AN OPEN LETTER TO THOSE
PRODUCING CHRISTIAN HYMN AND
CHRISTMAS MUSIC RECORDINGS

STOP MESSING WITH THE CLASSICS

Too many musicians, singers, composers, lyricists, record producers, and record companies want to tamper with classic hymns and Christmas songs. STOP IT! These are not improvements. You are offending people and causing problems when you make changes to these classic songs.

What you are doing that is offensive:

Why these things are objected to:

Why these horrible things are being done:

Examples of these objectionable changes:

Oh Holy Night - the most abused song

Various versions encountered by the page author:

The page author has NEVER heard a recording of Oh Holy Night with all three verses intact.

Examples of changes I don't object to:


* - This was the maximum capacity of one side of a 10" 78 rpm record, which radio stations adopted as the maximum length of a popular song for broadcast. This remained the standard until The Beatles released Hey Jude in 1968 at 7 minutes 11 seconds. At the time, it was the longest 45 rpm record side ever sold. It was number 1 for 9 weeks. They then revised the airplay standards for exceptions for special songs.

† - Objectionable only when used to facilitate one of the other objectionable items.

seh, sehm, sehmself, sehs, sehr - Gender-neutral subject, object, reflexive, and possessive pronouns, and possessive adjective.

To musicians, singers, composers, lyricists, record producers, record companies, and other contributors to religious recordings:

Are you interested in glorifying God, or in collecting copyright royalties?

Choose carefully: Your eternal life might depend on it.