Leaving All the Pedals at Home Tonight…maybe

Yikes, it’s hard to do this. But tonight is a night for just plain, stripped down worship through music. And I am trying really, really hard to resist the urge to bring pedals. Usually, I at least bring on of my Timeline’s to loop some acoustic stuff. But tonight just feels like it needs to be less…….less than what I think it needs to be.

And not usually. I mean, I’m probably waaaay on the liberal side of layering music, effects, instruments, arrangements, parts, loops, etc. There’s few things I love more than hitting the fuzzed out-overdriven, two note Coldplay-drive in the bridge of a huge worship song. But it’s the ebb and flow……all that isn’t as powerful if you don’t strip it down to just melody and worship every once in a while.

A few months back, I accidentally bought a pedal from Dwayne Larring, who was the original guitarist for Sonic Flood, and the producer and guitarist of both Matt Redman’s and Tim Hughes’ first albums. I had no idea it was him….I just bought the pedal, and in the midst of our conversations, I realized who he was. It was pretty cool for a no-name guy like me, who still hits and sings wrong notes and overplays and kills the worship atmosphere all the time and puts up a blog thinking somebody might actually read it, to actually talk with a guy who knows how it’s done. But he was a really, really down to earth guy, and just had insane amounts of wisdom. He told me how much he adored worship music, but that whenever it got to the point where it was empty of everything but music, it was time to re-begin. (And he said he personally usually re-begins with Matt Redman’s ‘When My Heart Runs Dry’, which is a really cool song that I had totally forgotten about.)

So anyway…….I think it’s probably important to re-begin every once in a while. And sometimes (on very rare occasions, mind you! hehe), that means that gear stays at home…….maybe. One little delay pedal won’t hurt, right? 😉 And for those of you who are dyed-in-the-wool gearheads, don’t worry…….this blog is staying the same. I’ve got 5 fuzz pedals (mmm….fuzz) on their way in the hands of the very gentle and oh so cautious handling of UPS and the postal service right now, so once again, gear will rock and we’ll have ourselves an old-fashioned shootout. But it’s important every once in a while to make sure the worship of Christ is at the focal point, where it should be.

HillsongSaviorKing.jpg picture by rypdal95
(Hillsong’s opening of their last tour, the solo acoustic version of Savior King. That’s kind of what we’ll do tonight. Because worship teams can’t do anything original on their own……Hillsong has to do it, and then we follow suit. I’m just kidding…….sorta. 😉 )

It’s the stripped down version of ‘Splendid.’ Splend. <–Okay, that was really dumb. I should use the ‘delete’ key. But that would totally ruin the whole ‘stream of consciousness’ thing.

10 thoughts on “Leaving All the Pedals at Home Tonight…maybe

  1. Man, I think I’m the same wavelength—

    the pastor asked if we could play “Jesus Lover of My Soul” this Sunday, but “real-quiet like”. I looked at the list of songs we had planned and 2 rock, and 2 are slow. I thought about how tired I am from this week (and hurricane omar stress– yes it was supposed to hit PR this past week, thus no new post) and it all fit. ACOUSTIC SET! I screamed earlier tonight.
    Sometimes worship is energizing and pumps you up, sometimes it is rest, and sometimes its a cry of “i wanna give up, help”. I think I fit the last 2 this week.

    I had decided tonight in the middle of Max Payne that I want to play it acoustic. I never “think” about it when I play acoustic. I dunno why- it just flows. And I sit when I play acoustic. I do not stand, nor do the “i’m baptist so i can’t jump, but i really really want to” dance. I just “be” there.

    Wow. Movie wasn’t so great (Felt like a lame Constatine), but the self-awakening in the middle of the dark theater was worth it.

    BUT, i will bring my new Barber compressor and my dd3 to fill out my tone 🙂 Can’t help that!

    for some reason I want to say that my new favorite “christian protest” song is Lincoln Brewster’s “The Power of Your Name”
    It just fits me this week- its not a worship song per say, its a “Why Lord” song. But thats my next post i think 🙂

  2. I too decided for this week to leave the pedals behind stage, unplugged and put away. Just a Strat, an A/B box, and two amps today. Man….I didn’t know what to do with my feet! On the serious side, your post about re-beginning was great. Thanks for the reminder!

  3. @karl – acoustic sets are great especially with the correct choice of songs. every once in a while, i will come in to rehearsal with just my guitar and amp. it makes me listen more and make some pre-conceive thoughts on what i should add come sunday morning.

    @lespaul – we may be interpreting the song “The Power of Your Name” differently. I don’t see it as a protest song but almost a pledge to carry on what God’s plan is for us by having a compassionate heart.

  4. Larry–I hear ya on the acoustic thing. It’s great to put the focus where it needs to be, and just be intimate with our God. And I’m praying for you guys with the hurricane deal.

    Oh ya, and I’m not surprised about Max Payne. hehe I have a rule about not seeing Marky-Mark movies. 😉

    Matt–nice! How was the set? That’s been in my head for a while not, too, to just do a set with electric–>amp, like kinda Jeff Buckley style. Cool blog, by the way. I’m going to add you to my blogroll, if that’s cool.

    Rhoy–I like that idea! Start with the basics, and only add effects as needed. Very interesting point of view, and really cool!

    Ferry–thanks! (And hopefully you’re laughing at the Hillsong thing…..I was pretty proud of that myself…..;) )

    Chris–I’m at karl@getlife.tv . Thanks! And I’m going to add you to my blogroll, if you’re cool with that. 🙂

  5. it is very cool indeed! it’s kinda weird without having to step on anything, but once you start seeing/hearing the results, you will love it. and you get to clean-up less equipments after …

    btw, i think that is one way of being a “supportive guitarist” 🙂

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