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Songwriting Tips from the Experts, Part 4

“Another thing that I do is I might play someone else’s material that I really like and that sometimes unlocks a channel.  The danger in that is that you’re gonna write that person’s song for your next song.  It’s just sit down and, again, if you’re a lyric writer, read something that you really like, enjoy something that you really like.  Or sometimes I’ll play something of my own that I really like, something that is already existing that is fun.” Continue reading

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Songwriting Tips from the Experts, Part 3

“Sometimes you have to be very tenacious, and sometimes you have to give yourself a break and not beat yourself up and say, “Where is it?  Where is it?”  It’s not here, you know.  It’ll be here when it gets here, and that’s it.  There’s nothing more you can do.” Continue reading

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Songwriting Tips from the Experts, Part 2

“I wonder what cwm would sound like if more Christians writing songs for the Church listened to ‘all kinds of music’ more regularly?” Continue reading

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Songwriting Tips from the Experts, Part 1

Dylan: “Everything sounds deeper in those black keys.” Continue reading

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Songwriting Tips from the Experts, Prelude

“The same basic elements of melody, harmony, and rhythm drive a worship song the same way they drive a secular song; hence, we can analyze how well the melody works, how helpful the harmonic structure supports that melody, and how effectively the rhythm propels both in all songs that are meant to be sung, whether by a soloist, a small vocal ensemble, a choir, or a congregation.” Continue reading

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Should Contemporary Worship Music Be Beautiful? … Part III

“’Beauty is most emphatically not the necessary and sufficient condition of aesthetic excellence,’ offers Nicholas Wolterstorff in the classic Art in Action.  Hence, the pursuit of beauty in our worship need not involve stained glass or pipe organs (though it can), nor does it mandate multiple-thousand-dollar lighting rigs or sophisticated sound systems (though it can).”  Continue reading

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Should Contemporary Worship Music Be Beautiful? … Part II

“Worship leaders, we tend to do really well, as Torgerson suggests, celebrating the immanent nature of God.  I encourage us all to give a little more time in our congregational singing sets to God’s transcendence.” Continue reading

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How Do Black Lives Matter in Suburban American Contemporary Worship? Part II

“‘[T]here is always a temptation to think that paying attention to this for a little while will help us get past it instead of thinking of this as a lifelong posture for every Christian eager to bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit.’  (Read that again and let it sink in.)  In the midst of unspeakable pain and sorrow, worship leaders have an opportunity to exercise prophetic muscles for the sake of the Kingdom.” Continue reading

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How Do Black Lives Matter in Suburban American Contemporary Worship? Part I

“First, contemporary American worship must be willing to break the status-quo mold in times of crisis–and then periodically ever after.”  Continue reading

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No Words

The tragic events of this past week prompt no words other than Kyrie, Eleison. The Lord be with us all!

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