SANTA ANA, CA—According to eyewitnesses at Tides Church, worship leader Wes Kimball was tragically caught in an infinite loop between the bridge and chorus of Chris Tomlin’s hit worship song How Great Is Our God.
“It’s a real tragedy. It’s scary, honestly,” keyboardist Jessica Randall told reporters as she choked back tears after the service Sunday. “This is our third worship leader who’s been sucked into a PCBV (Perpetual Chorus-Bridge Vortex) in the past year.”
Reports coming out of the church this week indicate that Kimball began building the music up out of his second a cappella bridge into a final, powerful chorus as normal. But that’s when things went south, resulting in the endless chorus-bridge-chorus progression.
“He just . . . kept going,” backup vocalist Kendra Anderson recalled. “By the time he faded out from what we thought was going to be the tenth and last chorus, only to crescendo back into the ‘Name above all Names’ lyric, we knew something was very wrong.”
When Kimball wouldn’t respond to any visual or vocal cues, but merely plowed on through a fourteenth chorus-to-bridge transition, the deacons forcibly removed him from the stage and dialed 9-1-1.
He is currently under intensive care at an Orange County medical facility, where physicians are subjecting him to a barrage of classic hymns in hopes that he will recover. The procedure, newly approved by the FDA, has seen as high as a 72% success rate in clinical trials.