As far songwriting goes, worship artists have a commission to bring the past to the present in our services of worship. What elements, do you believe, bring longevity to a song?

A good song is, of course, both music and text. Melodies that last use a lot of stepwise movement, combined with the occasional leap of a fifth or a fourth. There is no better melody than "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God," which opens with a drop of a fourth and then runs back up the scale of that interval and then back down again. Very easy to hear and very easy to sing. Not all melodies are created equal, and if a melody is weak and sentimental, we’ll enjoy it for awhile, but it won’t stick around.

Autor: David Neff

Jahr: 2011

Update: 03.03.2011

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