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Another Hallelujah

January 27, 2012 Leave a comment

Here’s a little cover song. This year I’ve made it a point to play more ukulele. Last month I recorded a whole Christmas album with this fun little instrument and called it “Christmas Uke“.

This is a lovely melody which so many people have come to know. Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” has been covered by lots and lots of people. I find it funny that it’s known as the “Shrek Song”.

Lincoln Brewster rewrote some lyrics and turned it into a song of worship to God. I’ve chosen to play this version. The word “hallelujah” basically means “Praise the Lord”. May He be praised in my rendition of this song.

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Free Christmas Music

December 16, 2011 Leave a comment

Christmas Uke is a silly little project that I decided to do, however, I do hope that you will enjoy it. Every year I would tell myself that I should record some Christmas songs, and I never did until this year. For some reason I decided to play them all on the ukulele. It’s been fun to learn this instrument while recording these classic tunes. So sing along and enjoy!

MERRY CHRISTMAS.

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My First Joplin Tribute Video

Here’s my first edit from some of my footage of Joplin last week. Cameras cannot capture the full scale of the damage. The video shows significant damage and from many different areas around town. However, the main focus of this edit is to show the other side of things. There are beautiful realities also in play in this place in the midst of the horrible tragedy.

 

Live Guitar Loop Fun

May 10, 2011 1 comment

This is a fun little loop that I made. “Qué Alegría” means “Oh, what joy!” in Spanish.

My FREE Music

ENJOY!

Can church capture the concert experience?

March 16, 2011 2 comments

What’s the appeal in going to a concert? I guess I should define what type of concert in order to better answer the question. There are lots of different types of concerts that appeal to different people for obvious reasons. I could enjoy most any concert, when there is a good performer of any genre (minus a few). Let’s just narrow the playing field a little and say pop/rock. For a big ticket group, it will be a sellout crowd who stops what they’re doing and has made arrangements and purchased a sometimes very expensive ticket to gain access to a certain venue. They have bought a seat, but they will not sit in it. They will stand and be engaged with what happening on the stage. Whether it’s a sci-fi looking light show or an intimate moment with one instrument. Not only this, they have memorized the songs pertaining to this concert and are ever-ready to chime in when the lead singer points the mic their way. They are absorbed in the moment and not just them, but rather everyone around. They’ve all come for the same. It’s a shared experience…a common exuberance. It’s a beautiful sound when countless people raise their voices in one accord. Yes, birds sing, but no other creature can come together and create such a moving and awesome sound as singing in unison. Single-minded and one in purpose.

I was listening to a live album the other day and these thoughts came in flooding my mind. That fact proves they were already there, just filed away for future thinking. I guess they can be summed up in the question “Why can’t church be like a concert?” Granted, there are major differences and for good reason, but couldn’t we take the best of the concert-going experience and apply it in our corporate worship gatherings? I realize our local praise band isn’t a international sensation and our light setup is not the flashy type and probably shouldn’t be. But, often the most moving time in a concert is when all that pizazz is stripped down anyway. I know worship is much more than singing, and I know there are examples where what I’m describing takes place in the local church, but allow me to make some unfortunate observations.

While I agree that church should not be like a concert the church-going crowd could learn something from the concert-going multitude. (At the same time concert attenders could learn from church! That’s not the point.) I’m just going to throw these points out at random and you can add to the discussion as well. As I mentioned in the description, concert-goers have dropped a pretty penny to get a seat. Church has no cover charge. Sure, there’s an offering plate that is passed. Is the amount given the same? More? Less???

Let’s move on. The concert-goer stands and does not complain about not being told to sit. Nor do they complain about the music being too loud. They sing out loud and strong, not caring about who is around them. They are not distracted by much of anything but are fully engaged. They are enthusiastic and make a joyful noise. They are prepared and dressed for the occasion. They have studied and done their homework on the subject. They don’t need the lyrics on the screen because they know the songs already. They don’t need to see the set list in a printed bulletin so they can plan their early exit to the nearest restaurant. They are open and uninhibited. They share a common interest and will remember fondly and cherish this mutual experience with others who were there. They go home happy and content having fellowshiped with their fellow man.

I recognize that Church can’t always be a high like a concert. And things must be done in order. I get that. But we could glean from some of these attributes. When I lead worship, it’s never my goal to perform like in a concert. In fact, I would pray, “Lord, make us invisible, let them see you.” That goes against the grain of the concert experience. That would never be a performer’s goal. People get fired up to sing about anything. And at church we have something great to sing about! When we come to God’s house to worship the only one who is truly worthy of praise and adoration, I sure wish we could corporately duplicate in a sincere way the passion that’s in a concert crowd.

This whole thought-process is dependent upon a modern worship music perspective. I’m not trying to get into the worship wars of traditional vs. contemporary. That’s for another post, and I for one can worship in a traditional setting or any other. Worship is to God. It’s not about our preferences. There are multiple expressions. Like I said, that’s not what this post is about. What can you add to this comparison or contrast?

New news

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve posted.  I’ve certainly kept busy.  We had VBS at our church.  I made a quick little video of the highlights:

I also decided it was time to give our church website a new look:

 

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I also advertised a video on the Lord’s prayer in Sermonspice’s newsletter.  I made it up to 8th place.  I made my investment back at least.  Sermonspice has been “spicing” for 5 years now.  I guess I’ve been with them at least 3 1/2 of those years.

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Also in the picture is a banner for www.pastordeals.com.  On the 13th of July there’s a link for FREE MUSIC, and what that is is my new widget from www.noisetrade.com.  Of course you can get it by going to this other post.

I’ve been busy, and tonight I’m going to finish my potter video series, hopefully!  And then I can get started on some kinetic typography videos inspired by Mark Moore’s “Encounters with Christ”.  First I gotta take the fam to the beach.

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