After UYWI07, we put a poll on our blog to find out what type of music may not have adequate representation at our event. Part of the impetus for the poll was that for the past several years we have heard from dozens of youth workers that their youth are listening to less hip-hop and identify with other styles of music. Many of them have asked us to consider adding rock, reggae, and other musical elements when planning and not to focus so much on hip-hop or gospel. So we’d hoped to gauge how much interest there was in bringing in artists or branching out to workshop topics dealing with other genres. After somewhat even results the first week, hip-hop and worship began jumping up early in the second week and it made me wonder whether the results were true, or if people had mis-understood the point. After 2 weeks and some suspicion, I pulled the poll and have since replaced it with a new one. It was not meant to be a contest or a gauge of which type of music you all like more, just a question of how to branch out.
What saddens me most is that I now know the specific poll’s results were purposely jacked by a group with a bone to pick with UYWI. Although our goal was for the urban youth worker voice to be heard, I’m sorry if you voted and your voice was overshadowed by this. If you have comments about the music we did have or an opinion about a group or style we should have at UYWI08, please leave those comments below. Thanks.