There has been something puzzling me for several years now. I'm writing this open letter to worship pastors so that the two I know who read this blog can respond for their kind. I usually leave worship pastors alone, because they must be the most attacked breed on the planet, aside from George W. Bush and lawyers. So here is the question:
Why do you have to sing so high?
I don't know why it is, but every worship leader I come across sings in a key unattainable by both men and women. The men alternately try to sing along with the leader and switch to an octave lower - going from Bee Gees to Barry White. While us women alternate between Sarah Brightman and deep-throated frog. Rather than focusing on worship, we are nervously trying to figure out which octave we can sing in in this particular verse, bridge, or chorus without embarassing ourselves with our neighbors. Or we just start mouthing it.
What gives? Are the type of men drawn to lead worship all tenors? Is it those skinny jeans you all insist on wearing? Or are you all enslaved by the key in which Matt Redmond writes in?
Recently, I overheard an elderly English lady talking to a worship pastor. She asked (read in an elderly English lady's voice): "I notice that the ladies sing quite breathy. You see, the songs are quite high. Can we sing any lower songs?"
I don't actually remember his reply, so busy was I giggling. Thus the need for this letter. Because of the highness of our songs, women only sing harmony in many church bands. It's already hard enough to "remain silent in church" without being relegated to harmony or deep-throated frog.
So what do you say, pastors? Why can't we bring it down?