120 people groups. That's like, a lot, right?
I don't think I could make a list of 120 people groups without having to include Munchkins and Rohirrim.
Just tuned in on some Klezmer with Itzhak Perlman & 4 klezmer bands. (Wikipedia tells me that "klezmer" means "instruments of music") I must have some Jewish in me somewhere; I really groove on this music.
Who knows where trends will go? Rock was the music of my oppressors, the thugs who looked like Elvis and extorted my milk money in high school; now the music seems tame and innocent. And it's still around, in force. And some of my best friends ride motorbikes and wear leather. Who would have thought?
Yeah - we have that CD. Perlman is incredible.
BTW - klezmer at its root just means music or musician. If you want a REAL HOOT, check out The Klezmonaughts "Oy To the World" a Klezmer Christmas.
Some trends I've observed in modern worship songs:
Dotted eighth note delays (Like every song by Hillsong or Hillsong United). I read a youtube comment once that said "The holy spirit moves through dotted eight notes." That person was obviously being facetious but he does make a point about how much it's been incorporated into modern worship.
Singing the second chorus or second verse an octave higher than the first:
There are probably more out there too. Has anyone else noticed this happening a lot in recent worship songs?
Using Coldplay "Clocks" style arpeggios:
Listen for the three note descending (or ascending) eighth note arpeggios. To be fair I hear this all the time in secular music too. Just shows how influential that song has been in modern rock.
The classic Hillsong style arrangement: Intro - verse 1 - chorus - verse 2 - big chorus - big instrumental or bridge - fade to quiet chorus - build to loud chorus - outro.
As much as I knock these sometimes, I’ve actually employed every single one of these techniques / effects / arrangements, sometimes all in the same set :). I think these are trendy because they all elicit a certain emotional response from the congregation, especially with those more familiar with the modern worship vernacular. I like the modern worship style as much as the next worship leader but I feel that trends can used as a crutch in our worship (both for worship leaders seeking a certain sound and for worshipers familiar with a certain style of worship) and it’s good to change things up every so often to get out of peoples’ worship comfort zones.
I don’t know if I’d go so far as to say I’m championing this but we do switch up our instrumentation to acoustic instruments once every 1 – 2 months and do an acoustic set with acoustic guitars, piano, djembe and electric bass. This gives us a fresh perspective on the songs we’re familiar with and in turn let’s us approach God in a fresh way. Other times, if I feel like we as a congregation are getting too comfortable with the rocking full band format, I’ll just lead a solo acoustic set the next week to change things up, bring new perspective and more intimacy to our worship.
Trends exist for a reason but I don’t think we should every be so reliant on them that they make our worship stale.
Thanks for including examples with your commentary! I've always assumed that the players played all the notes, and there were just several players doing all the layering. But now I understand! And I also see why so many players want a constant tempo (a bugaboo with me; I prefer a flexible tempo). My own upbringing is as an organist, which means I've been electric since age six -- always tweaking the drawbars to make some new thing come out; so digital delay isn't really "cheating" but what I would call on the organ, just using an instersting "stop."
Ha! Speaking of constant tempo, I was just about to reply to the thread about metronomes with a comment about delays. Glad I could shed some light for you.
I would like to think that somewhere, sometime, something kinder and gentler will return. In all the hugeization and amplifimagnificence of this musical age, once in awhile I hear a loving and thoughtful song that guides my heart towards those things the Beatitudes sing of.
And perhaps some social change will encourage us to keep good songs instead of throwing them away (it's never out of order to throw away the truly boring). Especially the little songs, the ones you can take with you in your head at work, that have melodies that stick with you.
Will we get beyond the great Boredom Syndrome of modern society that pretends we are a "new generation" when in reality we are just bored and fearful, so we are always looking over the horizon for something better?
I'm from Rainier, Oregon (on the little knobbie at the top left), Central California, Arizona, Greenland, and Chicago.
Not sure I've replied to this thread yet, and it's not too long to read through.
Axis of Awesome have explained how to create A Modern Worship Song using 4 chords - just like every other hit song. The 4 chord pattern has become such a fixture that I actively look for songs that break it and chastise myself if I find I start to play that pattern without thought.
I find the repetitive 4-chord patterns extremely boring whether it is 1-6m-4-5 (C Am F G) or 6m-5-4-3dom7 (Am G F E7) or whatever.
Trends in current worship music? Capos, apparently.