Released 7 December 2006
Anyone even marginally familiar with Salvation Army history knows that music played an integral part in the early foundation and growth of the movement. But what many people don't know is that the Army also has always made use of whatever modern means were available to help spread their message. As an example, the story goes that the founder, General William Booth, bought one of the first automobiles ever sold, not because he wanted a quicker way to get around, but because he knew it would attract attention, which he could then use to spread the Gospel. About a month ago, the US Western Territory's Territorial Youth Department managed to continue both traditions at once, when they launched a new music site called Saytunes (www.saytunes.com). The brainchild of Karl Larsson and Fulton Hawk, Saytunes is a free site that allows visitors to listen to and download music from fellow Salvationists and other Christians around the world. Even further, it enables anyone with a microphone and a song in their heart to upload their recording to the site, thereby exposing it to a truly global audience. Visitors can view lyrics, artist’s profiles, and even vote on their favorite tracks, all for free.
But what makes Saytunes especially exciting is that it provides everyone an equal opportunity to listen and be heard. Regardless of your own sense of musical taste, you’re sure to find something to your satisfaction, from traditional Army hymns, to the latest genres of house and rap. And for those who might be uncomfortable with the prospect of such modern means being used for ministry, they should be reminded of the story of the general’s car, and that the brass music that’s such a huge part of the rich heritage of the Army was first adopted because it too was the style of the day.
You can find Saytunes at:http://www.saytunes.com