Backing Tracks

Hey guys, I am working on providing a page with backing tracks from some of my songs and my arrangements that I am giving away for FREE (for now anyway).  I have been getting more requests for this these days. If we are going to continue to plant and build churches around the world that means a lot of worship context is going to be small church than big church. And for some, backing tracks can help!  I have posted many of my most popular songs, such as Rejoice, Anchor for the Soul, Praises Heard Around the World, Here Am I Send Me, On the Mountain of the Lord, my version of We Praise Thee O God, and others.

I hope to make many more available soon.  And for those of you who are using multitracks and just want some of the tracks, I am hoping to give you a zip file with stems to all of the tracks!  (Let me know if you’re interested in this.)

Here is the page:  https://jbriancraig.blog/backing-tracks/

I am enjoying listening back to some of these.  I like it more than listening to my finished albums, because I don’t like hearing my own voice — nicer to just hear the tracks!

By the way I am working on a new worship album — I have plenty of songs for it, just need to allocate time to record.  I can’t wait to share with all of you some good stuff!


Ties to the Light: alt-pop/rock music project

Happy Monday folks. I’m excited to let you know about a music album project I finally finished called “Ties to the Light.” If you’re reading this blog you probably know me for my congregational songs. But long ago I used to do alt-pop/rock (in high school and college). A while back I started writing songs in this genre again, and this album of songs represents those tunes I’ve been working on all this time. Going forward I plan to release more songs like this under the band name “Ties to the Light” (just to distinguish it from my worship music). Also I plan to collaborate with other artists under this band name.  I would LOVE to know what you think of this project!  Here are links for it, depending on what kind of streaming service you use:

Youtube

Spotify

Apple Music / iTunes

Google Play

Soundcloud

 

 

 

 

 

 


New Chord Chart Uploads

Hey guys, just a quick blog post this Monday!

I just uploaded some new chord charts from the last year or two to the main page. Here are the new uploads in case you’re interested in any of these.  A few of these are newer congregational songs of mine that we are singing and I hope will be on an upcoming album so I can share with others (Only in the Cross, Worship You My King, Heavens Declare, Dream).

All I Want for Christmas Is You

Away in a Manger

Break Every Chain

Bring Me Back

Called Me Higher

Do It Again

Dream

Even If (Mercy Me)

Go Tell It On the Mountain

Greater Love

Heavens Declare

I Need Your Love – reggae version

I’LL BE SOMEWHERE LISTENING

KING OF MY HEART

My Worship

O Holy Night – Elevation version

Only In the Cross

Silent NIght – gospel version

The Stand

To God be the Glory

Worship You My King

You Say


Joy of the Lord Is Your Strength Lyric Video

Hey guys!  Happy New Year!  I didn’t post anything on this blog all last fall because I had a grad school class on Monday nights and ended up spending a lot of Mondays working on schoolwork.  But I’m hoping to post something every Monday in 2020 (or most Mondays) — either a new song, video, old song, or thought about worship ministry.

I put this video together over the holidays with one of my older songs.  A while back I had captured a 30 sec video of some seagulls at the beach — something about the way they were gliding on the seabreeze was really cool.  I decided to slow it way down to a frame at time and put it to this music, and I love the way the artwork of these beautiful creatures brings new meaning to the experience of this song for me and the message of it.  Hope it ministers to you like it did for me.  Makes me want to let go, have faith, trust God, and glide on the winds of his presence.  Great way to start the year.  God bless!

 


Greater Love

Hey guys, happy Monday!  I am hoping this summer to give a facelift to this site, reorganize everything, provide better access to past articles and posts.  Also hoping to get more consistent with sharing songs.  I actually do have a few new worship songs I’ve been working on.  Also an alternative rock album I’m about to release that’s a totally different project category.   Anyway, telling you I’m gonna do it will help me to get it done.  And thank you for those of you that give me encouragement every once in a while that you read these articles or share these posts and songs — definitely motivates me to keep going.

