So far, I’ve stayed away from “this-is-how-you-play-this-particular-song” type of videos, but this was the special request of an OWS subscriber. Turns out, it’s a great way to demonstrate how many of the concepts I’ve demonstrated can be put to use in a worship context. This video not only shows a specific and precise method for executing the piano techniques performed in “Revelation Song,” it outlines the concepts behind those techniques.
The song also brought out a though-provoking lesson. In the ending tags, the studio musician played a riff, which upon first listening might seem to be a spontaneous “noodling.” When he repeats it twice, however, it’s evidently a preconceived, intentional melody. It’s always a good idea to have such a plan for every part you play, and the more musicians playing in the band, the more important having a predictable part becomes. It does take more time and thought to be that prepared, though. Too often, we say we’re just going to “flow with the Spirit,” when we’re really making an excuse for being unprepared. I’m not by any means saying we shouldn’t be Spirit-led or that we should be locked into a plan. But that’s no excuse for sloppy preparation.
King David said in 2 Samuel 24:24: “I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” The time and energy we put into preparing our musical contribution is the cost of our offering. Committing the time to have a prepared musical part can reflect a heart of worship. Even if we completely deviate from our plans, God is still blessed when our hearts are postured toward honoring Him.
That lesson is at the end of the video, though – lots to learn before that point. Enjoy!
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