Just for the sake of some of us in the pews, could we agree that if St. Francis or Martin Luther wrote the hymn, arrangers are not allowed to do cute syncopations with it? I really can’t stand tricky praise-bandish versions of “A Mighty Fortress is our God” and “All Creatures of our God and King,” much less “Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee.” (On that one praise bands offend against both Luther and Beethoven, in my opinion.) Those songs sound as good as they do because of, not in spite of, their straight eighth notes and pounding quarter notes. To jack around with that is to ignore the character of music! Stop it!
Nothing grand or deep today; just thinking about the fact that the sixty-five-year-olds in my church are hipper than I am.