Thursday, August 03, 2006

let's stop the madness

There is a trend that is happening in music today. At first I thought it was just worship leaders who were doing this. But as I looked around, I realized that it is happening in almost every genre of music. It is sometimes subtle, and sometimes not. But regardless it needs to stop. Right now. What am I referring to?

The faux British accent.

Please. You know who you are. Just stop. It doesn't make you sound hip or cool. All it does is make you sound like you are singing in a British accent. And that is just weird, if you think about it.

I heard a CD this past weekend with a worship leader who I know is from down here in the South, and if you didn't know any better you would think he was straight out of Liverpool. I literally laughed out-loud. It was that absurd.

Listen guys, I understand where you are coming from. Chris Martin, Jamie Cullum, Matt Redman, Paul McCartney, the guy from Keane, Thom York, Mr. Belvedere, Martin Smith...they all sound cooler than us. Believe me, I know. I wish I was from England as much as the next guy. Something about that accent makes their melodies seem catchier, their lyrics seem more profound and (most remarkably) their appearance seem more attractive to women. I agree, its not fair. But pretending that you sing with an accent you don't have, is just plain silly. So, don't do it. At least not from stage. If you are singing along to the Elephant Love Medley from Moulin Rouge in your car...than by all means, lay that puppy on thick. Just don't do it from stage.

As a worship leader, as a musician, and as a human being...I motion that we put an end to this goofy and pretentious fad.

Who's with me?


greg said...

I'm bloody well with you old chap! Bullocks!

The Anonymous Human said...

thanks greg, stealing the joke for everybody. What, since you live on eastern time, you think you have the right to check this site before the rest of us even wake up, then steal the only obvious joke?

Okay, I see how it is. I'll play your game you rogue...

greg said...

It might be early mate, but not too early for some fish and chips. While we're at it, let's throw another shrimp on the barbie because a dingo ate my baby! That's aiight though hombre, I'm so rico suave, my biaatch wants to have fo mo. Wicked ahhsome!

Okay, now I'm really confused.

Betsy said...

mr. belvedere?

(i did good honey!)

Anonymous said...

Have you noticed that some black people try to use the Jamacian accent in the same way, while all the time they are from Mississippi?

bill said...

anonymous...i'm not touching that with a ten foot pole.