• Favorite piece of music/song ever and why? I have so many favorites, but I love movie soundtracks and my absolute favorite, ever since I heard the music for the first time, is “Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves.”• Favorite instrument to listen to and why? I love to hear piano music, and I listen to instrumental piano music all the time. But I also love the sound of the french horn. I love the classical song, “Midsummer Night's Dream” by Felix Mendelssohn, which features the french horn. • Favorite worship song right now and why? My current favorite worship song is “So Will I” by Hillsong because I love the way creation is a reflection of the Creator and it's one of the few songs out there that calls the whole of creation to respond to God in worship. • Favorite part of leading worship and why? My favorite part of leading worship is singing with everyone. Standing on stage and hearing and seeing the people of God respond to him in worship is truly a picture of heaven, and it is what I look forward to every time I lead or am involved.• One thing you want people to know about you? If we talk for five minutes, you will find out that I am an Alaskan and I love everything, everything, about Alaska. Most of my immediate family is still there, and my family and I go up there every chance we get. Also, I love everything about creation and the outdoors - camping, hiking, canoeing, skiing, snowshoeing…
• Favorite piece of music/song ever and why? I'll tell you the most meaningful live concert I ever saw: it was the Boston Symphony Orchestra performing Mahler's 3rd Symphony because it was so moving and brilliantly performed.• Favorite instrument to listen to and why? The cello because it mimics the human voice so well and can have such a rich tone.• Favorite worship song right now and why? Any worship song that my kids are singing along to since I love to listen to them worship God.• Favorite part of leading worship and why? I equally enjoy rehearsing with the team and leading on Sundays in worship services. God has given us amazing musicians to work with at Faith, and it is a joy to spend time with them each week in rehearsal, and of course, our purpose is to lead the congregation on Sundays to worship together which is also fulfilling.• One thing you want people to know about you? God has used music in my life to open my heart in a way that only he could accomplish on several different occasions.
• Favorite piece of music/song ever and why? Ever since a teacher introduced me to Debussy’s piano nocturnes, they have been a go-to for me both for beauty and in times of stress. In the last few years, Chopin’s “Nocturne in E♭” has been one of my favorites. U2’s “Pride (In the Name of Love)” is impossible for me to listen to without getting out of my seat and singing. Honorable mention: all of the album Continuum by John Mayer.• Favorite instrument to listen to and why? It’s hard to pick just one, so I’m glad we don’t have to actually listen to just one instrument. But a great acoustic guitar player playing solo always grabs my ear. • Favorite worship song right now and why? I love singing “Gone,” by Elevation, at Faith because it’s so joyfully unashamed in shouting that Jesus has finished the work of the cross and forgiven us of our sins. “Starts and Ends” by Hillsong is personally very moving and often has me in tears!• Favorite part of leading worship and why? More than anything I love seeing people responding to God in worship, whether in singing or a raised hand or simply surrender. • One thing you want people to know about you? I love learning and I love talking with people who know more than I do about anything out there. I’ve got so much useless information in my brain, but I love all the conversations that happened to plant it there.
• Favorite piece of music/song ever and why? John Rutter's “Requiem Mass.” I first performed it many years ago for a Good Friday service with a chamber choir and orchestra. I found it to be deeply meaningful and still do. It helps me to appreciate the incredible sacrifice Christ made for my redemption and his great love and grace as my shepherd.• Favorite instrument to listen to and why? My favorite instrument is the trumpet. Everyone in my family plays it so it has to be. But my favorite instrument to listen to is the piano because it is so versatile and offers something no matter what mood I am in.• Favorite worship song and why? “Be Still, My Soul” is the song that is in my head these days. With the passing of my dad last May and all the uncertainty and conflict around us, it gives me a great peace to remember that God is in control. • Favorite part of leading worship and why? I love the process of planning the music for a Sunday service. Studying the passage and looking for music that will complement the sermon and enhance our worship experience is really fulfilling. The joy of leading comes from being able to join with such gifted and gracious musicians and the congregation in worship.• One thing you want people to know about you? I am grateful for the privilege of leading you in worship at Faith. I feel truly blessed.
• Favorite piece of music/song ever and why? Definitely “Crags and Clay” by Gungor. The song takes the listener through some of the most beautiful things in creation and then ends with declaring that all praise belongs to the One who made them all.• Favorite instrument to listen to and why? Probably the electric guitar. You can make it sound like so many different things, and it fits in so many different genres; it's fun to find new ways to play it.• Favorite worship song right now and why? “Uncomplicated” by Hillsong Young and Free. The bridge makes me tear up every time. That, and I need the constant reminder that God's love for us is simple and unchanging. Regardless of how complicated life gets, it's the one thing that we can always rely on.• Favorite part of leading worship and why? Without a doubt my favorite part of leading worship is taking one in-ear monitor out and hearing everyone's voices sing praise to God. There's nothing quite like hearing your own voice get swallowed up and drowned in a sea of praise. Gives me chills every time.• One thing you want people to know about you? That I do own more shirts than just my red flannel. Maybe... I'm sure that they're somewhere around here. [Editor’s note: He doesn’t.]
Posted February 4, 2021
Dan Pahlau has been on staff at Faith for ten years. He serves as our Worship Ministries Director, coordinating and leading all that goes into our Sunday worship. He loves building teams and developing relationships with people. Dan is a Fort Collins native who enjoys roasting and brewing coffee, staying active and quoting “The Office.”