Archives For Loops

loopgroupsI appreciate the great work being done today by companies like Worship Band in Hand, MultiTracks.com, Loop Community and Lifeway Worship in providing well produced tools for churches to enhance their worship experience. Here’s a question I have. Why not include the larger church community by providing loops and tracks to the songs that are still regularly sung in churches around the world? When you look at the CCLI top 100 songs, it’s surprising what is there! Below is a list of the “old school” songs in the top  100. After the author’s name I’ve included the sites that had loops or mutitracks for them. Stereo or split tracks were not included as they provide no flexibility in what instruments are included.

  • Lord I Lift Your Name On High – Rick Founds (Lifeway Worship, MutiTracks)
  • You Are My All In All – Dennis Jernigan (All had a version of this one(
  • Because He Lives – Bill and Gloria Gaither
  • Great Is Thy Faithfulness – Thomas Chisholm & William Runyan (Loop Community, Lifeway Worship, Worship Band in Hand)
  • Victory In Jesus – Eugene M. Bartlett (Loop Community) 
  • I Love You Lord – Laurie Klein (Worship Band in Hand, Lifeway Worship)
  • As The Deer – Martin Nystrom
  • Majesty – Jack Hayford
  • He is Exalted – Twila Paris (Worship Band in Hand)
  • Shine Jesus Shine – Graham Kendrick

It is a shame you can’t find these. My guess is there are many churches with older boomer congregations and some standard choirs that would incorporate new technology and tracks if they had access to music their congregations love. What holds that up? Not profitable? No market? I’m not sure that is truly known. Companies like Multitracks.com spend a good bit on material that may not see the light of day outside of a special performance on a Sunday. For instance, their new releases this month include the entire Citipointe Live collection called “Holy Ground.” There is some great music in that collection! Still, how many congregations are going to do all those as part of their regular rotation? I plead some ignorance here. I’m sure these companies have their finger on the pulse of things better than I do. Maybe I’m just too nostalgic but wouldn’t it be great to have a multitrack or loop for:

There is a Redeemer – Keith Green

Blessed Be the Lord God Almighty – Bob Fitts

Light the Fire Again – Brian Doerksen

Awesome in this Place Dave Billington

I Exalt Thee – Pete Sanchez Jr.’s

What songs do you wish there were enhancement tracks for? What other companies do you suggest?

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I’ve been over to Shalon Palmer’s site where he is offering a new product described as “atmosphere and ambience that fits in your pocket.” Shalon has crafted a set of loops that can be used to fill out and enhance the sound of any worship band. The loops come in 12 keys and last about 20 minutes in a free flowing style with no rhythm or click track to contend with. Simply fade one in, play your song and experience a fuller, richer sound. These are especially well suited to small teams or solo leaders. I really like his use of what I would call accent notes that truly make the pads work with any chord progression. I played along with several on my own and instantly could see how useful they would be in corporate worship. I come from a tradition where singing spontaneously in the Spirit is a special part of worship. These pads provide a beautiful, unobtrusive backdrop that allows me to play along or simply lift my hands and enter into unhurried worship.

Personally, I hate using iTunes for something like this. The free Director Media Player app is my go to app for tracks like this. Very easy to setup a playlist without the extras surrounding iTunes.

You can order the pads via Shalon’s site. They are regularly 29.99 but if you use the code “worshiptools” at checkout, you’ll get a 25% discount!  Check the video below to see worship leader Caleb Harkins describe his use of the loops and then go on over to PadLoops.com and check it out. Visit the Facebook page and give him a “Like!”