TAKE OUT THE TRASH DAY*

“Take Out The Trash Day” is an episode from the best primetime drama ever produced in this great United States.

It’s called The West Wing, and if you’re unfamiliar with the show, I respectfully ask that you stop reading this post immediately and find a way to watch the series from start to finish.

I’ll wait.

The episode I mentioned focused on a tactic used by the White House to lower national news coverage of particularly uncomfortable topics. In essence, the staff would release a whole bunch of memos and reports on Friday afternoon when all the journalists were going home. (Note: This would not fly in today’s culture. I don’t even think journalists go to offices anymore. Good thing CJ retired, huh?)

So I’m shedding all of these thoughts. It doesn’t necessarily mean you are trash, though.

10 Myths That Worship Leading Has Busted

10. In over 20 years of leading worship, I can count on one hand the number of “youth evangelists” I’ve served with who weren’t arrogant, prideful, petty and selfish.

9. If a guitar player ever makes fun of someone for using a capo, get away from him. That guy is not a cool guy.

8. Whenever something happens on stage that is timed perfectly or precisely themed or mind-blowingly hilarious, it usually isn’t planned at all. I’m serious. You’d be amazed at how many things tie together on “accident.” (Please don’t argue with me, Calvinists.)

7. If a drummer doesn’t know what to do, he or she will resort to the beat or style they know best. They’re not trying to be rebellious, they’re just trying to survive.

6. Worship leaders are the best folks in the world to go to lunch with after church. I’m sure it’s like partying with the Stones after an arena show. Well…1970’s Stones, that is.

5. Musicians are typically the most insecure people you will ever meet.

4. If you heard two mistakes in a set, you can rest assured that there were 5 – 10 others that you didn’t hear. (But the band heard every one…and can tell you about them in detail afterward!)

3. If you’re at a church where a worship leader picks only the songs he or she likes…that’s not good. They shouldn’t do that.

2. The next time somebody solos or talks on stage, nod at them while they’re doing it. You’d be surprised how a simple smile and nod will encourage someone.

1. Don’t tell the sound guy it’s too loud. Tell somebody else, but not the sound guy. Most sound guys don’t really “do” conversations.

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One comment

  1. Liz Reeves

    Wow. #5 is a shocker. I would think, from the outside looking in, that most musicians I know have great self images. Y’all really DO put on a good show if that’s not the case.

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