Vicar Ben Mai: Lutheran Church music worship project

MAVERICK’s 2017 Spring Roam-About
I-395 N. California

MAVERICK: wild, dangerous, unfettered and free; authentic masculinity; not branded (owned by no one); free roaming (a nomadic or free-spirited person).  By social norms, Jesus of Nazareth was a MAVERICK.

I would like every prospective artist considering to work on a music project with me, to watch the following video and consider the talking points from your perspective.

  • How will you choose to work on the project after watching the video?
  • What component of the whole music production experience will you pick to use in order to express yourself in doing this project?
  • And, your network of musician friends, who and what could they add to the mix on this project that would make it greater?

The Art of Listening

The Art of Listening is a documentary film about the journey music takes to reach a listener’s ear, from the intent of an instrument maker and composer, to the producers and engineers who capture and preserve an artist’s voice.

This video journey is narrated by intimate conversations with various artists, engineers and producers about the philosophy of their work, their art, and the intent behind each musical note they create.

This film is an invitation for music-makers to rediscover the intricacies and details available to them in producing the sounds of their next, favorite, performance project or recording studio session. The Art of Listening is the beginning of a conversation of how the quality of our listening experiences define the medium we work with.

Find out more and listen to the soundtrack at

LIST: Show-tune worship-songs

Each of the following song titles have been made into hot-links to the song’s backup support for producing the song.  The support for each song includes: PDF music scores and audio PrakTraks.
(PDF – Road map sheet with words and chords; vocal sheets: soprano, alto, tenor; midi-track; MP3 recording of midi performance for practice; horn parts; guitar sheet; keyboard sheet; PowerPoint slide show of vocals; and more… )

  1. Touching Heaven, Changing Earth
  2. Church on Fire

OTHER music ideas and styles of interest and preparedness:

Tommy Walker (PK): O’ God, Our Help In Ages Past

Michael W.Smith: Agnus Dei

Promise Keepers: Pass Me Not/God Is Good (All The Time)

A source of great R&B GOSPEL music with organ, guitar lead and sax (Kirk Whalum style) producing a BIG choir worship sound.   Check out the ‘fake’ ending in the middle of the song going into “God is Good, all the time”

Survive Tour: Lincoln Brewster- All to You

Here is a testimony to play what is on your heart for God, and no matter what the congregation says to you and me, God can do a whole lot more with our obedience then He can with doing what we think we ought to do. So, play your music and instrument(s) the way God puts it on your heart; do it passionately and unashamedly using the gifts He has given to their fullest.