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January 05, 2016
My Top 10 Gospel Songs of 2015
Christmas break has afforded me the pleasure of picking through the best of the best...
October 12, 2015
An Interview With Rachel McCutcheon
Rachel McCutcheon is quickly becoming one of my favorite current songwriters. Discovered by writer/producer Wayne...
December 22, 2014
The Grinch Critiques… Revisionist "Joy to the World"
The last carol revision that came under the Grinch's eye involved changing ye olde-fashioned grammar to...
December 12, 2014
The Grinch Critiques… Revisionist "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"
This Christmas I... uh, I mean the Grinch thought he would get a few complaints off...
June 03, 2014
On New Hymns and Perfect Rhymes
A while back, I ran across some new hymns by progressive southern gospel songwriting regular Lee...
April 01, 2014
An Interview With Rebecca Peck
Apologies for not posting anything yesterday. First I thought it was April 1st, then...
March 26, 2014
Featuring… A Reader's Music
A gentleman named Judson Hair left a nice comment on one of my songwriting posts...
March 04, 2014
Songwriting Tip: Using Colors In Your Lyrics
There are many marks of a clever songwriter. One is the quiet insertion of little...
November 15, 2012
The Hardest Part of a Song to Write
What's the hardest part of a song to write, assuming you're not a genius who...
October 12, 2012
Oh, Just Sing About Your Girlfriend Already
They're a soft target, most worship songs. Partly because they tend to be lousy musical...
September 18, 2012
David Phelps on the Spiritual & the Secular
Some people are wondering whether or not to classify David Phelps' upcoming Classic project as...
August 21, 2012
Songwriting: The Old, the New and the Ugly
I recently subscribed to Wayne Haun and Joel Lindsay's new You Write Songs site [Edit,...
February 03, 2012
"It's a ballad!" "Oh, that's helpful." There's been some recent discussion around the southern gospel...
November 03, 2011
Folk Rhyme Meets Southern Gospel: He Saw it All
The Booth Brothers' "He Saw It All" was probably embraced largely by virtue of its...
October 18, 2011
Poetry in Song: "If We Answer"
Okay, time for more music. I have at least one reader who wanted more in...
July 18, 2011
A Hymn Bridge Done Right: "Greater Still"
Some people think it's "cheating" for a songwriter to make use of a hymn for...
June 22, 2011
Christian Doctrine and Music: How are They Connected?
Hat tip to Daniel Mount (and David Bruce Murray in a subsequent comment), for inspiring...
May 10, 2011
The Problem With Modern Songwriters, or Ears of Tin and Clunky Cliches
This is an experience that’s all too familiar for me: I’m listening along to a...
April 20, 2011
Songs you could never dig
This weekend I will be sharing some Holy Week music and meditations, but before we...
March 28, 2011
A Song You've Never Heard: "Calvary"
Oh the myst'ry of that cursed, blessed hill Where the sinless Son fulfilled the father's...
March 22, 2011
Songs that aren't your cup of tea, but…
Some time ago, I came across a piece by respected Christian songwriter Joel Lindsey about...
March 17, 2011
Songwriting Tip of the Day
If you can't remember your own melody by tomorrow, it probably wasn't that great of...
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