New Blog Direction

Contemplating the direction to take for my blog. Wondering what kinds of content you would be interested in.

Thinking of focusing on resources for using technology for music ministry, collaboration, and communication. A few theological posts sprinkled in to keep it aligned with the mission.

Anything else you would be interested in hearing about? Those of you who know me in person, what do you think I should bring to the table?

My Creative Conundrum

I feel like sometimes I have the gifting, and the right tools, just not the wherewithal to actually finish out a creative musical idea I have. There is this paralysis that sets in and prohibits me from taking a song from start to finish.

I get a good bridge idea, a good chorus idea. I struggle with verses yet like a child forced to eat broccoli I press on and write one.

I am wondering if I am wired to require collaboration to finish the creative process once it gets started, or if I am just a “musical co-dependent” and it’s a character flaw.

Do any of you struggle with this? What are your keys to overcome limitations? What are the processes you find helpful to push you toward completing a song or blogging, etc.?

Top 5 musical influences

Joel Klampert recently blogged about some of the musicians who have influenced him musically.

I thought I would participate in the community effort to share influences.

Before I dole out my 5, I think it is important to note (pun intended) that I didn’t grow up “radically saved”.

In high school (My BC days) my influences were as follows:

1. Primus
2. Mr. Bungle
3. Faith No More
4. Anything by Danny Elfman
5. Red Hot Chili Peppers

So my influences after being “born again” would be as follows:

1. Paul Baloche
2. Hillsong United
3. David Chapin – super encouraging brother who went on to be with the Lord in 2006
4. Matt Redman
5. David Crowder Band

Who has influenced you? Participate in the discussion on Joel’s site here

StudioOne Artist Promo–$20.11 through 1/16/2010

I came across this great deal via the Presonus twitter stream.

Right now you can get Presonus StudioOne artist for $20.11 during the NAMM show (1/16).

I purchased StudioOne Pro last summer, but this deal is great if you are looking for a DAW.

Here’s an overview video of StudioOne Artist from last year’s Namm show.


I don’t get any kickbacks or anything. Just wanted to help promote a great product!

Song Service: Opening Songs

So I was perusing through our repertoire and noticed we lacked a diverse selection of songs to open service. I really feel the need to do some songs that are more up tempo (The anti “Lead Me to the Cross” 60-95 BPM songs)

I’ve really been impressed in prayer that for our local congregation to try and embody verse 4 of Psalm 100

1 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. 2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. 3 Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.5 For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

I’d love to get some fresh ideas for songs to open service with. Some I’ve been thinking of using are:

  1. Because of Your Love (Brenton Brown / Paul Baloche)
  2. Lift Your Praises to the Lord (Re-Writing the chord structure)
  3. My Savior Lives – ( New Life Worship )

I also have an original work or two I’ve been slow cooking. One is called “You Unending Love” it is a song about not forgetting that everything good we have in our lives comes from God alone.

What songs do you open service with? Have there been any songs that you have done that were particularly effective to get the congregation singing? Leave the song title, writer(s) and key in the comment section below.


Getting the Word to Go

Remember in the not so distant pass when people would ask for copies on cassette tapes of messages taught or preached in church? People would take them home and re-listen or share with a friend.

I remember doing that. Listening to messages on my Walkman, or on my 48-mile-one-way commute to work.

That lead me to start ask some questions like:

  • Do people in your churches still ask for copies of the messages?
    • What format(s) are people asking for them in now?
  • Do you still make them available free or for a nominal fee?
  • Do you post them in a podcast? Make them available for download?
  • Do you re-listen to the messages being brought forth in your congregation?

I can say that it has been a while longer than I feel safe admitting since I intentionally listened to preaching outside of a Sunday service.

What was the last message you intentionally ‘asked’ to re-review?