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 […]Read More I Will Never Hear Adele’s New Album
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 […]Read More Why Do We Sing?
“ist.” Three little words. But I believe they have lots of meaning. Well, they do for me.Read More Guitar Player or Guitarist? Piano Player or Pianist?
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.Read More Learning Licks vs. Chord Progressions
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 […]Read More Gungor, Middle School Choir, and The Greatest American Hero
It’s been a while since I’ve spent time on a keyboard that doesn’t plug in.Read More Getting Reacquainted This Morning
I’ve caught the recording bug. Again.Read More My New Old Hobby – How Tech Renewed My Love of Making Music
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!Read More Kentucky All-State Choir Gone Viral
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 […]Read More You Have An Interesting Voice – Part 2
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 […]Read More You Have An Interesting Voice