Home Tracked – A Great resource for recording tips

More and more worship leaders I know are getting into recording. Even if it’s just for recording practice cd’s or rough arrangements, or rough ideas of new songs, home/office recording is growing hugely. And while we can say that we just want to rough out an idea for a song, the perectionist in us still wants to do that perfect recording. Well, here’s a resource that might help you achieve some better results. Des...

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Weekend Review 02-0607-10 – Sunday Setlists – Worship Confessional

This was another great weekend. We had all our top notch players on, everything went well. The biggest issue we had this weekend was in our transitions. We didn’t have any song to song transitions. They were all start & stop. Which I guess is fine, and one of the things you have to give up when all your songs are started by guitar. At least, when we’re only doing what is on the recording. Here was our Set: Let God...

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Creativity the missing piece(s) – Part 2 – Remove the Filter

A while back…ok, quite a while back I started writing a bit about using a creative team to plan worship services. (If you missed that article check it out here.) Well, here we are back in the saddle again. This topic among discussions of creativity is probably one of the most important and yet, one of the most overlooked. 1.) Stop saying no to ideas that don’t fit your paradigm. How many times have you shot down and idea...

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Podcast is on a slight delay

If you have been following along on the blog, you may have noticed something I mentioned on a weekend review a while back about Kevin. In case you didn’t… Kevin& his wife had a baby a little over a week ago. Congratulations Kevin! That said, we haven’t been able to record any new episodes of the podcast in the last week or two, however, it will be coming up soon. I’m working on nailing down a couple of...

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Weekend Review – 01-3031-10 – Sunday Setlists – Worship Confessional

5th weekends are awesome! Well for the way we do things anyway. We have four teams to rotate one weekend per month for most months of the year. However, now and then a month will roll around with 5 weekends in it. On those weekends I put together teams of people who don’t normally get to play together, and who are also all our best musicians. Because of this we get to do a little bit tougher music & we get to polish it a...

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Christian Songwriter’s Network

I just  came across this amazing resource yesterday, and absolutely must share it with you. As we’ve been going through the book “God songs” by Jimmy & Carol Owens & Paul Baloche on our podcast, this resource is extremely useful. There are a ton of great resources on the site, like songwriting tools links; songwriting resources; artist resources; etc. By far, the thing I am loving the best is the forum. They...

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Dangerous Decibels

So it’s happened to me yet again. Well, it happens more often than not. Someone came up to me after our service on Sunday morning and complained about the sound being too loud. The week before I had about 15 people come up to me and express that the sound was too quiet and that they didn’t want to sing out because they didn’t want the people around them to hear them singing. Believe it or not, people are just as...

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Weekend Review – 01-2324-10

This was another good weekend. We had our piano driven group on this weekend, and it’s always fun to switch from doing all the usual suspects to doing songs that lend themselves to piano in some way. So, we did some Tommy Walker songs which are great for piano, we did a song I wrote and since I’m a piano guy, it’s a piano song. We did a couple of other songs that are normal contemporary songs too. Here was our set:...

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Sweet Resource – Resound Worship

I came upon this awesome resource this week. RESOUNDworship.org is an exciting free resource for churches worldwide. Our aim is to provide local churches with fresh worship songs containing strong, Biblical lyrics supported by singable, contemporary music. RESOUNDworship.org is a group of British based worship songwriters, seeking to resource the church with heartfelt, crafted, accessible worship songs. It’s a really great...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0052 – God Songs

If you missed last weeks’ podcast, I’d highly recommend you go check it out here. In this week’s episode, David and Kevin continue their discussion on songwriting through the book “God Songs.” We are having a great time talking about this book and I’d strongly recommend you pick up a copy of the book and go through it with us! We’re going to be going through the book God Songs by Paul Baloche...

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Weekend Review – 01-1617-10

This was a great weekend, with one exception, we were doing a lot of electric guitar driven songs, with two electric guitar plays and we had a sound guy who doesn’t like electric guitar. That makes for a really weird mix, and I heard a fair amount of feedback about that after the services. I tried to fix it between services, but I still got the same feedback after the second service. We also had a couple of musicians who were...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0051 – God Songs – Songwriting

If you missed last weeks’ podcast, I’d highly recommend you go check it out here. In this week’s episode, David and Kevin continue their discussion on songwriting through the book “God Songs.” We are having a great time talking about this book and I’d strongly recommend you pick up a copy of the book and go through it with us! We’re going to be going through the book God Songs by Paul Baloche...

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Songwriting – God Songs

Kevin and I have been going through the book “God Songs” by Jimmy & Carol Owens on the Worship Ministry Catalyst podcast. We both love writing songs, and we want to get better at it, so we decided to go through the book on our podcast. If you’re a songwriter, or you just want to know more about the process of writing a song, check out the...

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Weekend Review – 01-0910-10

This weekend was kind of the weekend where we start settling back down into a routine that will carry us for the rest of the spring into the summer. Phil & Danielle – on of our volunteer couples who used to lead worship at another church – led this weekend. Which means I got to play keys this week only and nothing else. It’s always fun when I get to focus on playing an instrument and not having to think about...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0050 – God Songs

If you missed last weeks’ podcast, I’d highly recommend you go check it out here. In this week’s episode, David and Kevin continue their discussion on songwriting through the book “God Songs.” We are having a great time talking about this book and I’d strongly recommend you pick up a copy of the book and go through it with us! We’re going to be going through the book God Songs by Paul Baloche...

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Weekend Review – 01-0203-10

What a great way to start the new year. At least I think so! Our band did awesome this weekend, especially this morning. We had our A game on this weekend. And considering we didn’t have practice because of Holiday vacations, it was fantastic. We focused our worship time around what might be my goal for our congregation this year, to take advantage of every opportunity we are given to worship. That we will rejoice daily in our...

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