TODAY'S NEWS: downhere, Newsboys & GlassByrd at GMA Week
- Laura MacCorkle Senior Editor for Fun
- 2003 4 Apr
BUT WHAT MAKES IT A WORSHIP SONG - A short visit with Newsboys' lead singer and chief operating songwriter, Peter Furler, led to talk about the band's brand spanking new "Adoration" CD which led to the question -- What makes a worship song a worship song? Here's Peter's definition on that subject: "There are songs that seem to regurgitate the chaos that happens in life, and there are songs that come out of the chaos and point to the cosmos. And that's maybe the difference. Or maybe it's the difference between great art and bad art. I'm of the opinion that all great art is Christian art no matter what. If it points higher and if it points to the Rock that's higher than I, then it's good. Worship music has to be that. And the beautiful thing about it is that it can be done with three chords and a very simple lyric -- but that lyric has to be brushed by the Spirit."
SO HAPPY TOGETHER - GlassByrd's Christine Glass and Marc Byrd live together, work together, travel together and take a little down time together whenever possible. And it's a good thing that they're married, in love, and best friends to boot! Every song of their recent Word Records release, "Open Wide This Window," showcases their ability to work together as husband and wife in a creative setting. One fine example of that beautiful music, "Everywhere I Turn," began when Christine wrote the lyric during a personal retreat in Sewanee, Tenn. After arriving back home, she discovered that Marc had been working on a chord progression. And when word and music were put together ... voila! ... "Everywhere I Turn" was born. But what do the two enjoy doing when they're not writing, singing, touring, or in the studio? Marc says that "on Friday nights we go to a little Cajun place and have Cajun catfish and gumbo." "And they play 'American's Funniest Home Videos,'" adds Christine while giggling. "It feels good to not have to be cool," chimes Marc with a sigh of relief. "That gets so old."