Bags of Bran


On being wrong about some things
October 20, 2014, 10:33 am
Filed under: Biography

Recently I let it be known that I am against CCLI, and that, more or less, I felt that this is exactly the sort of thing that Jesus would have chased out of the temple precinct with a whip made of cords. Church music has long since ceased to be a ministry and has long since become an industry, and I believed that CCLI was indeed Carbon Credits for Liturgical Innovators.

I still feel that way, but now that I’ve had a look around the world we live in, it appears that there really is no other way. Our hymnal stinks to high heaven of pre-conservative SBC; a paltry minority of good hymnody has been written since copyright; I need tunes for Psalm texts; and I probably won’t write the letters to the publishers to beg their permission.

So, grudgingly, I called CCLI and talked to a gentleman named “Artichoke” (name changed for anonymity). “Artichoke” explained the process succinctly, and it turns out that, from his perspective, it’s more about sheltering churches from parasitic artists and vampiric record labels than about funneling $$$$$ to those parasitic artists and vampiric record labels. So, while the very existence of CCLI points to an evil, CCLI is not that evil, even if it is a lesser, yet necessary evil.

But one thing “Artichoke” said made all the difference: “If you’re just going to be singing out of hymnals, you certainly don’t need us.”

You want my business, necessary evil? Hire guys like “Artichoke.”

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