Mudcat Café message #913465 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #57624   Message #913465
Posted By: George Papavgeris
19-Mar-03 - 11:20 AM
Thread Name: Do you need to *believe* what you sing?
Subject: RE: Do you need to *believe* what you sing?
a) Most people don't need to believe in the background to a song, its "input" as it were; but they have to sympathise, at least while they are singing it, with the message it projects - its "output". So one may well sing a religious song without being religious.

b) Or you may be able to sing a song because you sympathise with some of its message; this enables anti-hunt supporters to sing hunting songs, for example, if they can find some love of the countryside (say) in them.

c) Or you can sing a song in whose message you totally disbelieve, by suspending your belief temporarily, because you like (for example) the tune but not the lyrics.

So, any song, hymn, or national anthem becomes "fair game" - it just depends on the amount of integrity the singer has or wishes to portray. I would defend their right to sing it, in any case - but not necessarily in public, because... about the listener? Some are indeed offended to hear their favourite hymn set to (in their view) inappropriate arrangements; or to hear their national anthem sung inappropriately by Roseanne. The singer cannot ignore such offense he/she gives. Because at the end of the day singing is a communication medium. If the sender and receiver do not agree on the style and content of the communication, then it shouldn't, cannot, happen.