Medleys & Praise Logic
Another area of study and extra work for Musicians, Soloists, Praise Leaders and Worshipers is the arrangement of songs for praise or solo pieces and medleys.
However, most Praise Leaders/ Soloists either do not create time to rehearse their lines properly with their musical band/team either because they feel it is not important or they don’t have the time. Whichever it is, it is the greatest flaw of that Praise Leader/Soloist who lives within that euphoria.
For every Praise Team and Soloist I have been privileged to train or teach at seminars, I have often left them with four pertinent questions which I call “The Motivation for Soloist & Praise Leader’s Attitude”. These questions are:
I. Food Delicacy Mindset:
Day 1, you were late on a service day and could not get to the market to buy ingredients for the food you need to prepare e.g “rice and stew”, then you got home and used the available ingredients e.g. Salt, “Pepper and oil” to change it from that you intended to “anointed rice”. And you accepted it from your spouse with an apology “Because I was late and didn’t have enough time to make some purchases”. It this act was repeated for another 7 subsequent days, WOULD YOU COMPLAIN?.
How bad/worse would it be when you discover there were even other ingredients and meat in the house but were not also used for the same excuse?
How would God respond to you during your praise ministrations, knowing that you could make out time and have other resources to make it better per service?
II. Higher Authority Concept
Being in a ministry or a place of worship every Service or function, and you’re either in charge of Music or the Leader?
Would you rehearse (extra hard) when you expect a top government personality on the next service day?
Are you expectant or conscious of God’s presence for every service while leading praise?
III. Payment/ Reward Mindset
If you were awarded a contract as an artiste or music minister to perform live at a Wedding Reception or other Social Functions, Would you rehearse with the Band? How often would your rehearsal be before the contract date?
Do you remember that God owes no man, and He is the REWARDER of those who diligently seek Him?
More so, that He pays per service? Heb 11:6
IV. Superior Service/ Clients Satisfaction Mindset
There are several fast food centre, Restaurants, “Bukas” and Madam put. They all make their sales around you daily with enticing invitations for you to come and buy. The day you have good money in your pocket and have decided to eat good food, which of them would you patronize? Why?
Finally, knowing the quality of your praise and the number of other Churches/Ministries doing the same across the globe at that time, is yours worth God’s presence or He’ll just send some angels your way.
The issues above account for some of the reasons that certain ministries experience miracles during praise/ worship ministrations while others do not even if they shared the same boundary/fence. SELAH
Compare the above setting to the scenario created in 2 Chronicles 5:11-14 & chapter 7 thus:
And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place: (for all the priests that were present were sanctified, and did not then wait course:
Also the Levites which were the singers, all of them of Asaph, of Heman, of Jeduthun, with their sons and their brethren, being arrayed in white linen, having cymbals and psalteries and harps, stood at the east end of the altar, and with them an hundred and twenty priests sounding with trumpets:)It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD; So that the priests could not stand to minister reason of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God.
There are a few logical approaches for great help to a Praise Leader/Soloist’s variety during rehearsals and ministrations. The Logics are:
1. Core Message Logic:
This focuses on the theme/ meaning and the most commonly repeated part of that song to create emphasis. All songs that connect in this manner are done with a flow from one to the other with emphasis at those points where they link or share similar words. Some others call this the core of each song. One of the skills commonly use at this point is the rephrase of those lines needed the most.
2. Chronological Sequence:
This Logic helps the Skilled Praise Leader to arrange the selected songs in the order in which the events occur or are to occur in real life situations.
This approach keeps the audience glued to the Songs as they come to paint a clearer picture of the concept created in their imaginations as they follow through the Praise/ Music Session with their interest been heightened per time and suspense created and resolved within the repertoire.