Band call was 7:45am, but I didn't get there quite as early as I wanted, so we were a little rushed. (No one was on donut duty, so I had to buy the breakfast) We had a couple of changes: this was the first week we started running our "background music" from the computer instead of CD at the sound booth and we also changed our "out time" for the senior pastor. (Wanting his sermons to wrap up at 10:30 and 12, respectively.)
SONG 1 - BECAUSE HE LIVES (F-G)
I'm such a sucker for this old hymn. We do a pretty normal 4-on-the-floor modern worship adaption of this one. For this week, I built in a key change so we could transition into song 2 without a whole lot of time in between. This was one led by our singers, Sarah and Jason, and they did a good job. Opening songs are tough for us because so many people are typically out in the foyer getting coffee, talking, etc. I love our arrangement of this song, but we kinda' played it to an empty room. We had a guest drummer, Wes Holt, who fills in for us from time to time and he's great. Our normal drummer, JB, is an amazing player, so it's nice to have a friend to fill in with the same level of skill.
Because our song 2 was similar in arrangement, we tried to change up the intro of this one by using an F - F2 progression. We do a lot of 2 chords in our intro, but I thought it was kinda' nice.
SONG 2 - PRAISE HIM (G)
At first glance, this song might seem an unlikely fit, but it really does sing so well. Our congregations claps and moves and sings out on this one, so I love having it in the order. The band did a great transitioning right into this one. We didn't have keyboards yesterday, which I definitely noticed on this song, but one of our guys sat in on mandolin to beef up the mix. Our electric player came in with a really need intro progression that gave the song a little extra life.
Our normal person wasn't there for the welcome, so our Executive Pastor stepped up. He did great - using some of the lyrics we had just sung to call people to get involved in our prison ministry.
SONG 3 - GUARDIAN (D)
Another one we love at Bethel! This one was probably the most different since we had the guest drummer. He had spent time learning it like the mp3, whereas our version is typically a little bit different in spots. I had him change a few things to reflect the way the band knows it and it ended up being a nice blend of the studio version and our normal arrangement.
Guardian is one of those songs I hear about a lot. It's not a well-known song in the worship world, but it seems to connect so powerfully with folks. I encourage worship leaders to check it out!
SONG 4 - PRAISE THE KING (A)
Our transition here didn't work as well as intended, but it still was fine. Since our mandolin player was running through a Helix, I asked him to build a pad that could run in between songs 3 and 4. It ended up that the the delay channel wigged something out so when he hit the A note pad to segue into Praise The King, it just kinda' stopped. Not a huge deal, 'cause our piano player just rolled with it and got right into the tune. Our people are still learning this song, but it seems to be working for us. Our church sings a WHOLE LOT about the cross, but we don't have as many resurrection songs. This one has been a nice addition to what we're singing on Sunday.