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Posted by: Beagle - 03-03-2016, 08:15 AM - Forum: Whetstone Project - Replies (3)

Here - Scandalous Grace

Sean Peifer: Words and Music, Lead Vox, Acoustic Guitars, Second Guitar Solo
Mike Hanson: Bass Guitar, Electric Rhythm Guitar, Intro Guitar Solo, BG Vox
Reece Bain: Drums, Keyboards, BG Vox

Co-Produced by Sean Peifer, Mike Hanson and Reece Bain
Mixed by Mike Hanson

© 2015 Scandalous Grace

INTRO: C2 – G – Am7 / C2 – Em7 – C2

Verse 1
C2 G Am7
Sit alone in my bedroom
C2 Em7 C2
But I know I’m not by myself
C2 G Am7
I can sense that You’re here now
C2 G F
And somehow I know that You care

Verse 2
C2 G Am7
I’ve been struggling lately
C2 Em7 C2
And my loved ones, they’re hurting too
C2 G Am7
And I just had to tell You
C2 G C
Even though I know You’re always there

(N.C.) Am G
Right now I know I should pray
C Am
But I don’t know what to say
So I’ll linger here and tell You how I feel
C Am G
I know I don’t need to fear
C Am
You said that You’d be right here
And You comfort me and
G F - G
Make Your presence real

Verse 3
C2 G Am7
I take a walk in the country
C2 Em7 C2
I don’t know how long it has been
C2 G Am7
I really enjoy Your company
C2 G F
I’m amazed that You’d take time for me

You come beside, I realize
Em7 Am
You’re walking with me

Sing Chorus

GTR Solo (chord prog. First half of chorus)

Sing Chorus (1st half quiet, then break out)

End: Oh____ Oh_____

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  Broken Heart
Posted by: Beagle - 03-03-2016, 07:59 AM - Forum: Whetstone Project - Replies (2)

Broken Heart by Scandalous Grace

Broken Heart © 2014 Scandalous Grace

Michael Hanson: Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Lead Vocal, Drum Programming in EZD
Sean Peifer: Electric Guitar, Lead Guitar (Solo’s), Vocals.
Reece Bain: Keys, Vocals.

Broken Heart            

Words and music by: Scandalous Grace



F                    Am               C                        G

Here I am again, a broken heart again.

Took and a nail and drove it, into the cross.

Now it’s plain to see, you don’t believe in me.

Took and arrow and drove it, straight through my heart.


Verse 1:

C                                                      G

Take my hand; I’m reaching out to you.

F                                       C                G                

Take my hand and I will comfort you.

My heart is aching, you are all I seek.

Don’t you see that you belong to me?




Verse 2:

My heart is weeping; it’s broken in two.

My heart is heavy and it longs for you.

What I long is for you to be with me.

All I want is for you to follow me.




Bridge/ Solo Area:

Dsus2   Am   G   G

Dsus2   Am   G   G


Verse 3:

Here I am; I’m reaching out for you.

Take my hand and I will comfort you.

What can I say that will help you to see?

I give my love to you, you can trust in me.


End Chorus:

Here I am again, an open heart again.

Took a nail and drove it, into the cross.

You mean so much to me, I am the Deity.
Here I am again with open arms.

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  How to Write Successful Worship Melodies
Posted by: Tracy Malloy - 03-02-2016, 11:16 PM - Forum: General Discussion - No Replies

