The Sacred Trust of Songwriting
From Perspiration to Inspiration
One of the obvious truths about music and songwriting is that they are not passive media. God created music (Gen. 4:21) and then gave it the capacity to have incredible influence upon its listeners. So much so, that it carries the power of bypassing the mind (intellect) while still engaging the heart (soul/heart). Have you ever experienced a time when the melody or arrangement of the music alone moves you tears or deep reverie? That’s intentional. God created music specifically as a tool to encourage and bring pleasure to the soul and to purposely draw His creation to Himself. What an amazing gift. more...
hot tip #13
Managing Your Master
Before you can choose a great worship song set, you must have a well-managed master song list to select from. When all of your charts are piled together in a large stack it can be quite frustrating, not to mention time consuming, to find the right songs that flow together in the desired key and/or tempo. Better to have the songs that make up your church’s worship repertoire organized in such a way as to make them readily accessible for whatever your need when crafting a set.
The first component of a well-managed master song list is its size. A master song list should be large enough to give you an appropriate level of variety from week to week and yet small enough to keep a healthy level of familiarity more...
When I finished “Your Beloved”, I had no idea of the exposure and longevity it would have in churches across the country and in the Christian community at large. I simply wrote a song that expressed my heart to God in that specific season of my life and I honestly hoped that it might be a blessing to the local church I was serving in at the time. It quickly became one of my favorite songs and truly appeared to have a significant impact at my church. more...