WHAT WE DID: 7/20/14

Since this site is about the stuff we do at our church, I figured I'd start sharing the worship set each week. When possible, I'll try to post either audio or video links to the songs/elements we used.

JOYFUL (D) Spotify
Band is so solid on this Brenton Brown adaptation of "Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee." In fact, we even keep the lyrics intact instead of doing the two more modernized words that Brenton uses.

Had David start with a low D pad and Gabe gave me click. I started with the big D chord intro and Gabe fell in with floor tom. My favorite part of that song is when the band drops in at the end of V1. It was especially full this week since I had an extra guitar player with us. I don't often use two electrics in a set, but our guest was slated for banjo on the last two songs so I figured I'd throw him on electric for some power up top. We don't fall right into the bridge, but rather jam it instrumentally for a bit. In retrospect, I should have had us pull back a little more - it was probably too big. Sounded like the V3 repeat/drop caught somebody off guard and they went to the wrong chord, but at least it was a chord in that key!

I wanted to get us right into the next tune. Since Sarah was leading the next tune, I had her welcome everybody so we could get right into song #2. Rehearsal was a challenge because I had forgotten that we do this song in two different keys - G and F. I had planned on doing it in F, but accidentally linked the G version to the band. We took an extra two minutes and made sure everybody could transpose it down to F. Wasn't hard, although I was a little worried about our keys player, as he had learned the synth riff in G. Never fear, though - keyboards have a handy transpose button, so he knocked it down no prob.

We learned this one for Easter but it was too good; I had to bring it back! I wish it was longer - we may have to add a verse or something next go 'round. This is a great hymn adaptation because it doesn't mess with the song. The melodic structure is the same, the chords are simple and even the four-on-the-floor approach works. (Seems like lots of hymn remakes have four-on-the-floor, by the way. Weird.)

Sarah sang this song beautifully and led with some real power. Loved having our electric guy play high suspension stuff up on the neck. I've found that hymns don't need a lot of extra "power" in the way of overdrive/distortion. Because people sing so strongly on the choruses, bands don't need to do as much. Hymns are great that way...you just play 'em and get out of the way.

Scripture (Psalm 119:165-168)
Did a corporate reading of Psalm 119.
Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble.
I hope for your salvation, O Lordand I do your commandments.
My soul keeps your testimonies; I love them exceedingly.
I keep your precepts and testimonies,  for all my ways are before you.

I AM (G) Spotify
I was a little nervous about this song, for a couple of reasons. First of all, the octave width makes it pretty hard for most people to sing. I dropped it down to G so that I could sing verses and choruses in the same register. The other challenge is the odd counts that happen at the end of each line. Sometimes it's the IV chord for 8 count, sometimes it's 6 beats of silence, etc. When I charted it, I noted 8 beats at the end of each section to make it a little bit easier on the band.

Because it lives in between two genres, it's a little hard for a normal band to play. I had one of our guys play the banjo intro like the mp3, which was great, but the drum parts took some getting used to. Gabe did a great job duplicating a more programmed drum feel, but without a more traditional beat, I ask the band to play "big" in the big parts regardless of how the drums felt on stage. Overall, the song was good and folks sang. We obviously lost some energy without the octave jumps, but it wasn't a huge handicap.

Prayed that God would continue to guide us - that we were, indeed, "holding onto" him.

We love the Village version of this song - all the more when we have banjo in the mix! Kinda' can't go wrong with this tune. Folks love to sing it, plus has such great lyrical strength. And for some reason, I love playing guitar on this tune. It's nothing all that complicated, just some smart chord choices.

What did you do at your church?