Write About Jesus redux
I see that songwriter Sue Smith has just reupped her URL claim on the domain name for Write About Jesus, the annual songwriters conference she coordinates in St. Louis. Thus do I surrender my fledgling hope that the clunky name might give way to something more … well, writerly (even the acronym – WAJ – tangles up the tongue).
Obviously Smith is committed to the name for principled reasons that are fully understandable. But still, it’d be interesting to know what the songwriters who attend the conference really think about the name WAJ. Maybe – with apologies to those obnoxious bumper stickers ubiquitous among Jeep drivers and Steelers fans – it’s a Christian songerwriters thing … you wouldn’t get it. At least I don’t. For instance, do WAJ alum really wear the Write About Jesus t-shirts and other insignia apparel after they leave the conference, like when they go to Target or out to the drugstore? Seems like there’d be a lot of homonymity confusion among the uninitiated you might run into whilst wearing your Write About Jesus windbreaker in Walgreens: “Hey, shouldn’t it be RIGHT about Jesus?” You laugh (or not, because it’s not THAT funny), but I’ve had two people who, unbeknownst to each other, had similar reactions when they half-comprehendingly overheard me discussing the name with another SGer.
My own feeling is that less clevereness is more when it comes to these things: St. Louis Christian Songwriters Conference or the Sue Smith School of Songwriting, both of which have manageable acronyms (the latter could even be fun to play around with: S4, 4Ss, or just the Ss – as in, “Yeah, I’m doing the Ss this year, are you?”), to say nothing of being self-evidently clear of purpose and name.
But whatever. The good news is that for all of you Chicken Littles who think Avery is poisoning the well of southern gospel’s sweet pure water, you can take reassurance from the utter inefficacy of my comments in this instance (and many, many others).Email this Post