And I'm obviously in a place of transition because I'm now moving to New York to help start a Hillsong there. So there's a lot going on and I think it kind of came time to work on a United project.
We took a whole year off really doing something. And we had a bit of a soul search and talked to each other and said, 'If we're gonna do this, as in United, and keep moving with it, what's it going to look like? And how prepared are we? Maybe to just ride on the coattails of what we've been doing for the last 10 years or so or do we want to really take this thing forward? Let's throw ourselves into it like it's the first time we've ever done anything. There's plenty happening and it's easy to sometimes take for granted the opportunity we have.
We decided to do the opposite and just throw ourselves into it. Joel told NewReleaseTuesday website about the song's origins. We kind of started writing it a couple years ago, in the aftermath of the GFC [global financial crisis], when a lot of people were doomsday-ing. The song sat on the shelf for awhile, but when we began working on the album, I thought it would be the last song - a pretty epic ending. I guess everything about this album is back to front - the album artwork, this whole symbolism of the paradoxical nature of the Kingdom of God.
And so all of a sudden this light bulb went off, and I thought we needed to start with 'Take Heart'. It's a beautiful place to start. This album is really hopeful back to front. Jesus says, 'In this life you will have trouble, but take Album) I have overcome the world. Then we're ready to 'Go'. When we showed the 'powers that be' for lack of a better word, they thought it was very interesting and listed out the pros and the cons.
I thought the cons were the best part, so we went with it. I'm glad we're not doing the same thing we've always done. How difficult was it for the band to capture the live worship ambience in the sterile atmosphere of a recording studio?
Many of the songs on this album were untried in the congregation before we recorded them. We recorded quite a few songs; we were working on 30 different ideas.
Even with some of the songs we went with, we were unsure how they'd translate into the live setting. Our whole intention in songwriting was to articulate our heart's cry for worship in this day and age. Every single one of the songs we've brought to the congregation has been taking off.
We have a quiet confidence about it, I suppose, because all along our expression of worship is true, and you can never underestimate what can work in a corporate worship setting when it comes to music. I've been to all kinds of rock concerts where people are screaming bands' songs at the top of their lungs; all humanity has a natural instinct to worship.
Why box that in with the Church? It'll be good; I'm really looking forward to getting on this tour next week to see how the songs really fly. Joel admits that Hillsong United takes some of its musical influences from non-Christian bands. He said, "Personally, I'm constantly being inspired and we really challenge the guys to get out and listen to music. I'm a firm believer that all music comes from God. Not all of it is glorifying God, but I do believe that the gift comes from God.
There's a lot to be gleaned even whether about it being used for its original purpose or not. We really encourage our guys to be open to old and new and more spectrums than what's just out there. For us, we love music.
Hillsong United - Aftermath (CD passionate about God and we want to use music to the best of our ability to connect people with God and I think sometimes when it comes to worship, we limit what can be done musically and be Album).
We feel like we have to put the limit on somewhere and I guess with this project it was like, 'Hang on. Let's just make an album that we love musically. I think the songs are still simple, but just brought more to life with different arrangements.
There's a corporate [worship] element to these songs, but when we were making Hillsong United - Aftermath (CD album, we were thinking about a kid on the subway with his iPod on, on his way to college and you know he can put this on wherever he's at and be transported. I imagine a bunch of kids on a road trip and putting this Album) on and the Spirit of God being in that car with them.
We do a lot of travelling and everywhere we go we see people with their iPods on, Album), but I love this idea of people understanding that God is with us. And I picture people walking in New York City, or wherever they are and being encouraged by the Spirit of God and yet still being able to sing them with thousands of other people in an arena or in a local church with just an acoustic guitar.
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