November 13, 2008

It's not just opinion and preference

I have recently had a few conversations about church music with folks who fall back on the "well, it's all a matter of opinion" defense. The conversations go something like this:

"I don't particularly like this song."

"Why not?"

"It's just not well-written" or
"The music doesn't fit the words" or
"The words are shallow" or
"This sounds like something from Teletubbies"

"That's just your opinion."

I don't believe that quality music is a matter of opinion. And when we are choosing music for use in the worship of almighty God, we must choose high quality music—whatever the genre of music our church uses.

Here are some thoughts from Bob Kauflin on what makes a song good or not-so-good.


  1. Excellent comments. I wish a lot of people got this stuff.

  2. I've always thought the Maranatha song, "Sing Hallelujah to the Lord" was a great example of mismatched melody/words.

    Excellent message, thanks for sharing.

  3. And an example of perfectly matched words and music in my opinion has been "Let Everything That Has Breath Praise the Lord" by Petra. The music and lyrics are strong, unapologetic, and victorious. Together, there is no doubt as to the message of the song. God is glorious! God is powerful! Every knee WILL bow. A fantastic example of what happens when the music fits the words.


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