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Kids Praise And Worship Songs - Who Cares About The Lyrics?
At God’s Kid’s Worship®, we obsess over lyrics so you don't have to; lyrics by other songwriters, and lyrics we create for our own songs.
When we select or create songs at God’s Kids Worship, we first ask, "Will these words impact an elementary age kid?" That matters to us.
When we create our own lyrics, we use award-winning writers who "get" kids. Lyrics have to matter to kids, stick with them, and have sound theology. We edit, carve, re-write, put them to music, and then re-write them again. We fix them when they are recorded by our guide vocalist. They aren't safe until we finish recording our studio kids group. If the studio kids don't understand the lyrics, we change them. If lyrics don't sing easily for kids, we change them. Lyrics matter.
Worship lyrics matter on all kids praise and worship songs, worship motions videos, songs for VBS, children’s church, and everywhere.
We even obsess over our songs we call, "get the wiggles out" songs. They might be crazy, they might not have any deep theological meaning, but they are used by ministry leaders when they need to channel the energy in kids bodies so they can then make contact with their minds. There are a lot of songs that will make the kids move. We make ones that are safe to use in ministry.
God did something interesting when He created us. When you connect music and lyrics, the ideas stick with us for a lifetime. Isn't that amazing? We care about the ideas kids might carry for a lifetime, so we care about the lyrics.
I saw a lot of research when I was the music director for the hit children’s PBS TV show, Barney and Friends. Shows like that do a lot of research; there are papers submitted constantly by child development experts and education researchers. They would report on kid’s responses to the episodes, and would compare the responses to available studies on child development.
One of the things we found is that lyrics, which contain all the vocabulary, words, concepts and ideas in songs, stay with kids for a lifetime. We know that from common experience. The songs from our childhood, and the songs our parents sang in their childhood, come to mind with the tiniest prompts.
With that in mind, we think it’s important to make the lyrics worth lasting a lifetime.
Worship loud. It’s OK. Psalms 150 says so.
Bob Singleton, President, God’s Kids Worship®
worship ministry leader, Grammy & Dove nominated kids music producer & composer
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