Give Music Back to the People

In Martin Luther's day, no one sang in church.  Correction: no one sitting in the pews sang.  Singing and praising God was restricted to the priests.  Congregational worship is a Reformational concept that we take for granted today, though perhaps not for much longer.  As church worship services become more and more about the mesmerizing light … Continue reading Give Music Back to the People

Since When Did Musicians Become “Recording Artists”?

Music has changed drastically in the last hundred years from a communal experience to an intensely private one.  How did this happen?  Why did this happen?  What does it have to do with our music in the church? It all began in 1877 with Edison's invention of the phonograph.  This machine was the push that … Continue reading Since When Did Musicians Become “Recording Artists”?