I’m a big fan of music, Its ability to inspire creativity, stir emotions and take life, faith and worship into another dimension is simply brilliant, awe inspiring and humbling! I also love the sheer diversity of styles. Laughter, searching, honesty, adoration and joy are just some of the many great feelings and emotions that music can stir up in the creator and the listener.
Music makes the people come together, so said Madonna…. Simple but beautifully true. The power of music to unite, be it singing on the terraces, in church, at a gig or music being the soundtrack to a shared experience (so often sadly when England crash out of a major tournament, but also on more joyous occasions also) is a profoundly brilliant and uplifting experience!
Music has also been a very uplifting and memorable part of each of my trips overseas with Tearfund through Transform. The power of music to unite, inspire worship, create laughter and deep joy was profound and it was such a rich experience and such a joy to learn and listen to songs from another culture.
Other Music that’s inspiring me at the moment includes the wonderfully creative Gungor, The honesty and beauty of Ben Howard, Recent BBC Sound of 2012 winner Michael Kiwanuka and my live music highlight of the past few years at Westminster Central Hall witnessing the absolutely amazing Laura Marling
I am struggling to find inspiration and innovation in terms of song writing but it was really great to be involved in playing and leading worship at church on Sunday. Over the past few months I’ve really enjoyed the privilege of playing and leading worship both individually and also as part of a group. Its been a real opportunity to seek renewal and refreshment and a rediscovery of the importance of Worship. I think there is a real opportunity in worship to rediscover the importance of creativity and Mark Labberton’s brilliant but really challenging book The Dangerous Act of Worship also inspires a much deeper look at the role of worship being much more than just about drawing close to God in a meeting or song but in the whole of life and discipleship.