I’m working on creating a “reader” for the common Worship Leader that provides anintroduction to the world of CWM as described and analyzed by (ethno)musicologists. Working back through some old notes and noticed that Joshua Busman linked Jamie Smith’s old blog post in his article below so thought I would come back around to it. “An Open Letter to Praise Bands”
Three articles from Josh Busman with a musicologists analysis of the meteoric rise of ‘CWM’ and its impact both on the church and the wider culture.
Part One: “On Praise and Worship Music: An Essay to its Cultured Despisers.”
Part Two: “Exercising Your Second Commandment Rights: Luther and Calvin on Music.”
Part Three: “The Spiritual Children of Sigur Ros.”
Also check out…
Ingalls, Monique. “Singing Heaven Down to Earth: Spiritual Journeys, Eschatological Sounds, and Community Formation in Evangelical Conference Worship.” Ethnomusicology No. 55, Vol. 2: 255-79.