EMA 2018 setlist

We had a brilliant week last week in the Barbican with the Proc Trust, hearing wonderful, encouraging teaching, and being blown away with the sound of so many singing their hearts out! The songs we sang together were mostly well known, but if any were new to you, here are…

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Praising in the Fog

I waited patiently for the LORD; And He inclined to me and heard my cry. He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm. He put a new song in my mouth,…

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Theology of the Arts – Part 4

  Welcome back to our brief(ish) four-part trawl through the murky waters of art theology. We began, effectively, by asking the question: “How do we answer when we’re asked to justify art?” This demand for justification is something that artists are familiar with. It might come from parents: “Don’t you…

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Theology of the Arts- Part 1

  The Way Things Are “I always said God was against art and I still believe it. Anything obscene or trivial is blessed in this world and has a reward – I ask for no reward – only to live and to hear my work.” Such were Edward Elgar’s words…

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Writing children’s memory verses

One of the great privileges of serving with children's teams on camps and conferences like Word Alive and Keswick is hearing young people sing bible verses. It is brilliant. Linked at the end of this post are 2 memory verses which you may want to have a look at, both…

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V-v-v-volume

Everyone's favourite topic. There's tonnes of blog posts across the internet discussing this, and as always with the internet some are much more helpful than others. Everyone has something to say, and everyone thinks they're right. But I think the discussion is less about how loud it should be, and…

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Upgrading

How sound is our upgrade plan? Church techs: you know what it's like, you turn up early to set things up, then you begin to discover step by step that things have changed since you last were on duty. You can't find enough XLRs and all the batteries are dead..…

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Friendly fire-the tech vs muso problem

Scenario: It's 5 minutes before the service is due to start and the band leader is getting stressed because the sound guy has had a battery-related catastrophe and is nowhere to be seen as he attempts to source new ones. Or the sound guy is getting frustrated and pleading for…

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Solo thinking part 3

Playing A Solo Instrument In A Band - Practical Basics After all that introspection, here are ten practical tips. I’m going to talk mostly about improvisation, since I’m assuming this is the area people have most questions about. What I have to say is pretty obvious, but sometimes the obvious…

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Solo thinking part 2

Test Number Two: The Dum De Dum Test Several years ago I found myself cycling alone through a deeply creepy deserted country lane, hundreds of miles from home, in the dead of winter, hoping to find somewhere to stay for the night. To keep my spirits up, I decided to…

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Solo thinking part 1

I’ve been asked to put down a few words about playing a solo instrument in a church band. I guess I ought to be qualified to do this, since I’ve been playing the fiddle for around quarter of a century now, in churches that have run the gamut from High…

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