I just received fantastic news from a friend that Dr. T. David Gordon’s sequel to his potent Why Johnny Can’t Preach is slated to be released on June 1, 2010: Why Johnny Can’t Sing Hymns: How Pop Culture Re-Wrote the Hymnal. This friend has the privilege of editing Dr. Gordon’s new book for musical accuracy (lucky!), and wrote that “it’s excellent. It’s worded simply, but clearly…and it’s intriguing. SO GOOD. You need to buy this book and read it when it is published.”
Dr. Gordon writes about his book, “In this, I attempt to locate some of the cultural forces that have caused hymns to sound so foreign to this generation that they feel they need to replace them with something contemporary. I also express misgivings about this circumstance.” The table of contents is available on Dr. Gordon’s website. A good blog interview about the book is available here. My reaction to the interview is “why didn’t I think of that?” I just might try contacting Dr. Gordon for my own interview for my blog. If I pursue that, would my readers have any specific questions or general topics you would like him to touch on? Two questions I would have relate to his view of the use of Psalms in worship (his views differ from mine) and how his views of hymnody can be applied across geographical and cultural divides. Any other thoughts?