What I mean by an Octave Jump song is when there is a melody line that is at the low range and then later in the song up one full octave (in a high range). It seems that these songs are increasing in popularity with some of the current writers and worship leaders. For example: Here For You and Lord I Need You (both on Passion, Here For You), How He Loves by John Mark McMillan (also recorded by David Crowder). These are all great songs, but I find that it is difficult to do them well in the context of my church. First it is a challenge for me and most of our vocalists to sing both ends of the range well. Because of this these songs just don't have the same punch that the "pros" can pull-off. More important is congregational participation. I think because most people can't do the octave jump, they just don't sing as actively as other songs.
I am interested to know if any of you do Octave Jump songs, which ones? And how do they work for you and your church. Thanks.
A whole octave? Really? We don't do one of these.