I Hated the Organ Because Of Church (A Confession)
I grew up in a contemporary church world with music played by guitars and four chords. I went to traditional services and hated every minute because they were ‘boring.’
As I’ve matured, I’ve realized that I disliked many of the hymns not because of their content (although a lot of the language no longer makes sense in today’s context) but because the way we sang them was…painful. I’ve listened to countless arguments on why contemporary, modern music doesn’t belong in worship context and I’ve expressed via this blog before that I think those arguing that are wrong.
I’ve kind of looked down upon the organ as a legitimate instrument for much of my life. They were expensive (I once heard someone arguing for traditional music yell at me for my use of a Taylor guitar because it was ‘lavish’), hard upkeep, and generally boring to listen to. I thought of them as the ‘old way,’ once used to decorate unnecessarily lavish sanctuaries and provide a huge sound, one that is getting closer and closer to being able to be replicated digitally. And, we can conquer their original purpose with audio amplification.
They were cool I guess, but the church ladies never let me play it, so I had a bad taste in my mouth. You had to have the special shoes. Ugh.
I guess I just thought they were antiquated.
Duke’s Divinity School is incredibly fortunate to have a stellar organist in David Arcus,and I’ve spent time in very traditional services at Duke enjoying his art.
Don’t miss his CBS (old) appearance either. -B