One could certainly do worse than this recent testimonial from John Lemmenes after hearing my arrangement of Keur Moussa’s “Magnificat”: Great music repeats without being repetitious; surprises without alarm; transports and we are transformed to emerge, as from a fever dream, in the embrace of the unknowable. So this. Bravo Maestro, Bravo.
In 2020, the St. Sinner Orchestra is releasing an album entitled One. Long. Year. This is an unusual project in that it is a concept album (a song cycle following the inner life of an unnamed protagonist as his outer life unravels) and a serial album (with tracks released throughout 2020). You can read more about the project on my blog. The first track–“We’re Holding On”–is below.
I stumbled upon Amy Langmaack’s favorable review of Essential Worship recently: http://betheproof.org/legacyliving/essential-worship-greg-scheer/. I loved what she said about its accessibility: “While the subtitle of this book is “a handbook for leaders,” I found it highly approachable for anyone.” Meanwhile, I learned that The Art of Worship is being used in the curriculum at Wheaton College. Also at Wheaton College is this interesting article on contemporary worship that quotes an article I wrote. And finally, the Liturgy Letter blog links to Essential Worship and an article I had forgotten writing called “The Four-Fold Pattern of Worship.” It’s nice to know that some of the things I’ve written are being used.
I’m honored to have my entry “Contemporary Praise and Worship Music” included in volume three of Hymns and Hymnody: Historical and Theological Introductions. This picks up where the chapter in Hawn’s New Songs of Celebration Render left off, including an examination of “prophetic” worship, a la Bethel Music.