Opera and Refugees

If last year is anything to go by, now that the Handel Festival is done, the rest of the season will fly by pretty quickly, although I’ve got lots to learn before it does! This evening we have the Konzeption meeting (where the director explains their idea for th piece and the designer shows their drawings and the set model) for Border. The piece is […]

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Reflecting on #7in7

One last 7in7 post (for now) – ‘day 8’ if you will. I found the 7in7 challenge a really rewarding experience, considerably more so than last time, due largely, I assume, to my preparation and thinking going into it. I only really wrote one song which I think stands alone, as is, but I think I’ve also got some good ideas to now rework. The […]

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The beards of ministry

You’ve probably seen this going around the interwebs, but in case you haven’t: via CT  

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#7in7 Day 7: Lamb of God (retune)

This was another tough day. It’s interesting how the hardest days were those on which I focussed on lyrics away from music, and today as I set someone else’s text. I seem to find it easier to write text and music simultaneously. It’s the third song in G in a row…. oh well, I can always transpose if helps the context. I went with a […]

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#7in7 Day 6: Go in grace (co-write)

I’m a day late in posting (but up to date in songwriting – I’ll post today’s song tomorrow…) A little while back I mentioned to my friend, Yuji, about writing a sung blessing to use at International Worship, and he suggested the idea of taking the missional blessing of Genesis 12:3 (and reiterated in the Great Commission of Matthew 28:19) and writing about going out […]

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#7in7 Day 5: My salvation belongs to you

Yesterday (day 5) was tough! As I had the most time of any day so far I thought I’d try ought some of the ideas in yesterday’s post, and spent a couple of hours at the library just working on lyrics. While I got about two verses worth of stuff, it wasn’t what I was really aiming for.. I didn’t find the ‘in’. I also […]

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How to write lyrics

At just over the the half-way mark in the 7in7 songwriting challenge, I’m starting to notice certain things about my writing – but that’s another post for later. This morning I saw that Simone, who left a very helpful comment on Day 1, has posted a really (really really) useful description of her lyric writing process. In case you don’t know, she’s an excellent lyricist who […]

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#7in7 Day 4: Whiter than the snow

We woke up to a decent blanket of snow this morning, which was a nice bit of inspiration. A bit of a bad mood at work followed, and then today’s prayer from Scotty Smith about renewal of the heart, and I really knew that I had to write about this! I managed to include a reworking of a line I’ve had for a while, but […]

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#7in7 Day 3: All the nations

I used the song in Revelation 15 as a spring-board for today’s song, and went back to writing on the guitar: All your righteousness has been revealed King of nations we stand in awe How amazing are the saving works you’ve done By the Lamb, by the King, Christ the Lord All the nations will come  And worship You Great and might, Yahweh Just and […]

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In case I didn’t have enough to learn…

Look what arrived today:     I’m starting with one module in the PTC.

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#7in7 Day 2 – How long

I decided to try something a bit different with today’s song. Using a piano riff I came up with (possibly stole.. I can’t even tell anymore!) I used Psalm 13 as inspiration for something kind of minimalistic (read: repetitive), which expresses that feeling I think we all have of wondering if God really hears our cries. As my evening rehearsal was cancelled, I had more […]

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#7in7 – Day1

Today was pretty epic. I’ll spare you the details and give the song I wrote today. I’ve been wanting to write something on 1 John 4 for a while: In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 4:10 ESV) There’s some great new songs about […]

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