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Always Check the Capo

You guitar players out there know how important it is to make sure you have the capo on the right fret when playing with a band. For you non-guitarists out there, allow Wikipedia to explain:

A capo (short for capotasto, Italian for “head of fretboard”) is a device used for shortening the strings, and hence raising the pitch, of a stringed instrument such as a guitar, mandolin or banjo. It was invented by the Flamenco guitarist Jose Patino Gonzalez[1].

Now that you know what a capo is, you must realize that if put on the wrong fret, results of horrific magnitude are at stake.

If the guitarist begins playing in G with a capo on the 3rd fret, that actually makes what he is playing in the key of Bb. But let’s say he put it in the wrong place – like on the second fret. That would mean he is playing in A while the band is playing in Bb.

Horrible, horrible noise could possibly ensue.

About the worst place this could happen would be a church, and it happens.  I caught it once when a disaster almost struck.

One worship leader so graciously posted the audio recording of his learning of this capo lesson. He was singing “Holy is the Lord” by Chris Tomlin. When the band comes in, his voice tries to match what is going on and figure out why tonal worlds are colliding and it could be about the funniest thing you have ever heard.

Audio Proof of Why You Must Always Check the Capo

Let this be your warning: always check the capo.

If this happens to you, just stop.  Band, stop.  Singers, stop.  Just stop and pray or something.

 

Jesus, Son of God

We sang “Jesus, Son of God” at tonight’s Gathering service.  I love this song from Chris Tomlin from sung at Passion a few years ago.  This song is a great example of using powerful, gospel-telling lyrics with music that accompanies the lyrics well.

Lyrics

VERSE 1

You came down from heaven’s throne
This earth you formed was not your home
A love like this the world had never known

A crown of thorns to mock your name
Forgiveness fell upon your face
A love like this the world had never known

CHORUS

On the altar of our praise let there be no higher name
Jesus son of God
You laid down your perfect life
You are the sacrifice
Jesus Son of God
You are Jesus Son of God

VERSE 2

You took our sin
You bore our shame
You rose to life
You defeated the grave
Love like this the world has never known

You took our sin
You bore our shame
You rose to life
You defeated the grave
A Love like this the world has never known

BRIDGE

Be lifted higher than all You’ve overcome
Your name be louder than any other song
There is no power that can come against your love

The cross was enough
The cross was enough
The cross was enough
The cross was enough

 

Lay Me Down

This has been a great declaration of worship at our church in recent months.  It is a unique thing for such an upbeat, energetic song to be such a moving declaration of worship.

Bad Church Sign: Tomlin in Junior High

This week’s church sign states:

Our worship leader was contemporary when Chris Tomlin was in Jr. High.

So, is there an award for this or something?  Congratulations, guys!

Almighty

We are introducing “Almighty” at North Side this Sunday.  I first heard this song at Passion 2014.  Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, and Jared Anderson wrote the song.

It is such a powerful anthem.  I actually was worshiping to this song today on the iPod as some Jehovah’s Witnesses came up.  Great timing!

Musically, it’s different from all the other worship songs these days.

Lyrically, it does such a good job of conveying biblical imagery concerning the majesty of God.

passion-atlanta-2014-chris-tomlin

Lyrics

Verse 1

You have no rival, You stand alone

The heavens worship before Your throne, There is no one like You

You have no equal, Your kingdom reigns

Yours is the highest of every name, There is no one like You


Chorus

Almighty, We’re standing in the presence of Your majesty

You’re holy, You alone the sovereign crown of royalty

You’re the King of kings, Almighty


Verse 2

Our GOD eternal the great I AM, The praise of angels will never end

There is no one like You

Eyes like fire, Face like the sun

A voice like thunder, Who was and is and is to come


Bridge

I see the holy one, high and exalted

I hide my eyes and I tremble before Him

I tremble before Him

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