Heaven On Earth, Part 1 – 2018 Planetshakers EP

Heaven On Earth, part 1 is an EP (extended play) from Planetshakers that has been released on April 2018. The first part consist of four songs recorded from the band’s Asia conferences held in Philippines, Singapore and Malaysia.

In general, the EP is about worshiping God on being him as the greatest, incomparable which name is above all names. The first three tracks in the EP tell almost the same content of praising God. Also the other two songs are highly influenced by EDM (electronic dance music) which is for me not usual in most christian songs. Anyway that is actually a signature from most of Planetshakers songs. It is like giving a different perspective on what most listeners think of praise and worship songs.

I remember when I told my friend that I’m playing on church with praise and worship songs, I also introduced to him the Planetshaker’s The Victory. He said that the song is cool (especially the bassline) and he was wrong about christian song. From that song, I invited him to play on church too and play the same song on what he believes boring before.

Maybe that is the same idea on why Planetshakers writing a song like this so it will be easier for a new generation to understand the message of their song – which is praising God.

When it comes to “Not Alone” which is also my favorite, the song is different. Maybe it is my personal preferences on music, but for me this song touched me the most. It is not only about worshiping God on who He is but also an expression of faith that whatever happens in this life, we are not alone.  Continue reading Heaven On Earth, Part 1 – 2018 Planetshakers EP

Not Alone (Planetshakers)

Artist: Planetshakers
Words and Music: Andy Harrison
Album: Heaven On Earth, Part 1
Release: 2018
Tempo: 77 beats per minute
Key: F
Details:  The song that touched most from Heaven on Earth, Part 1 EP. Maybe because from the list, only Not Alone is not high influenced by EDM. Also the message of the song is not only about worshiping God but also a declaration of faith that God is there by all means and we are not alone. In difficult times, in times we feel losing, we can still say that God is still here and we are not alone.

Also as I worked in this EP, I noticed that Not Alone is the easiest song to play compare to The Greatest or There Is No One Like You. With some minor difficult regarding with the chord progression. The key here is to listen to song, listen carefully on how they change chords  as it is not always equal from one chord to another.

Above all this song is very powerful to play and I believe despite of its difficulty, you can still play it with such practice and asking for God’s help, remember we are not alone. Continue reading Not Alone (Planetshakers)

Above All Names (Planetshakers)

Artist: Planetshakers
Words and Music: BJ Pridham & Joth Hunt
Album: Heaven On Earth, Part 1
Release: 2018
Tempo: 79 beats per minute
Key: C
Details: A very powerful song based from Philippians 2:9 saying, “Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,” But before this name being exalted, it was once being trampled and with all his humbleness He shown, the praises been exalted. Thus James 4:10 is correct, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”

When it comes to the song, it has a catchy chorus. I really love to hear how the chords changes in F to C part. I admit that it took hours for me to catch up all chords but I felt overwhelm when it finished.

Also I remove some chords to make it still easier to play yet still sounds good to listen. Especially on the outro part, I just put it in the way of F-C and A#-C on higher. Also instead of just minding what chord to play on specific lyric, it would be easier if you are going to listen to the song, playing the two chords above while singing, “Jesus, Jesus”. Continue reading Above All Names (Planetshakers)

The Greatest (Planetshakers)

Artist: Planetshakers
Words and Music: Joth Hunt
Album: Heaven On Earth, Part 1
Release: 2018
Tempo: 125 beats per minute
Key: C
Details: I admit that this song is not for newbie to play but if you are eager and with the guidance of God which is the greatest there is nothing too difficult to do. What I did to get the chords below is to listen to the song several times. I used bass guitar as it is easy for me to recognize chords using bass guitar.

About the strumming I recommend watching the video of Martin Isles in Youtube where he did a guitar cover of Planetshaker’s The Greatest. There you can get a hint on strumming.

About the song, like the most content of their EP, it tells about praising God on his greatness that also requiring us our greatness, the whole of us and not just a reserve. Ironically, we only give God our reserve. Our reserve time, or the moment we feel we need Him.

The song reminds us to give Him what He deserve, they are talking about giving everything we got regardless of situation we should still praise Him with all His greatness. Continue reading The Greatest (Planetshakers)

There Is No One Like You (Planetshakers)

Artist: Planetshakers
Words and Music: Joth Hunt, Andy Harrison & Sam Evans
Album: Heaven On Earth, Part 1
Release: 2018
Tempo: 130 beats per minute
Key: C
Details: There are several verses in bible telling that there is no one like our God. This is reminding us that we have only one God contradicting other religions where Christianity rose having several gods and goddesses.