The people who are the most popular song writing teachers often say you have to write 200 songs before you get one good one and if you look at the great hymn writers or some of the most successful modern worship song writers, they also have often written at least ten worship songs for each one that they record. The less popular writers get a few thousand hits on You Tube while the most popular get several million hits so there must be something other than luck or doing 200 concerts a year to explain why. These are the principles used by almost all of the successful writers but usually they cannot explain why their song is appealing so with these principles you should be able to write about ten songs, and most of the ten songs will be successful. Here are those principles and I am referring only to the vocals in a song:
1) The songs that end up in the discount bin at a Christian bookstore usually have four notes of a major scale in the vocals but sometimes they have five notes. Most writers are guilty of that.
2) Successful songs usually but not always have three or four or more consecutive notes of a major scale in the vocals that are the same duration and they do that many times throughout the song so for example DEF or CBA.
3) Successful songs usually but not always have at least six or more tones of a major or minor scale in the vocals.
4) An exception to the three consecutive notes is the writer uses a 1,3,5 of notes in the vocals so for example A,C,E or F,D,B, If you have only four notes in the vocals, usually you can't do the three consecutive notes very well.
5) When you sing a phrase of vocals, its good to sing for 6-8 seconds before taking a breath but there are lots of exceptions to that rule. If you only sing for three to four seconds then pause for a breath and instrumental part, it often does not give a smooth flow to the song. Picture someone giving a speech where they speak for three to four seconds, pause mid sentence, and do that pattern for the rest of the speech. It gets tiring to listen to them but there are exceptions.
6) Some writers have six tones in their vocals but the mistake they make is singing the four notes for say half the song, change key, and then sing four notes again up or down one tone. In that pattern they often don't do the three consecutive notes so their song ends up being appreciated very little.
7) Some songs have the three consecutive notes and six or more tones in the vocals but the mistake they make is they go too many bars where they sing only two or three notes so those sections take away from the appeal of the song.
8) Five notes in the vocals can be successful but the important thing to do is to have a gap in the vocal notes so what I mean is have for example A,B,D,E,F or say B,C,D,F,G. It gives the feeling similar to a six note song. A 1,3,5 pattern also helps in a five notes in the vocals song.
9) A good worship song often has a heart felt plea to God or a statement of worship to God such as, "I Love You Lord," You are my Rock," You are the bright and morning star, "Take my life Lord," No one is greater than you," and hundreds of other similar statements.
10 Good worship songs have words that trigger the listener to think of many bible verses, Christian concepts, ecclesiastical thoughts, or actual bible verses are quoted. Heb 4:12 says the Word of God is sharper than any two edged sword so you want to cause the listener to think of bible verses. If there are no bible verses that come to mind through listening to the song, then it makes it hard to be considered a worship song.
11) I have seen songs where it does not have any evil statements but it doesn't cause the listener to think of any bible concepts so churches will seldom sing them in their worship services. Singing in a congregation warms people up to worshipping but it also prepares and focuses their thinking better for when the pastor speaks. Hopefully the pastor is interesting to listen to.
12) Instrumental interludes should only be a few seconds or else the minds of the people will start to wander or they will start to talk to each other and ignore the singer.
13) Song writing is like teaching in that the worst method to use in teaching is the one you use all the time so to add variety in your songs, use five tones in the vocals for one song, another use eight tones and another use six. Another song can use the 1,3,5 note pattern while others don't use it. Another song could have the two beat triplet but I don't recommend you use it in several songs but if you use it again, do it only on your first CD and then wait a couple of CD's before you use it again.
14) Hymns tend to have a lot of quarter and half notes in the vocals with eighth notes sprinkled in there while modern worship chorus' tend to have a lot of eighth notes with quarter and half notes sprinkled in there.
15) Christian rock uses many of the same principles mentioned but often the vocal phrases are 5-6 seconds with lots of exceptions. It is a hard genre to make appealing to a wide audience and it is also hard to compose for any size demographic. There is a limit to how hard it can be because then you are violating the concept of having orderliness in your gathering and it is definitely unsuitable for a church service no matter what the spectrum of ages are present in the service. You need to ask yourself about it, what does the music cause me to think about and what is it drawing me to? If it does not cause you or the listeners to think about the concepts of Phil 4:8, then don't write that kind of music or go to those types of concerts. We will all give an account for what we write because a song writer is a teacher and rock music often doesn't always make you think about admirable things.    
16) I encourage you to share this with other song writers but I also encourage you to listen to some of the most popular Christian songs to see if what I am saying is true. Say your prayers and ask God for wisdom in your writing. Do your music to minister to others rather than doing it for your popularity. Don't go into Christian music ministry to make money but do it to minister to the body of Christ if you have the talent God has given you.

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  How could this be?
Posted by: david darnell - 03-02-2016, 02:48 PM - Forum: Lyric Critiques - Replies (3)

Couple of the sentences feel a bit awkward.  Southern gospel style

                HOW COULD THIS BE?
 Peter sat by thR fire with a broken heart                                       
His friend was being beaten, he could only watch                                  
As low as he was feeling he sank lower still                                                 
When the Lord he’d just denied turned to look at him                          
Then he must have thought about crying out to God
Lord how could this be?  I don’t know what to say
I never dreamed that it would end this way
I’m just a simple man trying to understand
All these things I see, Lord please tell me
How could this be?
                                   V 2
After everything finally came to an end                                                
 Peter was staying with a group of his friends                                 
When Mary came in and cried “He’s not in the tomb”             
And later Jesus appeared to them in that room                        
When things seem darkest and you can’t see the way
And you don’t think you can go another day
Just trust God  and soon you too can say…..

