Tag Archives: songs

What Is True Hymn Form?

I stumbled across this post today, rather by mistake in searching for something that the post happens to mention (The Look by Newton/Kauflin). What I found interesting was that the author of the review appears to have decided on what a true … Continue reading

Posted in Church Music, Terminology | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

Reasons for Analyzing Songs

Why be so picky about songs?  Here’s my reasoning.  If you disagree, I really would encourage you to comment; I’m not perfect and I will readily say I can be wrong… I encourage you to convince me of my error … Continue reading

Posted in Church Music, Song Selection | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

We Should Keep Writing Songs

This may seem obvious… but it’s interesting that I think there are some underlying ideas that may cause us to think that writing new church songs is not really that important or necessary.  Much of this comes from a self-analyzing … Continue reading

Posted in Church Music | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Church Music Terminology: What Is a Hymn?

Most likely, you have used a term like hymn, song, praise song, chorus, worship song, praise chorus, “praise and worship music,” etc.  What do these mean?  Are there associations with the terms?  What is the history of the term? Specifically, … Continue reading

Posted in Church Music, Terminology | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Singing or Selecting Songs: Lyrics

This is partially coming from the paper I mention in the About page.  What is it we should be thinking about when we read through the lyrics of a song and are attempting to determine its suitability, or even when trying … Continue reading

Posted in Church Music, Song Selection | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Top Song Additions to the Christmas Story

Have you ever noticed how many Christmas songs/carols add to the Christmas story or speak of details that we have no clue about?  I didn’t, in the past… it’s shocking at how little I paid attention to lyrics, especially to … Continue reading

Posted in Church Music, Song Reviews | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

In the Cross of Christ I Glory

This is an example of a review of a song that we do… in this case, it’s a hymn from our hymnal, In the Cross of Christ I Glory.  This was an interesting one, because a lot of it doesn’t … Continue reading

Posted in Church Music, Song Reviews | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

How Important Is Preparation?

In this post, I’m thinking through some aspects of planning and preparation for Sunday.  Of course, coming from me, this will primarily be thinking about musical aspects of Sunday. What Does Music Do? To set the basis for the importance of … Continue reading

Posted in Church Music | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment