GUARDIAN - E (Spotify)
Third time to do this song. I think it's going okay. It's a little high, but I think we'll get there as a congregation. Songs like this are hard because the fact that it's so much fun to play doesn't necessarily mean it works with the congregation. Most stats say it takes 6 times for a church to "know" a song. Probably give this one other 2-3 tries and see if it's worth keeping.
This was the first time we did it with the electric guitar intro like the record. Our guitarists did some awesome stuff in this tune. Mostly high rhythm stuff with a few fills here and there.
BLESS THE LORD - D (Spotify)
Started this one almost immediately after the first song. Welcomed folks, mentioned that Sunday was the first day of our new campus launch and then told the congregation we would be singing from Psalm 103. We had one of our new piano players start this one. I also asked electric guitar player to do some palm-mute rhythm underneath intro. The hardest part about leading this song is not playing my guitar in the first verse. It really does work so well with just floor tom and bass, but I'm so tempted to strum along!
Everybody did great on this song. I've been so surprised at how singable and strong this song has worked for our church. If you're looking for a high energy tune that says good stuff, this is the song for you. (I also love the instrumental break on this thing! Our guitar player nailed it)
GOD IS ABLE - A (Spotify)
Did a quick transition into this one. Had our keyboard player end Bless The Lord on a high A note that would ring with the big D chord. Drummer started click and guitar player started riff over the high A note. When the drummer started, keyboardist when to low A to establish the key.
I think this one was a little strong in rehearsal. Not sure why. There's a subtle groove in this song that everybody has to be aware of to make it come alive. Song went great, but felt a little flat for some reason. Guitarist and pianist did an awesome job of giving this one lots of fills in the spaces.
I had our singer, Angie, transition into the last song. She just spoke briefly about what we would be singing and encouraged folks to join in.
YOUR GREAT NAME - G (Spotify)
This tune is still so strong for us. Angie did an awesome job leading it. I started with the basic chord progression while piano player riffed underneath. We don't bring drums in as early as the studio version. Instead, we build everybody except drums and bass until first chorus. When that hits, it goes to acoustic, drums and bass only. (This is a cool way to have a "down" section of a song that still feels like it's building.)
I cannot get enough of both the bass line and drum groove of V2. It's our one little chance to rock out a bit. The band did great and our people sang out. What more could a worship leader ask for!
How was your Sunday?