20 Things I’ve Learned From Listening to Great Songs and Songwriters (5-6)

5. Great songs are about ONE thing Without exception, the most enduring songs are those that are centered around ONE theme.  The theme is usually universal, meaning it’s something that a wide range of people can relate to or have experienced.  When writing, make sure you have a clear idea of what your theme is.  …

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20 Things I’ve Learned From Listening to Great Songs and Songwriters (3-4)

Nothing will stifle the creative process more than premature analysis and over-thinking.  When initially creating by yourself or with others, remove the boundaries, use ‘placement’ lyrics, be unconventional, be willing to pursue any idea.

School Shootings and a God who is “Able”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CT4n-IHfvF0&t=17s In the wake of yesterday's massacre in Parkland, Florida it can be hard to acknowledge a sovereign God when He seems so distant.  For some, the easiest thing is to deny His goodness and to make assessments based on the little we see. The problem of pain, evil and suffering has seemed to explode …

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My Tribute: Three Black Artists who helped pave the way for Modern Worship Music

I'll never forget the first time I heard Aretha Franklin sing.  My mother had a copy of "Aretha's Greatest Hits", a compilation of her best known recordings for Atlantic Records she played regularly when I was young.  As I stared at the spinning red label I couldn't help to be moved by what was being …

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