God is only one and there is no one like him, no one. He works his greatness in our weakest. In our weakest where we feel losing hope, His love overwhelm. Even the most difficult time, in our darkness where we feel alone, God is  there. He is waiting for us to surrender, to surrender everything to him. Continue reading There Is No One Like You (Planetshakers)

Seasons (Hillsong)

Artist: Hillsong Worship
Words and Music: Chris Davenport, Benjamin Hastings & Ben Tan
Album: There Is More
Release: 2018
Tempo: 73 beats per minute
Key: C
Details: If we feel that there is no hope in this life. Feeling abandoned like there is no God working in life despite of surrendering our lives to him, be still and listen how this song will encourage us to keep going, keep moving with God and our season will come. It is all a matter of patience.

What really moved me in this song is the last part of the bridge where Ben said that God can save us in second but instead He sent us His son. Can we ever think what does it mean? It is a patience in due time.

Upon listening to the song even more, recognizing chords to post here, I realized that this song is about patience but ironically we don’t like such word. Technology consumes our patience. We don’t want to wait. We want to make it faster, instant. We have instant noodles. We have fast food. We are spending money for latest devices, faster devices, faster computer. We want 50Mbps or 100Mbps. Admit it we want everything to be fast.

But God, He doesn’t work like that. He believes in patience and He also want us to do the same as He sent His Son to us, He wants us to keep holding on until His Son return because the best is still yet to come… our season to come. Continue reading Seasons (Hillsong)

The Lord’s Prayer (Hillsong)

Artist: Hillsong Worship
Words and Music: Ben Fielding, Benjamin Hastings, Reuben Morgan & Marty Sampson
Album: There Is More
Release: 2018
Tempo: 70 beats per minute
Key: E
Details: This is the song of Hillsong taken from the popular The Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:9. The song included in their 2018 album, There Is More. Playing in key of A, the song is pretty easy to play. It has also catchy chorus that will resound in your mind throughout the day after listening to the song.  Continue reading The Lord’s Prayer (Hillsong)

Remembrance (Hillsong)

Artist: Hillsong Worship
Words and Music: Chris Davenport & Benjamin Hastings
Album: There Is More
Release: 2018
Tempo: 70 beats per minute
Key: F#
Details: There were times that we had forgotten what God made for us. There were part in our life that we had forgotten the sacrifice that Jesus did. This song is a good call out for us to remember everything and live our lives as a remembrance of God. In case that we had forgotten, let us ask God to remind us the price He paid for our sin.

This song is perfectly included in “There is More” album since God is still working on us, and He is not finished yet.

It is not also difficult to play this song in church once you familiarize yourself with the timing. The key is to play the song while listening on it and you will hear how Hillsong changes from chord to chord especially on the intro part.

Continue reading Remembrance (Hillsong)

Be Still (Hillsong)

Artist: Hillsong Worship
Words and Music: Ben Fielding & Reuben Morgan
Album: There Is More
Release: 2018
Tempo: 75 beats per minute
Key: F
Details: In trials, sometimes we say if God is still in control or should I start worrying for myself as if He will not be there to help me. Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know I am God. In a word “God” there are countless meaning from it and you can only be still if you know Him.

I remember this verse as an encouragement not only in hard times but also in knowing God. Knowing God means absorbing His words through Jesus, through bible. Because it will be difficult for us to trust someone we don’t know. That is why in Psalm 46:10, there is a declaration of, “know I am God”.

If we know God, and what He is in our lives, it won’t be difficult to be “still”.

About playing song, it is actually very easy to play as it has only 4 chords progression throughout the verse, chorus, bridge and tag. Start listening to song for the rhythm and everything will come easy. Continue reading Be Still (Hillsong)

God So Loved (Hillsong)

Artist: Hillsong Worship
Words and Music: Matt Crocker & Marty Sampson
Album: There Is More
Release: 2018
Tempo: 70 beats per minute
Key: A
Details: I remember when I was attending a prayer meeting, one of the elders said that John 3:16 is the heart of the bible. This is a declaration of God on his love to the world. A world that is cruel to other people. A world full of hate and pain. We often hear “a cruel world” that will makes us think that there is God.

But to this world, God gave His only Son. Do we understand what is this cost?

As a father of two,  I don’t know what will happen to my life if any bad things to any one of them. And I’m very sure I will not do the same, sacrificing my own for other people. It would be so hard, God understand it is so hard. Even with Abraham, He didn’t want to happen it to him.

But He did to Himself through Jesus. Can we understand how we can measure that Love? Again, He did it because he so loved the world that He gave His only Son for our salvation.

Just a reminder with the verse on “to the cross” and “upon the lord” you can insert a “D” chord on it in case you are playing alone so it will not become blank. But in case of how Hillsong play the part, instead of inserting a chord, they make a delay and play an “E” chord.

That is how I listened to it and you can insert both D and E chords as long as you are able to play it in timing. Overall, this song is easy to play with very powerful message reminding how God love us. Continue reading God So Loved (Hillsong)