As a composer, performer, & recording artist – the goal is simple: Write, Record, Sell.
And even after you put the word ‘Christian into the mix, ‘Christian, composer, performer, recording artist‘ – I feel the goal is still percieved the same – ‘Write, Record, Sell‘ only with a different target market. This is due largely to
- the enormity of the Christian music market & its vast sub markets & genres
- the oft luke-warm & negative connotations of the word Christian.
When one is on fire for Jesus – or
when one’s only concern is furthering His kingdom – or
when one’s upmost desire is attaining the presence of God – or
whatever word or phrase that represents this choice in life combined with ‘composer, performer, & recording artist‘ do you get a different goal.
Yes, you still write, record, and sell your music, BUT, the goal is the above list. The goal is in
- Jesus & sharing Him, and
- longing for His presence & advancing His kingdom. It’s in
- capturing the Holy Spirit in the recording.
This goal is the pinnacle of the Ars Nova (new art, if you will) of Worship. And it is this pinnacle that’s behind why I enjoy & connect with live worship albums so much.
Just the other day, it was blazing hot – in the upper 90’s if not 100’s – I was driving with the windows down listening to one of Jesus Culture’s live recordings of ‘You Are My Passion,’ getting cold chills all over my body (mind you how hot it was) hearing the words ‘I belong to Jesus’ being sang with so many in His presence.
The Holy Spirit is not something so much captured in the studio, the old art, but in real live worship captured, recorded, in front of the King; shared with oh so many more.
There’s something so much more right and much more biblical in including those worshiping, and not just the ones leading, in recorded ‘praise & worship’ music.
- Minimalism Saves | Accessibility in Worship (newmanworship.wordpress.com)