Song of The Month: The Love of the Savior

It is my great pleasure to introduce my good friend, Sean Ellis. He joined The Worshiping Songwriter early on and, if I remember correctly, had not written any worship songs yet. Then one day, in one of our monthly meetings, he decided to try it out even though he had not prepared anything for theContinue reading “Song of The Month: The Love of the Savior”

Song of The Month: How Long? (A Quarantine Prayer)

Originally, I planned on releasing a hymn arrangement this month. However, with the events of the past week, this song came back to my mind. I had started it early on in the lockdown. In the first session I wrote the first verse and chorus then let it sit for a while. Today I cameContinue reading “Song of The Month: How Long? (A Quarantine Prayer)”

Writing Songs That Worship

So far in our series of “Writing Songs That…” we’ve explored “Writing Songs That Teach” and “Writing Songs That Encourage”. Now we come to one of the most obvious topics that is so often misunderstood or misapplied. That topic is: Worshiping songwriters should write songs that worship. That seems so obvious. So why state it?Continue reading “Writing Songs That Worship”

Song of The Month: Joy Inexpressible

New song is up! Check it out here Joy Inexpressible It’s been a while since I’ve posted here and I hope you’ll forgive me. With Covid-19 life has gotten a little crazy. As a worship pastor I’ve been facing the challenge of leading others in encouraging, instructive, and worshipful music even though we can’t meetContinue reading “Song of The Month: Joy Inexpressible”

Writing Songs that Encourage

Now, more than ever, we need encouragement, right? We live in turbulent times full of fear and uncertainty. In these trials, millions upon millions of people will turn to music for strength and a sense of community, especially if they cannot gather in person. For one example, I look to Italy and see those whoContinue reading “Writing Songs that Encourage”

On Hating Songs and Reflections on “The Blessing”

One thing that most denominations hold in common is that they all tend to hate how someone else worships. If you want to experience this try clapping at a Presbyterian church or suggest a liturgical service to a Baptist. I remember one story I heard from a missionary. This particular missionary was an ethnomusicologist (someoneContinue reading “On Hating Songs and Reflections on “The Blessing””

“Be Thou My Vision” and the Importance of Hymns

It’s March! And The song of the month is “Be Thou My Vision (All That I Long For)” . This one has a special place in my heart. “Be Thou My Vision” was one of those songs that helped me fall in love with hymns. Now it would be helpful to define what a hymnContinue reading ““Be Thou My Vision” and the Importance of Hymns”

Equipping The Saints

One of the most impactful, musical, experiences in my life is playing songs for the saints who are confined to nursing homes. Many of these brothers and sisters have Alzheimer’s and dementia. They are so weak that they cannot rise from their wheel chairs and if somehow they manage to stand they are in greatContinue reading “Equipping The Saints”

Writing Songs That Teach

There are many ways to write songs. When I was young I used songwriting as an emotional journal. I would feel something and I would try to capture that feeling with my guitar and a pen. Eventually I grew tired of the angst and pain that accompanied my songs and took a break. For twoContinue reading “Writing Songs That Teach”