from Tim Challies blog...
John G. Stackhouse writes a letter to worship bands asking them to turn down the volume just a little bit.
"The contrast with the Reformation is the modern-day insistence that a few people at the front be the center of attention. We do it by making six band members louder than a room full of people. But a church service isn't a concert at which an audience sings along with the real performers. Musicians--every one of them, including the singers--are accompanists to the congregation's praise. They should be mixed loudly enough only to do their job of leading and supporting the congregation."
Other than the comment about the Luther drinking songs, I think he nails it really well. I WANT TO HEAR THE CONGREGATION SINGING!!! Oops, sorry for shouting. ;-)
For the record, Luther did not take "bar tunes" and put biblical words to them. That legend comes from a comical misunderstanding. Someone apparently heard a music historian referring to Luther's use of the "bar form," which refers to a stanza structure, not to what drunks sing in a tavern. Luther did borrow and adapt tunes from earlier hymns, medieval chants, and contemporary composers, but a good number of his melodies were his own original compositions.