- Worship Leader Mag responds to the new study "Worship at the Speed of Sound" with questions in an effort to find answers.
Last year we were approached by Dr. Mike Tapper to publish a very important study, “Worship at the Speed of Sound,” where he and Marc Jolicoeur, Lisa Corbin, Charldon Dennis and Andrea Hunter looked at the accelerating pace of creation, distribution, ascent & decline in the life of congregational worship songs.
This new study, “Worship at the Speed of Sound,” left us with many questions that we’re still searching for answers to.
- What are the factors influencing the speedier appearance and disappearance of songs?
- How does social media impact adoption and retention?
- What is the role of song author(s) on a song’s rise and adoption (How do the number of writers, church affiliation, or label association; whether the writer is classified primarily as an artist, producer, or solely a songwriter correlate with songs’ rise, adoption fade and/or lasting power?
- How does the circumstance/the story of a song’s conception correlate with its adoption and use? Is it written in a writing room, at a worship rehearsal, or a retreat/conference? Is it written in response to an encounter with God, personal revelation, or assigned?
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- How do production budget, source, means of distribution, and relationship to CCLI, PraiseCharts, etc. (e.g. church, church label, commercial label, individual songwriter) impact song adoption and retention?
- How does the faster cycling of songs impact congregational formation and absorption of Biblical principles? What are the up and downside of trends toward faster rise, adoption, and fade?
- What attributes and qualities (e.g. lyrical, musical, Biblical, and theological) increase or decrease adoption and retention?
- What attributes do classic (anomaly) songs that maintain “staying power” presence in or near the Top 100 over decades possess?
- When looking at and cross-referencing lyrical content, do themes ebb and flow, year-by-year, in increasingly more rapid succession?
We’re in search of some answers… what do y’all think? Leave your comments below.
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