Singing For Religious Organizations

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Religious organisations routinely put up fliers or notices announcing musicians wanted for their services.  Involvement of musicians in religious organization can be both voluntary or in the form of a paid job.

Music is an integral part of the religious experiences in a lot of societies. The role of songs and music, in these cultures goes beyond the obvious and becomes a source, an instrument for the religion to be able to permeate into the very soul of the devotees. Songs serves as a clever way to propagate religious teaching because if they are catchy and memorable, they remain with the listeners even after they have left the premises of the religious institute and serve as a subconscious way of adhering to their faith through the act of repetition by singing. Again, it is easier to propagate religious morals and teaching through music particularly when the organizations are dealing with a population which does not have the time to read or is unable to read. The simplicity of a simple devotional song is way more powerful than a hundred articles discussing the merits of a religious issue.

Songs are also a method by which a very potent psychological force field is created in mass prayers. It is observed that while one is in the midst of a huge spiritual gathering partaking in a mass singing of some particular strong religious song, one can almost feel the strong currents of religious fervour that runs through the crowd.

Musicians who want to experience singing for a religious organization should be first of all aware of the role that they are going to play in the organization, which as clear from the above discussion, is no small feat. In particular, when we are talking of singers, the involvement deepens. The voice of the singer becomes the voice that leads the devotees into prayer or into an experience that strives to unify them with harmony and spirituality.

There have been many great and successful singers who started off singing in church choirs. Soul music is a type of music that emerged from the songs sung in churches. Again, if we look at South Asia, there is a whole genre of music, called Sufi, centred on spirituality and religiosity and the performances take place in a dargah, which is a place of worship. There are many other forms of religious music which has transcended from their religious spheres and been successfully mashed with other popular music categories.

While music itself is far removed from any kind of limitations or stratification, musicians are not exempt from these earthly ties. What we mean is, a singer is not just a singer when it comes to working in a religious organization. There might be some open minded organizations that do not require their singer to follow their religious beliefs; there would be many more which would see that as a necessary condition. So the singer might become an individual marked on the basis of his religion. So if a musician is uncomfortable with this kind of a working environment, as we know many progressive individuals might be, they might want to reconsider their decision of singing for a religious institution.

Again, when a singer sings for a religious organization, they become the voice of that organizations therefore people would perceive them an inherent part of the belief system that they represent. For someone who wants to keep their religious life separate and private from their public life, the role of singer for religious organization might become uncomfortable. It is difficult to stop people from forming perceptions and making association in their head.

When the question of religion comes in, a lot of controversial issues are likely to emerge, mainly when we bring in question on gender. The role of women in religious organizations, irrespective of how modern a society is or how advanced, has come under scrutiny quite a bit in the recent times. So, when it comes to singing in religious organizations, female singers might need to be ready for biased treatment based on differences in religious beliefs as well as cultural perceptions. Whereas singing in musical organizations might be perceived as an exclusively male domain in some cultures, the opposite may be true in others. The ways of dressing oneself as well as one’s demeanour becomes things that cannot be ignored while singing for religious organizations.

So, we see that there are several social and cultural weights that are placed on the shoulders of a person who chooses to sing for a religious organization. The main reason is the exposure that such a position entails, bearing the role of promoter of religious beliefs via songs as well as that of a motivator for the devotees to engage in the act of prayer or singing.

Singing for religious organization is not an easy feat by any means. A singer needs to be aware of the pressures of such a job. First of all, the singer needs to have the required stamina for being able to stand on their toes for hours belting out songs after songs. While not every performance for religious devotees is likely to be madly hectic, one does need to have the spunk and enthusiasm for such a job.

Again, the singer needs to have a good memory for lines and be able to maintain harmony with the accompanying group, if any. There are many religious organizations that like those songs to be sung which are direct quotations from some particular revered book or scripture. In these cases, the singer needs to have a working knowledge of those.

The singer needs to strengthen their vibrato and falsetto along with taking adequate precautions like body posture and warm up and vocal exercises before singing.

In conclusion, singing for a religious organization becomes somewhat harder than a normal performance because religion itself is composed of so many decorum and rules that the person choosing to sing for it also becomes responsible for their upkeep and representation. Singing for a religious organisation can be a very uplifting experience, one that is filled with the joy of enlightenment and the light of spirituality. But do stop and consider your decision to sing for a religious organisation carefully before jumping in thoughtless when you see the notice for musician wanted being put some by some organization. A singer must be sure and believe in what they are singing because without their confidence and apparent devotion, their audiences are not going to believe their songs. And belief is the entire point for religious songs in religious organizations. Without belief, there would be no religion.

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This article was published on 2013/06/29