GracePoint Video

January 5, 2009

The multi-talented Eron Rawson shot this video at GracePoint yesterday, and then edited it that afternoon.

It came out really cool.  I suck at embedding video so you’ll have to click on the link to check it out.

http://www.vimeo.com/2722011

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Sunday Setlist … January 4, 2009

January 4, 2009

 Hola!  Welcome to the first Sunday Setlist of 2009.  In case this is your first time, my blog post is part of Fred McKinnon’s Sunday Setlist party that he throws every Sunday.  You can find links to many other Sunday Setlists on Fred’s blog.

This morning at GracePoint, I was on the sound board once again.  Here’s the view from the board (I apologize for the crappy quality.)

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The Setlist:

Elevation – This was the first time for Elevation.  I was a little concerned about the complexity of this one, but it turned out phenomonal.  I took some video of the second service, but discovered when I got home that my camera was set on “compact video” for some stupid reason.  It’s not worth posting at postage stamp resolution…  Awesome job guys!

One Way – I think this was the first time that Christina had ever sang One Way.  She did a great job.  Fun song.  I love the bridge!

Hold You High – A great song.  Mike does a great job singing this one.

Mighty to Save – We play it more like the original Hillsong version on the “Mighty to Save” album, rather than Hillsong United on ” The I Heart Revolution” album that came out last year.  The guitar parts are cooler, although Rod usually covers the beginning guitar riff on keys.  Good song.  I really like the dynamics.  Mike got everyone singing a capella at the end.  Very nice.

Word of God Speak – The Kutless version is way cooler than the Mercy me version, so that’s what we have alway used.  Deric is awesome on this song with all of the tom-tom work, and his patent-pending “trash can” cymbal sounds awesome at the begginning.  Especially after I added a lot of delay and reverb to it.  Another great song.

Rise Above This – This song is perfectly suited to Gil’s voice.  Great dynamics as it goes from calm to screamo in the chorus.  This song is becoming a bit of a staple.  And that’s a good thing.  (I got some very low resolution video during sound check on this one too…)

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As an added bonus… here is the pre-service playlist from my ipod.  I was going for sort of a sort of a 2002 rap-rock thing (well, mostly).  I also had a mostly acoustic playlist ready to go, but scrapped the idea…

  • I’ll Rise by All Together Seperate (featuring PAX217)
  • Higher Ground by 38th Parallel
  • Unbelievable by Thousand Foot Krutch
  • Old School by Inhabited
  • Wake Up by KJ-52 (featuring Toby Morrell of Emery)
  • Go by Forty Days Tempted
  • Who Am I? by 38th Parallel
  • Voices by PAX217
  • Schizophreniac by Earthsuit
  • Mary’s Song by Molly Williams

Sunday Setlist …. December 28, 2008

December 29, 2008

I’m a little late to the Sunday Setlist party, but I’m sure you’ll get over it.

I wasn’t sure of my holiday travel schedule originally, so I made myself unavailable for Sunday.  We did end up making it back to Wichita because Andrea had to work in the nursery.

So yesterday, I joined the other worshippers in the audience.  Here is the setlist from GracePoint.

Break Free is a great rocker from Hillsong.  I was slightly disgusted when Gil actually started to dance during the instrumental break…  I have an appointment with my therapist on Thursday.

Sing to the King seems to have become a regular in the setlists.  Again… a great song.

Better is One Day hasn’t shown up in a while.  I really like the Kutless arrangement except for the fact that they repeat the first verse twice.  When Petra recorded it, they used a 2ndverse.  (I don’t know who wrote the verse originally.)  Petra also had some awesome harmonies…  We usually add in the 2nd verse, but I honestly don’t remember which way the band did it Sunday.

“One thing I ask and I would seek
To see your beauty
To find you in the place your glory dwells”

Also, we play it a half step higher than recorded to avoid detuning guitars…

Give You Glory also hasn’t shown up in a while.  I know a lot of people really like it, but I can’t make myself like it.  I think it drags on and on at the end.  I’m not much of a Jeremy Camp fan either…  Carlos’ bass solo was very cool though.

Best of You has been tossed around a lot over the last few years but I don’t think it’s ever actually made it in the setlist until this week.  The band rocked this one pretty good.  Gil screamed his lungs out.

Who Will Save Your Soul was also new this week.  Christina has been singing it with her band for a while, but Edge of Grace has never used it.  She nailed it.  Good song!


Sunday Setlist … December 21, 2008

December 21, 2008

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Good afternoon, people of the blogosphere!  Once again it’s time for my Sunday Setlist recap of this morning’s service at GracePoint.

Today was the last Sunday in the Beatles-themed “Let It Be Christmas” series.  The Christmas Eve service at the Orpheum in a few days will be the last of the Beatles…

For a few months now, we’ve been broadcasting the services live over the Internet.  I may be getting the story wrong, but this morning a church in Romania was going to stream the first service live at their church.  Pretty cool!

On to the music…

  • Little Drummer Boy (walk-in)
  • Bring Me to Life – Evanescence
  • O Holy Night – Barlow Girl
  • Revolution – Starfield
  • Solid Rock – Delirious
  • Revolution – The Beatles (offering)
  • Come Together – The Beatles (exit)

Little Drummer Boy is one we started using several Christmases ago.  I don’t know who came up with the arrangement originally, but we “borrowed” it from Granger Community Church.  The band gets a groove going, and then it’s a lead guitar solo of the melody in 3 different octaves.  (You can watch Granger’s version by clicking on this link and then scrolling down to the “Blue Man Prelude” video.  It is second from the bottom.)  Fun song!

