Church Music

I sometimes wonder: if “attractional” churches which use a genre of music called “bone-shaking” had their way, would the kind of music below just disappear? That would be very, very sad.

The composer of that piece, Paul Mealor, wrote one of the beautiful pieces played at the last major royal English wedding. There is something particularly God-like about pushing the bounds of a genre—even and especially the “classical” genre—to greater and greater heights of beauty and creativity.

Then again, I’m not sure any composer will ever beat the power of this piece, written before 1683:

Once again I say, British people are just more better than us are.

Mark Ward

PhD in NT; theological writer for Faithlife; former high school Bible textbook author for BJU Press; husband; father; ultimate frisbee player; member of the body of Christ.


  1. Dustin B. on August 28, 2014 at 9:38 am

    The Mealor piece is amazing… except for the flat sopranos at 4:04.

  2. Duncan Johnson on August 28, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Wow, that first one is great. Thanks for posting. I’ll have to watch the second one when I get a chance later today.

  3. Mark Ward on August 28, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    You’re right, Dustin. And it seems to me the choir can’t quite keep up the energy in the very last chord. One strong soprano just drops out and comes back in. But other than that, British people are still better.

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