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Cover art for Matthew Reed's Come and Drink EP

First, you should know that I feel incredibly inadequate to do album reviews.  I have no experience recording or producing an entire album.  Yet, I keep getting blessed by several folks asking me to review their recording.  I hope someday I’ll be the one asking for the review, but until then, I’ll give my honest and raw opinion about what I hear. Continue Reading…

Working with musicians who aren’t familiar with you could be highly successful or potentially disastrous. Here are 3 ways to do it.

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Sojourn CD Release Good Friday 2011-86

I have nothing but immense respect for a group of musicians, songwriters, and church leaders from a vibrant community of worship.

I first heard about them with their Advent Songs project (one of the best recordings of Christmas music I’ve ever heard), then was blown away by the first installment of Over the Grave – The Hymns of Isaac Watts, am in love with their split EP that was recently released, and now they’ve done it again. Continue Reading…

This is going to be a tough post to write.  Yesterday was Resurrection Sunday, and what I took away from it was disappointment.  Instead of joyously celebrating the most important event in the history of time (and non-time, for that matter), I performed, and poorly, at that.  I put pressure on myself to perform in several ways and didn’t deliver the results that I expected.  Thankfully, God doesn’t care about my performance but cares about my heart and gave me a good gut-check this Sunday.

However, there are several things I learned yesterday and wanted to pass them along: Continue Reading…

Sometimes all it takes is a little teaching and a lot of passion to help someone understand and embrace something.  Enjoy Benjamin Zander in this fantastic TED talk video on music, passion, leadership, and more.  It’s twenty minutes but well-worth the time spent. (RSS readers, if you can’t see the video, click here to visit the site and watch.)

Also be sure to visit worship leader and songwriter Brian Wahl’s website to read his thoughts on how this translates to leading worship within the congregation.  I believe he made some fantastic parallels.

Question: Is there anything in your leadership or love of music that “flipped the switch” or “made it click” for you? Click here to leave a comment.