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October 23, 2007

The most important bit of work done so far

PSALM icon

This is, provisionally, the icon for the software tool I am going to create.

The program is (also provisionally) known as PSALM (Personal Software Aid for Leading Music). The book of Psalms in the Bible is full of songs written by Israel's King David - take a look here: Bible Gateway.

The background image to this blog contains a quote from Psalm 150, which in full reads:

Praise the LORD. 
    Praise God in his sanctuary;
    praise him in his mighty heavens.

Praise him for his acts of power;
    praise him for his surpassing greatness.

Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
    praise him with the harp and lyre,

praise him with tambourine and dancing,
    praise him with the strings and flute,

praise him with the clash of cymbals,
    praise him with resounding cymbals.

Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.
    Praise the LORD.

The icon forms a P standing for PSALM, and depicts something that looks like a harp or lyre , King David's instrument of choice. My program is intended for lead worshippers that play guitar - the modern King Davids. 

Oh and slightly off-topic, I have set up a svn server, thanks go to Alan Hazelden.  

(PS. the title to this post is tongue-in-cheek!)


First books ordered

The first set of books to read are now well on the way. All from Amazon marketplace as that's the cheapest/easiest/cheerfullest place to get them from :-)

1Beyond the OHP: Using Technology in Church Jackie Sheppard;

2Wired for Ministry: How the Internet, Visual Media, and Other New Technologies Can Serve Your Church John P Jewell;

3Help, There's a Computer in My Church!: Practical Advice for Using Computers in Ministry David Trammel;

4High-tech Worship?: Using Presentational Technologies Wisely Quentin J. Schultze. 

Done some reading this last week or so over the internet - for example, David Lochhead's essays,  various articles on http://www.religion-online.org and some surveys on http://www.pewinternet.org.
Also found a chapter on the history of technology in the worship/music context in All About Music Technology in Worship, by Steve Young. Helpfully, Amazon has put the chapter up on the web in it's entirety! Its very brief but gives some nice historical context for music technology in the Church (including how computers have become used for music). 


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