I am a church boy. Grew up in church, woke up in church, went to sleep in church, sang in church, played in church, even had one of my first kisses in church. I'm a PK (preacher's kid) so they say we are the worst. Anyway...I know church. I know gospel music, and I know gospel trends. I know about the cool new ways to shout and show that you are praising God, and I know the cool new sayings that get passed around this nation of churches for years and years.
I also know gospel music trends, and if you didn't know or haven't been paying attention, we are in a serious gospel music trend RIGHT NOW!
Worship music. It has been around for years and years. It used to be considered "christian" or "white" gospel music. Worship music used to be taboo in the so-called black church. You wouldn't catch any music director or any minister of music playing singing, directing, or praising God using worship music. It was too quiet, and frankly, I would hear, "That's how white people worship God."
Now me, I like to consider myself, very independent in thought and action. But, I cannot remember singing a worship song until these last few years. When I say sing, I mean, choose a song and sing it in church for service. I never would even consider "worship" songs. Why? Because it wasn't in style. And frankly, you wouldn't get much of a reaction 5 years ago if you sang "There is power, in the name of Jesus"...worship style. Now those same words had a different style just a few years ago, and I may dare say that style is considered "old school".
For some reason, everyone, and I mean EVERYBODY, has slowly descended upon "worship" music as being the ultimate music in churches today. Turn the radio on and everything you hear is ultimate praise, or serious worship. It is as if gospel music has found it's door into the mainstream, and now the floodgates are open.
I'm not bashing, nor uplifting...because frankly...I love the stuff. It's the music of today. I just think it's funny that just a few years ago, it wasn't considered good enough to to be sang in black churches.
What do you think?