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Thread #57624   Message #3406213
Posted By: Charmion
17-Sep-12 - 12:14 PM
Thread Name: Do you need to *believe* what you sing?
Subject: RE: Do you need to *believe* what you sing?
I like to sing "Lilliburlero" (especially when doing housework), although I do not believe in hanging Catholics -- or indeed anyone else. I would not sing "Lilliburlero" in Northern Ireland, however, or anywhere near a branch of the Loyal Orange Lodge because my performance might give certain people reason to believe that I carry any part of its political baggage.

Political songs present much greater performance difficulties than songs with religious content do. Political songs are often angry, or designed to provoke anger or scorn in others, whereas religious-oriented songs -- at least in the Christian and Jewish traditions -- are generally intended to promote meditation, express joy or offer comfort. I have never heard a Christian or Jewish religious song that I could not sing with conviction, even if I do not personally believe specific statements in the lyrics, because the overall message is something I can support.

I am not commenting here on songs from other faiths because I don't know any.