See Christian writer Brian Mclaren’s little 3 min video about the “worship industry” (a term we all cringe at, I’m sure) here at http://www.theworkofthepeople.com/index.php?ct=store.details&pid=V00246.
This has very much been my heart about this for a while now.
1) Worship music is too safe, lyrically and musically (some new songs I can guess the next line easily- “I lift my hands to you my King, and with my voice I sing…” Before I even know the song I know what the lyrics are going to be… not cool! And most lyrics are not honest enough, but very hype driven, IMHO.
2) A lot of music is too safe, musically. Although I can understand that difficult songs musically make it difficult for the congregation to follow. But I don’t think it’s something complex musically that’s the problem, it’s only melody. You can have complex music with a great melody. Melody is how people remember easily.
Man, and lets not talk about the magazines, record companies, internet sites etc. that promote the “next rising worship stars.” I mean, making an industry out of art has always been a problem but here it gets mixed up with a personal relationship with the Almighty God and Saviour of the world. It’s just wrong on so many levels!
Free to discuss here at my blog – some further discussion is also here – http://www.emergentvillage.com/weblog/brian-mclaren-on-the-worship-industry#c001109