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Sunday Setlist Nov. 16th – Youth Style!

Tonight we had another Youth worship service and it was wicked sweetness!!! Here we go: 

  • Tell the World – Hillsong United
  • We Won’t Be Quiet – David Crowder*Band
  • Never Let Go – Crowder
  • activity to wrap up our Road Signs series
  • Marvelous Light – Charlie Hall
  • How He Loves – John Mark McMillan

Today was just super special in so many ways but for the purpose of this post, I’ll restrict it to these songs 🙂 

I’m beginning to think that not all Youth led worship services require the most boisterous and wild and crazy songs there are. I’m finding we have as much, probably more, on the mid to low tempo songs. I think it’s because we’re in the adult sanctuary and it kind of gobbles us up and it just seems silly to go bananas in there…or I just don’t have alot of wild and crazy students…but I find that hard to believe. 

The special songs of the night were the last 3. 
It was our first time playing Crowder’s Never Let Go but after I intro-ed it, I heard a student go, “HEY! They play this song on KLove!” It was pretty funny. This is a special song for me and most of us here. I heard Crowder wrote this in response to Hurricane Katrina. Well that’s a subject near and dear to our hearts here in Louisiana and I’ve been dying to play this tune. I gave it the feel off the live Remedy Club Tour CD, but picked it on the guitar rather than on the piano.

I’m SO GLAD I don’t play Marvelous Light for the adults and that I do have some semblance of crazy students. They love ‘lifting their hands and spinning around!’ It’s my most favorite thing to do! However, note to anyone leading this song on guitar and spinning around in the process: ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS pay attention to where your guitar cable is. Otherwise you come dangerously close to ripping your guitar off your shoulder or wrenching the cable right out of the guitar 🙂  

How He Loves…So much to say about this song that I’m leaving it for another post. It’s beautiful, it fit my ‘hurricane theme’ for the night! HAHAHA. And the students responded. I blew out my voice on “When I think about the waaaaay!” going into the last Chorus but I did NOT CARE! It was crazy awesome. 

I absolutely love doing worship with students. It’s much more raw and it’s so cool to see students trying to figure out how to worship! However, I did realize that I need to approach this with as much diligence as our morning adult services. We’re doing some pretty complicated stuff and I’ve taken for granted the quality of musicianship from my few “adult” musicians that step in. My goal has been a way to engage the students IN and WITH worship. And I’m resting on the crutches of some of the adults for the sake of busyness and laziness on my part. I need to remedy that for next time. 

How was yours? 

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Sunday Worship – Aug 31st Pre-Gustav

Ironically enough, this Sunday was my first Sunday back in the saddle leading worship since our new Worship Leader took the reigns. I appreciate the break in my Gustav trials to remember that time and share it with you and the community over at Fred’s incredible blog and his little blog carnival

It was quite a “Conner Sunday.” The new worship leader is quite different from me in many different areas and I strongly debated whether I would try and keep this Sunday true to the changes she has brought, however, after many people asked if I was returning “the rock,” I figured I would oblige and do what I do best. What I didn’t know was how much God would speak through those songs in to what we were about to encounter with this hurricane. 
This Sunday was on the glory of God. That was great for me, as a huge Passion-head there are tons of songs on the subject of glory from many of my favorite artists. Here’s what we did:

  • Prelude Not to Us – Tomlin
  • O for 1,000 Tongues to Sing – Crowder version
  • My glorious – Delirious
  • You’re beautiful – Phil Wickham

Then came all the meat in the middle: meet & greet, message, communion, etc.

  • Glory in the Highest – Tomlin
  • Oh Praise Him – Crowder

Like, I said, the theme and topic was great looking forward into the storm. Initially as I planned the service it went something like this: 
Not to Us as thematic greatness for sermon topic & 1 of my all time favorites ->
1,000 Tongues as a call to worship with the new chorus ->
My glorious looking at God’s grandness and thematic goodness ->
You’re Beautiful telling of God’s story shows his grandness again!

The service ended with Glory in the Highest being a great pull out of communion with topical theme ->
Oh Praise Him being the celebratory ending!  

It ended up being a great service discussing the things that glorify and point to the great grandness of God, which includes nature! The earth! Sky! Sunrise! Sunset! I just couldn’t shake My Glorious from Gustav: 

God is bigger than the air I breathe
God will save the day and all will say: “My Glorious!”

