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Vineyard Cafe captures a live, unplugged, intimate worship experience in a relaxed cafe atmosphereby Donn Edwards
With unique unplugged arrangements of both familiar as well as new, never-before-recorded songs, this series presents a cohesive live worship set unlike any other Vineyard recording. VMG Product Catalogue.
I dont want to sound critical, but this description of the Vineyard Cafe series never really caught my imagination. I always thought that the series fell a bit flat because the recordings werent live enough: no clinking of cups or bustle of a real coffee shop. Now I realise why: when these guys started playing, everything else stopped. So the problem wasnt the recording at all!
Imagine, for a moment, that you are on holiday. Youve just been for a walk along the beach, and you find a restaurant overlooking the sea, filled with beautiful, sun-tanned people, eating their meal and enjoying life. But theres only one problem: the music. Its boring! You give thanks for the food and you realise why its boring. Your heart wants to sing and worship the Lord for such a wonderful day, and all the restaurant can manage is cheesy secular music, which is happy on the surface but has about as much depth as a slice of toast.
Now imagine the same scene, but with one change. Instead of cheesy secular music, there is a small bandstand with enough space for a handful of musicians: keyboards, bass guitar, percussion, and a few voices. No one has ever heard of these guys before, so their names arent even advertised. You order your meal and enjoy the atmosphere. Just as the coffee arrives you wonder what happened to the music. Then you see the musicians arrive and start playing.
At the end of the second song the silence is so poignant you could hear a pin drop. Everyone is captivated by the honesty and intimacy of the songs, and the presence of the Holy Spirit has filled the room like the smell of freshly brewed coffee. Now you have Vineyard Cafe: the wonderful aroma of worship, without the trimmings or regalia of a Sunday morning, played straight from the heart with passion and simplicity.
During Sing and Dance you get up to go for a walk, partly because if you have to keep still another minute longer youll go crazy. On the way back you glance through the door to the kitchen, and notice one or two kitchen staff dancing to the music with unselfconscious abandon. You smile, wishing you could join them and express the way you really feel. You secretly wish you could dance that well. Later on, during The River is Here you cant stand it any longer, and get up from you chair and dance near the back somewhere.
After an hour of pure, unceremonial worship you dont want to go home. Eventually you pay for your meal and leave with a new appreciation of the goodness of the Lord. What a wonderful end to a glorious day.
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