Monday, October 12, 2009

Wrecking My Nerves

I can't look away. It's like driving past a car wreck. It's like the cast of Hee Haw took they day off to go to church...right on their set.

My friends, some of you might be sympathetic to music like this, but every time I hear it I come that much closer to taking anti-depressants. But despite my dislike for this type of music, I want to state unequivocally that I don't want to reticule these people for having this particular taste in music. I am, however, infused with a strange type of morbid curiosity for these good folks, and I'm baffled by their affinity to this type of music. You be the judge.

There is no Mystery in this type of music. There is no "seduction" to leave yourself behind and become a part of this Mystery. There is an implied belief that life is in shades of black and white, and that as long as I proclaim Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, I'm heaven bound. This is not my cup of tea.

Here is one piece that those good people in the above video might find equally incomprehensible and repulsive, but DEFINITELY to my spiritual liking. It's the beautiful Nunc Dimittis (Lord, Now Let Thy Servant Go) from Rachmaninoff's Vespers, which I was saving for another post.


Angela M. said...

Why do I feel like I inspired this post LOL?! However - I am in total agreement with your points!!!!

Angela M. said...

BTW, I could only get to the 46 second point in the first clip before I had to turn it off! LOL!

Katie Alender said...

I have to admit, I like the bass voice in the first one! I have a high tolerance for folk-y music.

It's definitely a different style of music... I can see listening to it in the car or something, but it doesn't exactly point your heart toward the mystery, does it? It just sounds like something on a kids' Christian music album or something.

The second one gave me chills!

Adrienne said...

There is nothing worse than white guys doing ersatz spirituals. Ugh!

It did, however, have a nice beat!

Tom in Vegas said...


Forty-six seconds? You made it pass my all time record!! I usually watch videos like this in mute.

My Dear Katie-

Did you really like the second one??? Wow! I must do more to bring you over to my musical camp:0) Actually, I don't mind folk music when it's written properly, and I like many of the sixties folk music that you hear on an oldies radio station. The above song, however, evokes images of plumes of hairspray and pearly white dentures.

Auntie A-

Nope. Don't like the beat either. On an unrelated note, the bass voice might be wearing a hairpiece;0)

Fr. Erik Richtsteig said...

Dear heavens! I couldn't even make it 30 seconds. I will never complain about "Gift of Finest Wheat" again. (OK, I will complain, jut not as often.)


Tom in Vegas said...

Thank you, Father. It's nice to be back:0)

Looks like your threshold for this type of music isn't any better than mine!

Owen said...

Appreciation for this, erm, music is aided by toupees, hair spray, dentures and fundamentalism. Being tone deaf is also an asset.