I think the answer to the appropriate dB level that should be played in church is kept under lock and key with the secrets to Area 51, the truth about Bigfoot, the identity of and if there was a third gunman, and why if Lifetime is the channel for women there’s always a woman getting beaten on that network!
After several years of advising and begging we’ve gone ahead with hiring a sound tech. While I could hear the intricacies of the music and while it sounded good! I didn’t find it loud enough 😦 He did some tweaks to the low end and it was a good mix with some actual bass this Sunday but it felt like I was distant from the vocals. I asked what we were running and it was just above 90 dBs, which makes sense because I used to ask the techs to average 95. Funny what 5 dBs do for you 🙂
- I Sing the Mighty Power of God – E
- ‘Tis so Sweet to Trust in Jesus – D
- Bless the Lord – Laura Story – E
- We Will Dance – David Ruis – D
- Offering – I Surrender All – Traditional – A
- Closer – Blessed Be Your Name – Matt Redman – G
The 1st 2 songs were done identically which made for what seemed like 1 long song. It was nice to do a new song that is a new song. Laura Story wrote the song Indescribable that Chris Tomlin put on Sunday mornings at churches nearly everywhere. I’m a bit put off by Ms. Story. I’m a big hater of the churning going on in Christian music and we find Mighty to Save here on Story’s breakout CD. So I was already a little hesitant.
Bless the Lord however isn’t too bad. On the surface lyrically it sounds very Blessed Be Your Name-ish however it’s more of a calling to praise God as He refines the worshipper and a remembering who God is. Melody wise it’s very rolling from part to part but the phrasing is interesting and has some peculiar pauses. Musically it’s pretty constant. Once it gets rolling it pushes all the way through pausing slightly after the bridge for a few bars to pick back up where it left off. It’d be good to have some more dynamics with the song and it’d be easy for the worship leader to do so given the song’s elements.
The plus side is knowing what you’re working with. Bless the Lord seems to fit well with our new worship leader and style and could compliment the talent of the band. Doing songs like this that are recent releases could be good additions to the church’s repertoire.