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Christians Should Be Concerned With How Many People Sing Their Songs So Badly

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As I mentioned awhile back, we are homeschooling our children in God. How’s it going? Well, every time the word “Sunday” is said, my kids yell: That’s when we talk about God! Yay!

Scott and I take turns teaching lessons the last a few Sundays. On my first week to teach, I decided to introduce music as a way to celebrate God and our love for God.

I’m a clapping, singing, crying in the joy of lyrics, Christian. The music rises up in me and HALLELUJAH I BELIEVE. I can’t imagine a church without music and here was my chance to make the choir sing every song I liked. It’s like God really DOES love me.

I compiled a Christian Worship playlist, which took HOURS not because I didn’t know what I was looking for, but because Christians seem to think just because God gave them a voice and access to an electronic keyboard, they should record hymns.

Oh sweet Moses, the 11th commandment should be:

Thy God liketh singing but do not go forth and recordth until more than just thy honored mother and father mention thou’s gift of voice. Thou can always sing in the shower (will be invented later) and pretend to be on iTuneth (will also be invented later by Black the Turtleneck).

I think popular Christian music suffers from the same problem the Star Spangled Banner has. Everyone who loves America knows the words so why not step up to the mic, add a few octaves and end on that patriotic note? The answer is BECAUSE YOU CAN’T and YOU SHOULDN’T and also, STOP RUINING THE SONG WE ALL LOVE.

For most of the songs, I had to download children’s choirs because it’s hard to roll my eyes at kids singing about God no matter how much the electronic drum beats are getting on my nerves.

Here’s my Christian Worship list:

They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love by Jars of Clay
Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing by Jars of Clay

Where I gave in and just downloaded kids singing on Cedarmont Worship For Kids, Volume 2

God of Wonders
Rock of Ages
It Is You
Every Move I Make
Victory Chant
Come, Now Is the Time to Worship
How Great Is Our God
I Will Call Upon the Lord
You Are My All In All
Awesome God
You’re Worthy of My Praise

These we already had on CDs from Music Together classes:

This Train
This Little Light of Mine
The Water Is Wide
When the Saints Go Marching
May All Children
He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands

By this point in my church-y playlist, my ears were bleeding from all the easy-listening versions of Awesome God so I said a prayer for the people who attend those singers’ churches and stopped.

My ear trauma was worth it though. The Sunday morning lesson rocked. I brought up instruments, and we sang and danced as a family and as Christians and as people, and I thought: This is what loving God is all about.

Disclaimer: Some of the songs are amazon affiliate links so 4-6% of purchases go to Late Enough instead of Amazon, which is what Jesus would do.

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on LateEnough.com, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

18 thoughts to “Christians Should Be Concerned With How Many People Sing Their Songs So Badly”

  1. I’m Jewish and my wife is Christian. However, I love listening to Christian rock. Though as I tell my wife, I just like the melodies, and Im not actually listening to the words.

  2. I am dying. Because this is SO TRUE.

    My favorite songs are the old hymns and the traditional kid songs I sang, but I’ll be damned if I can find decent renditions of them to play at home.

    charlie just got a CD of kid songs for his Baptism. I’m hoping it doesn’t suck.

  3. Oh, I feel like I need to give you a mix tape of good stuff. I used to direct the kids choir at church and have a ton of music. Next time one of my kids gets sick, I’ll bring a cd to dr. Scott

      1. Oh, I had some killer mix tapes in high school. We started out drive to school every day to pump up the jam and the ferris bueller theme song (Chaka chick-aah)

  4. My Sweet Lord – George Harrison

    Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley’s version

    there’s secular stuff you can drop too…remember, I’m one of those freaky liberal Christians

  5. Agreed. Sometimes “make a joyful noise” has been taken too far. Glad you found the Jars album, it’s one of my favorites. In terms of worship music in general, I’m a fan of the david crowder band (just hung their hats this year. I like to be ahead of the times like that). they’re much more musically diverse and lyrically interesting than the run-of-the-mill Christian music.
    Good luck on your next Sunday!

  6. SO TRUE. I tried to find a good version of one of my favorite songs on iTunes the other day and almost cried. They were all awful. Love that Jars of Clay album though.
    You might want to check out Sojourn music, but it’s very grownup-y. We’re still on “Wee Sing Bible Songs” for the kid at this stage in our house.

  7. You need to hear the Sonos version of Come Thou Fount. Tried to find it on You Tube but I couldn’t. It’s on their “December Songs” album. You can get it on iTunes. Even though it’s a “Christmas album”, I listen to it year-round.

    Your rant on bad church music echoes my personal rant against insipid kid’s music. It’s all the same. There is really good stuff out there. You just have to hunt!

    Some other really cool spiritually directed music:
    Bobby McFerrin’s version of the 23rd Psalm
    KD Lang’s version of Hallelujah beats Jeff Buckley’s any day
    Also, if you want to check out some great instrumental arrangements, look at Cyrus Chestnut (jazz piano player).

    That’s all for now. Happy searching. 🙂

  8. I remember singing He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands over and over and over in Sunday school.
    Sounds fun. I’d rather go to your house than church.

  9. Love Jars of Clay! There’s a national radio station called Air1 that has great contemporary/rock Christian music. You should check it out. I, too, love David Crowder Band. Third Day is pretty awesome. I should do a list of my faves. Our church sings mostly new stuff. I do love the old hymns, but not recorded, just live in church with an organ, and a choir. Or a really good worship band. 🙂

  10. I agree many hymns have been overdone … and done badly … my favorite Christian songs of all time are Find Your Wings by Mark Harris and Breath of Heaven by Amy Grant … both of which held much more meaning once I held the title of mommy … but I also like some of the “rocky” modern music … Flyleaf is one of my favorite Christian bands and with my kids (who are 11, 9 & 7) I like explaining to them how the lyrics that don’t necessarily sound like Christian lyrics actually are … it’s almost like an exercise for them on reading between the lines and comprehension lol 🙂

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