Daniel Read
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  • Leeds, West Yorkshire
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Automatic song-counting for CCLI report

Started this discussion. Last reply by Greg Moore Mar 17, 2016. 9 Replies

So - this weekend's obsessive-compulsive activity.... warning, this post contains windows batch file coding.As I posted some time earlier, CCLI in the UK have started asking us to report not only…Continue

Tags: dos, geek, computer, counting, CCLI

CCLI online reporting

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen R Cass Sep 8, 2015. 28 Replies

Not sure if you have the same system through the rest of the world, but in the UK we are supposed to report our activities in using copyrighted songs through an organisation called CCLI.  Broadly…Continue

Tags: reporting, CCLI, copyright

"Why do you think a song needs to make sense?"

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stevo Sep 5, 2012. 49 Replies

The title of this post comes from a question one of my group asked me recently.  We were going over songs various people had enjoyed during a recent summer conference, and I had said I didn't like…Continue

Classical guitar

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stevo Dec 31, 2011. 14 Replies

OK, first the background story..... one of our church members recently donated a guitar to me. It used to belong to her husband, who (very sadly) died of cancer a few years back - it has been in her…Continue


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Profile Information

Home Church:
St John's Yeadon
Musical Gift(s):
Guitar, songwriting, vocals (sort of), other bits and pieces
About Me:
I am the worship leader for St. John's Church, Yeadon, U.K. (http://www.stjohnsyeadon.org) - a smallish, but growing, church just north of Leeds, West Yorkshire. I've been writing worship songs, on and off, for about 13 years, when I get the time. This isn't so very often: I'm married, and a father of four young children! I also have a day-job - I am a lecturer in the maths department at the University of Leeds.
Favorite Music:
Worship stuff: Stuart Townend, Tim Hughes, Holy CD, Neil Bennetts.....

Other stuff: Radiohead, the latest "TV on the Radio" album (Dear Science), KT Turnstall, Bloc Party, Arcade Fire, Jeff Buckley, Damien Rice, Bill Frissel....
Favorite Bible Verses / Passages:
Too many to choose from.
Here is the sheet music, in pdf format, for a few of my songs. Please feel free to download them, use them, send comments, critique.....

Tiny Child in Bethlehem: Christmas song!
Tiny Child.pdf

Come rain down: a song asking for more of God's Spirit, inspired by a church prayer evening.
Come Rain Down.pdf

For the pride: Some of the things that Jesus took upon himself on the cross.
For the Pride.pdf

Our hope is in the Lord: song for unity, rooted in our present and future hope.
Our Hope is In the Lord.pdf

All the world is changed: From Easter morning onwards.... (this one needs rocking up a bit, but we don't have a drummer!)
All the World is Changed.pdf

In the angel's harmony: Very simple praise song.
In the Angels Harmony.pdf

More like you: Imitating Christ's humility....
More Like You.pdf

By your word: A song about creation, fall and restoration.
By Your Word.pdf
Chord chart for By your word

Bible study
Last autumn, I tried writing a set of bible studies, covering (in a broad brush way) the "whole of the bible" in seven studies. Take a look here, if you're interested.

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At 7:37pm on November 26, 2014, Des Sharp said…

Daniel, let me encourage you to keep writing. I can tell your songs work in your church, they are very hymn like. 'Jesus Son of God' is a favorite.

At 8:05pm on February 19, 2012, Stevo said…

You bet! It's a healthy discussion. I like to get to bottom of things no matter if someone agrees with me or not.

At 10:51pm on January 7, 2012, David Bull said…

Hi Daniel,

Thank's for joining the "Resound Worship" group, there are three of us now so it looks good.

David Bull.

At 2:19am on November 26, 2011, Stevo said…



Our little secret. But you do have to be able to recognize the language to use it...

At 3:36pm on November 27, 2010, gary farquharson said…
Thank you for the advice about a comfortable range on piano for people to sing in=)
At 10:00pm on August 8, 2010, David Bull said…
Hi Daniel,

Welcome to "I'm Refugee from He Must Increase.com".

Do you think we might be able to get Julia to come over to the other side as well?

David Bull.
At 7:55pm on July 17, 2010, Worship The Rock said…
Welcome Daniel - and a new profile pic I see :-)
At 7:17pm on July 17, 2010, Lorraine Doswell said…
Hi Daniel.

Good to see a familiar face. Welcome to Worship The Rock. Just been listening to your songs, great stuff. God Bless. Lorraine

Daniel Read's Blog

On the choosing of songs

Posted on May 10, 2014 at 2:09pm 0 Comments

A post about the different things I look for when I'm deciding whether or not to introduce a new song. There is the occasional bit of a rant....


