Pet peeve of the day
From a charter member of Avery’s Friends, the ever observant SR writes to vent:
have you been to a lot of shows where the groups have implemented multimedia (basically souped up powerpoint or video clips)? i went to the second one of these last night and confirmed that i absolutely hate it. when i pay to go to a concert i am paying to see the artists sing, not watch a powerpoint presentation or some clips from a previously released religious film. i find it INCREDIBLY distracting and last night, as during the last concert i attended with this little innovation, i left with a terrible headache. the most awful thing last night was that in one of the slideshows whomever had created the presentation neglected to look up the spelling of “Ezekiel” and thus it was there on a huge screen in bold letters as “Ezekial.”
i found this annoying at nqc, but there are screens up there with images of the artists flashing constantly anyway so that wasn’t nearly as bad as being in a church or an auditorium with less than 200 people and having to deal with it. and last night was worse because the standard auditorium house lighting was on the entire time and so there was a terrible glare on the screen throughout. also if one group is going to use it then so be it, but turn it off when the other groups aren’t using it. the group with the slideshow was third on the program and so i had to sit through two other groups who had no visuals but the projector was left on and through the first group there was a blue screen with an occasional error message popping up and on the second there was a stock Microsoft screen saver which really almost drove me into a fugue state. and what is worse, i was told that the non-visual groups had no control over whether or not this projector was left on.
i realize we can’t go to church now without looking up on the wall to sing our songs and hear our announcements and whatnot, but if the whole point of a southern gospel concert is to HEAR the singers perform, why do i want to look at a screen the whole night?
I blame the Hoppers. They may not have started this nonsense, but they sure did flog it shamelessly, most recently at NQC last year with their self-congratulatory “making of The Ride” video montage. They’re certainly not the only ones though. The Talleys have done it. The Pfieffers too, if I recall rightly. Most recently in my experience, Karen Peck and New River munged up their set at the Harmony Honors in April with a poorly synced series of video clips from Mel Gibson’s
crucifixion porn Passion of the Christ playing along while KPNR sang “Last Night.” (Aside: do you think these groups pay royalties on the use of copyrighted film footage?) Note to KPNR: when you’re singing about the resurrected Savior’s victory over death, try not to show pictures of him being nailed to the cross and writhing in bloody pain and gory agony. Sort of undercuts the song’s ultimate victorious conclusion.
My own sense is that these videos are just another way for increasingly automated southern gospel acts to distract from the fact that very little live music is happening on the stage in front of the audience.Email this Post