Date: July 24, 2019 05:42AM
Nelson already took the Mormon Tabernacle Chlir's name away from them, and now he wants to take away their reputation and dignity, as well. He wants to throw his weight around, to control, and to rule. He and Wendy certainly lack that "fatherly and motherly" image that Monson and his wife projected. Nelson is the man who preaches agains unconditional love, and, as far as I'm concerned, that says it all.
I have an opinion about the MoTab, which is the same opinion I've always had, when I was both a Mormon and an ex-Mormon, based on my own music education and taste in music. When I was a Mormon, I thought the MoTab was great publicity and a great image for the Mormon church.
I lived in a socialist country (I won't mention the name of the country, because I loved the people, and the beauty of the place), as an exchange student, for a school year. I won't go into detail about socialism, because politics is not allowed on RFM, but it made me appreciate America. There was a radio station, called "Radio Free Europe", and for many months, the the station was intentionally blocked by static. One night, I was finally able to tune it in, it was The Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing The Battle Hymn of The Republic with Eugene Ormandy, and I cried like a baby! Voices from home!
That said, I think too many voices make the choir sound muddy. Bigger is not necessarily better. Before the choir director put an age limit on the singers, the voices were too old and had too much vibrato to blend well. Opera choruses have a lot of vibrato, but, maybe the voices are more controlled, better trained--I don't know--but the opera and symphony choirs have spoiled me for other choirs. IMO, Mormon music sounds amateurish. I know that many of the new Mormon hymns are not written by trained musicians or educated poets. Like, Mormons seem to think that the arts require no training at all, whether it be music, painting, sculpting, architecture or writing.
However, when I was a Mormon, I didn't bad-mouth the MoTab, like I do now. I had friends that just loved it. We were given their Christmas albums as gifts, and my parents played them all Christmas, and we didn't get tired of them. Like, they were "classics", that never got old.
Nelson must be very egotistical! He must lack respect for his Mormon minions, to be so critical of his church's beloved choir. What was the point? Did he have any constructive ideas? Did he have specific suggestions, such as speeding up the tempo a bit, or bringing in new arrangers, or praying more, or charging the choir money to join, like a club?
I don't see any point in this, other than for Rusty to throw his weight around, and show-off that he had the power and authority to say anything he damn well pleases. He is ambitious and selfish to the point that he would throw his own cult members under the bus, to try to align himself with the Black Baptists. I'm sure the Baptists didn't appreciate the comparison, and took Nelson's comments as being condescending and insincere.
Nelson was comparing apples and oranges, anyway. There's room for all variety of music, for everyone, whatever they prefer, for whatever reason or occasion.
Rusty, let's hear you sing better. Let's hear you perform your music with "spirit."