GPdrums || Marathon Drummer

God Provides

Posted in Drumming by gpdrums on June 5, 2006

I told you a few days ago I was tired from working so much. Even payday came and went and I didn’t have much time to sit down and pay the bills. Today, in the midst of my busy schedule, my youngest got ill. Very ill I might add. He ended up in the ER all day on an IV. He was sent home, but I’ll have to take him back tomorrow. To top it all off, my cell phone rang and I was asked to play the Monday night worship service. Where on earth will I muster the strength?

I never decline to play for a worship service unless I absolutely cannot. In this case my wife was able to stay home with my son, so of course, I played. Because I’ve been so busy with work the last couple of weeks I haven’t even been on the schedule. Needless to say, behind a drum kit with a live band is a completely different animal than practicing on a pad.

On this particular evening we played four songs, two familiar and two brand new. We had one hour to rehearse, then we played the service. For all the other services we have a two hour rehearsal a day or two prior to work out all the details.

By the way, worship drumming is far different than playing in a regular band. You never know what songs will be called and you have to be ready to play to a click, a track, a click and a track, or follow the leader. (Sometimes there’s a choir, guest artist, video sync, filming, or broadcasting.) It’s a lot more fun and less stressful than it sounds.

Anyway, despite my crazy busy life and the negative things I’ve been facing day to day, God anointed our service tonight. There was no doubt in my mind that it would be perfect. We played flawlessly. But that’s not why the service was perfect.

You see, a perfect worship set has nothing to do with precision execution of 168bpm tripple flamadiddles with your feet on a double pedal. It’s all about the congregation worshiping God. In order for them to do that, you have to do that too. It helps to be skilled enough in your instrument that you can literally let go and let God. When you do that as a worship leader, the congregation follows.

I’ve said it before and I’ll undoubtedly say it again. The best compliment a worship drummer can receive is the one where some dude comes up to you after service and says, “Man! That was cool. I could totally see that you were worshiping God while you were playing. How do you do that?” That’s a big blessing to me.

Anyway, even when our lives are crazy and all we need is the strength to play drums, God provides.



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  1. Girasol said, on June 5, 2006 at 7:56 pm

    Didn’t know you had a blog – this is so great!

    “Man! That was cool. I could totaly see that you were worshipping God while you were playing. How do you do that?”

    That’s what “soul” is! There’s a mural at the high school where I work. There’s a painting of Carlos Santana and a quote by him. It’s something like, “If you’re a floor sweeper, be the best floor sweeper there is. If you’re going to play the guitar, be the best guitar player there is.” I think that you can worship God in many different ways. One way is to just do the best at whatever it is you do. If you do that, then God’s light will shine through.

    How is your boy doing? I hope he’s going to be OK. Get some rest!

  2. GP said, on June 5, 2006 at 8:43 pm

    I didn't know I had a blog either! For real though, I'm just getting it going. You're among the first visitors.

    I like how "soul" and "worship" fit so nicely together. I agree with you about being the best you can be at whatever it is you are doing. I like the movie "Bruce Almighty" where Morgan Freeman, as God, is sweeping the floor. It reminds me that I'm not too good to do dirty work. When we do our best, not only does God's light shine through, but other people see God through the way we live.

    My son is sleeping off a 100.1 fever. He'll be okay. Thanks for your concern.

  3. Rich said, on June 7, 2006 at 9:21 am

    Just had to stop by to say Hi. Amazing how Taylor has brought so many people together. The first time I clicked on someone’s name to see if they have a site and I find yours. The reason that I find that amazing is my Son who is 6years old and Autistic LOVES DRUMS. His favorite drummer (and only drummer he knows) is Charlie Adams. Charlie Adams is the Drummer for Yanni (who was my sons favorite musician until he heard Taylor) and he is an Amazing Drummer; check him out (you would be surprised) Now that I have ranted on I remember what I was originally going to say, I feel that music is the gift that God gave us so we could see how much more we have in common with each other, not everyone likes the same music but almost everyone likes some kind of music.

  4. GP said, on June 7, 2006 at 12:40 pm

    Hi Rich. Thanks for stopping by. Chalie Adams is indeed a great drummer. I can’t think of a better instrument than drums for an autistic child. A drum set is probably one of the most expressive instruments around. Music is the universal language and can bring people together from every background. See you again.

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