What do you say between songs?
Several months ago, I came across a fascinating blog run by Bob Kauflin, a long-time songwriter, former GLAD vocalist and current Sovereign Grace Music recording artist and worship leader. While many of his posts concern worship in a contemporary setting, I added his site to my must-read list since he frequently thinks outside the box, sharing thought-provoking insights about delivering Christian songs on stage. From the ones that everyone would agree with to the ones that spark vigorous discussion, here are a few highlights:
- “Behold the beauty of brevity.“
- “Plan the progression of songs so you don’t have to say that much.” If the transition from one song to another just makes sense, no need to explain it. You only need to explain a bend in the road.
- “View testimonies, personal illustrations, and non-biblical quotes like spices – use them sparingly or they ruin the meal.” Awesome analogy!
- “Recognize that God’s words outlast ours.” This is an insight the Booth Brothers, in particular, have been applying in their concerts; sometimes all they do to introduce a song is to pull out a Bible and read a passage of scripture that applies.
If you ever lead worship or emcee a concert, check out the whole list here.