Bring Me to Life has been a GP favorite for a few years.  Jamie is incredible on the song.  Interestingly, it transitioned really nicely into the O Holy Night…

O Holy Night is another one that we’ve used for a couple of Christmases.  The Barlow Girl arrangement of the song is awesome, and it fits Jamie’s voice perfectly.

Revolution is one that we unveiled earlier this year.  It’s a lot of fun.  Now that I think about it … it was a morning of fun songs.  It fit in very nicely with Bryson’s sermon about Revolution.

Solid Rock is a great version of a classic hymn.  Rod really gets the “Steve Wonder funk thing” going on the keyboards.  Our good friends PC Revelations and the God Squad joined the band on this one.  These guys have an awesome ministry, and do a pretty good job of helping us white guys get our hip-hop going.

Revolution was the classic Beatles version, but rocked up a bit, if that’s possible.

Come Together was brilliant.  PC joined the band again and got an Aerosmith/Run DMC thing going on.  Nobody wanted to leave.  I can’t blame them really…


Sunday Setlist for December 14,2008

December 16, 2008

I’m a little late to the party, but hopefully there is still some fun to be had…  This week’s installment in the Fred McKinnon Sunday Setlist extravaganza is tardy due to some serious birthday party fun on Sunday followed up by Jett’s actual birthday yesterday…

So without further ado, the setlist from GracePoint:

All in all, a pretty fun Sunday.

Joy to the World was a rocked up version.  All of the K-5 kids came up on stage and danced for the first two songs.  They were hilarious to watch. Ed has posted a video on Facebook, but you may have to be Ed’s friend to see it…  I’ll try to prod him into putting one out in the public domain.  It’s a cool version.  I like it. 

Repeat the Sounding Joy was another amped up song that the kids danced to.  Rod had to do some heavy sampling on the keys to pull this one off, but it was solid.

Wholly Yours is one of my favorite DCB songs.  We always play the ending like it is on the radio version, and not the longer ending off the album.  It was perhaps a little mellow to start the off the abbreviated worship set with.

My Savior My God is another good one.  I love the dynamics of the song.  Apparently I enjoyed it a little too much because I broke a string on this song during the second service.  The remaining three strings didn’t leave me much to work with…  I was late getting in to listen to the sermon in order to replace the string.  (Thanks for letting me borrow your wire cutters Bruce!)

Yesterday continued in the Beatles-themed series “Let It Be Christmas”.   In the original recording, the guitars are detuned a whole step, so we played it a step higher, in G, to avoid detuning… 

Let It Be was used for the offering.  It was pretty solid.  Rod’s Hammond came in handy.  And Bruce nailed the guitar solo.  This was my first time to actually play with Bruce.  Very cool guy.


Sing to the King

December 9, 2008

I just came across a video of Sing to the King from this Sunday.  Kelly (wife of lead guitar player Jeff in the video) recorded it.

Good stuff!


Sunday Setlist… December 7, 2008

December 7, 2008

Once again, it is time to participate in Fred McKinnon’s Sunday Setlist party.  If you’ve never checked out Fred’s blog, you should.  Go ahead and check it out right now.  I’ll wait…

Seriously.  Go!

Today was week 2 of the Let It Be Christmas series at GracePoint.  I was on the sound board again today – which isn’t the best place to actually enjoy the service.  You’re constantly analyzing how things sound, or trying to fix something.

The setlist:

  • Help – The Beatles (walk-in)
  • Break FreeHillsong
  • Take It AllHillsong
  • Sing to the King – Billy James Foote/Passion
  • Eleanor Rigby – The Beatles
  • Jesus Paid It AllKristian Stanfill (offering)

 Help rocked! We’re discovering that Andy’s voice is well suited to The Beatles. 

 Break Free is one we started using earlier this year.  I love the funky bridge.  A great uptempo song from down under.  Andy was on lead vocal duties again.

Take It All is another great rocker from Hillsong.  It’s nice because we can do it with male or female vocals.  I think we’ve done it both ways, but usually it’s Amy, since she rocks it so well.  We use the standard arrangement for both of the Hillsong tunes.  (Hillsong songs sounds kind of redundant doesn’t it…)

Sing to the King is quickly becoming one of the church’s favorite songs.  Christina nailed the song, as always.  Jeff was awesome on the guitar solo.  Interestingly, this was the third lead guitarist we’ve used on this song.  More interesting is that they’ve created three completely different guitar solos for it.  [edit: video has been added to youtube!  check  it out.]

Eleanor Rigby was the traditional Beatles arrangement.  We had a guest cellist, Arleigh Aldrich, from the Wichita Symphony.  Amy covered the violins, etc… on the keyboard.  Andy was on lead vocals again.  The song was simply incredible.  It tied in really well with Bryson’s message.  We need Arleigh back again sometime.

Jesus Paid It All is stealthy.  It’s not typical Edge of Grace fare, but it works awesome for us.  I love the dynamics of the song.  It’s another one that works well for both male and female vocals.  In the second service, we changed things up a bit during the offering and Amy led an incredible time of worship after the message.  The song ended (second service only) with Amy ad libbing while Andy sang the chorus over and over.  God was definitely moving this morning!

I also want to give a special shout out to Carlos for surviving his first week on bass.  Carlos plays in a local rock band that I remember the name of right now.  He did a great job!  That’s about all I’ve got without going into the myriad of technical glitches this morning.

Have an awesome week!