Blogging here on the fly – nothing pre meditated – Just finished recording all the audio for my new solo guitar album “Waiting on the Lord” – I am so overjoyed!
I originally set off recording the album as solo electronic record. It was to be a testimony album; portraying the current season my wife and I are in – both of us out of college, trying to get both our careers started, move into a new home and stand on our own two feet so-to-say, all while deepening our relationship with each other and our heavenly Father as we look Him to move mountains.
With problems in the recording & performance process – dealing with equipment and software that was both too unpredictable and unreliable – I set off to re-work the album for solo electric guitar & loop machine.
I dug into the capabilities & idiosyncrasies of using delay and loop machines dynamically with distortion in a minimalist manner making the most of musical motifs, layering, and compositional shape. Using only notes on staff paper and rough-sketch recordings, I composed and recorded the album over the course of Spring & Summer 2012, both loving the project, and hating the whole process at the same time. The result is a very real & organic soul-bearing solo guitar album. No multitracking; only piecing different sections of composition together at it’s most technical aspects; if not recording the whole song in a single take.
Waiting on the Lord is now in the process of a very minimal editing & mixing process to maintain its authenticity & minimalist nature and will be available in the rather near future.
For the longest time – I was the biggest advocate for virtuosity in Christian music–
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arguably most in worship music. In fact – I still am an advocate for this. If you check out my post back in March – I’m all for finding ways to make our worship music beautiful and ornate & I’m all against being complacent and not challenging ourselves to compose more smartly for the Kingdom.
But, when I was writing papers in college on ‘how‘ and ‘why‘ we should change the way praise & worship music is composed – I was missing one obvious characteristic
As much as I would love the congregations of the protestant church to dance a polyrhythm or sing modulations through a circle of mediants (uhh… what?) – The fact remains that they would have to learn the music before they could worship – and that whole act of learning these compositions would take time AND glory away from the Creator.
We must remember – Christianity isn’t North Korea. We don’t have to put on a show to please a dictator.
We don’t have to do more. Jesus already loves us.
In fact, our worship music is often best when it is reflective of His very yoke – Easy
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I can only imagine how many have been won & saved by simple 4 (or less) chords & 4/4 time signature worship songs.
How He Loves – John Mark McMillan
Break Every Chain – Will Reagan
Name Above Every Other Name – Justin Rizzo
Where You Go I Go – Brian Johnson
You Won’t Relent – Misty Edwards
Sweetest Name – Will Reagan
Revelation Song – Jennie Lee Riddle
Our God is Greater – Chris Tomlin
the list goes on…
The more accessible we compose our worship music, the easier God can be felt coming through the mix speaking to us.
In light of this, I’m nearly convicted to write a 2 chord worship song and make it extravagant!