At Praise and Worship Forums, I read a post from a fellow Christian songwriter complaining about how it seems that many of the songs that he hears on Christian radio have a similar chord progression and feel (think: Hillsong).
One of the best lessons I have learned in my songwriting in the last year is:
(1) less is more;
(2) go with what works.
These songs are being played on the radio, with similar styles and chord progressions, because – frankly – people like to listen to them.
So, if we want to write corporate worship that affects congregations, then this is the pattern.
If we want to write crazy original songs without familiar structures, then I say great… but if you’re the only one who seems to be responding to your latest, greatest masterpiece and the congregation appears flat, then that song is probably best served at home, with God, you, and your guitar.
What do you think?