#TwentyFourteenProject April: Your kingdom come

So, it’s time for April’s new #TwentyFourteenProject song.. Here’s a lyric video with some random footage a shot in Karlsruhe, and along the Necker around Heidelberg: For those who get a bit motion sick, here’s just the audio: Chord chart: Your kingdom come. I’m happy with the result again this month; I feel like this project is paying off, in that I’m getting more disciplined about […]

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#TwentyFourteenProject March video: Over all

#TwentyFourteenProject March video: Over all

Here’s the song I wrote for this months’ #TwentyFourteenProject song .. a call to worship of sorts. It’s a bit more rock ‘n’ roll than the past couple… (not that I really have the voice for this style). I still haven’t got the sync issues figured out. In Lightworks, it’s fine. The exported file is sometimes fine, and the youtube clip seems to be fine […]

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Please stop telling #worship songwriters to be more creative.

Please stop telling #worship songwriters to be more creative.

I have a bit of a request: can we please stop telling people who write songs for the church to be more creative? No, I don’t mean we encourage mediocrity, or stop encouraging creativity. I mean, to stop saying discouraging things like, “modern worship music is so bland” or however it might be phrased. You know the kind of comment I’m referring to. I recently […]

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A new #twentyfourteenproject song from February

One of my aims this year is to develop a better discipline of songwriting, and so I aim to write a new song each month on this year.  I’m calling it the #twentyfourteenproject. (Here is January’s song, in case you missed it) I think I’ll use it as a creative stimulus for working on recording, arranging and video editing skillz too, and hopefully I’ll be […]

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Patreon – a viable means of supporting worship songwriters?

A month or so ago a friend told me about Patreon.com , a new model of artist funding based on the old idea of arts patronage. While Kickstarter campaigns are often used by indie bands to fund specific projects, the idea of Patreon is that backers pledge an amount to give for every new piece of work created. So, for example, one might support a […]

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New Song (Jan 2014): Still on the throne

At the end of last year, I hadn’t spent any time songwriting since we finished Jahreszeiten der Seele, and so one of my 2014 priorities is to re-engage in the discipline of songwriting (you’ve got write a lot of bad songs to get a couple of good ones!). At the end of last year we had some sad news of a friend’s death, and then […]

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New song: Jahreszeiten der Seele

One of the reasons I haven’t been blogging the last month is that I’m organising a a concert + art exhibition at our church in two weeks time, the culmination of the Jahreszeiten der Seele creative project. I’m really looking forward to the event, as we’ve a really creative bunch of people here! In fact, I’ve been so sidelined by this, my work (and frankly, […]

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The King is here – testing out a new song

Our small group is currently looking at some of the encounters people had with Jesus as recorded by John in his gospel, and while we’re not yet up to his triumphal entry, I thought that it was still a good time to road-test a song I’ve been working on: Verse 1: Blind men see, and slaves are free The serpent’s head is crushed beneath his feet. […]

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A creative project in our church // Ein kreatives Projekt in unser Gemeinde

It’s dangerous to suggest an idea in our church, because chances are someone will reply with “Super! Mach das!”. Several months back, on a music weekend in the Black Forest I suggested to our music area leader that, as we’ve got so much talent in our church, we should do something to encourage people to create new works and to work together. In short, that’s […]

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Testing some new gear

I whipped up a little demo track this week, in order to test out a bit of new recording gear. It’s a bit rough and ready*, with improvised parts, but it gives and idea of the sound (not too mention the song). So here it is, followed by a run-through of what’s being used: I’ve been using an MXL 2006 condensor mic for my demos, […]

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Vote for me + Free download

I’ve entered my song ‘Promises were made (you are faithful)’ into weareworship.com ‘s competition.. I’m not really a fan of the whole shortlist-via-facebook-likes approach, but it’s what it is, so if you like the song, I’d appreciate you taking 2 minutes to click through this link and ‘like’ my song. I’ve also put it up on Noisetrade, for free download, with chord chart and lead […]

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How great your love – a rough demo

I spent a bit more time on the draft I posted the other day and significantly reworked parts of it, to the point where it’s no longer called ‘This is love’ (those lyrics don’t exist anymore!) but ‘How great Your love’. I realised that the chorus just didn’t work – a hard decision to make, because it was the initial part I came up with.. maybe […]

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