I love music, but I must admit that my tastes may be a bit dated. However, I try my best to keep up through a variety of sources including NoiseTrade.com and The Relevant Podcast. Even still, as my ears age, so does my palate.
The other day, I realized that one of my friends was using Spotify to stream music for his youth services when I heard an ad broadcast over the speakers. It was weird to hear ads played over the sound system, but I guess it wasn’t a big deal…until an ad played during some fairly intense prayer time!
The reason for using Spotify was that it provided easy access to new music, as opposed to the iTunes library that had been cobbled together by well-intentioned people about four years earlier.
Old church music can be a problem, especially in youth ministry, so that lead me to ask:
How do others find music for their church?
I’m not sure about your church, but we play music before service and during altar time. In youth group, we play music even more. So, it’s pretty important for us to have good, new music. As much as I might enjoy rocking out to Stryper in my car, I don’t think that the average soccer mom or octogenarian is likely to enjoy it on a Sunday morning before service.
That means that we need a good pipeline to new, quality music that is more likely to please a majority of people. Now, we’ve gathered some great albums from Noisetrade, like Ascend the Hill’s Hymns and All Sons & Daughters’ Prone to Wander. And yet, that’s clearly not enough. We’ve also purchased a number of songs from iTunes using an account set up entirely for our church.
So that’s how we do it. We’re not perfect, and we’re willing to learn. That brings us to the question at hand and the end of this post:
What’s your source for pre-service/altar time music for you church?