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Thread #27083   Message #667010
Posted By: wysiwyg
11-Mar-02 - 12:17 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Songs of the Louvin Brothers
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Louvin Brothers
I guess what I hope folks remember is that while the historical correctness of the song is important, I'm not "performing" these-- I'm putting them right into the worship service of a hierarchical denomination that thinks carefully about everything. So for our Saturday Night Service, I am responsible for making a concert song into a worship song. Sometimes that means a shift in theology, sometimes an extension of themes into our daily lives, etc.

I was affirmed in this recently by a Baptist minister who is taking a bit of a break from active ministry to re-evaluate some things and who is worshipping with us on Saturday nights for a time. He said that in the churches that have gone all "praise" music, and also are not credal-- meaning in that context their worship does not include a recitation of a specific creed-- the music is all that's left to keep it all from making the overall message "too human." So in addition to my own care about that, and my husband's authority to give or deny the OK to use a piece in our services, apparently the congregation is keeping a closer eye than I thought, too.

Take that "FAMILY WHO PRAYS" item above-- there are going to be a lot of people in our denomination who are going to hear one of those verses as a condemnation of a divorce they were forced into when someone left, and a hopelessness about their now-smaller family. Even though that is probably not the main point the Louvin's were trying to make in that verse, it will get in the way and cause some inadvertent pain. I may take that verse out and write something else when we do it.

~Susan