Thursday, August 7, 2008

Creative Chaos / Worship Confessional

Well, I thought I'd combine my long overdue worship confessional with a creative chaos today. They're kind of one in the same anyway.

Last week was pretty cool. Pastor Dave and I (and the rest of our staff) have been trying to figure out a way to combine the talents that God has given us. Needless to say, we're kind of in a weird zone. Pastor Dave is a phenomenal musician and yet I'm the "worship guy" at our church. So we're constantlly faced with the question, "how does a Senior Pastor fulfill his desire to play when he's not 'the worship guy'?" We're working on it and I think you're going to see some pretty cool stuff in the near future. But for right now, he just sits in every once in a while. He sat in this weekend and it was great.

Here's what our band looked like last week.

me - agtr/vox
Dave - keys/vox
Kevin - bass
Brandon - drums
Rob - egtr

Here's what the set list looked like.

Awesome is the Lord (Tomlin)
Blessed be Your name (Redman)
-welcome-
Oh praise Him (Crowder)
-message-
Hangin' by a moment (Lifehouse)
-offering-
Blessed be Your name (Redman)

The cool thing about last week was that Bradley (one of our most faithful leaders) taught for the first time. You can check out his message here. He did a great job and it allowed Pastor Dave the opportunity to sit in with the band. His keys added so much to our sound. He lead out on Blessed be Your name and handled most of the transitions. It was pretty cool to be able to just play and sing with the band.

Hangin' by a moment worked pretty well. We did this version, but as you know it didn't really sound like that (it never does). We had Brandon play cajon and Rob play his acoustic which gave it a real acoustic feel. Pastor Dave layed down a nice pad and Kevin held down the low end. It was amazingly tight for having never played or practiced the song together.


I love doing an acoustic set. There's something real organic & simple about it. I think it causes everyone to play simpler. I love it!

How was your weekend?

1 comment:

peachie (my nickname from my dad aka Pops) said...

Ok Eric, this is a great song and my prayer this morning by lifehouse, but are they really Christian. When I looked them up it said they toured with Everclear and Pearl Jam. Can you explain???? I love you and miss you guys. Happy you're having such great fun at Disneyland and Legoland...sounds really busy! OH and the One Voice that's coming up...that looks like a lot of fun. Will it be as exciting as the worship that was held in the Valley's stadium a few years ago?

-sis

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