I found this over at Tim Hughes’ blog. If you don’t know Tim Hughes, then I don’t like you. He wrote songs like, "Here I am to worship", "beautiful one", and "Consuming Fire". His songs get covered by other bands a lot and people don’t know that he actually wrote them. I always call/email my local station complaining that they don’t play redman or hughes enough, instead they’re playing the cover by Newsboys or jeremy camp or whatever. That’s my rant. Here’s the quote from his site about a newspaper review about new worship music:
Below is an extract from an American Newspaper objecting to new trends in church music.
“There are several reasons for opposing it. One, it’s too new. Two, it’s often worldly, even blasphemous. The new Christian music is not as pleasant as the more established style. Because there are so many new songs, you can’t learn them all. It puts too much emphasis on instrumental music rather than godly lyrics. This new music creates disturbances making people act indecently and disorderly. The preceding generation got along without it. It’s a money making scam and some of these new music upstarts are lewd and loose.”
Who were they attacking? It wasn’t Delirious? or Matt Redman. They were attacking the hymn writer Isaac Watts, famous for writing ‘When I survey,’ in 1723! The old hymns once upon a time were radical and cutting edge. Our music and our songs must also always be pushing new ground. Let’s go for it.