Today I wanted to share a great new congregational song by a trio of amazing musicians and worship leaders from the Denver Church of Christ — Travis Moore, Ksam Perkins, and Aubrey Okuchaba.  The song is based on Colossians 1.  I love the theology of it, and thinking about how Jesus brings God near to us.  God’s “fullness dwells in bodily form” in him (Col 1:19, 2:9).  I love how these lyrics put it: Hidden mystery / Now inside our reach / Rising up to shine / King of universe and time.

Here is a video of us introducing the song to our church last Sunday.  A studio version of the song, performed by Travis, Ksam, and Aubrey will be available on Spotify and other streaming platforms within the next few days

Chords: A / Bm / F#m / D

Lyrics:

GREATER LOVE

Your love, Your love
You’re the here and ever after
The One, the One
You’re the only one that matters
Your love, Your love
Lord, it’s boundless like the stars up
Above, above

There’s no one else who shows
Greater love
Greater love
Greater love
Greater love

To you all power belongs
Your blood covers all our wrongs
Seated high on our praise
Reconciled by Your grace

Your love, Your love
You’re the here and ever after
The One, the One
You’re the only one that matters
Your love, Your love
Lord, it’s boundless like the stars up
Above, above

There’s no one else who shows
Greater love
Greater love
Greater love
Greater love

Though to us You are invisible
In Jesus’ love, Your fullness dwells
We once lived as Your enemies
But we’ve been hidden in Your peace

Your love, Your love
You’re the here and ever after
The One, the One
You’re the only one that matters
Your love, Your love
Lord, it’s boundless like the stars up
Above, above

There’s no one else who shows
Greater love
Greater love
Greater love
Greater love

Hidden mystery
Now inside our reach
Rising up to shine
King of universe and time

Hidden mystery
Now inside our reach
Rising up to shine
King of universe and time

Hidden mystery
Now inside our reach
Rising up to shine
King of universe and time

Hidden mystery
Now inside our reach
Rising up to shine
King of universe and time

Your love, Your love
You’re the here and ever after
The One, the One
You’re the only one that matters
Your love, Your love
Lord, it’s boundless like the stars up
Above, above
There’s no one else who shows your love

Your love, Your love
You’re the here and ever after
The One, the One
You’re the only one that matters
Your love, Your love
Lord, it’s boundless like the stars up
Above, above

There’s no one else who shows
Greater love
Greater love
Greater love
Greater love

Greater love
Greater love
Greater love
Greater love


In Christ Alone, a testament to deep lyrics in song

HAPPY EASTER!  We sang this song in church yesterday, and I so enjoyed all the voices loudly proclaiming these lyrics.  We first introduced this song way back in 2011, and I noticed it hasn’t really lost its luster but rather has only grown in richness when we sing it.  I was wondering if perhaps that is a testament to the depth of lyrics.  There are a lot of modern worship songs I come across that only have a handful of lyrics.  And that’s fine, it makes them easy to catch and sing.  But then there are those like this one –takes a little more effort to learn and memorize these.  This one even has an older hymn structure — no repeated chorus.  Anyway, years later I still love this song and thought I would record the version of it that I do for you today.  Happy Easter Monday!

 


Congregational Reading – Helping Your Church Worship

Hey guys, happy Monday!  Reminding the congregation about bringing their best to God in worship is something that we will continually need to return to in our teaching — just like grace, devotion, one-another relationships, evangelism, and other spiritual disciplines.  I notice in our church that we do better for a while, and then we need another reminder now and then.

One ancient practice that helps a congregation to get in a worshipful mindset you might try as part of a Sunday service is congregational reading.  This is still practiced in every Jewish synagogue on weekends — responsive reading of the torah by those gathered.  We were finding people were talking too much during singing and a couple weeks ago we simply read a praise scripture together before we sang a great old song based on the passage.  It made a real difference both that week and in the weeks that followed, just making a few comments and then reading together.  Give it a try and leave a comment if it goes well  [see the video below for what we did].

God bless!