Three Easter songs

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 7:32am 2 Comments

For Easter, I decided to put three different songs up on my blog, one on each of Friday, Saturday, Sunday.  First one here:


Culture and creativity

Posted on February 24, 2014 at 9:13pm 0 Comments

I'm kind of a late-starter on the blogging thing (7 blog posts in total, and counting). But, partly inspired by a thread on here, I decided to write a few blog posts on Culture and Creativity, based on an Andy Crouch book I like.  The links with worship music are, so far, tangential rather than direct, but I hope some might see there is a link.  First two posts are here, I'm planning to add a couple more on the theme:…


Latest Activity

Daniel Read replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'Undistracting Excellence'
"My thoughts on this are similar to Greg's.  There are a number of reasons... 1) Supposing we are hoping for some encounter with God.  That, actually, is not something we can control: it is up to God, not us. So, I don't think we…"
Dec 8, 2017
Daniel Read replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'Undistracting Excellence'
"I don't disagree that worship will often be an experience. But I do disagree that the "experience" should be the aim.  It puts the focus back on us, when the focus should be on God.  I think the question works very well…"
Dec 7, 2017
Daniel Read replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'Undistracting Excellence'
"I would probably remove the word "experience"."
Dec 3, 2017
Daniel Read replied to Greg Newhouse's discussion 'Irrelevant Skills'
"Yes, I used to sing the old hymn in the church I attended as a child. Probably didn't understand it then either!  Anyway, will say no more about it on this thread..."
Sep 8, 2017
Daniel Read replied to Greg Newhouse's discussion 'Irrelevant Skills'
"Or, in my opinion, don't play Cornerstone at all...  unless you know what a sweetest frame is.  But maybe that's another thread!"
Sep 8, 2017
Daniel Read replied to Nigel Wiggins's discussion 'Phrase Looping Pedals'
"I just got a "Ditto" Looper by TC Electronic for my birthday.  This seems to be as simple as loop pedals get, it has only two controls: a volume control and a single click switch which manages everything from record, start, stop, and…"
Jul 30, 2017
Daniel Read replied to Lorraine Doswell's discussion 'Can we worship God without the Holy Spirit?'
"Personally, I think the Holy Spirit is involved right from the beginning of our Christian journey: he* is involved in our initial call, in our response to that call, and in everything in the Christian life thereafter. This is true whether you…"
May 4, 2017
Daniel Read replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'WTR is back online and moving forward!'
"Hi Nathan Any further thoughts on this?  At the moment, I think people (certainly me) are tending to just look at the recent activity on the left of the front page and see what people are commenting on.  But typically that only flags up…"
Apr 5, 2017
Daniel Read replied to C. Foster Payne's discussion 'Is the Church Orchestra Dying?'
"OK.  First I should say that there is not even the smallest chance of building an orchestra in a church the size of ours!  We make do with what we have. But, I think the rule here is (as with most things) to look around, see what resources…"
Apr 4, 2017
Daniel Read replied to David Wettrich's discussion 'Starting a worship team from scratch'
"Lots of good advice already.  My feeling, though, is that if God is calling you to start a worship team, then when you look for members you will find them.  Much of the time I have found that the best way of figuring out what God wants you…"
Mar 9, 2017
Daniel Read replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'Full-time or Part-time worship leader?'
"Hi Nathan As you can probably tell from responses so far... in the UK, the general rule is that almost any job in the church is "voluntary" and that includes the leading of worship.  In our church there are only three paid positions,…"
Feb 14, 2017
Daniel Read replied to Julie Tofilon's discussion 'Getting Songs "out there"'
"Hi Julie Generally I would say "this is difficult".... and if you discover the secret, let us know!  Truth is, I think most publishers have a set of artists they have decided to promote, and it is difficult to get "in" to…"
Jan 27, 2017
Daniel Read replied to Worship The Rock's discussion 'Do the 'Sins' of the Songwriter Matter?'
"I'm not sure whether this related thought is too controversial..... I'll start with an uncontroversial statement: I think I'm most interested in the theology of a song's lyrics, and of the theological stance of a…"
Jan 26, 2017
Daniel Read replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'Practice / Method for handling CCLI reporting'
"We have to report every time we "display" a song, e.g. project it, as well as each time we print lyrics, e.g. for printed service sheets.  Additionally there is a music reproduction licence for making photocopies or electronic copies…"
Nov 18, 2016
Daniel Read replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'Practice / Method for handling CCLI reporting'
"All I can say is how lucky you are over in the US, at least with respect to CCLI.  We in the UK are required to report every week, all year, every year.... it used to be that we just had to report whether we had used a given song at some point…"
Nov 18, 2016
Daniel Read replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'Frequency of Original Song Introductions to your Church'
"1) Probably between 5% and 10%....  I counted a little less than 20 original songs in a list of 280, but we don't regularly do all of the 280, or all of the 20.2) When they are ready!  On average maybe 1 per year.... but like Charles…"
Nov 12, 2016

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