My Christianity Today write-up of the Crowder conference
Lots of lite brites
My write-up of Crowder's Fantastical Church Music Conference is up at CT, "Like A Sloppy Wet Kiss."
"You know you are at a worship conference sponsored by David Crowder when a fog machine kicks in and gobo lights wash the stage in color while the Welcome Wagon sings an exquisitely spare version of "Hail to the Lord's Anointed." It makes you wonder what the Moravian James Montgomery (1771-1854), author of the hymn, would have thought...."
For more, see here.
As with all such write-ups, I was not able to say everything I might wish to say. A few of those things include the following.
One, I was honored to share the panel session with Bob Kauflin. What a great guy. I really wish I'd had more time with him. (See here his thoughts on the conference.)
Two, I use the term contemporary worship music in a restrictive sense. I use it largely to describe pop-rock and folk music coming out of evangelical circles. The fact is, Dan Schutte (Catholic), Brian Wren (mainline Protestant) and James MacMillan (Scottish classical composer) all create contemporary worship music, if by that we mean music written today in service of the church's worship. For that matter, so are Laila Constantine of Lebanon, who authored a haunting version of the Lord's Prayer, and Munkherdene Banzrageh of Mongolia, who penned "Holy Gift of Love" (see here for details).
Three, my impression is that the biggest percentage of church denomination represented at the conference was the non-denom churches. Very interesting.
Four, all quotes are paraphrases or near-verbatim citations. I tried to get statements as accurately as possible. Apologies if I didn't and I'd be happy to be corrected.
Five, here's a great quote from Matt Redman, whom I discovered to be a considerably funny man.
"Matt Maher is like a Rachmaninov and I’m like a musical ape. Matt, well, it's like he ate the Pope. He’s got so much inside of him to work with."
Six, I couldn't post a lot of photo and video material, so I'm going to do that here. I thoroughly enjoyed the conference, I am grateful for Crowder's invitation and all the stimulating conversations with participating musicians, and I had a ball leading a workshop on the Psalter and CWM. I look forward to seeing what comes of it all. Click on pics if you want a larger version. Apologies for the blurry video on some; I had an itsy bitsy camera to work with.
Oh, one more thing, David Crowder is tall.
Paper Route music
Israel Houghton music
Hillsong London music
The David Crowder Band music