No Room on Stage Breaks My Heart

The Voice of a broken heart by WolfSoul on FlickrI’m seriously heart broken right now. The music was so good today it wasn’t enough for me. I could play another three or four services with the team we had. Tremendous job everyone!

Here was the set list today at Chase Valley Church:

  • Blessed Be Your Name – Matt Redman
  • Evermore – Joel Houston
  • Made to Worship – Chris Tomlin
  • Beautiful One – Tim Hughes
  • At the Cross – Reuben Morgan, Darlene Zschech
  • Blessed Be Your Name – Matt Redman

Having multiple layered guitars was super awesome, even if it was hard to find a place to stand on our stage. Crowd participation was at an all time high. We started Blessed Be with just one guitar. When it hits “Every blessing your pour out…” the second guitar came in simply strumming a sustained chord on the down beat. As soon as he strummed that first chord hands went up.

I loved being able to drop out and stop playing to lead people in clapping and the song keeps its integrity. There was some serious worship going on at Chase Valley this morning.

This post is part of Set List Sundays.

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14 Responses to “No Room on Stage Breaks My Heart”


  1. 1 jordan August 17, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    Yes with multiple guitars it really frees up the lead guy to be ultra-creative. I can hear Mark play differently with us when we pedal over to the electric sound on our custom acoustic/electric all in one rig.

    Plus, you can play the opening to Iron Maiden’s The Trooper…and who doesn’t dream of playing that.

  2. 2 A. August 17, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    I absolutely love “At The Cross” by Hillsong. It’s definitely one of my top favorite songs (top 5 I’d say!) It’s one that really touches me personally, all the more helping me to worship God deeper through the lyrics! 🙂

    Great set!

  3. 3 Mike Mahoney August 17, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    Man, I’d love to have another guitar player. I could have so much fun with that. I get excited with one other player! More than one? That would be nice.

    Beautiful One is such a great song. I have a recording of us doing it where the background singers hit that “Je-e-sus.” in the bridge perfectly – timing, pitch, harmony. Still gives me shivers.

  4. 4 Billy Chia August 17, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    Mike,
    I love the Je-e-sus part and my other vocalist totally hit that today. It’s sad, but often times we shy away from that kind of vocal riffing. It’s like there’s some unwritten rule that everyone must sing all the same thing all the time. I think vocal riffing makes the music so lush and full. My heart gets sent straight to God just thinking about it.

  5. 5 Rob Petrini August 18, 2008 at 9:28 am

    All power to the vocal riffing mate! and bring the guitars on! That’s one thing I absolutely love about United! By the way, “Evermore” is most probably my favourite worship song… I still haven’t brought it on with the team… but it really is a powerful song. Did you have difficulty getting the team on it?

  6. 6 Billy Chia August 18, 2008 at 10:39 am

    Rob,
    There are some rhythm changes in Evermore that make it a tricky song. Thankfully, the previous worship pastor actually introduced this song – so when I came on board many on the team and the congregation already knew it.

    I blogged about learning the song here:
    http://billychia.com/2008/03/30/the-newsprint-connection-and-remarkable-predecessors/

    For this week it did require some new folks on the team to work extra hard to nail it. They stepped up, put in the effort and did a terrific job.

  7. 7 Bobby Gilles August 18, 2008 at 11:36 am

    Great idea for bringing that second guitar in on “Blessed Be Your Name.” That’s already one of my favorites — I would have loved to have been at Chase for that one!

  8. 8 Rob Petrini August 18, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    thanks mate… keep up the good work!

  9. 9 David Lindner August 18, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    This coming week, I’m hoping to have the same problem! Yeah baby!

  10. 10 Peter Park August 18, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    That’s a very cool way of doing blessed be your name. I’ll have to try it.

  11. 11 sicstrings August 18, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    did you really book end the morning with Blessed be…? I’ve tried that before (with different songs) and it seems during the second play folks are more into it. Great set list!!

  12. 12 Billy Chia August 18, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    sicstrings,
    Yeah – I only do it occasionally, but I’ve found doing the same song to start and end can create a powerful effect.

  13. 13 Gary Durbin August 20, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    that’s great when you’re free to focus on the people more and less on the music.


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