Meaning-Making in the Contemporary Congregational Song Genre

Palgrave Macmillan (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 6. Oktober 2020
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  • XV, 236 Seiten
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978-3-030-55609-9 (ISBN)

This book analyses the most sung contemporary congregational songs (CCS) as a global music genre. Utilising a three-part music semiology, this research engages with producers, musical texts, and audiences/congregations to better understand contemporary worship for the modern church and individual Christians.

Christian Copyright Licensing International data plays a key role in identifying the most sung CCS, while YouTube mediations of these songs and their associated data provide the primary texts for analysis. Producers and the production milieu are explored through interviews with some of the highest profile worship leaders/songwriters including Ben Fielding, Darlene Zschech, Matt Redman, and Tim Hughes, as well as other music industry veterans. Finally, National Church Life Survey data and a specialized survey provide insight into individual Christians' engagement with CCS. Daniel Thornton shows how these perspectives taken together provide unique insight into the current global CCS genre, and into its possible futures.

1st ed. 2021
  • Englisch
  • Cham
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  • Schweiz
Springer International Publishing
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  • 7 s/w Abbildungen
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978-3-030-55609-9 (9783030556099)
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Daniel Thornton is the Head of Worship at Alphacrucis College, Australia, and an ordained minister with the Australian Christian Churches. A professional composer and performer, Daniel has written and recorded numerous albums and continues to lead worship and train worshipers in churches around the world.

Chapter 1 Contemporary Congregational Songs Genre Formation and Scrutiny


Key Questions and Findings

The Formation of a Genre

Perspectives on CCS History

Selected Scholarship

Why Music Semiology? (Texts, Writers, Audience)

YouTube - the Primary Text

Chapter 2 Contemporary Congregational Songs

What's in a Name?

Praise and Worship Theology

Contemporary for whom?

Defining congregational

Songs or Music?

Are the most sung songs representative of the genre?

Songs Under Analysis

Chapter 3 The Contemporary Congregational Song Industry (Poietic Analysis Pt 1)


Where Do They Come From?

Authenticity, Originality, and the Singer-Songwriter

The Production Milieu

Industry Insights

Chapter 4 So the Songwriters Say (Poietic Analysis Pt 2)

Who's who?

Writing for the People

Performance or Participation?

Predicting Success


Chapter 5 The Old and New Guard - Ways of Thinking for Contemporary Congregational Songs Writers (Poietic Analysis Pt 3)

Bridging Old and New

Theological Considerations


Roles and Writing

Poietic conclusion

Chapter 6 How Christians Feel About the Songs they Sing - Individually (Esthesic Analysis Pt 1)

Methods and Background

To Sing or Not to Sing

The Individual's Perspective and their Voice

Why Christians Connect with Certain Songs

Chapter 7 How Christians Feel About the Songs they Sing - Corporately (Esthesic Analysis Pt 2)

Australia's National Church Life Surveys

What Gathered Worshipers Really Think

The Other NCLS Survey and What it Reveals

The Big Picture of Local Churches' Musical Worship

Synthesizing the Individual and Corporate

Chapter 8 Just Another Pop Song? The Music (Trace Analysis Pt 1)


Memorable Melodies

Melodic Expectations


Banal Harmony

The Band

Tempos and Time Signatures


Chapter 9 Just Another Pop Song? The Lyrics (Trace Analysis Pt 2)


Counting Lyrics

Addressing God

Theology and Poetry

CCS Categories

Focus of current CCS

Chapter 10 Some Individual Examples - Australia (Trace Analysis Pt 3)

The Problem with Analysing a Genre


Mighty To Save

Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)

What A Beautiful Name

Chapter 11 Some Individual Examples - UK and USA (Trace Analysis Pt 4)

10,000 Reasons

How Great Is Our God

In Christ Alone

Revelation Song

Trace Analysis Conclusion

Chapter 12 The Current and Future Contemporary Congregational Songs Genre

Meaning-making in CCS

Conflicting Messages

Ambivalence or Appropriation

The Evolving Genre

The Functional Genre

Where to From Here?

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