Songwriting – The Musician’s Sermon

Do you think the lyrics in church music are important? How accurate should the lyrics be? How much artistic license should be allowed?

recent discussion on my Facebook Page about a line in a song that has been bugging me prompted much of this post.

At the last Calvary Chapel Worship Leader’s Conference  I went to in 2008 I took a songwriting class from Brenton Brown. This is what I remember from that sesson.

Every song is a sermon.

The chorus is the thesis statement.

All of the verses should support that thesis.

In the list of spiritual gifts the one that is most applicable to the worship leader and church songwriter is teaching. Continue reading Songwriting – The Musician’s Sermon

Songwriting Seminar with Darrell Evans! WOW!

Early Bird Registration $22 - by April 15

Join us for our very first Songwriting Teleseminar. Worship leader, songwriter, and recording artist, Darrell Evans will be sharing insights on songwriting and also answering your questions.

All proceeds go to support the ministry of NightLight (www.nightlightbangkok.com).

When: Monday, May 4th at 8pm Central

Where: on the phone

Cost: only $22 (early bird discount until April 15)

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Christmas Song Collaboration: Gift of Love

Good and Perfect Gift   (CCLI 5350331)

I wrote this for our church ladies’ luncheon based on James 1:17.  Joel Klampert and I collaborated to re-work this song.

Get the chart here:

In the Key of C (G Capo on 5th Fret)

Here’s my newest version.

Here’s Joel’s first draft.

Continue reading Christmas Song Collaboration: Gift of Love

Created to Be

Update:  12/8/08.

I recruited Joel Klampert for the melody/chords.  I am very excited about this collaboration.

I was created to be transformed
Created to be like You
Created to be reborn
and worship my King

I choose to yield to Your will Oh Lord
To yield to Your way
To yield to Your grace and truth
In You there is no shame

pre-chourus

I want heart to yearn for you
Lord take my heart and renew

Chorus:

Awake!
Awake my soul
And I will sing Your praise
And I will not be ashamed
Awake!
Awake my soul
to sing Praises to your Name
Praise to the High King

Bridge

Awake….Awake….Awaken my soul
Awake….Awake….Lord make me whole

Original Poem

Created to Be

I was created to be transformed
Created to be like You
Created to be reborn

I choose to yield to Your will

To yield to Your way

To yield to Your grace

Awake!

Awake my soul
And I will sing Your praise
And I’ll not be ashamed

Awake!

Awake my soul to sing
Praises to my Maker
Praises to my Savior

Copyright ©2007 Bridget Willard

Originally posted 3/14/08  Inspired by Holland Davis’ sermon at Combined Mens 11/4/06.