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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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We Interrupt This Blog Series . . .

“I bang [the drum of harmonic freshness] loudly in Judson University’s Demoss Center for Worship in the Performing Arts, and Michaela and Nathanael DeLong were clearly listening.” Continue reading

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Reflection #9 on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“The ‘overwhelming, never-ending’ I-IV-V-vi harmonic structure of so many contemporary worship songs underserves a Church whose Subject and Object of worship is the Creator of the infinitely diverse universe.” Continue reading

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Reflection #1 on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“[CWM” is, on average, getting better all the time.” Continue reading

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