Vicky Beeching Asks… “Could A Blindfolded Monkey Write Some Of Our Worship Songs?”

Monkey Worship

Earlier today we read a blog from reknown worship leader Vicky Beeching and it covered a topic that has been on the fore-front of our minds for a while (as members of the worship team at our home church).

Vicky posed the question… “Could A Blindfolded Monkey Write Some Of Our Worship Songs?”

Read her thoughts below…

Clearly I’m a huge believer in ‘contemporary worship music’ as it’s my job and my calling! But as I’ve sat on songwriting panels and listened to countless albums, one thing really has concerned me – the language we are using and its lack of freshness, creativity and effort.

I’m pointing the finger at myself first, as that’s the only place to start with change! But I’d also like to throw it out to you guys too, and see if it resonates. Many of you ask me for songwriting advice, so here you go!

I’m a big fan of fridge magnet poetry. You know – the kind you stick to your fridge and turn into amusing poems when you are waiting for the kettle to boil. Well, I just saw that a Christian version of this is available, full of Christian-ese words.

The worrying thing, as I looked at this new product, was that it reminded me of a lot of modern worship songwriting! It felt like some of the songs I’ve heard over the years, could have been constructed out of this Christian fridge poetry, in about 3 minutes. This might sound harsh, and it probably is, but I feel like as the modern worship movement gets older and older we are churning out a lot of the same words, when frankly they are so over-used, that their impact and meaning is diluted and tired.

It feels like we’ve got into ruts, where praise-phrases can be strung together and turned into an acceptable Sunday morning song. Many of them even fall into a measure-able pattern:  For example, (insert name of God here: JESUS), (insert characteristic of God here: YOU ARE GLORIOUS), (insert response here: FALLING ON MY KNEES), insert praise phrase here: I GIVE YOU HONOR). I can imagine singing “Jesus, you are glorious, so falling on my knees I give you honor” in many churches. But at what point do we admit that these phrases are a bit over used and trite?

Read this in full HERE!!!

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3 Comments

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  2. Matt Brooks (@MattJABrooks) (@MattJABrooks)

    September 26, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    @VickyBeeching Asks… “Could A Blindfolded Monkey Write Some Of Our Worship Songs?" I say probably… Read more here –> http://t.co/4d8jsWfa

  3. Adam & Matt Brooks (@mbriomusic) (@mbriomusic)

    September 26, 2011 at 1:43 pm

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