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Cinny

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Secular songs you have heard in church or temple, place of worship

I was listening to "Put A Little Love In Your Heart" sung by Al Green in the 80s when his shows had turned to gospel completely and it dawned on me how wholesome this Eurythmics Al Green cover is.

The only secular song I have heard in church is "Turn Turn Turn" by The Association.
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Reply #1 posted 11/30/19 3:22pm

anc282

How's THIS for secular?

There were a few times where I heard some young kids singing:

"You down with G.O.D.? Yeah you know me."

I was like: whofarted disbelief

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Reply #2 posted 12/01/19 5:20pm

beast44

What churches y'all go to? Lol I'm the keyboard player at my church. The praise team did We Sing Praises and I did the Jackson 5 riff from I Want You Back and they said if I had put any more of that song in my arragnement, we would probably get stopped by the pastor and told to do a different song. Other than that, I know there were a lot of gospel remixes to Beyonce's Drunk In Love a few years ago.

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Reply #3 posted 12/01/19 9:44pm

Cinny

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lol I wonder if anyone performed "Joy To The World" with the Three Dog Night interpolation like Mariah Carey's 1994 version.

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Reply #4 posted 12/01/19 9:45pm

Cinny

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anc282 said:

How's THIS for secular?

There were a few times where I heard some young kids singing:

"You down with G.O.D.? Yeah you know me."

I was like: whofarted disbelief

lol Every chuch lay dee!

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Reply #5 posted 12/01/19 9:46pm

Cinny

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beast44 said:

we would probably get stopped by the pastor and told to do a different song.


I mean, asking never hurt.

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Reply #6 posted 12/02/19 10:41am

onlyforaminute

No for the most part, but there are moments like at the 2:10 mark there's a familiar riff. Honestly if you're playing like this on the regular one wouldn't need to use a lot from the secular to move the congregation. I'm like wired after this. I can do all things...
https://youtu.be/LsmgRq_Tl_4
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Reply #7 posted 12/03/19 6:52am

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onlyforaminute said:

No for the most part, but there are moments like at the 2:10 mark there's a familiar riff. Honestly if you're playing like this on the regular one wouldn't need to use a lot from the secular to move the congregation. I'm like wired after this. I can do all things... https://youtu.be/LsmgRq_Tl_4



Cool!

The Lakewood Church band used to play the riff from "Beat It" in "We Have Overcome". Go to 6:33 in this video:

https://www.youtube.com/w..._qknkfbCc0

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Reply #8 posted 12/03/19 7:05am

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For two years I ran the Intermediate School praise band at the Baptist church we used to attend. I would take pop and rock songs, change a few words, and have the kids perform them. Here are some of the songs we did:

Prince - "Guitar" (I changed it to "My God" - I love you baby, but not like I love my God!)
Steppenwolf - "Born to Be Wild" (I think we changed this to "Born to Love God")
Duffy - "Mercy" (Didn't have to change a lot in this one)
Journey - "Don't Stop Believing" (Didn't have to change much in this one, either)

There were a bunch more but I can't remember them right now. We also did "One of Us" the way Prince did it. BTW, I even taught my 8th-grade guitarist the entire solo in "Guitar" and he did a pretty good job with it, LOL.

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Reply #9 posted 12/03/19 8:46am

OldFriends4Sal
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Anytime Anyplace(instrument Janet Jackson)

#IDEFINEME #ALBUMSSTILLMATTER

A Liar Shall Not Tarry In My Presence
I will make you cyber shit in your pants!
What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
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Reply #10 posted 12/04/19 8:30am

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RodeoSchro said:

For two years I ran the Intermediate School praise band at the Baptist church we used to attend. I would take pop and rock songs, change a few words, and have the kids perform them. Here are some of the songs we did:

Prince - "Guitar" (I changed it to "My God" - I love you baby, but not like I love my God!)
Steppenwolf - "Born to Be Wild" (I think we changed this to "Born to Love God")
Duffy - "Mercy" (Didn't have to change a lot in this one)
Journey - "Don't Stop Believing" (Didn't have to change much in this one, either)

There were a bunch more but I can't remember them right now. We also did "One of Us" the way Prince did it. BTW, I even taught my 8th-grade guitarist the entire solo in "Guitar" and he did a pretty good job with it, LOL.


I listened to a video of 2 church musicians who argued for and against, it's still a bit controversial but they made some good points. It's all about 5he lyrical content. Honestly there are some church songs that creep me out at the same time there are secular songs I'd swear are praise songs.
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Reply #11 posted 12/07/19 6:01pm

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I haven't been to church in a long time, but I would think "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen/Jeff Buckley would have been played there quite a bit. Iroinically, even ehough it involes biblical themes, the song itself is about a busted relationship.

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Reply #12 posted 12/09/19 1:23pm

namepeace

Many churches set their hymns to classical arrangements, many of which were secular.

Yesterday I was at a memorial service at a synagogue and 3 of the decedent's favorite pop songs were played, including "Don't Know Much," Aaron Neville and Linda Ronstadt.

My cousin's memorial service featured a song dedicated to his girlfriend, "I'm Stone In Love With You," The Stylistics.


Good night, sweet Prince | 7 June 1958 - 21 April 2016

Props will be withheld until the showing and proving has commenced. -- Aaron McGruder
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Reply #13 posted 12/09/19 8:31pm

Cinny

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OldFriends4Sale said:

Anytime Anyplace(instrument Janet Jackson)


SKIRT AROUND MY WAIST
WALL AGAINST MY FACE

I can't seem to picture a choir singing this one. neutral

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