About a year ago, Pastor Steven called Wade, Mack and myself into his office to watch “Remember The Titans.” It wasn’t because of our love for the great All-American sport. Actually, we only watched a scene or two. The ones where Denzel was delivering a tear-inducing motivational speech. Why, you ask? Well, Pastor Steven had a brilliant idea – musical soundtracks accompany entire movies and TV shows. It serves to enhance the dialogue, right? Why not use them in our worship experiences?
So he commissioned us to create original epic musical scores or soundtracks that would accompany his sermons. Specifically the first 10-15 minutes of his sermon as well as the closing portion of his sermon. An intro and an outro. These tracks needed to be melodic, hopeful, epic, but at the same time “light” enough as not to draw too much attention to themselves and off of God’s word spoken through Pastor. We knew just who to turn to. Aaron Robertson has played keys with us for a couple of years now, and is one of the most prolific composers I’ve ever worked with. He’s 22 and he’s a got a gift to write beautiful music. So for almost a year, Aaron’s created soundtracks that are series-specific to what we’re going through as a church.
And these soundtracks have served beautifully for Pastor’s sermons. To be honest, I’d wager that 15% of the people in the worship experience are actually aware that there’s a soundtrack behind Pastor, but that’s kind of the purpose. We wouldn’t want to put anything distracting behind Pastor’s preaching, but instead create more of a “bed” of music to enhance it. (and no, I’m not making any theological statements about God’s Word needing enhancement of any kind. It’s, of course, all powerful by itself).
I think this idea was brilliant. I love that we’re doing it. I love the tone it sets. And I thought you might like to hear just a couple of the tracks from our past series’. Click on the link below to listen to the audio. Enjoy!