Tuesday, January 24, 2006
The Dilemma pt. 2
So I’m going to Nashville to talk with HHI.
A sister network of TBN has told me if the production value is good (obviously) they are almost guaranteeing me a spot on their network.
I’ve pulled several other networks into the fold and am checking with them to see if they have exclusionary clauses in their contracts and to see if they would consider airing the show as well.
Right now GBN is a moot point. They are going to hold out on any project no matter what just because of HHI. For as much as it pains me to do so, because I think they are right on so many issues, I have to move past them. (yes there is a struggle there too…)
Lets pretend that HHI gives me the money I need to make a show. I’ve gone wherever and shot what I needed and I’m sitting at my computer cutting together content when I realize my next problem, music.
Watch a good TV show or movie and listen to each time they have music under a dramatic or comic moment, that’s what I need. The term for this is “bed music.”
Music that is a cappella that will be useable in this production is going to be near impossible to find. The closest I’ve come is some cool Bobby McFerrin and Ladysmith Black Mambazo but the rights to use that music will blow me out of the water financially.
Now I could, and will, contact various universities and such (including Keith Lancaster’s Acapella group) and see what they have and ask if they could let me use their performances but I don’t need large choral arrangements of It Is Well With My Soul. I need something that comes close to sustained yet textured “aaahhhh’s” and humming. There will be times were I will need well performed songs but choruses of white students isn’t what I need.
I can buy instrumental bed music packages that will give me every imaginable style and range of musical “emotion” that I’ll need, including indigenous tunes. If I go a cappella the shows will have to have original music created or I’ll have to buy licensed music from a major music publisher and each of those two paths will cost a lot of money.
So my dilemma is this. This project is a work for God. It’s my little step into trying to spread the word of God. If it turns into a full time job of service, so be it. In doing so, is there ground to use instrumental music in the show or should I stick to a cappella music and increase the cost and stress of producing the show? The show is a work of praise to God and the people doing his work, specifically in the c.o.C. The show it’s self is not worshiping but is my work a form of worship and should it be under the same guidelines of what I consider "acceptable for worship."
We show Veggie Tales in Children’s church and no one fusses over that. We also show or support various other “instructional” and “learning” videos that have instrumental music and no one says anything and these things would not be designed to be shown during service.
Braly and Sipper sing praise songs with instruments, so is making a TV show with accompanying instruments wrong too?
Throw it down ya’ll.