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Sunday Setlist 9/28/08

Unchanging – Tomlin
For Who You Are – Hillsong
Here I Am to Worship – Hughes
Holy Holy Holy – Sufjan Stevens version

As a whole this week was a case to start having practices during the week. In hindsight I realize that I may have pushed to much musically- asking too much when we have a limited time for practice. I spent too much time teaching chords and harmonies, which really should be done before Sunday morning. Long-term I hope that I won’t have to do so much on the teaching level, but right now it’s what we’ve got.
I tried some new things this week (asking people to stand, power point instead of printed words) and, pairing that with the new version of Holy, Holy, Holy- it was a little awkward for the crowd I think. Everyone was expecting the old school version and here we go, changing the melody. When we sing it again, it’ll go much smoother- both with people being able to follow along with the melody, and musically with the band.
The first three songs were familiar for everyone, easy-peasy for the music and the harmonies blended very well. I especially liked the transition between Who You Are – Here I am to Worship- we did them both in the same key and hung on the IV chord to transition between the lyric “I will worship You for who You are, Jesus” to “Here I am to Worship..” Nice.

This post is part of part of the Sunday Setlists.

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I missed church last week, and will again this week.  Last week was my anniversary (4 years, woo!) and we went out to the coast, and next week we are going to a Seahawks game in Seattle.   Ironically enough, I’ve been more busy getting other people ready to lead worship then I am on the normal weeks I lead.   I’ve also been asked to play a women’s retreat for another church a weekend in October, which I’ll probably do.  So much to plan for!  Not to mention the mass amounts of emails I send and receive.

The iPhone is a blessing and a curse- email at my fingertips.. but then again I get my emails at all hours of the day and night.  And I have a hard time putting it down and taking a break from it all.

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Stewing

Thoughts are stewing over here in my brain. I have a lot of work to do today for both my day job and church stuff, but I am distracted. I’ve thought about:

-My dog, and if she’s destroying something while I’m away
-What songs I would sound awesome doing Karaoke
-Four-part harmonies in modern worship tunes
-How I look (more than once, ha)
-What I ate, what I’m going to eat and how many calories in these things
-Hating 24 fitness sales tactics

I’m not going to say I have adult ADD but I am seriously scatterbrained today.

Riddle me this: How do you keep focused?

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Songwriting

One thing that I am fairly new at is songwriting.  I usually get as far as a rough draft, then get skeered and file it away.  Today I was reading Psalm 69 and was inspired by the text and came up with this.
musicwebtown
Click on “Have Mercy Draft”

Pro’s- Fun chords, modulation, love the minor key
Con’s- Lyrics of the chorus aren’t quite right.

I want to edit the song, can you help?

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Sunday Setlist 9/7/08

Sunday setlist for Lifehouse Church.

  • Holy is The Lord (Tomlin)
  • Here is Our King (David Crowder)
  • Rescue (Desperation Band)
  • Be Thou My Vision (Irish hymn)

This Sunday was a little crazy.  I’ll do a full recap later.  This week  I lead and played acoustic guitar, as well as one background vocalist who lead out on Rescue.

ETA my recap/confessional!

So, our little church-plant meets in an elementary school, of which we use the auditorium/cafeteria for services, the kitchen for food prep, the gym for kiddies and the bathrooms, of course.  The school district provides a janitor who helps us find things, set up, etc.   Apparently the paperwork for the rental for the new school year was misfiled.  Meaning, we had no place to meet this week.  The rental starts this next Sunday.  So, needless to say, we found this out on Thursday, and were scrambling.  We had no access to the school at all, and a lot of our equipment was locked inside.

The pastor lives across the street from the school with a bigish back yard so we decided to meet at his house.  The church that sent him out lent us some chairs and tables.  Being that he has neighbors who probably wanted to be sleeping on a Sunday morning, we did not use any power for the worship/speaking.  Totally acoustic.  No music stands for the songs.  I had the other singer hold my lead sheets and we just winged it.

Overall, it was a beautiful day.  The kids played in the park across the street.   The 40ish of us had a lot of fun in the backyard and God really used the time to bring us closer together as a family.   I can sense we are all starting to be more familiar with each other- it’s not so awkward anymore.  The most unexpected thing about this church plant is that the people who have chosen to commit come from all over.  I know a few other couples, and that’s it.  It’s really growing and stretching me to be more vulnerable and open with people I’ve just started to get to know.

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A Good Start

Today has started off well.  It’s perfect out this morning, my boss bought me biscuits and gravy, and we found a baby squirrel and I held it!

ETA Those aren’t my dirty hands!

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It’s been a busy week.  All my 5 days of work (at my day job) are stuffed into 4.  I really enjoyed the 3 day weekend, Bryce and I watched some (a lot) of TV with the dog and hung out with friends by the outdoor fire.   Very nice and cool out, I made beef stew and ate loaf of fresh baked bread.  Eating and watching TV- my guilty pleasures :).

Thoughts have been swirling about how to get my music stuff organized.  Right now I’m storing everything (song repertoire, schedule, new ideas) in my brain.. not a good idea!   An excel file might be a good idea- or a google spreadsheet.  Does anyone know if you can import Excel workbooks into google spreadsheets? Or iCal into google calender?  That would be invaluable.

This Sunday we are moving services to 10:30 AM.  Yes! I am so excited.  I liked the afternoon services this summer becuase I could sleep in, but practically, it wasn’t working for me.   I would sleep in until late morning, get breakfast with Bryce and then be at church from 3 until 7.  Then it’s basically time for bed.  I’m excited because I think more people will be able to make a morning service on a regular basis and I’ll have a day to spend with Bryce before we have to work again.

Musicians are sparse this week- right now it’s just myself and a singer.  I’m comfortable with that, I just wish I had some kind of percussion.  As of now no one is available.  I’m looking forward to getting a regular schedule written up.  At least that way I won’t be scrambling for people, as well as having people written on a calendar is a real sign of commitment by them.

I am excited to sing this Sunday.  Joi and I make beautiful harmonies.  My favorite!

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