Knowing God with the Psalmist (Craig Cabaniss) Expressing Emotion with the Psalmist (Thabiti Anyabwile) Glorifying Christ with the Psalmist (Mark Dever) Enduring Hardship with the Psalmist (David Powlison) Praising God with the Psalmist, Part 1 (Bob Kauflin) Praising God with the Psalmist, Part 2 (David Powlison) Living Life with the Psalmist (Bob Kauflin)
Praying with the Psalmist (Donald Whitney) Psalm 131: A Calm and Humble Heart (David Powlison)
Drumming for Worshippers (Jordan Kauflin) Electric Guitar Workshop (Dave Campbell) Foundations for Bass Players (Don Nalle) Foundations for Keyboardists (Jon Payne) The Solo Instrument in Worship (Gary Bowers and Tommy Hill) Vocal Blending and Arranging, Part 1&2 (Todd Twining)
The Task of a Worship Leader (Bob Kauflin) – For Worship Leaders (duh!) Bob preaches through part of his excellent book. Classic stuff. When Leading Worship Is Your Second Job (Matthew Williams).A great roundtable discussion with a group of non full-time leaders. Topics includes ‘how much time should you spend preparing?’, rotas, team size etc.
Leading Worship in a Small Church (Pat Sczebel) Planning for Sundays (Jim Donohue and Joseph Stigora) Building Bridges: Pastors and Worship Leaders (Bob Kauflin) Pursuing and Enjoying Spontaneity in Worship (Craig Cabaniss and Pat Sczebel)
What the Psalms Teach Us about Songwriting (Mark Altrogge, Steve & Vikki Cook) Vikki wrote ‘Before the throne of God above’ and Mark wrote ‘You are beautiful beyond description’ and many others. It’s basically a ramble on the subject of songwriting, doesn’t really stick to the topic of the Psalms but well worth a listen, especially if you’ve never heard these masters teach on songwriting before.
Writing Songs People Will Want to Sing (Craig Dunnagan)
Running an Effective and Peaceful Sunday Morning Rehearsal (Dave Wilcox and Ken Boer) “Sunday Morning Rehearsal” = ‘soundcheck’. This is a great seminar not just for PA guys but worship leaders and musicians too.
A Gospel-Centered Approach to Creative Media (Don Nalle and Dave Wilcox) Caring for Your Sound System (Darryl Wenger) In-Ear Monitors (Doug Gould) Leading and Caring for Your Tech Team (Dave Wilcox) Recording Your Song from Start to Finish, Part 1& 2 (Sal Oliveri)
Worship Team Checkup (Matt Mason) Copyright Law and Church Music: The Eight Keys (Paul Herman) Growing Your Team for the Glory of God (Jon Payne) Maintaining Priorities in and around the Worship Team (Julie Kauflin) Aimed at women who are either in the worship team or married to someone who is.
Pastors and Artist Musicians Working Together (Andy Farmer) Training the Next Generation of Musicians (Ben & Nancy Chouinard) This seminar is really about starting up a music school, so not really relevant to most people!
Here are four tips Brenton Brown gave in a seminar for Vineyard UK in Dec 2000.
1) Take writing Biblically sound and artistically compelling lyrics seriously.
Brenton says “Having been involved in four Vineyard recording projects [and] having sat on the song panel for three of those projects and listened to over 200 song submissions by song writers from Vineyards around the country, I’ve come to the conclusion that the challenge typically is not about melody or feel … Almost always, the panel will have to turn a song down because there are problems lyrically“.
2) Write extensively and freely before you start analysing what you’ve written.
“It’s far harder to re-engage in the creative process after you’ve been editing the first verse and chorus for the last hour. It’s like switching brains. So, try to have as much creative raw material to begin with as possible”.
3) Research your topic thoroughly.
Meaning read and meditate on what the Bible has to say about whatever you’re writing about. Use commentaries, concordances, listen to mp3 sermons etc
4) “Look for phrases and images that ‘re-express’ your main message”.
For example ‘Jesus, be the centre’ expresses the central concept 10 different ways.
from Song writing: The Importance of Good Lyrics and Song Vision: Brenton Brown
One would think, from the way in which God’s service is undertaken and performed, that it was a thing any man could do whenever he pleased, instead of being a thing high above us, requiring the constant aid and direction of his Holy Spirit.
Train wrecks (of the musical kind) can be good for you. First, they’re funny when happening to others.
Two examples from my early years.
Rival band’s drummer starts gig standing on bass drums, twirling sticks and ‘making rock faces’ at crowd. RBD slips and falls through the kit bringing the whole thing crashing down on top of him. RB plow through opening song while RBD meticulously reassembles every part of kit. RBD finally sits down ready to play just as first song finishes. Classic.
Local metal band play opening song. LMB‘s guitarist snaps top E string during widdley-tastic solo. LMBGP walks off stage to find another string. LMBGP walks back on stage, then off the other side.
House lights come back up.
LMBGP temporarily abandons search to pose with LMB for a photograph for local newspaper!!
LMBGP finds string.
Gig recommences with same song.
It’s not just unknowns either.
King’s X @ Rock City, Nottingham.
Bass player sings verse 1 while guitar player sings verse 2.
Both start laughing.
Band starts again.
Van Halen @ Hallam Arena, Sheffield.
Sammy Hagar sings a sensitive solo acoustic number.
SH plays wrong chord.
SH swears loudly while hitting wrong chord several more times in an unsensitive manner.
SH continues song.
Being part of a church that values the role of the congregation in leading worship we have more opportunity than most for spectacular train wrecks, usually around transposition. Twice I’ve managed to change to a new key on my guitar while my voice went to a totally different one. Once two members of the congregation started two different songs at the same time. A keyboard player auto-transposed for the first song then forgot to change it back for the next, playing the WHOLE SONG a semitone out! The favourite though has to be starting ‘The grace of God upon my life‘ a fourth away from the right key and being unable to get to the right one. Grinding to a halt after having sung
The grace of God upon my life
is not dependant upon me on what I have done or deserved
Good for the Spirit
That’s the second reason train wrecks can be good. They are powerful reminders that our worship gatherings are more than
musical skill + good planning + adequate rehearsal + good content
We’re not trying to build atmosphere or even have a great meeting, but rather welcome the Spirit. And, praise God, He is not frightened by our musical disasters.