My pastor friend sent me a link to a funny blog Stuff Christian Culture Likes, a knock-off of Stuff White People Like (because if there is anything Christian Culture likes, it is hijacking something cool and putting their own lame stamp on it.) The Rev knows my sense of humor to be quite irreverent and he is a card himself so I checked it out. Wouldn't you know it, that day's blog entry (#134) nailed a pet peeve of mine - Worship leaders saying the lines before they are sung.
I've watched black gospel choirs perform at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival where the leader/lead singer calls out the next line to the group and the rhythm of the call and answer worked for a live performance but seems quite ridiculous when white Christian groups record in the same manner. Like I am supposed to believe the white bread folks scheduled and paid for studio time but the group wouldn't know the words to the next line without an audible prompt. It strikes me as me as trying too hard to be cool. They're still white, they're still square and never in a million years will white Christian music ever be as soulful and wonderful as black gospel music but wait, it gets worse, contemporary worship leaders are doing it now. Oy.
Check out the blog for a laugh. Thinking the site could be a useful primer to those marrying into a Christian family or those relocating to a Bible Belt stronghold.
Have a blessed day now, y'hear?
(Thanks to The Rev for the pointer.)