My friend Mark from church has been recording some of our worship sets at 703. I don’t like to listen to the sets every week (mostly because I’m too critical), but I think once every few weeks it is beneficial. What I don’t like about our sound system is that it really flattens out the sound, making it sounds muffled and it sounds like I’m singing with a tennis ball in the back of my throat. Probably a bit of an exaggeration, but that’s my criticalness coming out. It would be cool to get recordings of what people are actually hearing and not a direct and muffled feed from the system. There was a time back in September that I brought a mic and recorded a practice of just myself and my guitar plugged in through the system. That’s how I’ve really noticed the difference from a recording from within the sound system and from outside it.
This is an excerpt from that practice in September:
Amazing Love (You are my King) — You may have to right click and Save Target As to hear this
I guess what I’ve noticed is that there has been a definite change in my voice since I started leading worship at 703. I think it mainly began vocally when Jim Wood said to me: “You can tell you’ve been classically trained.” I think that made me start to really risk and experiment. It’s interesting to come from a classical background and start singing this type of music. The odd thing is that I think I was made for this type of music and to do what I’m doing right now.
I know I have a long way to go, and loooooooong way… but even though I still struggle with bits of pride and vainness, which makes we want to just give it up, I know that that’s not the answer and this is what God has called me to do.