Songwriting and Recording


Christian music lyrics

Interesting post on the Real Musician dot com this week. He makes the important distinction between lyrics?that reference violence or sexuality, and lyrics that promote violence or oppressive forms of sexuality. ?You can read his post here. ? But what I found most amusing was a graphic that he included […]


… what’s most difficult and awkward for pastors is the whole process of trying to explain to the band members (and the congregation in general?for that matter) why so many of the popular contemporary praise and worship songs are problematic.

  • The 6 Marks of Progressive Christian Worship Music by Bryan Sirchio

Sabbatical Project

May 21, 1738 was the date of Charles Wesley’s conversion. On that date, he opened his Bible to Psalm 40:3, “He hath put a new song in my mouth; many will see and fear and will trust in the Lord.” ?The next day he started his first hymn. ?According to […]


Where is love? 2

Pete Woods and I composed and performed a song for the trienniel meeting of the General Council of the United Church of Canada, which met in Ottawa in August, 2012. The inspiration for this song was a conversation between Peter and?me about the tough social justice issues that were going […]


iPad Music Magic

The technology that we now have at our disposal as musicians is amazing. When I first started recording as a teenager in?the 70s, I felt lucky to have a professional Sony reel-to-reel machine that had an SOS feature: Sound on Sound. This meant that I could record a single track […]