Today’s thought has to do with song dynamics. The basic idea is that a song has to be able to go somewhere, otherwise it gets repetitive and fairly anticlimactic. I’ll use “Holy Is the Lord” as an example.

Anyone who has heard this song will likely agree that the chorus especially is very powerful when done with a vocal or choral focus. Basically, the voices are the major driving force behind the song. Where you can really get stuck is if you start the song full tilt, and then try and take it up another level in the chorus. This past Sunday, we had a lot of voices up on stage, and it was difficult to sort of reign in the vocal component and control the dynamics of the song. We ended up starting the song with about 80 percent of our total energy, and therefore had nowhere to go by the time we hit the more ‘charismatic’ parts of the song.

Most recordings I have heard of this song start with a single vocalist, maybe some light pad, and an acoustic/clean electric guitar. Even the pre-chorus (“And together we sing…”) didn’t have much instrumental or vocal influence. However, once the chorus comes in, you have probably 6 or 7 more singers and the rest of the band going hard. This makes for a very powerfully arranged song that takes the congregation on what could be described as a ‘worship journey’.

It is simple to apply this principle to other songs, though remember that some require more care than others in this regard. Remember that ALL songs require this method of arrangement, and a simple solution is to go easy in the verse, and hard in the chorus. But you knew that šŸ˜‰

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