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).