There are so many songs out there. Like, lots of songs.
Well, on October 4, 2011 Apple served its 16 Billionth song. That’s right, billionth – with a B.
Now of course if you are a bit literalistic, right now you are thinking: “Yeah, but how many of those are folks buying Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up?”
True. But we all know that Rick is never gonna: Give you up, let you down, run around, desert you, make you cry, say goodbye, tell a lie, or hurt you. So we can move on.
But seriously (can you be serious after listing the things Rick Astley would never do?) – there are lots of songs out there. And this is also true within music for contemporary worship. Do you know how many songs Matt Redman has listed with CCLI? 235. David Crowder? 88 Chis Tomlin? 128 Darlene Zschech? 101. Paul Baloche? 232. Michael W. Smith? 344. Just between these few composers is over a thousand songs! Holy smokes.
Point is there is a ton of music out there, much of it you will never hear on the radio – or even be given the chance to happen upon.
So here’s a song I’ve used for years now. The title is Take Us to the River, and it is by Robin Mark. I never heard Mark’s version (until now), looking at the lead sheet, I always heard it more like something off of Bruce Springsteen’s album Born to Run. Give it a listen and I encourage you to add it to your church’s catalog of music.
I’ve included Mark’s version as well as the way I’ve done it in The Journey – just to give you an idea of how far music can be stretched.
Have fun – and never give up…
And I couldn’t resist: