Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Why do I hate this?

Be Magnified

It’s not the song itself, which I have heard done nicely and non-schlockily.

But good grief ..... all the instrumentation, and then, that cheesiest of cheesy pop song tricks, the transposition up as we reach/repeat a final refrain.

Give a listen to the full audio preview - I’d be interested, why does this stuff sound so awful to me?


At Tuesday, September 19, 2006 6:05:00 PM, Anonymous Pes said...

Why does it sound so awful to you?

Maybe because you don't like your emotions to be manipulated so obviously. You prefer to be manipulated less obviously. :^)

I haven't heard the clip, but from your description I'm afraid it would test my charity.

At Tuesday, September 19, 2006 9:04:00 PM, Anonymous Pes said...

The link doesn't work now. "Internal Server Error." Did you generate all kinds of bad publicity? Bad Cantor, bad Cantor! LOL

At Tuesday, September 19, 2006 9:30:00 PM, Blogger Cantor said...

Hm - works for me....

At Wednesday, September 20, 2006 10:42:00 AM, Anonymous Pes said...

Hmm, why use a deceptive cadence to set the word "magnified," I wonder.

This song would sound very much at home in a Disney movie musical -- as the soliloquy of some young character(s) resolving to right some wrong, perhaps.

I see this as highly appropriate for a Christian movie soundtrack.

At Thursday, September 21, 2006 3:08:00 PM, Blogger Cassianus said...

Except for the lyrics, the music, as recorded here, could be used in any number of secular musicals... and, yes, it does seem designed to provoke a shallow emotional response.

At Friday, September 22, 2006 6:26:00 AM, Anonymous Pes said...

It is also *exactly* the kind of music played in the wealthier Southern Baptist services. I've been to them (my relatives), so I'm not being at all facetious. The time comes, a girl or a group of girls takes the mike, a CD is cued up in the background, and the entire congregation sits and listens as the girls sing these musical-type songs. It's very like karaoke. I'm not casting aspersions: if this is how they sincerely worship, I have nothing to say. But it is useless to deny that, in Roman Catholicism, this sort of music represents a clearly Protestant import.

At Tuesday, September 26, 2006 12:23:00 PM, Blogger Mary Jane said...

I'm listening to the full sample (how can all of something be a sample?) and holding my breath for the Barry Manilow transposition. Ah, there is comes - swelling accompaniment. The Disney image is apt. I can visualize smiling young people with wireless headset mics. If anyone's old enough to remember "Up with People," there's a similarity there too.

It is so self-consciously heartwarming. However, I agree with a previous commenter that many folks find listening to this music a form of worship.

And while you don't get to go on for five minutes during most offertories, I've been around similar Catholic lyrics with "pop-y" tunes designed to uplift and bring on the warm fuzzies.

What I always find surprising is that those most affected by pieces like these are not your "brimming with tears of joy" types. Instead, those who tell me that they've been moved are often incredibly staid-looking older men.

And I don't care what anyone says. Singing along with a CD is karaoke, no matter where you do it.

At Wednesday, September 27, 2006 3:54:00 PM, Blogger Pespodatus said...

mary jane

A Protestant music director once told me that a sure-fire way to get the congregation to be moved emotionally is to make them sing some song structured around the Stages of Life: birth, youth, middle age, old age, and death. This taps into some area of the brain that connects memory and emotion, so that they get this combined rush of memory and benevolence "under the aspect of eternity," as they say. No one is immune!

To play on this deliberately strikes me as manipulative and wrong, as it forces one's reflection to focus on oneself, and grow maudlin.


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