How to write a worship song in five minutes

With the 7in7 songwriting challenge coming up, you might need a little help and inspiration. Thanks to Alistair Roberts for passing on this gem: As Homer Simpson would say, It’s funny ’cause it’s true.

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New songs – part 2

So far I’ve posted parts 1 and 1b of my new song suggestions, and as I write about, here is the list of songs which I additionally suggested which are not ‘new’ but possibly would be new to our German congregation. It’s my sneaky way of making my list look shorter. In Christ Alone – Getty / Townend [Lead sheet] There’s actually a German version […]

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The world’s greatest worship leader

The world’s greatest worship leader

I came across this yesterday, one of those random suggested videos that YouTube likes to show; perhaps you’ve already seen it, but I thought it was funny. It’s worth watching till the end for the closing song:

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White wine in the sun?

White wine in the sun?

It’s that time of year again, when many of my fellow antipodeans share this video: And I can understand why. Tim Minchin, in clever (it’s almost as if he sets a page of The God Delusion to the score of Les Mis) and witty lyrics sum up how a lot of people feel about Christmas. I even agree with his words against commercialisation. The music […]

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Hack a guitar tuner for pedal-board use

Hack a guitar tuner for pedal-board use

Having a tuner pedal is really useful. It means you don’t have to unplug anything to tune, and it doubles as a mute. They can be bought pretty cheaply, but where would the fun in that be? I decided to hack an old tuner I had lying around: When I bought my electric guitar on eBay, it came with this tuner. I already have a […]

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But we have Wallenberg

But we have Wallenberg

I’m in the final week of rehearsals for a contemporary opera Wallenberg by the Estonian composer Erkki-Sven Tüür, who was apparently a member of a leading Estonian avante-garde rock band. It’s a pretty intense piece, not only from the music (it’s got a big orchestra and lots of percussion… it’s pretty loud!) but the story. It’s based around the figure of Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat who saved […]

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Classical art and his-story

Classical art and his-story

A great little look through the story of redmptive history via classical art: via Challies

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Leaping Rossini! It’s Barbiere…

Leaping Rossini! It’s Barbiere…

Google’s doodle today celebrates the great leap-yearian Rossini: Love it! What better day to pull out the old Bugs Bunny classic as well:

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The singing shopper

The singing shopper

My friend and fellow baritone Gary Griffiths took this video in his local Sainsbury’s  the other day. Brilliant stuff.

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Stealing Herz: what about Verdi pitch?

Stealing Herz: what about Verdi pitch?

  As google is telling me it’s Heinrich Rudolf Hertz 155 birthday today, it seems only fitting to highlight this fascinating video I saw recently (thanks to The Diction Police): It’s an issue I’d been thinking about recently. German orchestras play at A = 443 Hz, which I’m told is thanks to Karajan, who liked the brilliance it gave. I’m pretty convinced by the argument […]

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The debate of Klinghoffer

The debate of Klinghoffer

The last few days have seen a bit of controversy in the media about English National Opera’s new production of John Adam’s opera The Death of Klinghoffer (see the Telegraph & the Independent). A few of my twitter contacts are involved in this production and have been chiming in, and Chris Maltman who is in Penny Woolcock’s film adaptation (which I saw several years back) has also given […]

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Richard Gill: Music Education & Imagination

Richard Gill: Music Education & Imagination

Richard Gill gives a fantastic talk on why music education is vital for the imagination:

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