One Cubed sat down with Matt Redman to talk about his new album “Beautiful News”. Here are some of the things that we talked about. Be sure to check out our artist interview area for more articles on Matt Redman.
OC: In your new album, you talk about how big and universal God is. Why did you want to explore God as being universal, rather than taking a more intimate approach?
MR:It has been a big thing in my heart, to paint a bigger picture of God in worship. Because we are so prone to shrinking it down. Someone said once about Bruce Springsteen, about his songs, is that he takes something ordinary and makes it extraordinary. I think that sometimes we do the opposite in worship. We take God who is extraordinary and some how he sounds ordinary all of a sudden. And I don’t think that we have many head starts, even in music. A few hundred years ago you would walk into great piece of architecture, this cathedral and whenever you think about it, it made you look up and it made you feel small and it made you think. It spoke of grandeur and this big old organ would start with the crazy full on majestic chords. If you get one of those things full steam ahead, that thing will take your head off, you know. It is kinda like mad stuff. And it talks about the greatness of God. And me, standing in the front of a church with my acoustic guitar in a warehouse, for example, I do not really have the head start in terms of talking about the glory and the grandeur of God. So I have to find ways lyrically, musically, sound wise, visually, just the way that we carry ourselves, pointing people to the big picture of God. I think that there are a lot of people using visual stuff in worship a lot. There are a lot of these kinds of great programs and visuals. We live in a privileged age. We are looking at proven thing. I mean that Hubble space telescope stuff; I am pumped about that stuff. Just thinking, this points us to a picture of God who is bigger than we ever imagined. He is completely of the charts. He just spoke this stuff into being. They say that is more stars in the visible universe, in other words what we know to be there, than grains of sand on all the world’s beaches. So, you start putting that stuff before the people of God and it will start to elevate them in worship in terms of signing greater songs. So, going back to the songs, trying to find sounds, trying to find lyrics, trying to find ways to pointing people to look up, that actually He is not like us. He is unfathomable. He is completely off the charts in terms of what we can imagine.
Date: 07 February 2007