Jennie and I are watching a DVR recording of Valerie Bertenelli on Oprah discussing her rocky marriage to Eddie Van Halen. I keep waiting for Eddie to come out on the set and play Eruption…
So I’m distracted…… Did you know she dated Steven Speilberg?
Well, yesterday ended up great, but it was a bumpy road getting there!
The first two songs in the worship set were old faves, and pretty straight forward musically. But the third, well that’s a different story – but it’s a guuuuuud one!
Todd Fields has written an incredible tune called “Breathe On Me” that we recorded on the North Point Live: Louder Than Creation . This might be one of the greatest tunes I’ve heard in the last few years.
It the perfect recipe. The most important ingredient is a wonderfully crafted song. The lyric is brilliant and inspired. The melody and hook are wonderfully singable and powerful. Without that, you just got fluff, baby.
Next, it was performed with creative and musical excellence. I remember crafting this song as a band. Todd, Ashley Appling, Pat Malone, Jason Hoard and I spent a lot of time rehearsing and crafting the sonic qualities of the tune. The form, the instrumental arrangement, and that signature band drop-out on the chorus after the bridge on “forever”. That is the magic that happens when getting to help create music with gifted friends.
And finally, Nathan Nockles‘ production touches put the icing on the cake for this track, creating a symphonic masterpiece.
Now imagine trying to do that song justice! Tough. Do-able, very do-able, but it’s gonna take some homework, woodshedding, and rehearsal.
Needless to say, after Wednesday’s rehearsal, EVERYONE knew they had some more homework to do. Not that it was bad, but there’s something about wanting to play a great song well that inspires guys to tweak that 90th percentile.
Anyhoo, when it was all said and done, it was great. And adding the album string tracks and auxiliary keys to the live performance via Pro Tools was the icing on the cake!
The bad news / good news from the day was that Chrystina Fincher was set to lead in East, but called in with the flu late Saturday afternoon. Bless her heart! But she deserves big kudos for scoping out another Worship Leader for us, which helped a ton. So the good news was that Eddie Kirkland came in early on Sunday, worked through the tunes with the band, and hit it out of the park.
“Marvelous Light ” by Charlie Hall
“Blessed Be Your Name” by Matt Redman
“Breathe On Me” by Todd Fields
A nice mix of two familiar songs, one new one.
Here’s the new West Auditorium set:
West Band – Todd Fields, Danny Howes, Ashley Appling, Richard Meeder, Karen Bitzer, Trammell Starks
What inspired YOU to worship last week?