Bay Vineyard – an update

Awhile ago, Matt Trent from Bay Vineyard was asking about new songs…here’s an email I got today, which you all may be interested in and may want to add to!

He says… “Thought I’d drop you a quick note with the new songs we settled on for BVC – these are the one’s the grabbed me / John, and are starting to grab our people as we introduce them…

All From You (Am) All From You

Joy (G/Bb) All From You

More Than A Friend (G) All From You

Alleluia (More Than Worthy) (E) Bless His Name

Bless His Name (A/B) Sweetly Broken

Fraction Anthem (D) Sweetly Broken

Sweetly Broken (B) Sweetly Broken

We Need Your Touch (G/A) Sweetly Broken  

What Can I Bring (G/Ab) Sweetly Broken  

Have Your Way (D) Sweetly Broken  

Lead us Lord (E) Today  

Everlasting (B) Today  

You are everything (C) Today

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Matt Trent
    Aug 22, 2006 @ 19:53:53

    Greetings all!

    Thought I’d provide a quick update. The songs above I’m loving, and am introducing to our gatherings.

    You may have noticed that there is a bit of a tendency at the moment to record songs that have a large vocal range and sing the verse down the octave and the chorus up the octave (Sweetly Broken, What Can I Bring, Bless His Name etc). Sound great on a recording and no doubt also sounds brilliant when all you worship leading vocal legends lead, but they are either too high, or too low, or both(!) for your average worshipper out there.

    So, the song either never picks up (because everyone is singing in their boots) or sounds like a mangled cat as everyone is straining at the top end – not so much drama when you have a full band and can carry it off, but if you’re more “acoustic” as some of our smaller churches may be, it may limit song choice…

    Yes – I am coming to a point!. Solution I’ve found is to change the key, so that the verse and chorus is sung at the same pitch. Typically, this is a few keys below the pitch of the song as recorded. So, for example, What Can I Bring, recorded in Ab, works better for us in E/F/F# (capos are wonderful things). Moves the top note from an Eb to B/C/C# which is much more comfortable for most. One caveat – you may need to do a bit of tweaking with the arrangement so that it “lifts” for the chorus as you don’t get that natural lift from taking the vocal up an octave.

    So, experiment with keys, don’t be limited to the arrangement on the recording, and grab the songs that grab your heart and fit for your people.

    Blessings!

    Matt

  2. diavca
    Aug 22, 2006 @ 20:15:54

    I think we’ve found the same, Matt, but hadn’t thought to articulate it so thanks for spelling that out. I love the mangled cat image…ha, made me smile.
    Come back again sometime and add more…it’s really helpful.

    Oh and let us know when Bay Vineyard website is ready for public eyes and I’ll pop the link up here. I hear you are close to having it ready.

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