Tuesday night Heather and I were watching Glee and they started singing Landslide.
I asked, “who recorded this?” thinking I knew the answer. Heather responded, “Dixie Chicks.” I thought to myself, “I’m pretty sure Smashing Pumpkins did it first.” It turns out we were both right. And we were both wrong.
Before I knew the song via Smashing Pumpkins
and before Heather knew it via the Dicke Chicks
Stevie Nicks wrote it and Fleetwood Mac recorded it.
Heather and I both knew the song from different artists in different genres. Neither of us were aware of it’s origins.
As I reflected on this reality, I found myself thinking about the task of picking music for worship. I’m responsible for selecting hymns for the two congregations I currently serve (not real high on my list of spiritual gifts). Sometimes I pick what I think is an oldie and goodie (i.e., I remember singing it in traditional worship services before I began attending a contemporary service in the mid-90’s) that people will surely know and love. Sometimes they don’t know it. At all. Sometimes a song from the United Methodist Hymnal that was well loved in my student appointment, is a dud in one of the churches I now serve. Even with a shared denominational heritage and a common songbook, different congregations have different “oldies but goodies” that they love to sing.
I am yet to draw many solid conclusions about what all of this means, but it has me thinking about the importance of music in worship (and in life) connecting to the experience(s) of people.
Any insights you have into this or lessons you take from it?