I fell in love with the song “Dwell on These Things” by Max Jacobsen the moment I first listened to it in 2012.
My friend, Errol James introduced the song to me.
Obviously, Max’s song is based on Philippians 4:8:
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
In creating this music video, I would like to give tribute to New Zealand homegrown musical talents in the Gospel Music genre.
“Dwell on These Things” is song number 5 of Max Jacobsen’s album “Made in New Zealand” that was released on 1 August 2009.
How I wish there’s more online entry about Max Jacobsen.
It is my observation that the Christian music scene in New Zealand, particularly those sung for praise and worship, is being dominated by foreign music labels like Hillsong, Bethel and other independent labels.
Do you think this might be true in other churches, here and in other countries?
Please don’t get me wrong because I’m not against this sort of music nor the churches singing these songs.
The point I’m driving at is the appreciation for indigenous music appears to be lacking. There’s less preference for original local church compositions.
At least, we get to sing some songs by Parachute Band, a Kiwi group particularly their famous song, “Glorify” but how often do we have Kiwi Gospel music in our line up?
Ironically, some churches are hailed to be upbeat and updated when they’re singing the latest music coming from other places.
Anyway, these are just my musings.
Meanwhile, let’s continue to “Dwell on These Things.”