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October 4, 2006

Worship Meme

1. One worship song that has changed your life.‚Ä®‚ÄúNobody Knows The Trouble I‚Äôve Seen,‚Äù as sung by the Staples Singers. I was in a real low, having burnt out playing church music when I picked up a copy of Great Day, by the staples singers. This collection of early 60s Soul-Gospel really hit home and […]

1. One worship song that has changed your life.
“Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve Seen,” as sung by the Staples Singers. I was in a real low, having burnt out playing church music when I picked up a copy of Great Day, by the staples singers. This collection of early 60s Soul-Gospel really hit home and opened a lot of doors, musically, creatively and spiritually.

2. One worship song that you rarely get tired of playing.
“Amazing Grace” Slightly obvious choice I know, but this song just works really well on guitar in it’s home key and you can take it in so many directions; Jazz, Folk, Southern Gospel, Celtic without ever sounding forced.

3. One worship song you wish had never been written.‚Ä®Anything with a ‚Äújewish‚Äù feel, in Cm, with lots of hand-clapping. And the trees of the field will tear your eyes out, that sort of thing…

4. Best worship experience you’ve ever had.
Candlemas at King’s College, London. Fantastic chorale music, the movement from light to darkness and the dramatic ending. I can still hear the rough wooden cross dragging on the bare Chapel floor.

5. Worship songs you wish there were more of.
I wish there was more emphasis on instrumental worship music, together with less of an emphasis on the classic rock band sound (very little of the music I listen to fits that sort of arrangement). It would be great to hear more Worship songs written from a urban perspective (instead of the usual pastoral outlook). Finally, I look (in vain usually), for songs with a more abstract poetic sense; lyrics that make me think not just on a doctrinal level, but also on a conceptual and imaginative level.

6. Pass it on.
OK, time to step up to the plate-
Mary at Tensegrities
Greg at Consequently
Toni at Ancient Mariner

[tags] Worship Music Meme [/tags]

Responses
Toni 16 years ago

This may take some time. Laterz.

Cynthia Ware 16 years ago

I laughed out loud (hard) about “The trees of the field will clap their hands” reference. They sung it at my wedding while 10 little girls in white dresses danced the maypole dance, weaving ribbons down the maypole. What were we thinking!!
It really seemed like a good idea 19 years ago. I regretted my glam rock phase until this post made me even more subconscious of my newly-converted Jewish phase.
I’m embarassed to say,
Cynthia

Rodd Jefferson 16 years ago

Funny how quickly ‘the trees of the field’ came back. Thanks – I’d hope to have forgotten it!

🙂

And amen to instrumental worship – I actually think this form of worship is more culturally acceptable than singing is. So while its important for us to interact and celebrate with each other vocally, there’s a real place for meditation or selah with instrumental music.

Thanks for responding to the challenge for the meme. Nice one.

Marcus Bull 16 years ago

1. One worship song that has changed your life. Without a doubt, this is ‘And Can It be’ by Charles Wesley. Memories of my early Christian life are dominated by versions of this song with six-part harmony (at least) and the sound of the organ rattling the fixtures. Verse four, in particular, still raises the hairs on the back of my neck and a lump in my throat: ‘My chains fell off, my heart was free, I rose went forth and followed Thee.’ Awesome!
2. One worship song that you rarely get tired of playing. ‘Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise’ by Steve McEwan is a ‘modern’ worship song that I think has stood the test of time. I love the words and the music (and it’s one of very few Christian songs that manage to rhyme ‘love’ and ‘above’ without sounding really naff).
3. One worship song you wish had never been written. Can’t remember exactly what it’s called or who it’s by, but I think it went something like: ‘I get so excited, Lord, every time I realise … I’m a gibbon.’ Awful, awful song.
4. Best worship experience you’ve ever had. This summer, on sabbatical at the Bossey Ecumenical Institute in Geneva, worshipping with 42 others from 20 different nationalities, singing simple English children’s choruses (‘cos they were pretty much the only things we all knew) and saying the Lord’s Prayer in a myriad of voices and laguages. Amazing!
5. Worship songs you wish there were more of. I always struggle to find appropriate music for my services, generally ‘cos my sermons don’t fit into the neat categories listed in the index of the worship book. I’d love to see some songs that are more narrative in nature than ‘I love you, Jesus, oooh yeah’, and more too that address contemporary issues without reverting to biblical jargon.
6. Pass it on. Your turn!

Toni 16 years ago

BTW when can we have some ZZ Top style stuff in worship?

:-))

Fernando Gros 16 years ago

Marcus thanks for that!

Fernando Gros 16 years ago

ZZ Top? Sure, if it fits with the community. When I used to play reglarly in church, there was often a liberal smattering of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Van Halen, Queen and even ZZ in the riffs, sounds and grooves.

Jesse 16 years ago

….trees of the field shall tear your eyes out, hahaha!!!!

Rodd Jefferson 16 years ago

I’m just in the process of completing a song based on ZZ top’s La Grange. That’s the nana-na-na-na-na-na-naa-nah one.

Fernando Gros 16 years ago

Jesse – Glad you liked that one!

Rodd – the other alternative is to take it Goldfrapp direction; ohh na na na nah na, ooh na nana nah.

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