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    29th March 2006

    Thoughts on the concert and becoming a roadie…

    Last night Nicklecreek played at Calvin. The concert was amazing. Changed my life kind of amazing. It might be kind of funny and sacreligious to say that, but maybe it will prove to be true.

    And even if not, it was beautiful to see and to hear, to be there.

    Nicklecreek was excellent of course – they sound better live than on record – and even the opening act, a group called the Diddy Bops, was really quite good. I’ve never understood why people become roadies or follow bands around, but these girls playing guitar and mandolin and singing beautiful harmonies said that they’re going on tour this summer by bicycle, riding from the west coast to the east coast, and I thought, Man if I were in a different place in life I might actually try to ride along with them for a while… Maybe I still will if they go through CO and I don’t have anything else going on.

    Anyways, the concert made me think about two little things that I’m going to share with you all. The very last song that Nicklecreek played was called “Doubting Thomas” and we all pretty much knew it was the last song of the encore. After the emotional roller-coaster that a three hour concert can be, I think we all in the audience could feel a sort of collective energy, and this simple song produced a moment that could be comparable to the way I have felt sometimes after singing songs for Jesus or praying with friends. The opening words to the song speak for me and so many other Christians and not-Christians in a way in which so many specifically Christian songs don’t:

    what will be left when i’ve drawn my last breath,
    besides the folks i’ve met and the folks who know me,
    will i discover a soul cleansing love,
    or just the dirt above and below me,
    i’m a doubting thomas,
    i took a promise,
    but i don’t know what’s safe,
    oh me of little faith

    This reminded me of the great power of music and what a gift and privilege it is to be able to bring music to people. It also drove home what a great responsibility it is to be one making music in the church. How much more quickly are song lyrics memorized than bible verses or catechism questions and answers – partly because of repetition and effort, partly because the music assists memory – and how strong the emotions that music can invoke! Hey, for fun, and because I thought of this, I’ll post the little philosophy of worship statement that I have on my resume right now (this will serve twofold purpose – you all will get to see what I got and you all can help me refine what it, too):

    Worship is not just singing. Worship is our recognition of and response to who God is and what he has done, and this includes how we live everyday as well as what happens inside church buildings on Sunday mornings. However, music is a powerful medium and the bible does prescribe music during corporate worship. Congregational worship leaders are given the tremendous privilege and responsibility of giving words and music to the conversation between God and his people. In leading the Church in song it is my goal to do so in a way that is musically excellent, culturally relevant, and doctrinally orthodox. I am convinced that worship ought to be formational and transformational รขโ‚ฌโ€œ one cannot truly stand in the presence of God and remain unaffected. I also feel it is vital to help other members of the community develop and use their own gifts for worship.

    Ok, here’s the setup for the other thing that the concert made me think about: After the concert I was talking with Mark Hofman and about how amazing it was, and he said, “Its amazing to think that God would create people this talented who could make music this beautiful…”

    I thought, And whether they happen to be Christians or not, this statement is true… but how much more the church would be complete if they were in it. And I remembered thinking about the body of Christ as an orchestra where you might not notice if one of the violinists were missing, and the music would still sound good without a cellist or a few cellists or all the cellists – but how much better and complete with all the instruments and maybe even a few extras! We might not notice it all the time, but we in the body of Christ should be (and indeed whether we realize it or not we are) missing those outside the body as much as those outside the body are missing the body and especially the head of the body (whether they realize it or not).

    I’m not sure what the Diddy Bops or Nicklecreek believe, but I certainly hope that if they haven’t that they come to know my savior… Which brings me conveniently back to why I’m thinking for the first time about becoming a roadie…


    2 Responses to “Thoughts on the concert and becoming a roadie…”

    1. Lisa says:

      Amazing to think how this is so true…that we would be that much more complete with all the instruments taking part as intended…How we are all missing out by not inviting others on this journey with us…

      side note, yeah, go be a roadie. when else would you have the time to do that? I’ll send you a package of food…

    2. Lesley says:

      hi. i was looking up some nicklecreek lyrics and your blog thing came up. i read it and exed it out and went on doing whatever i was doing but i was kind of thinking about what you wrote all day. i like what you said about lyrics vs. scripture and it made me see that i probably know all the words to the “why should the fire die?” cd and probably half as many words from the bible…interesting. and although i dont know you, i felt like i should just post a comment telling you that. sooo thanks i guess. ๐Ÿ™‚

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