I started to title this post, Hey, record label! Make better live records!

But then I realized that the tone didn’t seem very gracious.
That, and the fact that record labels aren’t really in the habit of listening to me. (But then again, who is?)

Last week, I took some time to extol the value of live worship records. For this post, we’re looking at what makes for a good live record.

Most worship leaders do okay on the music stuff, but it’s the talking that trips us up. That’s why it’s so helpful to hear what worship leaders say in between songs. Phrasing, tone, attitude – all of those things help us to learn how do it ourselves!

What good is a live record if each songs fades out at the end? (Like a normal record…) Good live albums will let us see how a band changed keys or modified the tempo to get to the next song. For many of us, transitioning between songs is one of the hardest things to figure out! Good records teach us how.

I’m not saying we need to hear every cough or ringtone, but I also don’t want the end of every song to sound like somebody downloaded “areanapplause.mp3” and dropped it into the production to beef up the response after songs. I like being able to hear that it’s a small congregation. I like it when they don’t clap…it shows me that the silence can be okay!


Maybe these things are harder to do than I know.
Anybody out there ever done live records?
Are the things mentioned above hard to do well?


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