Living The Lyrics

From My Heart To Yours
A short devotional for church musicians from the pen of
Rev. Bryan Jeffery Leech 

October 1, 2007
Living The Lyrics

When Trevor Nunne decided to restage the Rogers & Hammerstein musical “Oklahoma” at London’s Olivier Theater, he insisted that there be no singing for the first two weeks of rehearsal. The lyrics of the score were treated as dialogue of the play text, to be acted before the melodies were allowed to underscore them.

Why did he do this? Because he understood how easily the music can distract us when it is vintage Rogers at the top of his form. Who cares what Curley is saying in the opening moments if his singing is spellbinding? But Hammerstein’s text intends to say important things and it needs to be heard in its own right.


I’d like to recommend that in approaching new vocal music, you first take time to read through the words together, then think and pray in silence, and let God inspire you, unless of course the words are shallow and you need to find some better songs to sing for God and to God. So take one of your new pieces and have someone read the lyrics and turn it into tonight’s devotional.

From my heart to yours,



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