A new song from Manitoba artist Heidi Korte applies a different perspective to the Psalms.
Korte is a singing-songwriting instructor in Winnipeg, Manitoba who has recently begun dabbling in writing her own music.
The artist's latest piece provides a different take on a classic biblical passage found in the book of Psalms.
While taking part in a worship class run by Julie Meyer, Korte has observed the worship leader as she undergoes the process of singing the Psalms. "Last summer she just sort of encouraged other people to grab on to that, so I decided to make her Psalm 30 my own," says Korte.
Her version, however, differs significantly from the arrangement Meyer first released. Taking the same passage of Psalms from The Passion Translation, Meyer's is performed in a straight 4/4 pattern with a hopeful pop feel. Korte trended in a different direction.
"In mine, I changed the chords, changed the melody, put it into 6/8 which is more of a blues feel, and starting singing over the blues scale," explained the artist. "I just feel like it carries something uniquely different."
Korte says she attempted the project as a bit of an experiment to see what would happen to the Psalm in more of a bluesy feel, something different from much faith-based music.
The Psalm itself is one of healing, where God takes David from a place of sadness to a place of light. That transition is something that Korte says has lent itself to her interpretation, as a general tone of lament seems to take over.
Considering both heart and art is a concept Korte has been trying to implement, which is seen in her musical execution of Psalm 30.
"Just to try and experiment with more creativity and more variety of sound," said Korte, who rejects the adage that worship music centres around only four simple chords. "That has been my prayer," the artist said, sharing her belief that music categorized as Christian or worship will once again trend towards the more creative and unexpected.
But why does it matter how far we trend with our musical creations?
"Because God is not just stuck in those same four chords," Korte laughed. "God is a creative God who is never in a rut."
Referencing the musicians in 1 Chronicles who the author referred to as skilled, Korte says she believes it is important particularly for Christian musicians to be continually improving themselves.
"No matter how long you've been playing... just keep learning something new every week."