Well, if you weren’t here yesterday, you missed some of the best guitar pickin’ to be heard ’round these parts.
We opened yesterday with “Start a Band” by Brad Paisley and Keith Urban.
And Todd Fields and Danny Grady played their pants off….
And thankfully that was just figuratively…
That was the tune that we were going to do last week, but we had to cut it due to time. So instead, we tackled it this week, and with a new band singers. And man, it was fun.
WARNING: This tune is not for the meek or the layman. I watched 2 of the best guitarists I know work on this tune more than anything since, well, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra tune we did in December. OK, so I guess that’s not saying much… But trust me: approach with caution! It’s tougher than it sounds!
But it was great, and the blend of Todd and Eddie Kirkland on lead vocals, along with Rachael Gillis’ backing vox was a super treat.
Man, I love watching great people do great stuff. Gets my blood moving and puts a smile on my face.
As for worship, we ventured into some quasi-unknown territory…
We decided to switch things up a bit instrumentally, just for a different vibe. Not all the way to the singer/songwriter coffeehouse vibe, but at least something different.
Here’s the assignment we gave to each side:
– Only 1 Electric, playing more organic lead parts (no whale calls or swirlies)
– Rhy elec plays Acoustic, really drives the songs
– Keys players just play piano and/or B3 (no synth stuff)
– Drummers use Blasticks
and, as an added treat, West will have Bethany Olds on fiddle
The results on each side were quite different, with a lot of the individual players’ personalities and musicianship coming through. And while it may not have been the greatest result, it was at least a good experiment.
Here’s my quick analysis… Instead of varying slightly, we should have varied more. Meaning, it should have been so different that folks really knew that we were stretching beyond our norm. Instead, on some parts it ended up sounding like anemic version of what we normally do – as though something was wrong.
Now it wasn’t bad by any means. I just think that next time we could change up a few things even more to capture what was in our imaginations. Like no electric guitar at all (2 acoustics), and perhaps a different, scaled down drum kit. Also featuring the piano / B3 more.
We do full-blown rock and roll so well, that when that’s not what we deliver, it can feel awkward unless it’s really different.
Also, song selection was vital in this scenario, and I think we may have missed the mark a bit. Some songs translate better to a different vibe than others, and I know we all wished that we had switched up at least one, maybe even two of the songs that really needed a rock band behind them.
Anyhoo – we stretched our comfort zone and learned a lot!
All We Need
Glory To God Forever (Fee tune, to be released soon!)
It Is Well (new Todd arrangement, also to be released soon!)
– – – – –East Band – Todd Fields, Danny Grady, Ashley Appling, Earl South, Jared Hamilton, Rachael Gillis, Eddie Kirkland
West Band – Chrystina Fincher, Danny Howes, Matt Melton, Scott Meeder, Richard Meeder, Bill DeLoach, Bethany Olds
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East during worship:
High Def screen in West during Opener (East feed):
– – – – –What have you learned lately “the hard way…”?