FIVE THINGS THAT DON’T MAKE YOU A COOLER MUSICIAN

I keep seeing worship leaders do these things and I don’t understand them. I’m assuming we do this type of stuff because we think it makes us look like better musicians or something?

I’ve seen these (and maybe done a few) in my life and so far, it doesn’t seem to do anything other than make other people feel uncomfortable and/or hate us.

IMMEDIATELY SINGING A SONG WHEN IT’S MENTIONED
Are we really that powerless to our musical tendencies or is there some odd insecurity in us that makes us think we look cool or smart when we do this?

Here’s the thing: the other person already knows the song he or she just quoted. They don’t need you to remind them. So belting it out ends up being all about…well, YOU. Blech.

TRYING TO “OUT INDIE” THE BAND
Just because you saw some band on “Austin City Limits” and then Googled them for a half-hour doesn’t mean you have to mention them to every musician you know.

Go ahead and love the music you love, but this is a dangerous game. You’re bound to land on one band that everybody’s already loved for eleven years you’ll prove yourself WAY late to the party. That or your taste might just be horrible.

TALKING ABOUT GEAR
In the spirit of full disclosure, I’ll admit that I am not a “gear guy,” but can we all just pull back on the gear talk? I think normal people dig gear because it interests them as a hobby but worship leaders dig gear because they think it will make them sing or play better. Worship leaders are the worst type of nerds. (You can tweet that, if you like.)

EXTRAVAGANT COMPLIMENTS
Do we really think we look awesome if we say stuff like, “I literally thought there were angels on the stage just now,” to the singers or “You just played the best guitar lead in the history of rock n’ roll,” to a guitar player?

It doesn’t work because the person we’re complimenting knows we’re being silly. Silly isn’t serious and extravagant compliments just end up being hollow. Taking a little extra time to sincerely encourage about real stuff is so much better for every one involved.

PRETENDING TO NOT CARE ABOUT DUMB STUFF
You like dumb stuff.
We all like dumb stuff.
Being aloof and acting like you read poetry all day is more than annoying – it’s dishonest.

If you love soccer (though, I can’t imagine why,) then talk about soccer. If you’re proud your daughter won the spelling bee, brag on it. Be a real person who cares about real every day stuff.

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