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Bow, Pluck or Plug In

When our radio in the bedroom played a theme from an old show this morning, I was attracted by the rich low tones that emanated, and that I identified as being produced by a bass violin. A bass violin–what an instrument that is, and one that used to be played in our churches. I can’t remember, though, when I’ve seen such an instrument in a modern church service. Often, in those long-ago church gatherings the bass was played, not with a bow, but with the plucking of the strings–a pizzacato technique.

I asked Jerry about it.

“You used to play the bass, didn’t you?”

“Yes, I did…never owned one…and I don’t believe I was very good at it, but I did play.”

“Not with a bow, huh?”

“No, just plucked the strings.”

“Wonder why we don’t see those in churches anymore?” I persisted.

“Probably because of electronics.”

That discussion aroused in my mind the issue of whether or not electronic instruments are superior to acoustic ones. Is an electric bass better than those big bubbas that used to stand prominently on the platform? Smaller and more convenient, that’s for sure, but are the tones as full and husky?

And what about these?

Keyboard–Can an electric piano touch a grand acoustic instrument?

Guitar–Is an electric guitar superior to an excellent Martin or Gibson acoustic guitar? (probably showing my age by mentioning Martin and Gibson. Do they even make them today? Is there a much superior acoustic guitar?)

Drums–Had to come back and add these. Almost forgot the choice of electronic drums .

Have you ever listened to the rich low tones of a bowed acoustic bass violin? Have you admired the elegance of the instrument itself? Take a listen here. Excellent music…then tell me your opinion of acoustic versus electronic instruments.

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The Times of Your Life–Part 5

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A significant part of almost any Apostolic service is its music, and the recent conference in Visalia certainly reflected this pattern. Karen Harding was the worship leader and she, along with the praise team she had gathered, did a splendid job. The excellence of form was exceeded only by the soul-stirring emotion and spirit such music elicits.

Karen is a joy. She is an artful, ambitious, hard-working, talented, funny, and God-loving woman, and we were distinctly blessed to have her in charge of the music for this conference.

Other outstanding singers used their beautiful voices to worship our God. Summer Schexnayder and Jana Allard who both have incredible voices were among those. Pictured here is Stephany Parkey as she lifted her exceptional voice in praise to our Master.

Adorable Bryn Allard was the youngest singer.