Stacey Regan and Elise Massa have been leading the Ascension Songwriters Collaborative at Church of the Ascension in Pittsburgh, PA. Elise Massa is the Northeast Regional Leader with United Adoration. We asked Stacey to send us tips for running a songwriting group and creating a positive environment for collaboration and creativity. Next week we will share her tips on how to run a songwriting group!
The Creative Process
Kate Bluett is a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom who writes while her kids are otherwise occupied. She attended UA Retreats in Dallas, Texas in 2018 and 2019 and has been an active participant in the UA Online Creative Sessions. These retreats and sessions have led to...
Creativity is one of the most effective ways to deal with stress and refresh our connection with God. And as we share what we’ve created, others have the opportunity to enter into the oasis generated by creative expression.
Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from...
Sometimes we can have our identities to wrapped up in what we create, and can easily feel rejected by another’s opinions. Here are three things that have helped me tremendously on my journey as a songwriter. I only wish I had learned them sooner!
Collaboration. It can be terrifying. You sit down with someone you barely know and you both prop empty notebooks on your knees. Now what?
Song writers often have a lot of anxiety when it comes to writing songs, especially for the church. We get in a mentality that it’s imperative to write the next big song, or else, somehow, our time spent in worship and creativity was not “worth” it.
My approach to writing church music comes from the ground up rather than the top down, from the byway instead of the highway. I offer these best songwriting practices as one who loves the holy church, who believes in the need for new songs, and who for twenty years has been committed to the vocation of writing songs for the church.