Not too long ago I posted our arrangement of Wayfaring Stranger. Here’s another version that I recently came across. I’ve really enjoyed Matthew Smith’s music for many years. The thing I really like about this song is that it is elegant in it’s simplicity. Very sparse bass and drums, simple rhythm guitar, tasty acoustic guitar solo section. No complicated harmonies. In some ways, this type of arrangement is more difficult to do than something like the version we do. For me, the real sign of maturity in a musician (and a Christian for that matter) is someone who can say, “I’m not hear to show off my gifts. I want to add to the song and be a part of the group.” A simple part may be “boring” for someone who can play blazing fast lead parts on their instrument of choice, but if it is what the song calls for, so be it. It’s about being a part of something bigger than ourselves. As Christians, we are called to be a part of the Body of Christ. Sometimes we may see our part as boring or simple. That doesn’t mean it’s not necessary. We need to be faithful to the One who has called us and not get hung up on our self importance.
For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
(Rom 12:3-8 ESV)