We plan to offer free praise and worship music in an effort to give churches and worship leaders some additional choices than those provided by the current P&W music machine. We also plan to have free charts if you want to play the songs yourself. No more struggling trying to figure out that cool weird chord…
An Alternative to the Machine
There’s a lot of good music that comes out of the P&W machine, but there’s a lot that just all begins to sound the same. This is an effort to give some more choices to churches when they are looking for new songs for their service. We’ll get started with some of the P&W songs off of the last Families In Crisis benefit CD. We are also currently working on a project with another local church who have agreed to release some of their originals for free consumption. And we’ll be inquiring with the local chapter of the American Christian Songwriters Association (ACSA) for some new nuggets. We feel very confident that they’ll have some gems for everyone. Others are also invited to submit material for consideration. More on that at a later date.
What’s in it for Joe-in-the-pew?
Even if you’re not a worship leader you benefit too. All the songs will be free to download here on our music page. Yes, free. They’re yours. No DRM. Play them, burn them, rip them, give them away to your friends… We would ask:
- if there are any songs which move you, to pass those on to your worship leader / pastor / executive-song-picker-outer, and send them our way so we can give them – yes, give them – the song charts for their use in their church.
- And when you share these songs with someone – and we hope you will – that you steer them to our download site.
How can you just give this stuff away? What’s the catch?
That’s easy: we make up for it in volume.
No, just kidding. The whole point is to get songs out locally that are being written locally. Most of those writing for the church these days aren’t doing it with any hopes for being paid for it – they just do it because they feel they need to. And many of those songs are being used in their own local worship services. That’s where it usually ends. I had the pleasure to be mentored by a local music minister and songwriter several years ago and still use many of his and other’s songs in our services. They’ve been a great resource for me and have benefited our congregation over and over. We think that’s missing right now – a link to great material that is trapped within the walls of a single church. I’ve looked for a resource like this and just haven’t found anything of quality. We’re going to try to provide that.
If there is any “catch” to this, it’s that you have the opportunity to buy the CD from the original writer/band/church what-have-you. There’s no need to do this, but if you’re interested you still can. We can also put you in touch with the songwriter if you like.
Here’s praying that the Lord is blessed through all of this as He continues to knit together the Body to be one in Him.
Sing a new song! Play skillfully! Shout for joy!