Summer is the time when most of us music and worship types begin to plan for the up and coming year. It’s a crazy time, where we scour the internet, listen to CDs, and pour over the latest things to come out for choirs. Some years, it’s better than others. This year, it seems, quality new material is quite hard to come by.
Why is that? Most publishing houses struggle each year to find the best material to put out. I’ve talked with composer friends of mine and they speak of how hard it is to get published in the first place. Companies struggle to find the right mix of things to published from their stockpile of composers. It’s hard, I know.
I sympathize but so many good writers have now skipped the mainstream publishers in favor of self-publishing. This may be the future of where publishing companies “link up” with composers online material and help them get their word out. Composers and publishing companies that just as the book industry has been changed by the e-raeader, the iPad (and others like it) will change how music is delivered and used. I, for one, often look for things that I can get immediately through a digital download. Sometimes, I need something too quickly to wait for the UPS man to show up.
But, this is the time of year when I don’t need that. It’s a time to prayerfully play, struggle with good and bad music, pour over plans, and get ready for a great time in ministry. I just wish it was easier to find “the good stuff.”