It truly was the most encouraging thing. It hit me in the face as we sung the songs the 1st service. I was glad we had 2 services that morning 🙂 I was able to offer the words of encouragement I received from the song to the congregation! Hopefully, they had those lyrics singing in their heads as we took shelter the next day.  

I’ll tell you, I’ve never seen the glory of God like when our typical 5 minute drive through our neighborhood to our house took nearly 20 minutes of winding and doubling back and going around all the fallen trees to turn on our street and see not a single downed tree! Then to find the top half of our tree square in our backyard missing my shed, our house, and the power lines that run above ground to the house from the back of the yard! I’m saying it: MY GLORIOUS!!


Fall Festivus 08

The Summer Funeral was greatness, there’s no doubt about it. However, it was the one-two punch of the Summer Funeral in conjunction with the Fall Festivus that got students saying things like:

Our youth group is crazy! I love it!!

There’s not a whole lot of explaining involved in what happened with the Fall Festivus. So here goes: 

  • Flour bombs – fill single sheet Kleenex with flour
  • Shaving cream – fill hands full of shaving cream and have at it
  • Water balloons – fill balloons with water
  • Slip N Slide – head in to your local hardware store (Lowe’s or Home Depot or whatever you chose) and in the painting section they have rolls of super thick plastic rolls. I think ours was 10 feet by 50 feet. 
  • Jambalaya – yeah…it’s delicious!

But why allow me to ramble on. Check it out for yourself: 

Kudos to


What a Great Day for Music!

David Crowder*Band Remedy Live CD/DVD

Charlie Hall The Bright Sadness

Phil Wickham Singalong

Full reviews coming soon! Chris who?!?!?! Hahaha.


Crowder Captivates the Big Screen!

So Baton Rouge is tremendously LAME when it comes to quality entertainment I found out as Rae and I were joined by merely 2 great friends of ours tonight as we caught the Crowder concert in movie form at the Rave here in town. I’ll just say that hopefully, you were saving your money to rush out and purchase the new live CD/DVD that’s being released tomorrow morning!

IT IS WELL WORTH IT! It really was incredible tonight to experience all the Crowder yumminess while comfortably sitting in my seat, enjoying the surround sound, not having to cut my way threw the dense crowd for my potty break, not having to arrive early and jockey for a great position to then stand for the next 3 hours! What we find here in the DVD is what Passion’s become known for: incredibly well produced live footage! Almost to a fault I say, but incredibly well done. There are times where it teeters on what appears might be a live music video set to a studio recording with live crowd noises added in, the quality seems that great! I appreciate flubs and hiccups from time to time, especially in the live arena but that’s not such the case with most Passion recordings and neither is it here!

The surprising thing is how much banter is cut from the DVD. I remember there being much more playful banter on stage and with the crowd live and here it is reduced to some typicaly yet memorable moments from the concert. They’ve spliced together 2 live venues: New York and I dare you to guess….yes….that’s right….Atlanta 🙂
I actually called it at the beginning. I told Rae:

I bet you this is Atlanta!

Then Crowder busts out a, “How great is it to be in New York!” and she just snickered at me! Fortunately, we caught on that they have on 2 different outfits so I still had hope! Sure enough, later on Crowder busts out something like, “It’s so good to be back down here in the South!” and BINGO! I had my BOOYAH moment 🙂

Regardless, the live CD/DVD plays like a “best of” compilation of Crowder hits. The DVD is supposed to be chock full of goodies so if you haven’t pre-ordered it then I suggest you run out today and nab yourself a copy!

Let us bring the remedy!


Worship Confessional – June 15th – The Final Stand

This past Sunday was my final Sunday as The Worship Leader for River Community Church. It’s only fitting that I actually do a confessional for my last hoorah 🙂

Let’s start off with the songs:

Prelude – Song of Hope – Robby Seay Band
1. Awesome is the Lord/City of Blinding Lights – Chris Tomlin/U2
2. Come Thou Fount – David Crowder version
3. Blessed Be Your Name/With or Without You – Matt Redman/U2
4. Sing Alleluia – special with my Mom
5. Surrender
6. I Saw the Light – YEEHAH Bluegrass!

