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Posted By: Jerry Rasmussen
17-Mar-03 - 07:37 PM
Thread Name: Do you need to *believe* what you sing?
Subject: RE: Do you need to *believe* what you sing?
You're absolutely right, Fred... you don't care much for songs with a message. When you said "artists aren't postal workers," i guess it ook that to mean that they shouldn't be delivering messages, but you also qualified it by saying, well, maybe sometimes." I think any singer worth his salt (or her) needs to respect their audience. There are songs (gospel and otherwise) that I wouldn't do in certain settings. But, at the same time as you said, sometimes it's important to express a view that might not be shared by your audience, because you never know what the lasting effect of music is.
But, I don't believe music normally converts anyone to a different view, whether it's politics, religion or environmental issues. and too often, it only turns people more against whatever message you're trying to deliver.

Jerry