I am so happy to announce to the world that I will be releasing my first full-length Album this Christmas! This is something I’ve dreamed of doing my whole life! Seriously, for as long as I can remember. Many who have known me since I was young also know that I always said that my first album would be Christmas.
I love Christmas. We start listening to Christmas music in September in our house, and we don’t get tired of it. There’s so much good Christmas music to listen to, if you wait until December you’ll never get through it all. And I’m happy to be able to add my sounds to the mix of what you listen to at Christmas time.
I will make you one promise about this Christmas Album, it will be unlike any you have ever heard. There is a variety of styles and sounds that you’ll find on here. Some have full instrumentation, some are just piano, I sing on some, and I even pulled out my Trombone for a couple. Yes, you heard me right.
The album will be available for purchase right here on davidlindner.net! So you’ll want to stay tuned. The album will also be available on iTunes and Amazon along with other online music distributors as well. I will be selling CD’s as well.
There will be more to come, but for now here’s a quick look at the artwork!
I just came across this amazing resource yesterday, and absolutely must share it with you.
As we’ve been going through the book “God songs” by Jimmy & Carol Owens & Paul Baloche on our podcast, this resource is extremely useful. There are a ton of great resources on the site, like songwriting tools links; songwriting resources; artist resources; etc.
By far, the thing I am loving the best is the forum. They have a very extensive forum for songwriters which includes a tiered critique. (Even at the highest level of critique they are extremely friendly in their feedback.) They also have many other things to discuss in the forum, it’s very extensive.
I’d strongly recommend you head over there and check it out, get a membership and start sharing your input on the forum. Tell them we sent you!
I came upon this awesome resource this week. RESOUNDworship.org is an exciting free resource for churches worldwide. Our aim is to provide local churches with fresh worship songs containing strong, Biblical lyrics supported by singable, contemporary music.
RESOUNDworship.org is a group of British based worship songwriters, seeking to resource the church with heartfelt, crafted, accessible worship songs.
It’s a really great resource, definitely worth your time checking out. They have a lot of songs they have written and they are all available for your use.
They also have a very thorough writing process that’s worth noting. You can see that here.
Kevin and I have been going through the book “God Songs” by Jimmy & Carol Owens on the Worship Ministry Catalyst podcast. We both love writing songs, and we want to get better at it, so we decided to go through the book on our podcast.
If you’re a songwriter, or you just want to know more about the process of writing a song, check out the podcast!
I wrote this song in response to a sermon series we’re going through on the book of Hebrews. As I was reflecting on Hebrews 4, I was struck with the imagery in verse 12 about how the Word of God is active, and living, and powerful. I couldn’t shake that idea of His Word changing us and our response to that truth.
Out of that idea I started pulling images, ideas, and verses from the book of Hebrews to create a song that I felt embodied our response to who God is and how His Word impacts us. His redemption, His grace, His sovereignty, boldly approaching Him, looking up, knowing the God who knows us;these are all ideas from the book of Hebrews… and our response is to worship the King!
This recording is taken straight from our Sunday worship service (i.e. it’s just a board feed!) I’m on piano and lead vocals; there is also bass, electric, and acoustic guitar and some alto vocals. And even though you can’t here it, there are drums
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I just found a great article over on Chris’s page.
Here’s the link: http://www.chrisfromcanada.com/?p=1033
Here are some of the highlights from the article:
- 12:37 Chris – 5 Elements of a Great Song – #1 Define Your Purpose
- 12:38 Chris – ‘Songs that have universal appeal fall in to that trap. They have no specific purpose and no specific meaning.’
- 12:40 Chris – Lots of worship songs are filled with phrases that have worked really well in other worship songs.
- 12:40 Chris – ‘What is my purpose here? Is this how I would talk with someone I love? It this really how I talk or am I treating people like cattle?’
- 12:43 Chris – Example of specific songs with specific purpose – Heart of Worship by Matt Redman, God of Justice by Tim Hughes.
- 12:44 Chris – 5 Elements of a Great Song – #2 Eight Seconds
- 12:44 Chris – ‘Whether it’s A&R or a congregation, you don’t have more than about eight seconds to get them engaged.’
- 12:47 Chris – ‘Don’t bore us, get to the chorus.’
- 12:49 Chris – 5 Elements of a Great Song – #3 Show and Tell
- 12:49 Chris – ‘Communicate the image by telling them what it is.. but you also have to provide them with a picture, something they can see, something that they can put in context.’
- 12:50 Chris – Don’t go overboard on the pictures – make sure part of the song also TELLS the meaning of the song.
- 12:51 Chris – Examples of songs that show and tell – East to West by Casting Crowns, One by U2.
- 12:53 Chris – 5 Elements of a Great Song – #4 Strong Lyric and Melodic Hook
- 12:53 Chris – ‘If it’s not entertaining or captivating or interesting you’ve missed your point.’
- 12:54 Chris – ‘We’re all free – create whatever you have to create. But if we want to be better communicators with our music we have to do things that are captivating and interesting.’
- 12:55 Chris – ‘Lyrically, people just get lazy. Melodically, you’re just not daring enough.’
- 12:58 Chris – Sound of Your Name by Above the Golden State, Crazy Beautiful by Chasen.
- 13:00 Chris – Weave hooks through different sections of the songs.
- 13:01 Chris – 5 Elements of a Great Song – #5 Critique and Re-Write
- 13:01 Chris – ‘When you co-write, critiquing happens in real-time.’
- 13:02 Chris – ‘I think it’s important that you let the song happen. Give the song an opportunity to be birthed.’
- 13:04 Chris – ‘Don’t do critique and re-writing right away. It’s a creative thing and you need to give it time before you can come back to it with a little more objectivity.’
- 13:04 Chris – Listening to the first two versions and then the final take of Great Things by Matt Maher.
- 13:07 Chris – ‘A melody is good if you can remember it after going for a drive and spending the day at work.’