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  You Found Me
Posted by: tpistilli - 03-01-2016, 04:37 PM - Forum: Song Critiques - Replies (3)

This is a song I wrote from my testimony. It's a very rough draft musically and would like any suggestions/comments/critiques. Looking more for form or arrangement ideas.

Verse 1:
I was losing my mind
Losing control
Losing my way
And losing my soul
That's when I found You
Or should I say
You found me
Verse 2:
I was wasting my life
Numbing my pain
Starving my will
And wasting away
That's when I found You
Or should I say
You found me
Pre Chorus:
O Lord I am so grateful that you looked my way
And saw my desperate plight
Cause no one else could see right through my masquerade
Propped up by foolish pride
Just like a little child who wanders
Far away from home
While chasing phantom butterflies
Soon lost and all alone
When darkness started closing in
That is when
You found me
Verse 3:
You have salvaged my life
Covered my shame
Washed all my sin
And salvaged my name
Because I found You
Or should I say
You found me
© 2015 Tony Pistilli

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  Whetstone Submission: Christ Soldiers
Posted by: tpistilli - 03-01-2016, 02:26 PM - Forum: Whetstone Project - Replies (5)

I had this on the previous forum but forgot to put it here....I am trying to get the lyrics from the performer.

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  Checkpoint and question
Posted by: gdball - 03-01-2016, 01:17 PM - Forum: Whetstone Project - Replies (2)

We don't want to leave anyone out. Are there any more submissions or does any one need more time? I'll give some time for you guys to respond before we start through this list in earnest. Also, the intent is to publically share most of the conversations about each song (minus any personal information) so that it remains a group project that you can comment on, and that choices aren't made in the shadows. We'll just comment on the same thread that you submitted. Please PM me if you have any concerns with that and we will respect your choice.

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  The Table
Posted by: ShannonB - 02-29-2016, 02:48 PM - Forum: Song Critiques - Replies (3)

I think this is one from the old site. Reposting as a "Easter is coming" song. Per usual for me, no instruments, just voice.

The Table

I come to the table that my King has prepared for me
But I feel so unworthy, I’d rather crawl underneath
That’s not what You want for me

I cast aside this obstacle in front of me
I know You paid the price so I fall at Your feet
I lay aside my pride & I confess my sin
I am ready now to be Yours again (repeat)

I come to the table, not as a beggar, but as a child of the King
And I won’t let anything
stand in my way
I come the table & I am here to stay

Thank You, Jesus, my King & my Lamb
I come to the table with everything I am
The blood that was shed for me
Has brought me to my knees
But I rise
To sit by Your side
At the table.

Thank You, Jesus, my King & my Lamb
I come to the table with everything I am
The blood that was shed for me
Has brought me to my knees
But I rise
To sit by Your side
At the table (repeat)

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Posted by: ShannonB - 02-29-2016, 02:12 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (1)

Maxine says, "If we get an extra day this month,  does it have to be a Monday? " I say, "Nuff said."
Today I am totally unfocused & unmotivated. This used to be me every Monday, but this site has helped a lot, so I wanted to say, "Thanks! "

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  Y1 w3 weekly challenge Psalm 29
Posted by: lolly101 - 02-29-2016, 10:02 AM - Forum: Lyric Critiques - Replies (5)

Psalm 29

Give unto the Lord, O ye mighty,
Give unto the Lord glory and strength,
Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name,
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness,

The voice of the Lord is upon the waters,
The God of glory thundereth,
The Lord is upon many waters,
The voice of the Lord is powerful,
The voice of the Lord is full of majesty,

The voice of the Lord breaketh the cedars,
Yea, the Lord breaketh the cedars of Lebanon,
He maketh them also to skip like a calf,
Lebanon and Sirion like a young ox

The voice of the Lord divideth the flames of fire,
The voice of the Lord shaketh the wilderness,
The Lord shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh,

The voice of the Lord maketh the hinds to calf,
And discover the forests,
And in His temple doth everyone speak of his glory,

The Lord sitteth upon the flood
Yea, the Lord sitteth King forever and ever
The Lord will give strength unto His people,
The Lord will bless His people with peace,
His people with peace
His people with peace

The underlined words do not appeared in the King James version, ox, is unicorn. However in some translations it says ox. Unicorn did not really fit into the "Music" so I went with ox.
Here is the link to hear this sang. My mother helped me sing this one.


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