Church Music  

SunneyOne 43F
2146 posts
9/15/2005 11:21 am

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Church Music

A while back I quoted the bible in one of my blog posts. I realize that was rather shocking given my normal thoughts and ramblings. Be prepared, you are about to be even more shocked. Are you sitting down? You should be. You may even need a drink for this. I think I do except that would be a bit odd… and I’m at work. Anyway, take a deep breath.

I’m listening to church music currently. On a CD. Not some swanky “Christian rock” band or whatever. Church music. As in a choir. And I’m diggin’ it.

Before I moved to Florida, I lived briefly in a very small town in north Georgia to be near my grandparents. This is one of those good ole small southern towns where it isn’t a question of IF you are going to church on Sunday, it is a question of which one. Every single person in town is in church. You just are. If you aren’t, then there will be an army of good Southern women at your door at noon with homemade soup, beans, fresh corn, cornbread, fresh tomatoes and a variety of other garden goodness as they are sure that you must be near death to not be at church.

I realized this moving there, so being a smart girl, I figured if I was going to have to go, then I was going to a good one that didn’t put me to sleep. Now, I was raised in the church. I went to seminary for a year by correspondence, until they decided that I was too independent of a thinker. I can Bible drill faster than anyone I know. Test me. And don’t misquote scripture around me, I’ll call you on it. So, I visited a few churches and finally selected a Church of God. It was relatively large for the area, congregation of maybe 300. The preacher was good, a very qualified speaker, intelligent man, and not holier-than-thou.

But what sold me was the choir. I love music. Any music, if it is good. My theory on church music is this: If you are happy to be there, happy to be a Christian, if you really love your God, then by God, express it that way. No depressing music. Blech. And if there can be quality music not in church, then why not IN church too? So here’s the funny part. They have a large (for this town) choir, about 50 people. It consists of mostly white, older people, very Southern, maybe 2/3 women, 1/3 men. When I say older, I’d say the median age is 60. Sure, there are a few people there who are not white. Last time I was there, they had 4 African Americans, 1 Asian and 1 Hispanic in the choir. You get my point. This is white. This is a white town, a white church.

Then they sing. And by God, you don’t know it. It is black church all over the place. They are loud, and good, and happy and dancing and getting into it. They don’t play! If you’re on the fence about your spirituality and you go to this church, well…you had better run if you don’t want God himself speaking to you from that choir loft, ‘cause it’s gonna happen. They are amazing. So when I visit my mom, I go with her. And believe it or not, I like it. Sure, I laugh at the good Southern hair while I am there and all the women gossiping. But when the choir comes out, shut the hell up.

They finally put out a CD to help pay for the new sanctuary. Yes, I’m giggling as I say that. However, you can imagine my mother’s delight when I asked her to buy me one. So I get it today in the mail. I am currently in my office with it playing. It rocks. The quality of the CD is low budget, but they still are so great.

My boss just stuck his head in the door. I turned it down, politely. He looked rather confused and said, “It sounds like you’re listening to church music.” I just smiled mysteriously. He muttered, “I must have been mistaken.” About that time, the soloist stopped his long note, and the choir kicked in. I just smirked. My boss looked at me strangely and said, “You’re really freaking me out.” as he backed out of my office.

I called out after him, “Don’t run away from God, boy! He’s calling!”

I know, I feel the lightning bolt about to strike.

69baby75 44F

9/15/2005 12:34 pm

I myself am not a church going person but when i do go i enjoy hearing the soloist person ding. i like the way they sound and it is just one. amd when they do sing i feel like they are talking to me and that is when i am scared that the lightning is not far from reaching down and striking me in the ass. but one thing i can do without is the hip hop christian and that is for sure.

toothysmile 50M
16515 posts
9/15/2005 1:24 pm

I am happy to see your mood changing for the better. (Coincidentally, so is mine). Should we thank church music for that?

I am lately deeply into old torch songs, especially late at night.

Check my blog, you 'll see what I mean.

SunneyOne 43F

9/15/2005 1:36 pm

69baby - Yeah, I don't have much use for that either. Although I will admit to owning a signed copy of Stryper's Yellow and Black Attack from way back in the day. LMAO

SunneyOne 43F

9/15/2005 3:44 pm

Toothy - No, you don't have church music to thank for that. I'm not one to stay down in the dumps for very long. I have really high high's and really low low's. For some odd reason, both are pretty short lived. And don't be fooled. I'm in a good mood right now, but that isn't to say that I won't be wide awake at 4am, like I have been for the last 3 nights, holding a pillow so tightly it hurts, with my chest so constricted it feels like I can't breathe. Hopefully... a work out, swimming, dinner and a martini say that I will sleep all the way through the night. There's always a reason to move on, and while I'm the queen of second chances, even I admit defeat and move on.

Songbird - Hey punkin! I haven't seen you in ages! How are you?? Weeeellll lest we all get the wrong impression here, I don't listen to Joy FM, I don't go to church every week and church music is not commonly heard around me, or I wouldn't need to blog it. That said, whatever gets you happy in the mornings is a good thing. I hate commercials in the morning so I rarely listen to the radio. This morning I was grooving to a little Carlos Santana and thinking about guitar players.

toothysmile 50M
16515 posts
9/15/2005 5:15 pm

It 's 3:13 am in Athens right now; I 'm awake...


PS: not a fair comparison really, I 'm a nightbird and have very flexible work hours.

RailBaron2 54M

9/15/2005 6:02 pm

I have not set foot in a church in 5 years,due to my work schedule. of course if i did the pastor would die of shock & the roof would probably cave in. LOL.

SunneyOne 43F

9/15/2005 7:49 pm

Puhleeze, if I haven't been struck by lightning, ain't nobody gonna get struck. LMAO

rm_mtnravyn 60M
890 posts
9/15/2005 8:19 pm

Actually Sunney You can relax. If the God of thunderbolts and lightning was going to zap you, he/she would not have waited this long. Just enjoy. And there is nothing so uplifting as a good Southern choir be it black, white or polka dotted.

Tone_33756 55M

9/16/2005 4:56 am

I had no idea! wow!
Yellow and Black Attack rocked!
The Altar Boys and Steve Taylor were second to none also!
Rock on girl. I also love praise stuff.
The things you learn by reading blogs.....

slim1691000 67M

9/16/2005 9:09 am


You know you are the reason I log onto AAF! I find your toughts and stories to to be very well put together. If you ever decied to get out of the legal business you should consider writing. But to my point...I'm a bass player and usually play every Sunday morning for a contemporary Lutheran service. While the service is rather set we do get to swing a hymm now and then, just to wake up the congregation. Glad to hear you enjoy this type of music
Thanks for all the smiles...Phil

SunneyOne 43F

9/16/2005 10:14 am

Awww, Phil, thank you! That's very sweet of you to say.

Tone - The things you learn if you try... Funny how some people don't.

mygmyg 59M

9/17/2005 1:55 pm

Sunney, The Blind Boys of Alabama, "Higer Ground", permanently in an old 5 disc player, these guys just rock, On their "spirit of the Century" CD, they have a version of Amazing Grace performe to House of the Rising Sun. And their rendition of "Way Down in a Hole" was used on the first year as theme for HBO's series,"The Wire".

A Song and prayer in my Heart, along with all my usuall "Lightening" provoking thoughts, about and for you!!

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