In the famous clip above, Julia Roberts character (a super-famous rich actress) tells Hugh Grants character (essentially a nobody)… “The fame thing isn’t really real, you know. Don’t forget I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.” Worship leaders and musicians have so often gravitated to a rock-starRead more about What Notting Hill Taught Me About Worship[…]
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’sRead more about What’s The Deal With “Crown of Praise”?[…]
The terminology we use in church is often wrong when talking about worship. When we have a correct understanding of worship – that worship is all of our lives – our sleeping, breathing, thinking, moving of every minute of every day in dedication, honour and love of God, then the phrases we use in church beginning to lose sense.
The ‘worship leader’ should really be a ‘musical worship leader’ – because they are not leading me in worship while I’m at work or with my family etc. but only our time of singing. Read more about I Surrender All (or maybe 0.4%) …
No coffee left.
Argued with wife.
Alarm didn’t go off.
Drummer is late.
PA guy forgot.
Forgot your music.
Haven’t we all had at least one of the above (or something similar?), and if you’re like me, you may have had more than one on the same morning! Read more about Don’t Forget Your Heart …
After discussing our moral diet that comes from both secular music and other media such as televison, we are left with an important question.
What do we want our souls to feast on?
The easy answer to this question, is the Word of God. The Bible. 66 books of history, poetry, prophecy, teaching and inspiration, written as a love letter to humanity by God through his people.
But as musicians, worship leaders and songwriters, we need to take this responsibility seriously. Read more about Taylor Swift Being Prophetic? – Part 3 …
As I don’t have enough time to listen to everything that’s out there, I thought I’d compile the best-of lists from a few websites.
Here’s the top christian worship albums of 2012. Is there anything missing? What were your favourites? Let me know your thoughts! Read more about Best Worship Albums 2012 …
Stop a moment.
No, really stop. Stop hovering over your Facebook refresh button, stop checking your phone (don’t worry, it will make a noise when you get a message), take the ipod hearphones out your ears, turn the TV off, leave the room and shut your eyes.
Can you hear it? The silence? Now turn your heart to Jesus and just wait a moment.
Isn’t it amazing how busy we are. The 21st century is full of noise and colour. Communication tools for every minute of every day. There is always something to do, someone to see, a message to check and a job to do. Read more about Get Away From The Noise …
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 – it just seemed like a good idea. Read more about Should We Sing Secular Songs In Worship? …
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 to build us up again. I also took a long break from writing, but on returning to church, this was the song that echoed part of the journey we had been on.
The key lyrics for me are ‘You are always faithful, even when I’m faithless’ and the lines that talk about Gods steady hand. Read more about Behind The Song – Even When (You Are Here) …
The Sun & The Satellites was a phrase God gave me in a dream. That really doesn’t happen to me very often! Even before the songs were all written, I sensed this phrase was to be the title of the album.
You Are The Centre was an attempt to capture the heart of that theme. Through early re-writes, this was a song that never quite settled down, even to the point of re-writing lyrics in the hours before recording. Chord changes, styles, lyrics, tempo were all played around with. Read more about Behind The Song – You Are The Centre …