With such an eclectic group of people in our congregation, there are bound to be a wide variety of musical preferences. Some might like classical, country, or bluegrass music, while others might like jazz, blues, rock, folk, or my favorites, funk and soul. Some like the old hymns while others prefer contemporary Christian music. It would be impossible to please everyone with the perfect worship song if it weren’t for the common denominator of our praise....the Holy Trinity.
One question I’m sometimes asked is why we change the songs around, play them faster or slower, or change the style of the song from the original? There are a couple of reasons.
I grew up on the old hymns. I love ‘em! They were written to be played on an organ or a piano though. The songs don’t translate that well to guitar. Well, my guitar anyway. By tweaking them a bit we can introduce them to a whole new, younger generation that may have never heard them before. For those of us that know them, it’s fun to bring them back and sing them in a little different but still familiar way.
There are some wonderful older contemporary worship songs that we all know so well and have sang so many times the Spirit gets lost in ritual. We sometimes put it on auto-pilot and never engage the words and meaning of the song. It’s difficult for the Holy Spirit to do His thing when we are merely going through the motions. A slight tweak, whether it be tempo or chord voicing, helps us to dig in a little more, to think about the words we are singing, and to concentrate and be more present in the moment, but still have a familiar song at our lips. It also keeps it fresh for the worship team so that we aren’t just playing that “same ol’ song”. We get to worship too. We don’t mess with all of them. Just a few here and there on occasion. Most of us get a little sentimental with our favorites and like to hear them as they were originally written. I would love to answer any questions you might have. I’m the grey haired gentleman with an amazing mustache, down front in cowboy boots that preaches every Sunday......oh wait that’s Rick!! I’m joking! Come chat anytime!
I will sing to The Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have being!
- Psalm 104:33