This is the first in a series of short posts I am planning to do on Good Music in Church .
Music. I listen to it, play it, write it and love it.
I have seen the impact good and bad music has on a Church. So I want music to be good. I mean really good. Good does not mean slick, polished, or even theologically faithful. I want music at Church to be really good – the right stuff, for the right moment.
I want the music in our Churches to be as good as Uncle Joe pulling out the Ukulele at the end of the weekly family feast, everyone joining in, no matter what’s on their usual iPod playlist. I want the music in our Churches to be as good as a victory song in a sweaty dressing room. You can’t tell me that if an outsider, who usually listens to radiohead, peered through a window at Uncle Joe’s family sing-a-long, they wouldn’t want to be a part of it? Or if down a long corridor, the stadium owner hears the victory song, wouldn’t they want to be part of what was going on there?
Good music is good for so many reasons other than slickness, style, professionalism and even musicality. Really good music in our Church has to be the right stuff, for the right moment.