Each one of this week’s songs other than Surrender had something special to it. Most all of them I had introduced to the church. It’s definitely the style I took our team musically in.
Last Father’s Day I played Robby Seay’s Faith of Our Fathers and it was the controversy of the year as to whether it was “inappropriate” and this year I decided to play another Robby Seay tune 🙂 We play City of Blinding Lights as the Intro/Outro and 1st verse groove of Awesome is the Lord and I think that’s something special we created here at River. Similarly with Blessed Be Your Name and W/ or W/o You, however I got that idea from Phil at the Come Thou Fount is one of my favorite hymns to do and I discovered and shared what “Ebenezer” in Vs. 2 means with the congregation. Sing Alleluia was a duet with my Mom who’s on our worship team. I Saw the Light was the inspiration for my idea of doing Bluegrass Sunday which has become one of our traditions here at River. So for me and the team it was a great morning of “Ahh, remember when” with these tunes!

However, the morning was not without it’s “Ahh, holy crap what’s going on!” either. I had a loose cable on my pedal board that caused my Gretsch to go out during Song of Hope. I got so mad I finally stomped on the Wah and it magically came on! After rechecking all my connections I didn’t have any further problems.
Somehow, I still haven’t figured this out, while swapping my Gretsch for my acoustic I managed to pull my microphone stand down. I feel this whap on the back of my head as I set my Gretsch down and see my mic on the floor! I’m still dumbfounded as to how I did that! Looking back, it’s one of the funniest things that’s happened on stage. In the moment all I could sputter was…”Wow…that has never happened before…” as I then bent down to pick up the acoustic. Fortunately, it was before a time I was going to read from 1st Samuel to set up the next song so I just went to scripture to reset my mind 🙂

The team was super and they’re actually doing a painfully great job of reminding me just how great I had it as our Lead Worshipper. Our new Worship Leader even joined with us! She lent her voice, violin, and fiddle and it was an amazing collaborative effort! I’m hugely regretting that all I remembered to record was the last segment of the service. Hopefully you’ll have that tomorrow to see our hoedown!

Thank you River. Thank you team. Thank you God. These past 2 years leading and worshipping with you have been a milestone in my life that I will not forget.


Your Next 10 Shuffled

We had a ton of fun with this a while back. I’m interested in seeing the difference in my home computer and work so here’s what came up this morning:

1. Track 14. – Kill Bill Soundtrack Volume 1
2. Holy is the Lord – Chris Tomlin – Arriving
3. Undignified – David Crowder*Band – The Lime CD
4. Where Would You Like Them Left – Blaqk Audio – CexCells
5. Closer – Better Than Ezra – Closer
6. Unfailing Love – Chris Tomlin – Arriving
7. Invisible Man – Theory of a Deadman – Theory of a Deadman
8. Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses – U2 – Achtung Baby!
9. Help Me to Find You – Todd Fields – FREE
10. Could it Be – Staind – 14 Shades of Grey

OH YEAH, I was surprisingly shocked by what I had on here but this is a pretty cool representation! I’ll follow up later on today with what my work computer comes up with.

So there you have it! Hit shuffle and enjoy what comes up! Make a list in the comments and we’ll enjoy it along with you.


This Day in Music – Passion: God of This City Song list

Passion’s New One

The latest installment of Passion goodies is now available for pre-order and while the track list has not been “published” it looks like this is what we’re getting:

  1. Let God Arise – Chris Tomlin
  2. You are God – Charlie Hall
  3. God of this City – Chris Tomlin
  4. O, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing – David Crowder*Band
  5. Hosanna – Christy Nockels
  6. Sing, Sing, Sing – Chris Tomlin
  7. Beautiful Jesus – Kristian Stanfill
  8. Walk the World – Charlie Hall
  9. We Shine – Fee
  10. God of our Yesterdays – Matt Redman
  11. The Glory of it All – David Crowder*Band
  12. Shine – Matt Redman
  13. Dancing Generation – Matt Redman
  14. Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone) – Chris Tomlin

That’s a hefty list! Composed of live material taken from Passion 07 and the Regionals at Boston and Chicago, I’m sure the quality we’re getting will be of the Passion caliber that comes from their “live” recordings.

The rub is that it’s “new” music from the crew but of the 14 tracks it looks like we’re getting only 5 new tracks. However, those 5 tracks all look really exciting! Apparently Kristian‘s new tune is just awesome!

