It Only Takes a Spark “Pass It On”

When a person sets out on a new endeavor, a little help from an experienced hand can make a big difference. In the beginning, the smallest kindness from a friendly pro might keep the creative fire lit for another day. More than once, I benefitted from such help as I began my music career. I…

And So We Sing

Why do we Christians sing? In the world of musical theater, there is an axiom that dictates when the character reaches an emotional peak, he or she should break into song. So for the likes of Curly, and Cosette, and Sweeny Todd – singing is the inevitable response to the drama of the moment. In…

THE IMPORTANCE OF SIMPLICITY

Author’s Note: The theme of this edition of WorshipSongsOnline is “Summertime and the Singing Is Easy.” I thought I’d use the opportunity to share an installment from my own web blog on how I learned the lesson of simplicity in composing and arranging. (From the blog series “On the Job Training” at RobertSterlingMusic.com) On November…

A Surprising Light

“Sometimes a light surprises the Christian as he sings…”   I cannot count the many times the Lord has used music to shine a light through the fog of life and speak to me with words of clarity, healing, and encouragement.  And so the words of William Cowper’s (1731-1800) beloved hymn text speak a special…

If We Keep Quiet…Then What?

With the exception of the Resurrection, the Triumphal Entry stands out as a lone “happy moment” in the sorrowful series of events that led directly to Jesus’ suffering and death on Golgotha. The Savior’s famous ride into Jerusalem serves as a popular event to celebrate the beginning of Holy Week and, as a result, an…

Fighting Back

Our culture is “dumbing down.”  The evidence is everywhere – from pop music (where melody is almost non-existent), to TV (which gets most of its laughs from sexual innuendo), to movies (preaching the Gospel according to Hollywood). And it’s nothing new, really. This dumbing down has been happening for quite some time.  The question is: What…