In this conversation about collaboration, Kyle Lent and Matt Graham discuss the idea of limiting your access to tools and instruments as a means of becoming more creative when songwriting.
We collaborate because we are collaborations. We are co-writers because we ourselves have been co-written. Both in our personalities and in the very way we human beings began, we are collaborations.
If part of your job is to be creative and make new things, I want to offer some super practical advice I’ve learned in 15 years of being a “professional” artist. That’s not to say this advice is always a part of my weekly routine—in fact, I usually fail more than I succeed—but here are a few things I aim for.
There’s room for a billion more songs to be sung to Jesus by His people. I hope these simple and practical suggestions are helpful as you foster a culture of songwriting in your own church.
Chris Collins talks about the importance of singing and leading people in truth. When we don’t use the Word of God to check the lyrics of the songs we sing, we are at risk of leading people to worship idols.
In this video, Jimi Williams talks about a few things that you need to be pay careful attention to if you choose to write songs for your church.
Shortly after losing his business in a fire and his family in a shipwreck, Horatio Spafford penned “It is Well” over the same waters that claimed his family.
“Gracious Redeemer” captures the mysteries and complexities of the gospel, and yet it is simple enough for us to sing in corporate worship. We don’t have to be trained theologians to sing it, but we become profound theologians when we do.
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.
This is a clip from Michael Bleecker’s session at Austin Stone Worship Conference 2013. We are excited to have him back for #ASWCON 2015 as an UnConference Leader!
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