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GUEST,Grab Do you need to *believe* what you sing? (150* d) RE: Do you need to *believe* what you sing? 11 Mar 03

Don't know that you have to agree with the person totally, but I do think you have believe they've got a valid viewpoint. For an example, "Come out you Black and Tans" is a song I could never sing, any more than I could sing a hypothetical song "let's go and shoot a nigger". A song about personal choice (eg. religion) is one thing, even songs about desperation and the spirit of the times (eg. union songs) may be OK even if the sentiments are stronger than you yourself would support - you can appreciate both of them and join in. But songs expressing pride in racial hatred, violence, bullying etc are things I don't know how anyone can sing along to.

As an aside, I have to say that I don't know if the Devil's got all the good music, but the stuff they play at the churches I've been to (Xmas and Easter - we go to keep our mum happy) is *really* bad. I mean, only half a step up from "Baa baa black sheep" kind of bad. I know there are good religious songs out there, which kind of forces the question - why are there so many bad ones (especially the *terrible* Victorian ones), and why do they still get sung? Age and religiousness-of-author are no guarantee of song quality...


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