“What was with that second song? I hated it!”
That’s what I heard from my wife as I came off the East Auditorium stage this past Sunday morning after our worship set.
Gosh, I wish she’d learn to open up and share her feelings….
OK, so apparently you can’t win them all.
We opened the set with what would typically be a “third” song for us – a slower, very worshipful tune: “From The Inside Out” by Hillsong United.
We do a shortened version, just over 4 minutes, that nixes the solo and gets to the out choruses quicker. Anyway, it’s a great song, and the crowd usually reacts well and really worships through it.
We ramped it up after that, doing what will inevitably be a topic of conversation for weeks to come.
“Chainbreaker” by Charlie Hall is the tune in question….
Some of us were excited to do it, while others of us were questioning it as an effective corporate worship song. We all agreed that the verses were weird, wordy, and the weak part of the song, but the chorus and bridge were really cool and something that the crowd could latch on to after a couple go-rounds…
BUT, was the good chorus worth the awkward verses….?? Hmmm… Well, my wife sure didn’t think so! We’ll see what some others think…
Bottom line is that – in my opinion – the East band (Steve Fee, the Fee band boys and I) gave the song the best possible legs to stand on. I was really proud of us on that account. We gave it a great musical treatment, and introduced a cool piano part.
(OK Keyboardists – try this one on: Piano with 3-way delay at 154 bpm – right & left delay set to dotted 8ths and center delay set to normal 8ths. Now play a single note dotted quarter note pattern at 154 bpm.)
Anyhoo – we’ll bat this one around the table a while and let you know where we land…
We rounded out the set with Steve’s new tune “Glory to God Forever”. OK, it’s not totally new, but it does have a new name! The title Steve used for the first few months was just “Glory to God”, but the he adjusted the title as he and the boys hit the studio to record the upcoming radio release.
Well, there you go. An interesting Sunday: 2 winners and a questionable draft choice… Did we draft Michael Vick or Matt Ryan?
And if that just confused you, it’s time to do some research on the Atlanta Falcons’ last few seasons…
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East Band – Steve Fee, Matt Adkins, Heath Baltzglier, Brandon Coker, and me.
West Band – Todd Fields, Brad Avery, Keith Thomas, Ashley Appling, Richard Meeder, Dee Dee Maillian
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What has ever been your “draft choice in question”?