Tuesday, January 13, 2009

worship confessional (1.11.09)

2009. seriously.

anyway... I've been back into 4-song sets again recently, so that's what we did this weekend. The set felt great, but as it turned out I pro'ly should have done a 3-song set... we went ├╝ber long (is that geeky to include the umlaut? hmmm.) at any rate... setlist looked like this:

Happy Day (Tim Hughes, Ben Cantelon)
From the Inside Out (Joel Houston)
You Are (M. Roach)
You Gave Your Life Away (Paul Baloche, Kathryn Scott)

feature tune - God and Money (Jill Phillips)

Here With You (M. Roach)

When we rehearsed the set on Tuesday, my first concern was the massive jump in tempo from 'Happy Day' to 'From the Inside Out'... you know I've been very cognizant about transitions lately. We do everything to a click and we were jumping from like 144 to 74 I think. At some point it occurred to me that 72 is exactly half of 144 and if we could get away with that for the second tune, we could actually do the transition in time... we'd just change from quarters to eighths on the metronome. That helped a ton and it ended up feeling great. We run tracks on 'You Are' primarily for the drum loop (which I would totally give to you worship leaders if you ever wanted it by the way... I've given it away to some of you already) so that transition is a little harder 'cause we were moving from Bb to G and I had to add the cut capo... drummer did a good job reading exactly when to trigger the loop on Sunday after we had a little bit of an awkward pause on Saturday. Not a huge deal, but if you know me you know I don't like to allow any obstacles into the worship set. Pauses aren't obstacles in worship... awkward pauses are :)

After 'You Are' we seemlessly went into 'You Gave...' and... I'm telling you... that's probably my vote for worship tune of the year. It's just so amazing in it's simplicity. I'd still love to pen a worship tune with Paul Baloche... who knows, maybe 2009 is the year for that... Our message was about debt and the lyric my sins are gone | my debt's been paid really resonated with me in worship, so I discussed that a bit before we sang the last chorus... it's funny, we so readily accept Christ's death and resurrection for the most overwhelming, uncontrollable debt imaginable--the debt of our own sin--but we're often so tentative about seeking freedom from other types of debt from the same divine source. I think that prepared some hearts in a different way for the message that Pastor Mike delivered--which was awesome.

We were all set to do a song by the single most influencial artist/songwriter in my life Glen Phillips... the song is called Don't Need Anything -- it's on an amazing record called 'Winter Pays for Summer'... anyway, we switched gears at the last minute, less than a day before the Saturday service run-through, and decided to go with 'God and Money' by Jill Phillips (not related to Glen, we just really wanted to do a song by a Phillips, I guess) and, of course, my wife tore it up. :)

Ended with my newest tune 'Here With You' which is the only song mentioned without an iTunes link, since the song is not available yet. Can't wait 'til it is... I'm excited to hear what you all think of that one.

This post is also a part of Sunday Setlists


dorothy (vicar of vibe) said...

Wonderful set list Mark.
I kept getting distracted by listening to your links. lol.
Good stuff.
Oh, and I liked that video of the kid drumming. Got to start praying for the next generation coming up. I know we have them in our church somewhere.

Melissa W said...

Paul Baloche ia unbelievable. We use 5 songs off of his A Greater Song album alone. God has gifted that man to write songs that inspire people to praise and worship.

Russell Martin said...

How did you intro your team to using tracks and click track. I'd love to introduce this to our team.

Mark Roach said...

Hey, Russell... we started with just the drummer. bought a set of Shure e-4s and a Boss Metronome. I try have a cup of coffee 1 on 1 with each of my volunteers every year. That year (i think it was '07) I told each of the drummers that I wanted to challenge them to move to using a click. Once we got the hang of following a drummer who was following a click, it was pretty easy to make the transition into Avioms and ears for all of the instrumentalists. Hope this helps...


Gary Durbin said...

That's one of my goals for the next year or so. I'd love to start using loops. They add so much to the live element.
I would say the best songs I introduced in '08 were "Glorious Day" by Todd Agnew and "Shine" by Matt Redman. "You Gave" would be up there as well, but I've only done it a couple of times, so '09 should be big for that song in our church. Great set, Mark.

Chris said...

Would you consider sharing your chord charts for "God and Money"? We are using that song in a few weeks and I know there must be funky guitar tuning that I won't be able to interpret well.

Brad Darge said...

Hey Mark, I just found this post - and noticed you said you'd be willing to send the loop for the song "You Are". -Wonderful song by the way! We're doing "You Are" this Sunday in worship, and I was trying to recreate the drum loop in Reason, but couldn't find a match. Let me know if that would be possible. Thanks! God Bless.