Mother Who Knows
Date: January 13, 2020 05:22AM
Hymns, choir music, opera choruses are written with phrasing, indicated by commas in the text and/or musical stanzas, to give the singers a chance to breathe. Phrases are often planned to give extra meaning to the song. What I'm saying, is that a good church hymn breathes, and has life in it.
The Mormon songs are so slowed-down, that average singers have to take two breaths instead of one. The MoTab takes it further, by staggering their breathing, so there are no breath-pauses at all.
Since the "correlation" disaster, the new hymn book lowered the key of a lot of the hymns, taking away their brightness, and making them sound solemn and heavy. I was told that the average singer couldn't reach the high notes--like--all of a sudden people were born with different vocal cords? What happened to the hymns is what happened to everything else, as a result of correllation. All the brightness, uniqueness, creativitiy, and color was blended together, to become that "average" neutral gray,
I was an organist, too, and we are told to always follow the chorister. I've had choristers complain that I was "rushing" them. I got around that, by bringing my metronome to practice. I told the chorister it was to keep me from rushing, but it was actually to keep the chorister from dragging so much. Choristers seem to have big egos. They actually have BRAGGED to me that they never had any musical training, like, they felt just blessed with talent, without practicing or even reading the music.
Mormons are like that. They are experts in psychology, and have no use for trained therapists. They freely give each other marriage advice. They think they know how to raise children, because they give birth to so many. They have created the new PISS program for teens, using micromanaging techniques, manipulation, peer pressure, humiliation, fear, criticism, and focusing on shortcomings, instead of strengths. By reviewing this new program, you can tell that no qualified educators, teachers, no gifted writers of curriculum, no experts in child or adolescent psychology were consulted. Arrogant Mormons think all they have to do is pray about it.
Imagine having the arrogance to think Mormon music is superior to The Great Remantic Composers, and those old Gregorian Chants, and old Christian hymns, and folk music, throughout time; and lovely contemporary music, movie scores, children's songs, hard rock and soft rock, and metal, etc. There are and have been so many with real talent--how can the Mormons limit their music to only Mormon-written music? Other churches have paid professional organists. I studied piano all my life, since age 5, and the organ from age 14, and I still took lessons, off and on, so I could play nice preludes and postludes. The learning made it interesting for me, and kept the music fresh. By the time we resigned from the cult, I was hating all of my callings, music included.
In Mormonism, the music died.