Thursday, January 17, 2013

I'm not looking for cliche orgasmic moments in church music...

...but if I were, I'd start the song pretty low with an unmemorable melody, then step it up (in pitch and rhythm) in the prechorus before punching out a high, repetitive, sentimental chorus - the kind that can be sung with eyes shut and hands in the air in an 'I surrender my body to you' kind of a way. And the great thing about a chorus is that you can do it multiple times.


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    1. Sorry. Bad worship songs inspire this kind of response from me! Did you watch the clip I linked to in the post below?

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  2. The Donna Summer school of worship song writing.

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  3. You just put out a very persuasive ad for Hillsong

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    1. you know.. I've been pleasantly surprised by the soundness of a lot of recent Hillsong stuff. I can't count on one hand the number I'd use from the last decade, and I just recommended three(!) of them to our music leader.

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  4. I'm pretty sure I recently wrote a song which follows that pattern... and I'm ok with that. I don't see a problem with a song building to a climax, so long as it's grounded in objective truth.

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  5. Include a lyric that uses the word "lift" (your eyes, your name, our praises) as code for "lift your hands" in the middle eight/bridge before a transposed final round or two of the chorus

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  6. Kind of on this theme, this is well worth reading: http://www.zachicks.com/blog/2013/1/16/the-worship-leader-as-emotional-shepherd.html

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