fluid and grace express poetry in motion
while the musics dance to a rolling rhythm
and your voices rise to meet the emotion
expressed in the falling meter and rhyme
– 1/26/10 – 61 #favorite
– (inspired by Lifehouse’s Learn You Inside Out)
precisely timed pressure changes
convey melodies among the charged neurons
building pictures, shaping emotions, evoking memories
coloring the who, the what, and the story
of life and self and past remembrance.
– Soundtrack – 1/19/10 – 53
he played music on a street corner
not yet full of the seasons bustle
the rise and fall of mournful notes
a landscape painted in Christmas hues
his red stocking cap sat a jaunty angle
while tendrils of wispy smoke drifted
on the wind, and brass vibrations wafted
down the city streets at mid day
– Busker – 12/14/09 – 11
These are some notes I wanted to get on paper, as a way to remind myself of things to remember. Thoughts and conclusions I’ve come to from leading music at my church for the last 6 years.
First and foremost, understand that your job is not to train, it is to minister.
The congregation isn’t a choir. Your job isn’t to train them to sing well, or to teach them technical aspects of music. It is to lead them to worship and praise by example and entreaty.
Ask, never tell.
Repeat the song # at least twice, preferably 3 times. Once to begin, and again after a small pause. Most people, if they don’t hear the first one its because of a distraction. They’ll need a little time to allow the distraction to pass before hearing it again.
Avoid too much introduction and talking during the service. Its ok, even beneficial to give some introduction, or to occasionally remark on an observation,
but your primary purpose isn’t to preach, it is to lead in music.
If you are going to try something different, explain first what you are going to do, and offer the reason why. Its good for the congregation to understand the purpose, making it feel less like they are being manipulated, and making it easier to follow your lead.
When doing something new, take the attitude that you are going and here is why, not they should go here and this is the reason why. Lead don’t command.
The Pianist will follow your hand if you are reliable. The congregation follows the piano mostly, but cue’s more from your body language than your hand. So be obvious and sure about when you start and when you stop. Feel free to exaggerate your body language a little. (e.g. take an exaggerated breath before starting a verse.)
Be aware of the context of the church, where its going, what the emphasis is, the season, the holidays, the tenor of the pastors messages. These things will feed the direction of the music, not always directly, but indirectly. Watch the pastor. He is who God will lead the church through, so cue from him.
Sometimes its good to be playful. :)
Even if you don’t feel it, try to convey that you are happy to there. This doesn’t always mean you have a huge smile of your face, but it does mean conveying how much you value and honor the privilege to serve them in this manner. Because to lead in worship is a great privilege.
Be sensitive to God’s direction and leading. Pray before picking out the music, ask God to guide your heart and mind to pick out the music He want’s be sung that day.
Humble yourself. Be aware that you are being used. as a servant. That the congregation is whats important. that God is the focus. This isn’t an opportunity to demonstrate your chops in music, its a chance to use your talents to glorify God and help others do so by example.
in the stillness a quiet room
a broken deep, a silent loom
the dulcet braid, the complex wave
the deafening empty pounding rave
i am a song written in minor key
the rise and fall, the dance beside the deep
the melancholy surge, the tantalizing leap
the bright and bittersweet relation
a life of rhyme and reason
Sway to the rhythm of deep vibration
Pulsating waves of palpable motion
Move to the beat of a pounding drum
The resonant thrill of a strident thrum
Loose yourself in an aching voice
Find yourself in the loss of choice
The quiet surrender of mans volition
To beauty, song, and exposition
It smells of beer and suntan lotion
Not too thick, and the press of people
Strangers brushing up against you
Attentions paying more heed to the man on stage
He sings of love and heart break
Joking with the crowd
A distant intimacy shared briefly
Among complete strangers.
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All of Mozart’s music, free for download via pdf. Viva la Internet!
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The Choral Public Domain Library offers free downloadable sheet music in pdf format. Just after brief inspection, it looks pretty cool. A number of classical authors and a large number of authors that are undoubtedly famous but I’ve never heard of.
Two melodies drifting on quiet airs
Gentle meanderings of kindred sound
At once quick and soft with dulcet beauty
The wanderings of things lost and things found
I sit quietly beneath the dancing notes
And wonder of many strange things above
How came I to this place of holiness
Surrounded by reminders of His love