Monday, September 14, 2009

How Grey is our GA

I have been a fan of Christ Tomlin for many years. I took my youth group to the Texas Youth Evangelism Conference for years when it was in San Antonio. I remember visting with Chris in the hallway at the table where he sold his CD's. This was prior to metrosexual worship leader Chrsi Tomlin --- he had a normal haircut, wore wranglers and flannels shirts with a baseball cap --- This was Authentic Chris Tomlin - I call him that because that was the name of his self marketed cd.

I also took my youth group to Austin for the recording of his live cd after that marketing team got to him and moussed his hair and traded his wranglers and flannels for designer jeans and shirts with pretty designs on them. The music is stil great.

I do want to say that Chris has done nothing but get better and better.

I do now have to lodge a complaint. Leading worship I am always looking for new songs to sing congregationally and as a special on occasion. I am limited at my church to the use of cd's. So imagine my joy when Master Trax started making cd collections of accompaniment trax with more then one song on them. I bought the Chris Tomlin collection.

Now we have done How can I keep from Singing and Amazing Grace 2 great songs -- Undescribable is also on the cd - but we have kind of worn that one out.

This brings us to How Great is our God. I have been practicing it for several weeks but I can't bring myself to singing it. I keep hearing the recording version where Chris drops all the ending vowels. I know this because my wife cringes every time she hears it. The difference between me and my wife is that she grew up in choirs and I grew up in rock bands. So she notices these thing much more quickly then I.

The recorded version sound like the singer is saying How grey is our Ga sing with me How Grey is our Ga and all will see How grey how grey is our ga.

Since my wife has pointed it out to me I have been emphasizing the ending vowels and now I sound like some preppy opera singer faking rock. It is kind of like imaging Julie Andrews singing Janis Joplin --- it is justed too mixed a metaphor. Kind of like wearing overalls with a tie.

Anyone else having this issue?


1 comment:

  1. ohhhh YES!!! My then-5-year-old son pointed it out to me when he said, "Mom, why does he say, 'How grey is our bra?"