Clued up church worship.

July 5, 2012

I’m a huge fan of “I’m sorry, I haven’t a Clue” on BBC Radio 4. One of their famous games, and one we’ve tried before is “One Song to the Tune of Another” in which, well, you can guess.

As it happens, organists have been playing this particular game for years, dropping alternative tunes onto the unsuspecting congregation, sometimes without even the foreknowledge of the presiding minister, and occasionally without warning the choir. Read the rest of this entry »


Jesus is not my boyfriend

May 2, 2012

It’s a bold statement, and comes with an odd background. I’ve been reading this article, and trying to find a sensible way to phrase my reaction. Read the rest of this entry »


Writing new stuff. Slowly.

April 9, 2012

I’m writing some new music. It’s not easy going, because it has lyrics.

Lyrics make me feel like an idiot. It’s too easy to write stuff I don’t believe or believe that I should feel but don’t really. Read the rest of this entry »


Making a noise in church

February 12, 2012

I realise I probably already mentioned this in other posts, probably some time ago now, but I have a deep and well-fed love of good quality church music. Read the rest of this entry »


Celebrating in a minor key

November 26, 2011

Tomorrow is the first Sunday of Advent, and I’m leading worship at a little church in Darlaston. When I say leading worship, I mean “doing everything” – I’ve picked the hymns, will lead the prayers, will preach and generally stand at the front looking important. Read the rest of this entry »


Harvest Festival

October 1, 2011

I’m playing tomorrow for a Harvest Festival at my church. It’s a traditional affair with the usual harvest hymns, but I’m a bit stuck because of several limiting factors: Read the rest of this entry »


Leading worship for beginners

April 2, 2011

Sometimes I think we need a filter on our worship lyrics and even our liturgy. If you’re using a word which you only ever hear in church, or you’re doing something you’d never even think of doing outside of church, how on earth are the new folks supposed to know what’s going on, or what you mean, or why you do it? Read the rest of this entry »


God knows what we need. Seek His kingdom. Be at peace.

February 27, 2011

This is the sermon I preached tonight at Aldridge Methodist Church. The relevant readings were Psalm 131 and Matthew 6:24-34 although I also reference Philippians 4 and Psalm 100 in the course of the sermon. It was good enough for my preaching mentor to recommend me for proper training. Phew! Read the rest of this entry »


Diversity in Sung Worship

January 9, 2011

OK, I’m a worship music geek. I’m not a trend setter, nor a dedicated fashionista, but I do have certain standards. Read the rest of this entry »


Nunc

December 5, 2010

Dad told me yesterday he’d had an idea to set the Nunc Dimittis in a modern style. He’s not a regular kind of a musician – trained as a pianist and singer a bit, and loads of experience, but no formal music education at Uni like I have. Plus, he’s in his 50’s, not a time to suddenly recall all the music he’s done over the years and consolidate it into a gift for writing.

Nonetheless he’d sat at the piano and worked it all out, and written out the notes he needed to go with the words as a sequence of letter names, and it all works beautifully. So now I have to wonder to myself:

1. What did I learn at university that I couldn’t have learned by simply going out there and doing it?

2. Can he give me any tips?