How the sausage is made
Behind the scenes at the EHSSQ dance factory:
Update: I guess I’m not surprised that this video sparked such a flame-war - as pretty much every mention of EHSSQ seems to. But I should say, I posted the clip for two main reasons that have nothing to do with trying to tweak the group (I think most of you know by now if I have something to say I just say it). First, I’m fascinated by … well, how the sausage is made, as the title put it. Second (and related), I’ve always been impressed by the performative discipline the group brings to their shows, and this little clip suggests part of what lies behind their success: attention to detail, copious rehearsal, and (not least of all) taking a great deal of pleasure in what they do. I don’t always like the result, but I respect the work.
I think this is sort of what CVH is saying in this comment below, but even if it isn’t, he does a good job parsing the various lines of confusion, contempt, and concern that EHSSQ generates.
I may be in the minority but I thought the video was great. It gave me a good laugh which isn’t a bad way to start the day.
Of course it’s schtick. That’s what they do and I think they do it well. Just about every act is choreographed these days. It’s not Martha Graham, but it works. And again, maybe I’m missing something but to me they’re a group of great Christian entertainers. Does ministry happen at their concerts? Sure, in the broadest sense. But I don’t think their goal (and I don’t mean to presume here) is hardcore evangelism. They’re primarily entertainment for believers with a gospel message in a slick package that will both edify concertgoers who are followers of Christ and plant some spiritual seeds in the minds and hearts of those in attendance who have not taken that step of faith.
Entertainment is their craft and they do it very well. Sure, some of their stuff (the production, arrangements, stage moves, etc.) is over the top at times. So what?
As for what they wear off-stage, who cares? Why does anyone feel the need to analyze their motives? And wearing brands that supposedly promote the dreaded “homosexual agenda”? I don’t think that’s what Doug meant by titling this thread “How the sausage is made”.
Not to overspiritualize this but remember what Paul said - he rejoiced that the gospel was being preached, even if people had other ways of doing it from him. Isn’t that the point? To offer a personal example, I’ve absolutely never understood what the buzz was about the Crabb Family (and its many subsequent derivatives). I don’t get it; they don’t do anything for me. But I’m grateful they’ve used the platform they’ve had through the years to proclaim the good news. Let it go.
Later update: On the other hand, DD levels a legitimate criticism:
Personally, there on stage persona, dress, etc. are not the troubling issue here. Arguably, they are one of the biggest draws in SG right now, so why still a track act? If SG wants to be accepted as a legitimate form of the music business, then it’s time to turn off the kareoke and put a real band back on stand. If there is any group right now that COULD pull it off, it would be SSQ. They are no longer “starting out,” and should tkae the leap of faith and take their presentation to the next level. If nothing else: piano, bass, and drums would be a marked improvement. If would also add to their legitmacy as a top tier act in any genre.
They do travel with a pianist these days (I think Wayne Haun, last time I heard) but still, the point is well taken.Email this Post