Likely as a result, reading comprehension decreases when people listen to music with lyrics. Music also appears to be more distracting for people who are introverts than for people who are extroverts, perhaps because introverts are more easily overstimulated.
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In response to Charles comment, coming from a worship leader perspective, all I can say is as leaders we try to make the music easy to remember in order to sing along and participate as a whole in the congregation. There are lyrical and musical master pieces that will move you to tear up or fall on your knees and praise God from the likes of Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin and such. Although music, just like social economic status is all relative to the individuals own perception. Not everyone is musical, but they are capable of following hymns that repeat themselves. We are not on the stage to bring attention to ourselves but to help facilitate the congregation to sing and praise together as one from the heart. God bless, and may you find the beauty in music that shakes your soul, tears you up, and moves you to understand the power and glory that is Jesus Christ.
Exactly! An awful lot of what is released sounds to me as if the lyricist just dashed off a series of thoughts, usually stringing together some Christian catchphrases, and then the composer wrote something that sort of fit the rhythm of the words. Third rate poetry set to second rate music.
I guess you could label me as old fashioned. Fine. But l had to teach history for 15 years and when I did research on the hymns from the good old days, I found out why there was so much depth to that music.
Acapella can be very nice, indeed, however, the problem is not with the use of instruments, as the voice itself is an instrument. The problem is principally one of the heart, as was mentioned initially. It is VERY possible for even acapella to go very wrong, because there are those who do try to upstage each other even as others around them are trying to praise the Lord from the heart. I have witnessed this on more than one occasion in different locations. The choice of music, the musical instruments, the voices, the congregation, the pastor, the music directors are all important with the parts that they play, and can greatly influence the results of the music. Their are many who tout acapella as the answer, when it is really a preference. Avoidance is NOT the answer; it neither solves nor even helps the problem, merely exacerbates the problem. God gave us voices that can be used to praise Him, but He also gave us talents to play instruments to His glory, as well. God never indicated anywhere in His Word that He was any more pleased by acapella singing than by singing with music, but, sadly, this fallacy is taught in many churches. ALL of our praise talents should be used to bring honor and glory to the Lord, and should be encouraged, not discouraged.
There was a clear separation between inspirational performance artists like Michael W Smith, DC Talk, Steve Green, Sandi Patty, Steven Curtis Chapman, the entirety of what we labeled CCM, really, and worship leaders and worship songwriters (and the organizations who published their music). People like Paul Baloche and Ron Kenoly, and organizations like Integrity Music, Maranatha music and the various choral companies existed for a different purpose than their inspirational counterparts.
So many comments are focused on music. Music is NOT worship. Music is part of worship, but it is only a small part.Further more, it appears that many are focused on worship as some part of the Sunday experience inside a building. Worship is much bigger and should be part of our daily lives.I encourage those of you who are pastors to refocus your Sunday services and teach your flock about worship, what it really means, what each person can do to worship even when no one else is around, etc.
I think there can be a balance in praise music and hymns. I go to a church where it is all praise music and I deeply miss the great hymns of the faith. Many of the lyrics of modern music seem to have little meaning, it is all about the sound and the beat unfortunately. When we used to sing hymns the words were so meaningful and the power of the songs brought conviction. Many churches have sought to follow the world with more noise than understanding and appreciation of the words expressed.
Just my 2 cents here. I began drum study in 1968-78. I was very lost at the time. I had high hopes of going pro and had the skills to make it in the world of secular music. Messy family situations caused me to give up playing/studying the drums. Jesus touched my spirit in 82 and His rescue of me was right on time. God opened a door of opportunity in 92 to drum for His glory & purpose. He taught me much about music both secular & spiritual. I did a major house cleaning and removed much of the music that I fed on when I was lost. 92-08 were awesome years of being blessed by God in allowing me to participate on 11 worship teams that presented pure worship. Pure being defined as being well focused about & towards God. Songs that invited/inspired the congregation to participate well in a true worship demonstration. Very sadly not seen to much these days. Bottom line is that there is not really any quality teaching going in most churches about music and or true/pure worship. I began teaching worship drumming in 94 to present along with teaching about media. Things really improve when wisdom is shared with others who really have no clue about a topic. God looks at the heart and desires that ALL who profess to be connected with His Son Jesus in a personal relationship to be fully surrendered in all areas of their walk. 2Timothy 2:19 is my favorite scripture that sets the standard for us to be following. There is no room for performance worship in a church setting either. All who are called to be true worship leaders and ministers need to be well focused on what God has to say about what we feed on. Garbage in garbage out. No room for the gray area. god spits that out. My advice is that a worship team must be well connected with each other and their lives transparent to each other as well. A worship leader NEEDS to really know his team members. God gave me a very simple and applicable system that works well to accomplish this task. WTC= worship team clean. Once a team and its leader are on the same sheet of music the power of the Holy Spirit will flow through each person on stage and then flow out to the audience offering encouragement and inspiration to all who are in that place of worship. I have seen this take place first hand when I was doing prison ministry. Beyond amazing. Prisoners being touched, healed and encouraged by God in many ways. Gods best to you all. JOHN 8:51
I have seen a new Christian who was on fire for God put in a place of leading singing but his lack of understanding of it all lead to really bad song choices lyrics wise, him singing everything in his key (high tenor) and it was a performance.
Summary: In the fall of 2014, both Bing and Google began surfacing song lyrics directly in the search engine results pages (SERPS). Since users could now find lyrics immediately in the SERPs, many wondered what would happen to lyrics websites that provided the same information, but required a click through to view the lyrics. This post provides findings from analyzing three large-scale lyrics web sites to determine the traffic impact of lyrics in the SERPs.
I ended up digging in heavily and analyzing the drop across the entire niche. I reviewed a number of lyrics sites across several countries that got hit and wrote a post covering my findings (linked to above). After writing that post, I had a number of lyrics sites reach out to me for more information. They wanted to know more about what I surfaced, what the problems could be, and if I could help rectify the situation. It was a fascinating algo hit to analyze and I absolutely wanted to take on the challenge of helping the sites recover. So I began helping several of the lyrics sites that were heavily impacted.
Lyrics Show Up in the SERPsBing was the first to add lyrics in the SERPs on October 7, 2014. That was the first bomb dropped on lyrics sites. It was a small bomb, considering it was only showing in Bing in the United States and Bing has approximately 19.7% market share (according to comScore Dec 2014 stats). Bing also drives Yahoo search (organic and paid), but lyrics are not showing in Yahoo yet.
But the writing was on the wall. Lyrics were coming to Google, and sooner than later. When lyrics hit Bing, I sent emails to all of my lyrics clients explaining the situation, providing screenshots, and sample searches. Not every song would yield lyrics in the SERPs, but this was still a major event for the lyrics industry.
Next up was the first move by Google. On October 24, 2014, if you searched for a specific song, Google began providing a YouTube video with some song and artist information at the top of the SERPs. And near the bottom of that unit was a line or two from the lyrics and then a link to Google Play for the full lyrics. Whoa, so Google was beginning their assault on lyrics by simply linking to Google Play to view the lyrics. Again, I immediately emailed my clients and explained the situation, knowing lyrics were coming to the main SERPs soon. 2b1af7f3a8