Saturday, April 16, 2011

CMS 2010: Newworldson

The closing act at the conference was Newworldson, an eclectic soul band based in southern Ontario. Considering how they took the house by storm last year, giving the band the headline spot was more than appropriate.

The band also taught a class in the last session titled, "Fitting the Pieces Together: How We Write & Arrange Songs as a Band."  I'm sooooo kicking myself for missing it. I thought it would be a moderated discussion where the band would be asked the usual, "What's it like to work together?" type questions (yawn). Instead, they went through a process of writing and arranging a brand new song from scratch right there in front of the audience.

You heard right - a brand new song written in public in less than an hour. Wow!

Did I mention, "Wow!"?  This is the finished product as performed later that evening:

Newworldson - Selah

I also had a chance to chat with some of the band members backstage after the performance.  I'll talk about that and post some of the photos I took another time.

Here's a few other songs from the evening:

Newworldson - Commander

Newworldson - Do You Believe in Love

Newworldson - In Your Arms

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

CMS 2010: Gungor

The first act on Saturday night was Gungor.  Watch the videos, say no more.

Gungor - God is Not a White Man

Gungor - Heaven

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

CMS 2010: Afternoon Worship with Jonathan Lee

In an effort to FINALLY finish up my CMS 2010 coverage I'll post the remainder of my videos in rapid-fire manner.  They've been up on YouTube for a while and it's about time I posted them here.

The song below is Beautiful King by Jonathan Lee.  We recently started doing the song in our church and it's working out pretty great.

One of the more interesting things about the music is how he promoted it at the conference.  After playing his set, anyone at the conference could walk out to the lobby and pick up a CD called, "The Worship Kit," for free.  On the CD you'd find this song along with 3 others: As White as the SnowPouring It out for You and When the Stars Burn Down.  The cool part is that the CD also included teaching videos, tabs, staff notation and files for PowerPoint, MediaShout and Pro Presenter.  If that's not a great way to promote yourself, I don't know what is.

On the other hand, Jonathan's online promotion skills aren't nearly as formidable.  I was hoping to include links here for more of his stuff but I find couldn't find any links that I felt comfortable posting.  His website is flash heavy and unlinkable, it's not clear whether the YouTube page I found is actually him or just a fan, and the preview clips on iTunes and Amazon are badly cut.  Quite unfortunate.

Nonetheless, his music is great.  Take a listen:

Note that I'm trying a new embedding method for my YouTube videos, so if you're having any problems viewing stuff, let me know in the comments and I'll correct it.