave mistake.

Ben Robinson
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