I recently had the opportunity to sit with my choral music mentor, Doug Richards.  In my days as a church choir member – while still a teen – Doug sat next to me and impressed upon me the place of vocal music. 

He still holds that the greatest instrument is the human voice.  We can mimic and imitate all sorts of sounds and graceful melodies.

So, I asked Doug:

What is one thing your have learned in your decades of singing and leading music in a church?

“If a song works, go for it.  If it doesn’t work, kill it!”

Good advice.