Preparing a seminar on music for the Keswick Convention youth stream, I’ve been thinking afresh through issues of music and culture: How vital is it that music in church reflects the music of the prevailing culture? What other factors come into play? What about a congregation with a range of musical tastes and experiences? Why precisely does the same piece of music have different effects on different people at the same time? And so on.
Coincidentally, in came a prayer letter from Dave Brown in Paris. He’s spent many years as a church planter in France, and is a respected writer and thinker on church/culture issues there.
In a throwaway line he says,
… and we use minor keys for singing because my research shows that the French associate that with depth of spirituality…