I’ve been a fan of the worship music duo “Shane and Shane” for some time now, particularly their acoustic arrangements. Their “Worship Initiative” series has been helpful in showing worship leaders around the world how they can adapt a song to a smaller sound, as most churches don’t have access to the same instrumentation or musician that many recording artists use when they release their music. I have been grateful for the work they do in creating resources for churches everywhere with their intentional approach to leading worship, not merely creating music.
Last Friday (July 10), Shane and Shane released a new album full of classic worship songs entitled Vintage Worship. Each of the 10 songs on this list inspires a sensory memory of some of the foundational times in my own walk with Christ, where I gathered with other teens my age and raised voices and hands in worship. Perhaps my favorite track is the arrangement of the Ron Kenoly classic from the early 90s “Ancient of Days.” It has an explosive energy that brings this nearly 30-year classic right into the musical language of this year. I’ve included a link to their “Songs from Home” arrangement at the bottom of this blog so that you can listen for yourself!
From time to time, churches will wrestle with singing songs that are new versus old. We as Christ-followers should be constantly looking for ways to worship our creator-savior-God, and there are some truly excellent songs written in the past few years to help facilitate that corporate worship together. However, albums like Vintage Worship remind us that some of these older songs certainly deserve to be re-vitalized and brought back to our regular worship! They remind us of the times when God was particularly at work in our lives and often call us back to worship in times of turmoil. What a great album for times such as this, I encourage you all to give it a listen!
For His Glory,