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More About Music and Worship…

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Categories: Meanderings (look it up), music

In yesterday’s post, I lamented that even as a worship leader and songwriter, I have become bored with most of the music that is labeled “Christian music” or “worship music.” I’m bored mostly because I’m hungry for something more.

The comments I got were interesting and varied (and thank you for all of them). Some expressed that they could definitely relate to what I was saying; some offered advice on how to improve my songwriting and/or music that speaks to them. It was a significant enough response that I thought it would be good to just continue the discussion here for a bit.

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Can I Just Say This?

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Categories: music, Rantings

I am bored to tears with “Christian” music–especially worship music.

(And the rebels shouted AMEN!)

Actually, to many people nowadays, that might not seem like a very provocative statement. But if you know me at all, you’ll know it’s kind of a strong thing to say. Why?

I am a worship leader.

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Guitar

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Categories: music, What the heck was THAT?

I did it…I bought a guitar.

I started on guitar when I was four. (Remember that I wanted to be Johnny Cash when I was about that age.) But when we moved to a small town, we couldn’t really find a good teacher there. And when my mom bought me a piano at age nine, I pretty much forgot about the guitar.

But I am remembering….bwahahahahaha.

In anticipation of the many questions you will no doubt be asking, I have created a FAQ for you below.

Q: Why did you buy a guitar when you are a keyboardist?
A: I’ve been feeling a little stale with my instrument, particularly in my songwriting, and I thought picking up the guitar might help inspire me.

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If you’re in Tulsa tonight…

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Categories: fun, music, What the heck was THAT?

…come join us for “GodConversation: a worship experience.”

Friday, Feb. 29 @ 7:oo PM
Agora Coffee “Big Room”
51st & Memorial, Fontana Shopping Center, Tulsa

This picture is just one of the amazingly awesome photos taken of the last GodConversation event. Click here to see more of them!

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"Goodbye, my friends, goodbye"

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Categories: music

There are a lot of people who probably don’t know who this man is (I got his picture here.) But if you are a Christian and/or if you play or listen to any form of modern Christian music, you owe him a debt of gratitude, because he pretty much started the ball rolling.

I just found out that Larry Norman, the widely acknowledged father of Christian rock, died early Sunday morning at the age of 60. Partly because he was a pioneer, his early Christian rock albums didn’t get a lot of acclaim early on. The mainstream music field didn’t really know what to do with him, and the religious community didn’t like him for obvious reasons. He was never high on the Billboard charts. But there are few musicians from the Jesus movement that would not cite him as a huge influence. Many of his songs, like “Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?” and “I Wish We’d All Been Ready” are considered classics.

I didn’t know Larry Norman personally. The closest I got to him was as a teenager when I was working security for a Mylon LeFevre concert at a local amusement park. Larry showed up in the audience, standing toward the back of the crowd, to see Mylon, and I watched as he was escorted backstage to see him. No one thought to introduce me. Oh, well. But even then (1980s) his influence was deeply felt. And likewise, he will be deeply missed. Go to http://www.larrynorman.com/ to see a goodbye letter he dictated days before his death, as well as links to other information about his life.

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About Music

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Categories: Meanderings (look it up), music

I am not sure why I haven’t made this a topic sooner, but…I’m into music. A lot.

As far as what it is I do, especially in a ministry sense…music is probably my primary gift. I am a songwriter, a singer, a keyboard player, a worship leader. I’ve been musically inclined my whole life, and although I’m pushing 41 now, there are still a lot of things I want to do in this area of my life. I’ll probably talk more about that stuff later on…for now, I just thought it would be good to introduce you to this part of me.

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Top 5 Bands or Artists that Either Are Major Influences on Me, or That Have Captured My Attention Recently

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Categories: fun, music

Many, many of my readers have been asking me, “Jeff, your amazingly awesome pictures from the GodConversation are so amazingly awesome…what are your musical influences? What music do you like? What music moves you?? Please tell us!” (Oh, wait…maybe I dreamed that last night. Oh, well.)

Anyhow, since this is my blog, I write what I want to. And today I want to write about music. And the fact that Kat just happens to be doing “Music Monday” on her blog has absolutely nothing to do with it.

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