Artistry and Integrity (A Conversation with Lloyd Larson)

It is a small circle of church composers who can claim that they work full time as a writer.  It is even rarer to find writers who for decades have been successful in both ministry and creativity.  Lloyd Larson is one of those exceptional figures who has accomplished this with true integrity.  His music ranges…

CHILDREN’S MUSIC FOR MOTHER’S DAY and CHOIR YEAR END

The close of a children’s choir year is an exciting and busy time. Mother’s Day often marks the final time children sing in worship before the start of summer vacation. Shawnee Press is proud to provide a great selection of Mother’s Day anthems as well as general anthems for both younger and older elementary children’s…

FLOWERS AS ALLELUIA

When I think of flowers and Easter, white lilies are always the first to come to mind. The front of our sanctuary was always decorated with pots of white lilies given by the congregation in remembrance of a loved one. Their glorious fragrance filled the auditorium, the scent of spring and new life and resurrection…

EVERY-DAY ALLELUIAS!

There’s nothing quite like singing spring’s first “alleluia” on Easter Sunday morning. The joy and refreshment of it never loses its appeal. What great power, deep emotion and joyous victory are expressed in just that one little word. I cannot think of another single word that bursts forth from the lips and expresses the heart’s…

Turn DesCANTS Into DesCANS

Hello, Everyone! As we continue to look at new ways to “think outside of the loft” during the spring and summer seasons, let us consider some creative methods of writing and utilizing descants. Certainly, we are all familiar with the exhilarating sound of a soaring, lyrical descant ringing out during the final stanza of a…

THE GIFT OF ALLELUIA

Welcome, friends, to our EASTERTIDE installment of WorshipSongsOnline. If you are a church musician, you are probably recovering from your recent ministerial labors. Lent, Holy Week, and Easter are among the most intense times of the liturgical season for most of us. Our sacred journey to alleluia is one that winds itself through many important…

AN IDEA SWAP for a well-SPRING of new life in our services!

Arguably, the two “deadest” Sundays of the year (with the exception of the entire month of Black Hole July), are the Sundays immediately following Christmas and Easter. The church administration is tired, and the music ministry personnel are even more tired. They (you) have spent countless hours on the church property in the past week…

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…

DESPERATELY SEEKING ALLELUIA

For those of us who worship at a church that follows the liturgical calendar and traditions, the season of Lent can seem dark and heavy. The time of year is marked by cold, cloudy skies full of rain or snow. The weight of the ever-present gray can get to even the most optimistic of souls…

The Gift of “Hallelujah”

I don’t mean “Lent and Easter are finally over, Hallelujah!” Although I admit that I often feel this way when Easter is finally behind me. In fact, I was just having this conversation yesterday—Easter Monday—about what goes in to making Easter music all that it can be. But now, how do we keep this all…

THE GARDEN

One of my favorite places as a child was visiting ZILKER GARDENS in Austin, Texas where I have lived most of my life. ZILKER offers more than twenty-six acres of winding paths and flourishing gardens. This botanical wonderland has been welcoming visitors for more than sixty years. It is truly a “jewel in the heart…

Listen Closely

Much of my editorial process involves not only reading through a printed manuscript, but playing through it and/or listening to the Finale playback. Or, if it’s an arrangement of an existing song, comparing it to an original or “source” recording. More often than not, all is well, and there are no issues. However, there are…