Lord, I Need You!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

I clearly remember another experience in which a singer touched my soul. I was sitting in the choir loft behind the singer that day. I was at college, working on a master’s degree in sacred music. One of the ladies who taught voice lessons for the students, who had sung opera professionally before engaging in a full time music ministry with her husband, was singing a song by Ron Hamilton called “Lord, I Need You.”

Again, in an experience similar to the time I heard “Finally Home” sung for the first time, I was left in an internal state of mind that said, “Yes, Lord, I do need you. Desperately.” Again, I was not thinking of the quality of the singer’s voice, nor the cleverness of the song, nor the beauty of the music—only that I needed the Lord.

Understand this: music communicates on many different levels simultaneously. Your logic goes to work on the text, while your body responds to the rhythms. Your intellect sorts through and appreciates the creativity of the musical form, while your soul searches for meaning in the unified whole of the musical delivery. Your spirit can be motivated to cry out to God, or to reject His wooing.

Music in which the text, the musical style, the orchestration techniques, the performers presentation, and the expression techniques used by the musicians all combine to present a consistent message is a very powerful form of communication indeed!

Curtis Hollembeak

Curtis holds a bachelor's degree in Bible with a music minor, as well as a master's degree in Sacred Music, having studied under Dr. Frank Garlock, president of Majesty Music, and Ray and Ann Gibbs, well-known Christian singers. He has served as music director and jr. high/high school supervisor at Grace Baptist Church of Mankato, Minnesota; school music director at the Franklin Road Christian School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; media engineer for the Sword of the Lord in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; and, full-time music director at Second Baptist Church and Twin City Christian Academy in Festus, Missouri. He is currently self-employed and serves in the music ministry of the Berean Baptist Church in Rockford, IL. Curtis is co-founder and President of the Asaph Music Co. He regularly sings bass with the Bible Truth Chorale on recordings produced by Bible Truth Music at Faith Music Missions.