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Use of f-word in song brings Kings Kaleidoscope criticism
THE RELEASE of the latest album, 'Beyond Control' by popular Seattle-based modern worship collective Kings Kaleidoscope has become mired in controversy because of the use of the f-word in the song "A Prayer". In an interview with Bad Christian Podcast, the song's writer Chad Gardner revealed that he has suffered from severe anxiety disorder and suffers from bad panic attacks, and during the crunch time of the album production season he was in a really spiritually dry state. One evening, during the middle of one of these anxiety/panic attacks, he wrote a prayer in his journal and, sitting down at a piano, the music and words meshed into an autobiographical song. He stated in the interview, "The song is me. The song my heart, it's my gut, and it's my honest, pouring my guts out to God prayer . . . And then the song is met ultimately with God's true response to me as the true me of where I'm actually am at." The album has now been released in two versions, - Explicit Content and Clean Lyrics.
Commenting on the f-word use Austin Gravley on the Reformed Arsenal website wrote, "I don't think a 1:1 replication of the f-bomb from Chad's journal was a necessary thing to do. I think the song could been 100% autobiographical in nature while recognizing that authenticity does not necessitate an unwise choice. In fact, I think the existence of the clean version that features a different word substituted for the f-bomb completely undermines Chad's intentions, no matter how legitimately well-meaning they might've been. It's a de facto concession that the use of the word "vicious" instead of "f***ing" was a sufficient substitution that preserved the autobiographical and authentic nature of the song without bringing in all the baggage and controversy of using an f-bomb."The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those held by Cross Rhythms. Any expressed views were accurate at the time of publishing but may or may not reflect the views of the individuals concerned at a later date.