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Coming out of the closet (musically speaking) - brozinski

Jan. 19th, 2009 11:03 pm Coming out of the closet (musically speaking)

So, I'm Mormon.

Now that may or may not be any type of shock to anybody but there it is. So, being Mormon and having worked for some years at Deseret Book, the LDS Church owned (once or twice removed anyway) bookstore, and currently at the choral music supplier for most of the wards and stakes in the valley I am somewhat acquainted with the rare and mystical beast of music, Mormon Music.

Here is where I come out of the closet. I don't like the majority of Mormon Music. I don't actually like a fair number of our Hymns but that's a different post. Now the first Mormon Music that I was introduced to was back in the early '80s with a couple of musicals called Saturday's Warrior and My Turn on Earth. They are bad. Well, Saturday's Warrior is bad (not completely but the only recordings that I've heard have some of the most atrocious singers) and My Turn on Earth is marginally better. If you catch me on a more open day I'll tell you that I actually love My Turn on Earth, mainly because I think it takes itself far less seriously than Saturday's Warrior. I may post more on these later.

That's all there was for me until Junior High. 9th grade specifically and the Seminary Quiet Music. I was introduced to Michael McLean (don't get me started), Bryce Neubert, Kenneth Cope, and loads of others whose heart was in the right place but the music was so sickly sweet with saccharine lyrics that I started getting to Seminary late just so I would miss it.

I used to think that maybe I just wasn't spiritual enough. That perhaps my inability to like this lackluster music was somehow a failing on my part because I wasn't more closely in tune with the Spirit.

That's not true.

I'm pretty sure it's because I thought (and currently think) that I could do it better and was irritated that a series of quarter note block chords and obvious chord changes could get everybody standing up, holding hands, swaying back and forth and singing "we will be together forever once more." Don't these people listen to actual good music.

So this is my new project. I'm going to put my money where my mouth is. My friend and I are starting a music publishing company, which if anybody has any advice on contracts or anything I would love some 'cause I don't really know where to start, and I'm going to write some music that I would like to listen to.

I will keep you posted.

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From:haikujaguar
Date:January 20th, 2009 01:22 pm (UTC)
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How exciting! I have no advice, but I am eager to hear how it goes. :)
From:brozinski
Date:January 20th, 2009 05:51 pm (UTC)
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I'm also eager to find out how it goes. It should be interesting.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:January 29th, 2009 04:55 am (UTC)
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That's ambitious, my friend, and very cool... best of luck. I have no idea what a music publishing company actually does, but if you find yourself in need of any editorial/proofreading type assistance, let me know...

Jason

PS I've always thought my inability to like sappy "church music" was because I was an unclean heathen. Glad to know there may be actual reasons...