Songs

Worship Songwriting – Tip No.2 – Lyrics – The Plumb Line

In writing a pop or rock song…in fact any genre except congregational worship songs…anything goes. You can write from any experience, any viewpoint, use any language or emotion that you see fit.  Worship song writing is very different. While there is no standard to measure your lyrics against in secular music (although it is clear …

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Worship Songwriting – Tip No. 1 – Self Critique

Good worship songwriting is critical in playing a part of the Church’s growth, health and maturity.  It is a big responsibility. One really important process that has helped increase the standard of my songwriting is that of self-critique.  In my experience it is sometimes difficult to find the right people to really say what they …

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Coming Back To The Heart Of Christmas

One of our worship leaders sang Matt Redmans Heart of Worship this week and changed the lyrics to “I’m coming back to the heart of Christmas and it’s all about you, all about you Jesus”. Once the interruption to my ‘auto-worship’ mode had settled, the stinging truth of that one-word alteration began to settle in …

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What’s The Deal With “Crown of Praise”?

Crown of Praise started with the small idea of releasing small “chapters” of music. Where recording a whole album can be prohibitive because of the costs involved, I’ve decided to explore releasing music in smaller bite size chunks. Crown of Praise will be the first in a series of “chapters” over the coming months.  Here’s …

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Should We Sing Secular Songs In Worship?

OK.  So my thought process started after I recorded this: I’ve loved some of the stuff Emeli Sande has done – songs with really passionate lyrics, that ‘sounded spiritual’ in places (I have no idea about her religious beliefs…).  If I’m honest I hadn’t really considered whether I should use a secular song in worship …

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Behind The Song – Even When (You Are Here)

[wp_bandcamp_player type=”track” id=”[wp_bandcamp_player type=”track” id=”1190376768″ size=”venti” bg_color=”#000000″ link_color=”#FFFFFF”]   A couple of years back me and my wife took a sabbatical break from serving in our church.  Time out from leading worship, and all the others things we were involved with.  It was a much needed time for God to break us down, in order …

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