I Will Never Hear Adele’s New Album

 When I heard that Adele’s new album would not be released to streaming sites like Spotify, I had one thought... Well, I guess I’ll never hear Adele’s new album. I am an all-in Spotify user. I figure, for the cost of one album on iTunes per month, I can listen to almost anything I want … Continue reading I Will Never Hear Adele’s New Album

Why Do We Sing?

This post originally appeared in The Loop, newsletter of Lexington Baptist Temple. Why do we sing? Why do we lift our voices in praise and adoration? When you stop and think about it, it’s a strange concept - talking with pitch and duration. Sure, some instruments have strings. Some you hit with a stick. Some … Continue reading Why Do We Sing?

Guitar Player or Guitarist? Piano Player or Pianist?

“ist.” Three little words. But I believe they have lots of meaning. Well, they do for me. You see, I use those three letters to distinguish musical ability. I assign those three letters to musicians that I believe have the skills to make a living at their instrument of choice. For instance, I consider myself … Continue reading Guitar Player or Guitarist? Piano Player or Pianist?

Learning Licks vs. Chord Progressions

Key of G. I - IV - V - vi - IV - V - I. If you play acoustic guitar in most youth praise bands in churches today, every song with the above chord progression will sound EXACTLY the same. Well, sorta. I've written on #NoCamo about the rarity of quality electric guitar players … Continue reading Learning Licks vs. Chord Progressions

Gungor, Middle School Choir, and The Greatest American Hero

When I taught middle school choir, there were times that I had my students sing music from other cultures and religions. I stressed the fact that, in some instances, a musician is an actor. I told them that, when they sing about God, they don’t have to believe in Him.But the audience needs to believe … Continue reading Gungor, Middle School Choir, and The Greatest American Hero

Getting Reacquainted This Morning

It's been a while since I've spent time on a keyboard that doesn't plug in.

My New Old Hobby – How Tech Renewed My Love of Making Music

I've caught the recording bug. Again. Back in the day, I had a number of recording tools at my disposal. I used a Korg 01/W FD (which stood for floppy drive, back when those, you know, existed) and a Tascam cassette 4-track. When I recorded guitars, I used my rig, which to this day consists … Continue reading My New Old Hobby – How Tech Renewed My Love of Making Music

Kentucky All-State Choir Gone Viral

I am a three-year alumnus of the Kentucky All-State Choir, so I was very pleased to see this video of the participants singing the National Anthem a capella from the balconies of the Louisville Hyatt go viral. I have fond high school memories of singing like this before the advent of cell phone cameras. Enjoy! … Continue reading Kentucky All-State Choir Gone Viral

You Have An Interesting Voice – Part 2

In a recent post, I delved into an aspect of modern culture that works against the training and maturation of this generation as singers and musicians in our churches - the importance of having a distinctive, unique, and/or interesting voice What do we have going against us in this fight for quality? Television, as I've … Continue reading You Have An Interesting Voice – Part 2

You Have An Interesting Voice

Do you watch American Idol, or America's Got Talent, or The Voice? It never fails. I don't really watch these shows, but whenever I do, there is always one or two singers that, according to the judges, have "distinguished" voices."Interesting" voices."Unique" voices. What that means is that their tone, style, and phrasing are not typical … Continue reading You Have An Interesting Voice