This evening I was doing a bit of practise on the songs for Sunday. Someone else is leading so I get to be just the bass player and support the backing vocals. One or two of the songs are on the unfamiliar side, so I was getting to know them better, but I also wanted to get fresh ears on ones it feels like I’ve played at least 10,000 times.
If you know the contemporary worship scene, you’ve probably pegged that I’m talking about “Bless the Lord, O My Soul (10,000 Reasons) by Jonas Myrin and Matt Redman. I started on YouTube but the adverts are annoying. A streaming service like Spotify is great for this task as, with a popular song, you can line up a whole bunch of versions and, if you are just listening to snippets, the advertising doesn’t seem to kick in (certainly not before every single song). I found a few versions that pushed away from the simple approach that seems to characterise most takes, although I’ll probably resist the reggae version on Sunday and I think the altered changes of the Gospel / RnB remix I found (by The Katinas) might throw the rest of the band off. However, the Spotify search also threw up lots of different songs with similar titles and I was struck by the earthy bass part on this one, by Godfrey Birtill.
I need to let it sit with me for a bit and see if I’m hearing the lyrics and melody as much as the bassline but it could be coming soon to a church near you (if you attend a church near me!).