Criticism and commentary on southern gospel music
Via regular reader NG, four reasons why there are so many Christian contestants on American Idol.
I’d like to see one “gospel” as one of their musical style theme weeks.
Posted 05 May 2009 at 12:51 am ¶
“Churches have long been a training ground for singers”
Well, DUH!! Church is the only place where amateurs are not only allowed, but are often invited and even encouraged to sing, regardless of talent level. “Make a joyful noise” turns into a Holy Open Mic night.
More often than not, you get people who will never sing in any other venue in their life, who just wanna “sing for the Lord” when in reality, they wouldn’t even get through Simon Cowell’s door. These people usually get the friendly smile and polite hand clap for their effort.
But for those who truly have talent, church is the ideal place to hone your skills. You have a platform and an audience to gauge your performace, and you can learn what works and what doesn’t. You also can build up your confidence until you get to the level that you’re comfortable taking your singing to a wider audience. Couldn’t ask for a better training ground.
Posted 05 May 2009 at 1:00 am ¶
It’s really a no brainer. Take the South,everything revolves around the Church,it’s a social club. You can do everything from exercising your vocal cords to eyeing up the ‘talent’. Conversely Britian being a pagan country has probably <5% Christian(born again) participants in Simon Cowell’s Pop Idol and X factor,not that he could give a toss. Nontheless because of this you have produced a with of talent. To me Americans beat the Brits hand down for vocal prowess. Imho
Posted 05 May 2009 at 10:03 pm ¶
“wealth of talent” silly me.
Posted 05 May 2009 at 10:07 pm ¶
It’s very true that churches are musical training grounds. I learned to sing and harmonize by singing the hymns in the church congregation. I took piano lessons to be able to play in church. The first singing organization I joined was my church choir. When I went on to study music in college, the skills I had picked up just making a joyful noise really gave me an edge over some of the other students. I had picked up a natural ear, both in singing and playing, and my experience performing in front of church audiences (some of the friendliest and most forgiving audience members a performer could ever hope for) made me more relaxed playing and singing in public recitals.
I don’t think people realize how large a role church music has in the music education of the public. And best of all…it’s free!
Posted 05 May 2009 at 10:36 pm ¶
AI isn’t the only national forum where Christian talent is/has been exposed. At least 2 of the top 3 or 4 bands on “America’s Next Great Band” were Christian bands, or at least had church roots. There were some Christian comedians showcased on “Last Comic Standing” last season, too.
OMG, they’re everywhere! Those crazy Christians are trying to take over this country!
Posted 06 May 2009 at 12:09 pm ¶
cynical one wrote:
And now A.I. is down to a Christian, a gay (pictures posted on net of him making out with another guy) and one other. HMMM
Posted 07 May 2009 at 1:24 pm ¶
The woman who wrote the column being referred to said in an earlier column:
“I think that Danny and Kris are splitting the family friendly, Christian, and conservative viewer votes - like it or not - and so one of them is going to go, leaving Adam in the finale with either Kris or Danny.”
Posted 07 May 2009 at 1:57 pm ¶
#7 cynical one, just to be fair and balanced (HT foxnews) the pix was from a stage play in which Adam was appearing. If he had played a gunman, it wouldn’t make him one. However, at the very least, the role he played was a poor choice for his career. Of course your assumption may be right, but you sound so, uh, cynical.
Posted 08 May 2009 at 7:50 am ¶
Revpaul — I’m sure the case could be made that he was just an actor playing a part. But most young men who are totally straight would probably have a tough time kissing another man, even on stage or screen. Not saying it doesn’t happen, just saying. . .
Some might even say something to the effect that “where there’s smoke there’s flaming.” Or “if it walks like a duck. . . ”
But there I go again, being so, uh, cynical. Thanks for the compliment.
Posted 08 May 2009 at 1:29 pm ¶
Lambert does not openly admit his sexuality either way. He is quoted as saying that “kissing girls is not his preference”. The pics of him kissing a guy are from an arts festival some time back as stated on www.votefortheworst.com.
Not that it matters to many but my hopes are that we’ve not settled for this as an AI.
Posted 11 May 2009 at 11:17 pm ¶
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