Weekend Review – 12-0607-08

This weekend we did a couple of new songs. I seem to keep doing that. I know there are rules and what not, but when songs fit so perfectly, it’s really hard for me to resist the urge to do the song, so we do them.

We were small again this weekend. We had one vocalist cancel at the last minute due to illness and our bass player didn’t show up, so we had to find a replacement in rehearsal. So, we had drums, bass, acoustic, keys, & 2 vocals.

We were doing songs that really needed electric, but we just didn’t have one for the weekend. We’re gearing up for our big Christmas weekend, so I’m trying to be careful about burning out our musicians prior to all the extra rehearsals we will be having for that weekend. So, I felt it would be honoring to them to not ask them to do this weekend on top of their existing commitment for Christmas.

That makes things a little difficult however. I’ve had to settle for coming up with arrangements that can be driven by the keys in someway. It doesn’t always sound as good as it would if we had an electric there, but I think it’s good enough to be able to do the songs.

Here was our set:

  • Because of Your Love (Baloche)
  • Holy, Holy, Holy (Hymn – Steven Curtis Chapman’s Arr. from WOW Hymns) – We didn’t do this one exactly like the recording, I changed a couple of things to make a little more like a worship song (Like doing the chorus again at the end and changed the intro and a couple of turnarounds, etc.)
  • Welcome
  • Here I Am To Worship (V1, C, V2, C, C)
  • Revelation Song (Jennie Lee Riddle)
  • Here I Am To Worship (B, B, B, C, C,)
  • Sermon
  • Rejoice (Tomlin)

Revelation song was hard to do without adequate instrumentation. I felt like I was trying to cover to much ground on the keyboard to keep the song as high powered as it should be. I think it still came off okay, I’m just used to hearing the recording, so I’m always comparing what I’m doing with what I’m hearing.

I think it was a good idea to sandwich Revelation Song with Here I am to Worship, the transition going into Revelation song worked good. And the transition coming out of it worked fine too, it just felt like too much of Fortissimo. Revelation song ended at fortissimo, then we backed off for the first two times of the bridge of Here I Am to Worship, then built on the third one and key changed into the chorus. People really sang out when we go to the chorus, it just felt like we were trying to sustain the fortissimo for too long.

We were having monitor problems too. We use Aviom IEM’s and I just couldn’t get the drums up in my mix, no matter how much I turned down everything else. I know Aviom will compress stuff to protect hearing, but if you have any help about what might be going on, I’d sure appreciate it!

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Author: David Lindner

After being a worship pastor for 14 years, I have now stepped into a Lead Pastor role. I've learned a lot, still have a lot to learn and invite you to teach me and if I can I'll share what I know with you! I’m also married to my lovely wonderful wife Bekki & we have 4 kids, Hannah, Henry, Harry & Harper. Make sure to follow me on Twitter @thedavidlindner.

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