Harvest Songs – Where’s all the new material?

September 23, 2013

I’m playing at church on Sunday. My minister is talking to me about Harvest themed songs, and he hasn’t found much to enjoy from the “modern” worship canon.

Not that there is much really.

Harvest for most Christians is about thanking God for the abundance of creation. Even with all the skill in the world, farmers rely on nature to operate within normal tolerances and for us, that’s in the gift of Almighty God. We like a good knees-up. Anyone who thinks we don’t know how to party has never read about Jesus’ first recorded miracle – the whole water into wine thing. We are encouraged to celebrate, but apparently we must do it with a tragically dated soundtrack.
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Norms matter (2).

September 22, 2013

Short, and to the point. I follow this blog. Have a read of some of Dan’s stuff.

Blue skies over Greenbelt

August 27, 2013

We’re back from Greenbelt. The very same Greenbelt that was an utter washout last year was very dry this time. Here is the sky yesterday over Mainstage:

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Running Café Church … in a café

July 21, 2013

I went to church tonight. Except it was in Starbucks. Although it was definitely church. But the drinks were definitely by Starbucks.

Oh boy, another long winded rambling post about church and music and stuff. You can have the tl:dr version here: “Church in a café still looks and smells like church, which confuses me a bit.”


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Worship Musicians Unconference Cancelled

June 3, 2013

It’s time to admit defeat on this one. The Worship Musicians Unconference planned for this coming weekend isn’t going to happen. Never mind. We live and learn… etc.

If you’d like to attend something similar in the future, but not right now, e-mail me.

Everything you could want, exactly where you want it.

April 30, 2013

I’m delighted with the Internet. No, really.
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Give me that old time religion… it’s good enough for me.

April 16, 2013

Church on Sunday was great. There was a fantastic sermon and some good old time hymns mixed in with the modern songs. I’m not saying church is all about the music, but given I was playing the piano, it was a key factor in my thinking. Read the rest of this entry »

TEACAKE: How to run your own brewcamp

April 9, 2013

I like this idea. It could be a great deal of fun. If you don’t already, I suggest you follow Dan Slee on Twitter (search for @DanSlee) and read his blog.

Dan Slee

5279401411_1023ef79b5_bJohn Peel used to say that punk was great because of the DIY ethic.

All you had to do was knock over a phone box, sell your brother’s motorbike and you had enough to record and release a 7″ single.

I quite like that.

Few things have given me greater satisfaction than a DIY project I’ve been involved with that has grown and evolved over the past three years with Si Whitehouse, Andy Mabbett, Kate Sahota, Mike Rawlins and others.

The project, called Brewcamp, brings people together to talk, learn and share in and around local government in the West Midlands. We even have a sporadically updated website here.

I’ve blogged about it before here and I’m re-posting this advice to encourage you to do something similar.

Basically, every two months we find a cafe to meet up for three sessions.

It’s very simple.

1. You find a cafe…

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Worship Musicians Unconference

April 1, 2013

We’re going to host the most chilled out grass roots worship music event I’ve ever heard of.

wmu - Worship Musicians Unconference
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World Premiere

March 28, 2013

Yesterday I attended the world premiere of a commission I’d written. Read the rest of this entry »