After decades of choosing, leading and writing worship songs, I was interested to hear Dr. Ron's take on where great worship songs come from. His response was insightful and is a brilliant blueprint for those who desire to write fresh songs of timeless truth for the local church.
Worship Disorders: Song Seekers Vs. Jesus Seekers
If you study church history (and you should), you will notice a repeating spiritual principle: Whenever there’s a move of God, new songs of worship often follow.
What a Worship Song Says is More Important Than How it Sounds
When I was learning to teach worship songwriting, I had a great mentor who emphasized teaching steady principles over stylistic patterns noting that styles will come and go, but principles are the enduring truths that apply to all trends.
20 Things I’ve Learned From Listening to Great Songs and Songwriters (11-12)
11. Learn the power of slant (imperfect) rhymes Rhythm, rhyme and repetition are the building blocks of good lyrics. Rhythm is how words sound as we sing them and the cadence they rest upon, repetition is the frequency of a lyric and rhyme provides the verbal adhesive that bonds a lyric to a listener. For …
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20 Things I’ve Learned From Listening to Great Songs and Songwriters (9-10)
An artist can only create with the tools they’ve been given. Increase your tool box and you will increase your creative canvas.
20 Things I’ve Learned From Listening to Great Songs and Songwriters (7-8)
7. Have a plan to capture inspiration If you are like most people, inspiration is like an unplanned guest showing up at your doorstep. It can happen at the most inopportune times: in the shower, driving, during a prayer meeting. Have a plan on how you can capture your inspiration in the moment. Carry a …
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