Am I the only one who likes weird chords in church music? We did a medley of Christmas carols in church last week. I was sitting out in the congregation because the choir wasn't singing. It was just ensembles and orchestra. Some of the transitions between the carols sounded like a soundtrack to a horror movie. If you have the 2008 Baptist Hymnal, you can get full orchestrations for all the songs from LifeWay. My church has that and they have optional re-harmonizations for the endings of many of the hymns. Some of them are so cool. My church's organist said whoever came up with the chords for them must have been on crack. The only problem is I think the congregation has a hard time holding onto the melody with the weird harmonies. The choir is going to do an arrangement by Bradley Knight of O Holy Night. It's a very beautiful arrangement. It has some really dissonant chords. Here's a recording of another choir performing it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSGE7xR3z3k I've noticed that a lot of new songs and arrangements are like this. Of course, there has been dissonance in music for a long time. (Not always, at one time the only harmonies allowed were perfect fourths, fifths, and octaves.) However, I've noticed more dissonance in newer stuff than older. It sounds so cool. Has anyone else noticed this?