In a way, as artists, we make up a garden, a collection of fruit-bearing plants that’s beautiful because of its variety of forms. As faithful, fruit-bearing plants in the garden, we treat our audience and ourselves to beauty in an ever-changing and ever-expressive way.
If you learn a song in the key of C, what do you do if the worship leader decides to move it last minute to the key of B? Or if a female vocalist needs to do it in the key of G? As a musician, you need to have the ability to transpose the chords and parts on the fly as need be.
In this video Kyle talks about the guitars, amps, and pedals that he uses to lead worship with Aaron Ivey at the Austin Stone.
As worship musicians, we strive towards great transitions between songs. Here are 3 tips to consider in helping with smooth transitions.
Jesus’ atoning sacrifice means that He paid for our sin, and we won’t taste death as a result. When God ends this whole thing, we will all be changed, in the twinkling of an eye.
“Into Exile” is a dirge, but one that glimmers with hope, because this is not the end. Despite our faithlessness, God remains faithful, and will provide us with a new, better home.
“Nowhere Else” is about the tension between the constant tugging of the world on your shirt tail versus the overpowering conviction from the Holy Spirit that Jesus is indeed the Son of God, and His way is the only way that we can go. It is a call for us to surrender.
Revelation 21 was the inspiration for “Gate & Stairs” – the final outcome of these wrongs being put right. As my wife & I have wept many times over the pain of death, we have read the promise of God in the end: “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
“The Preparing” is at its core a story of heartache and sorrow. It is nostalgic for how things used to be but that are no more.
The song itself reflects the structure of creation and the story of God’s redemption slowly becoming clear, more full in its revelation as time progresses. The beginning lacks form, cohesion. As time progresses, we see the plan that was there all along.