Death Cab for Cutie Gets It

I promise (I think) this is the last one. I do have a blog prepared on a totally different subject tomorrow (leadership). The last 2 posts (Lifehouse and this one) have come from your comments. I thought your suggestions were too good to go unnoticed.

In today’s video/song, one of my favorite bands, Death Cab for Cutie, ends their live concert with Transatlanticism. Thanks to Michael for reminding me of this piece of musical genius. Notice that the electric guitar plays his first soft strum at 1:50 in. The drummer sits with his arms in his lap for the first 3 minutes! At 3 and 1/2 minutes in he starts to lighting play his cymbal and kick.

At about 4 and 1/2 minutes in, the lead singer (Benjamin Gibbard) switches from keys to guitar. At about 5 minutes in you get to experience a band truly letting a song breathe – it’s wonderful. If you’ll notice: from about 4 minutes to 6 minutes there are no vocals – just instruments building (this is what I was referring to in my post about Owl City and the future of worship music – Selah moments).

At about 7 minutes in the drummer builds to where he’s beating the fool out of the drums and then right at 7:36 he drops out – again reinforcing what I said here about players knowing when to drop out. Watch and enjoy!

My hope is that worship leaders will drink this (and the last 4 posts) in. Wrap your brain and heart around the philosophy of letting music build, breathe and taking dynamics seriously. Send my blog links to your band members. Ask them to watch the videos, take notes and use it for a launching pad of discussion that you can have at your next rehearsal.

If you’re a band member in a local church band, show this to your worship leader and other band members. If you’re a pastor or church leader, pass this on to your worship pastor. Let’s raise the bar in our worship leadership and strive for a creativity and beauty that is worthy of our Creator.

A Deeper Look at Owl City

Last week I posted about Owl City’s – Meteor Shower song possibly being the future of worship music. I could tell from many of the comments that some didn’t quite get why I thought he (Adam Young) may be on to something in the realm of worship music.

Yes, I love seeing laptops on stage and I love using loops in worship, but that’s just scratching the surface. What makes that song special is the space that he leaves in it – the room to breathe and reflect. There are plenty of moments when he’s not singing anything. THAT I think may be a glimpse of the future. Actually, it takes us back to Biblical (Selah) times of worship. Funny how things come back around isn’t it?

This week I’ll be writing primarily to worship leaders. If you’re a techie or pastor, please forward my blog on to your worship leader. I hope you’ll read it as well, as we all can stand to learn something new, but please make sure whoever leads worship at your church reads my blog this week. Thanks!

The Future of Worship Music?

I’ve been listening to Owl City ever since they splashed with their hit “Fireflies”. After first downloading that song, I went back and downloaded the whole album.

I was on a road trip and driving listening to my iPod and the Owl City album came on. It got to song 07 “Meteor Shower” and I couldn’t believe what I was hearing – it was a song of worship. I replayed the song and was amazed that in the midst of their album they had put in an obvious worship song. (You can hear it at the bottom of this post)

Now I listen to the song and truly worship. I find myself wondering if this is the new sound of worship music. It reminds me of 2 landmarks in music that changed the game – the first time I heard Jars of Clay and the first time I heard SonicFlood. Both changed the worship music landscape and we have never been the same.

When I visit churches now (and I visit a lot) – I find myself looking for a DJ or at least a Mac or laptop on the stage. I look for who is controlling the loops and tracks. When I go see various concerts, I look for laptops on the stage. I’m curious – if I came to your church, would I see a laptop on the stage? Let me know.

So friends, go to iTunes, pay the $0.99 and check out “Meteor Shower” by Owl City. See what you think – I’d love to hear your opinion. I’m not sure, but I think he could be on to something new. Like Jars of Clay and SonicFlood, could Owl City be a game changer?

Owl City – Meteor Shower