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our band spent most of the day today held up in a tiny church in north georgia writing songs.  we did in fact finish a song entitled “Follow.”  lyrics are below.  i can’t wait for you to hear it.

come on come on, come everyone 
there’s more to come than what’s been done
daughters and sons, come on believe
there’s more than what our eyes can see
can you feel it?
we’re closer to it
it’s a holy voice that’s calling us
make us fearless
in your presence
let your love be strong within us

 

follow
where you lead us
where we don’t know
we will follow
here we are
lead our hearts
we will run with all we’ve got
we’ll follow

the lost are found, redemptive sounds
are ringing out, are ringing loud
the song is love, release your fears
find your heart alive right here
can you feel it?
we’re closer to it
it’s a holy voice that’s calling
make us fearless
in your presence
let your strength defeat our weakness

so now that we got that awkward first post out of the way we can talk about more meaningful stuff.  im not promising though that things won’t still be a bit awkward at times.  (like right now…breathe…and next paragraph go)

tomorrow my band and i are meeting up to start pulling songs together for our first full length record.  we are planning on starting to record in november of this year and we are all double super buzzed about it.  we’ve been traveling and playing music together for the past 3 years or so and that whole time we’ve been looking ahead to these next several months where we will create something fresh.  if any of you have seen us play in the past few years you know that our set lists usually are comprised of other artists songs.  these songs are great songs but after a while you start to wonder if God is going to give you something of your own.  a separate work that He has ordained for you and you only.  we feel like that time is now.  i would call myself the primary writer/visionary of the group but it’s true that we all have a deep creative purpose in this band.  we all bring something different to the mix that draws different parts of each other out.  it’s going to be interesting to see how all of those parts fit togethere.  there’s me…a pop anthem writer that longs for the genius of tom delonge (if you don’t know who tom delonge is do yourself a favor and go download all of Angels and Airwaves stuff off itunes).  you have joe…a crazy creative drummer who refuses to do anything predictable…that’s a good thing.  tim…a jazz/rock bass player that’s a lot like joe in that he wants to break new ground musically with different chord changes and melodies.  matt…brilliant rock guitar player with an ear for hooks that blows my mind.  alex…another fantastic guitar player with an uncanny ability create an experience you won’t soon forget within a song.  i grew up listening to stuff like billy joel, the eagles, U2, steven curtis chapman, dc Talk etc.  so pop songs are all i’ve really ever known.  i need each one of these guys in my band to pull me out of this sugary sweet pit sometimes.  we are all so different, but somehow this thing remains a cohesive whole.

the most exciting part for me is the chance to venture into uncharted territory in the realm of the worship song writing.  i know that there are things we haven’t seen yet from God.  those are the things i want to pursue.  i love what God says in Isaiah 43.18-19

18 “Forget the former things; 
       do not dwell on the past.

 19 See, I am doing a new thing! 
       Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? 
       I am making a way in the desert 
       and streams in the wasteland.”

our God is a God who moves!  He blows his wind where He wills and as His people we should have our sails up ready to go when He does.  He’s constantly doing new things.  He causes streams of water to spring up in the wasteland.  He makes a way in the desert.  places where we most likely wouldn’t voluntarily go He says are literally blooming.  i love that in verse 19 God asks “do you not perceive it?” like He expects us to.  like He’s curious as to why we haven’t yet “perceived it.”  so often we play out what’s already happened and miss what’s happening.  what about what it says in Galations 5:25 – Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.  when i read that i think of a little girl dancing on the feet of her father.  when he moves…she moves.  i pray that i will be like that with God.  that wherever and whenever He moves that i’m right there with Him.  

for several months now i’ve been sensing that a new movement in the worship culture is on the horizon.  a different kind of worshiper is rising up.  i don’t know specifics or what it looks or sounds like but i don’t want to miss it.  i want to “perceive” it when God does something new.  so im praying that my faith is greater than my fears when God calls me into the wasteland.  is anybody with me?

Musical Suggestion : check out the band hammock.  their newest record called “raising your voice…trying to stop an echo” is pretty awesome.  mostly instrumental it’s great to listen to if you want to chill out or umm…blog.  it’s pure shoegazer bliss.  for those of you who don’t know about the shoegazer genre of music i’ve provide the following link…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoegazer .

 

She adores me!

i love baseball.  i played baseball from the time i was 8 until i was 16.  i was a pitcher and i remember getting so geeked up about pitching in an upcoming game that when it came time to pitch in that game i would almost always throw the first pitch into the bleachers.  i have a feeling that’s how this first post is gonna be…see that’s all i’ve got.  come back though.

Musical Suggestion : here is where i’ll suggest something you should go check out.  today i recommend the band M83.  their latest release is called “Saturdays = Youth”.  electronic pop.  very 80s…very cool.  check out the song “We Own the Sky.”