For the entirety of my adult life, almost like clockwork, every two years or so I have been given the gift of being “forced” into taking stock. I’ve often told people that I don’t know how to write songs if I’m not writing them out of my life, out of my own personal experience, and so for me I think it’s inevitable that any new group of songs will tell some sort of story about where they have come from. And so for the last 15 years, 8 times to be precise, thanks to the deadlines that the powers that be “impose” I have been given the gift of taking stock, of evaluating where I have come from, what God has been unfolding – to unpack, assess, organize, (more…)
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I hope you’ll forgive that I’ve been so out of touch with my blog lately. Part of the problem is that over the last few weeks I’ve gotten busy out playing shows again and working on writing/pre-production for the new record when I’ve been back in town. It’s a bit inevitable that when I start travelling/writing/recording again after a nice long break, I still struggle quite a bit with balance. (more…)
Man, I sorta checked out here for the last week or so. Lots of really good time with family and friends, so I guess that’s a pretty reasonable excuse, but I pretty much bailed on keeping up with the blog so I’m really sorry for that. Roshare started taking a class from 5PM-10PM Monday thru Thursday, so my normal blog-writing time became a bit more occupied with diapers, dinner, baths, and bedtime. (more…)
So, it took a grand total of 10 whole days for me to fail at my commitment to blog every day for the rest of the year. I can’t say I didn’t see it coming. Probably an unrealistic goal in the first place I suppose, but I’m one of those odd types that has to see the end, or at least set a goal that points toward the end, before I really start moving. (more…)
Just wanted to say a quick hello and give a long overdue but emphatic “WELCOME” to the new website. Truthfully, it’s going to be more of a “blog-site” than a website, but that really is the point. All the kids are doing it. Besides, who can tell the real difference anymore these days. I think the reason that I want this to be more of a blog than a website is because I hope that it can be about communication more than just information. People ask me all the time what I hope to accomplish when I play a concert, and my answer is always the same: I hope it’s more of a conversation than a concert, more substance than show. That’s what I hope for this site…that it’s more about encouraging relational living than anything else. And speaking of relationships, I have to thank my dear friend Keely Scott (@keelymarie) for really inspiring and informing the idea that there might indeed be something worth saying here and reminding me that the commodity that we all buy, sell, and trade on a daily basis, whether we know it or not, is feeling connected to something. She is not only married to my 8-year band-leader (“his blood runs through my instruments”) and one of my best friends, Gabe Scott, but she is also a ridiculously talented photographer and a HORRIBLE mathematician. I also want to say thank you to my good friend Spence Smith (@spencesmith), who is not only the Twitter/Blog/Social Media Guru, but donated a STUPID amount of time to get this thing going in the first place. And I FOR SURE (sorry, I just realized I’m getting WAY too carried away with the ALL-CAPS thing…) want to thank my beautiful wife, Roshare, not only for getting all the details and wrinkles ironed out from a design and content prospective, but for kicking me (literally) on a daily basis to keep me connected and consistent with this. The beauty of this particular set-up is that Spence and Keely have given us (Roshare, really) the know-how that allows us to pretty much run everything ourselves; so I’m looking forward to allowing the content to grow and change consistently into what it needs to be…and I would love your feedback on what you think it should be as well. Ultimately, I hope that this will be a place for a simple, honest, and ongoing conversation about faith, culture, music, religion, politics (yes, I said it), struggle, hope, and a world of other things – conversation being the key word. So here’s to the beginning of a beautiful…BLOGSHIP (ALL CAPS FOR EMPHASIS AND DRAMATIC EFFECT).