(this is in the "just for fun category", so let your imagine let lose! Fun & wacky is cool...)
I was thinking of the Bare Naked Ladies song "If I had a million dollars..." today. So I decided to play the "What If" (BTW a great comic book series a long time ago...) game in my head about worship. If I could have one thing for my old worship team, it would be highly skilled contemporary cello player. Maybe someone with a nice Steinberger e-Cello.
Right now I'm fascinated by cello players. I love what One Republic is doing with Brent Kutzle. Along with the original Apologize recording, I love how the Cello is laying down the groove in many of songs on the second album "Waking Up", which largely replaces the prototypical e-bass.
I have to admit a guilty pleasure is finding cello cover bands. I especially like Apocalytica & M-Melo:
I'd incorporate some of the new styles I've seeing where bass players has been replaced with cello player. Using a pulled instrument to convey more emotion and texture than normally associated with e-bass.
So that's my "what if" or "If I had a...". Do you have secret craving? Something you've always wants if you had that instrument, option or tool?
You mentioned: "...If only we were writing our own praise and worship material to sound like Booker T and the MGs instead of playing other people's selections that sound like a crippled version of U2...."
Oooooohhhhh.... I LOVE that idea - YES, YES, YES!!
How do you think it would go over in church - and - have you ever tried?
Good percussionist (to augment to our drummer)
Synth player (rather than pianist who plays keyboard)
Good electric guitarist who can play like Clapton
Vocalists who can sing harmonies that don't cut across each other....
Should I go on?!!!
I wish I could come play bass for you :-)
We are using two of my personal speakers on one of the three monitor channels for mains at our Church cause the mains stink.
Good leader, I am the organizer, I can organize, but not figure out keys, make arrangements, and all that.
triple screen projection, I love tech geeky stuff.
A special computer system that automatically reads the minds of every person playing/singing, does automatic backing tracks, and gives everyone in the congregation the sound they want at the level they want.