Another thing that looks promising is the work from Charlie that shows up here! Could we have a new Charlie Hall CD this year?!?!?! COULD WE!! I really liked their last release and loved You are God so I am totally eager to see what he’s bringing to the table next.
I’m pumped seeing Fee and Kristian on here. Nothing against Tomlin, I mean he’s huge and his music is accessible and singable and Carson’s like The Edge’s protege with mad skills but as far as leading the next generation, we’ve got to see more from Crowder and Fee and Kristian on these CDs! So seeing only 2 Crowder songs on here kind of disappoints me, especially with a tune I already have a live version from the Passion 07 release. I hoping, HOPING these aren’t the same versions I’ve already paid for. Ah well, at least I have the Remedy for my Crowder slump (rim shot please 🙂

Regardless, it looks to be a great list of songs to bring us out of the Everything Glorious “slump” (I personally liked that collection sans Party but apparently it wasn’t as widely well liked by others.)

Go preorder it at the 268 store or wait for it to come to iTunes or wait further still for the CD/DVD release that will probably come out after we’ve already bought this one 🙂


Most Played Songs of 2007

Chris showed me a new fun trick to create some interesting playlists in iTunes. I’ve created for you my “Most Played Songs of 2007 That Were Added in 2007” from the computer at the church.

Top Songs of 2007

It’s pretty interesting. There are more songs here that we don’t play than I expected. Typically songs that we’re going to play get beaten to death on my church computer. I can’t wait to compare to what got played most at home! I can’t believe I listened to The Killers so much here at the office 🙂 Hahaha.
Anyone know how to do this with your iPod? That’d the most interesting and accurate indication of what I truly listen to!


Remedy Club Tour Recap Pt. 1

So the Remedy Club Tour kicked off tonight with Crowder and gang making their first stop to New Orleans, LA! What a night! Rae and I made it down to catch them and met up with one of my bestest friends to experience some amazing worship and incredible music! The House of Blues made for a really cool venue and the fact that they made it no smoking was divine! I’m totally whooped so I’ll recap the openers and give you the set list and then upload some pics as well as reviews tomorrow! There were so many golden nugget moments tonight! I’m giddy thinking about them all over again!

This tour’s lineup is almost exactly like Illuminate!

  • Previously opening openers: Mutemath
  • Tonight’s opening openers: The Myriad
  • Previously opener: Shawn McDonald on his Koa acoustic all by himself
  • Tonight’s opener: Phil Wickham with his 2 Taylors all by himself

So it was really weird. I remember hating Shawn McDonald and not even knowing him, b/c I mean sandwiching an acoustic guy between Mutemath and Crowder just isn’t fair! The Myriad were cool but they weren’t MuteMath, Phil was cool and way better than Shawn! The Myriad were real experimental and did crazy cool stuff and I totally dug them! Phil’s presence on the acoustic was insane! And his crowd engagement was amazing! I’m real tempted to get his new CD. He did acoustic worship the way it should be done. He didn’t hold back and truly rocked out a few tunes all by himself on his Taylor and then pulled it back and made it nice and melodic when he needed to. Real good stuff!

Then we get to the big boys! And wow, I’m not kidding. Show started at roughly 7 and Crowder started at 8:20. So between set changes and everything they shared a little under an hour and a half and then crowder blew us away for a bit over 2 hours with 16 songs! Here they are:

  1. Lark Ascending or (perhaps more accurately, I’m trying to make you sing)
  2. Oh, the Glory of it All
  3. Can You Feel It
  4. Everything Glorious
  5. Neverending
  6. Here is Our King
  7. You are My Joy
  8. We Won’t Be Quiet
  9. Foreverandever…
  10. Beautiful Collision
  11. You Never Let Go
  12. Remedy
  13. I Saw the Light
  14. No One Like You
  15. Oh Praise Him
  16. Surely We Can Change

Green = Sunburst Crowder Acoustic
Red = ??? (That’s a surprise for tomorrow!)
Blue = Guitar Hero Guitar Mod (Definitely more on that tomorrow!!)
Orange = Keytar
Black = Rhodes (I think, I need to examine my pics)

All I’ll say for now is that the Twins have been broken up 😦

Until I get the photos off the Sony camera I borrowed from Rae’s best friend Ali, enjoy these lil beauties from my iPhone 🙂

No Smoking + No photos -                                                 The best wife ever

Had to take a picture of the “No Photography” sign as well as Rae 🙂

Phil Wickham                                                 Never a good sign

Yeah so the zoom is non-existent! And that’s the sign on the Women’s Bathroom door! Oh I died laughing!!!

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