I must agree with some of you, the hand movements are distractive to me, and the singing is breathy. I think they are being emotive.
I would like to suggest that different people like different forms of singing, opera for some sounds like screeching to others. I dislike the twang of cowboy music yet I have friends who could listen all day, but me, new age is the rage!
So enjoy listening for a minute and move on to something we like and know that there is an audience out there emoting with them, swaying and moving their hands and lov’in it.
If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things - to me this fits that category. @Bob Sisk: Here is a beautiful rendition of What a friend we have in Jesus and Israel, Israel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pefDQ8l4aww
Have these singers overcome a speech impediment? Congratulations to them.
Beautiful to listen to, but watching both girls hand and arm movements was very distracting.
Being a convert (Protestant background) to the church I remember singing, "What a friend we have in Jesus." Number 7 in the hymn book uses the same melody with the lyrics, "Israel, Israel God is calling." There is much parallelism in the two hymns, which has caused me to wonder if they couldn't be combined in a pleasing way similar to how these two songs have been blended.
Music like art is in the eye or ear of the beholder or listener. I like this rendition. Some songs that are breathy I really like...some I don't. Some opera I like while others are just noise to me. The same is true for Western, Pop etc. Music is a medium used to express feelings and we all have so many different feelings. The real majesty in music for me is when it expresses praise and love for God that causes me to stop and listen and reflect on the meaning. I found this song very beautiful and uplifting!!!
The medley of the two songs was great. My problem is that so many female LDS singers have that "breathy sound that is just bad singing. I don't understand why so many people like that breathiness. Ruins LDS pop music for me.
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