the only ten-i-see

December 30, 2008

hi everyone…

merry greetings from sevierville, TN…where it’s Christmas 365 days a year.  we’re playing live for the first time since we’ve been out of the studio and it feels GREAT!  we’re here leading an event with our good friend Scott Dawson and it’s reminded us of the thrill it is to be a part of the unplanned and supernatural stuff that happens when we follow the Holy Spirit.  this event is also the first time that we’ll be playing new songs.  it’s been good for us to play these songs live and learn how they work in a set.  we’re having a blast!

did everyone have a great christmas?  let me just say…christmas with a 2 year old in the house is so much fun.  this was isaac’s first year to be obsessed with presents.   he caught on pretty quick to the fact that behind the pretty paper were treasures beyond his wildest 2 year old dreams.  and because he has grandparents who love to spoil him…he got lots of treasure.  kerri and i were talking after christmas had wound down…we feel like our childhood has finally ended.  we’re now living vicariously through isaac who is now having the experiences we had as kids.  i received some very generous gifts this year, but my greatest joy was watching isaac open his presents and look at me with with this look that says, “OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!!!”  amazing…

a new musical development…i’m just discovering Queen.  freddie mercury…are you serious.  this guy has got to be the greatest frontman in the history of rock and roll.  i know what some of you are thinking…i’m like 25 years to late.  well…i grew up on a steady diet of amy grant, steven curtis chapman and dc talk…what do you expect.  anyway, they’re amazing.  what really hooked me was they’re performance at live aid in 1985…electrifying.

on that same note…have you guys heard the new killers record?  our whole band is seriously diggin it.  you should go check it out.

i heart you all

more soon…

here we go

September 30, 2008

well…we’re just a couple of hours away from an explosion of creativity in atlanta, ga.  joe, tim, matt, alex and i will be headed to our secret band cave to start creating new music.  we are all going into this month with a huge sense of expectancy for what’s to come.  we are believing in God to do something fresh through these songs and offer something new to worship music.  we desire most of all to offer something that is a true representation of who God has made us to be as a band and as sons of God.  we are praying that God would put new melodies and lyrics in our hearts that would call His people to fresh confessions of love and adoration.  what we know is…this is not something we can do on our own.  going into this month we are constantly praying for full and complete dependence on God and His Holy Spirit for revelation and inspiration.

pray with us this month

for humility…dependence on God…and songs that will inspire fresh confessions from the church.

we love you guys.  i’ll try to keep updates consistent throughout the next few weeks to let you know how it’s coming along.

The Fall

September 25, 2008

i love this time of year.  i think everyone does.  whenever it comes around kerri and i leave doors open and take long walks in our neighborhood.  it’s fall and it’s magic.  isn’t it inspiring?  i love to sit in my back yard with my guitar and write folk songs all day long.

this fall season is especially exciting for us for a few reasons.

one…isaac is almost 2 and halloween is going to be a blast.  i asked him the other day what he wanted to be for halloween and he said, “umm…momma.”  oddly enough they didn’t have any momma outfits at target, so we settled for his second choice…elmo.  isaac loves elmo.  he wakes up every morning, drinks some “mulk”, eats some “yeerios” and watches “melmo” on sesame street.  kerri and i have really grown to love sesame street.  the producers are brilliant.  amidst the sesame street drama and the letter and number of the day they pepper celebrity appearances that are really hilarious.  the other day they had Jamie Fox on.  he was visited by a fox named jamie and a duck named jamie fox.  all three jamie foxes sang the alphabet song.  it was pretty funny.  at any rate…we’re looking forward to getting isaac a elmo outfit to wear.  

the other reason i’m pumped about this october is that me and the guys in the band are going to spend most of the month putting the finishing touches on new songs before we hit the studio in november.  we’ve found a space in atlanta that we’re going to set up in and get to work.  i think some pretty cool stuff is in the works.  as i can i will let you guys in on some of the songs.

one last thing…whenever fall rolls around i find myself digging through itunes and asking friends for cool new folk artists with beautiful chilled out music.  this year i’ve found a couple of things that are flat out amazing.  

the first is a david wilcox style artist named andy gullahorn.  my good buddy alex nifong turned me on to this guy.  he’s from nashville and writes beautiful songs.  i recommend the record “Room to Breathe” and the song “beginning of the end”.  you will love it.   

the second is the new John Mark McMillan record called “The Medicine”.  john mark is an independent artist from charlotte, nc who will blow you away with his creative arrangements and lyrics.  the song “carbon ribs” is my fav.

so roll down your windows and open your doors cause fall is here.

Coffee and the Holy Spirit

September 5, 2008

Well…my “72 hours of possibility” is over and I can honestly say that my hard work paid off. With a little help from two pots of coffee and a lot of help from the Holy Spirit I emerged from my office late on Wednesday afternoon pretty darn pumped. I was able to finish a few pre-existing ideas and start a couple new ones. All of which I am very excited. I’m going to record some demos soon and post them up here or on my myspace. Thanks for all of your comments of encouragement and prayer.

We led at Free Chapel tonight in gainsville, ga. We had never been there before and it was great to be in a new place with new people. If you live in the gainsville area you should check out The Turn on Thursday nights at 7:30 at Free Chapel. It’s pretty slammin.

Tomorrow I’m heading to Birmingham, al to meet with our good friends at Student Life. We are going to be having a creative brainstorming meeting about the conference tour we’ll be starting in spring of 09. We did this same tour back in the spring of 07 and it went great. we’ll be leading with our good friends Stuart hall and Francis chan which makes us glad. The conferece tour is going to be called “Live Love”. It’s based on the truth that we as Christians are called to live a life that shows the love of God to everyone we touch. We are so excited to team up with SL again. You can check out studentlife.com for the specific conference dates. Come see us.

Ok…it’s getting late and I have intentions of running in the morning.

I’m kristian stanfill and I approve this message.

72 hours of possibility

September 1, 2008

for the next 72 hours i have nothing to do.  i will play with my son, kiss my wife, run and write music…that’s it.  i might even try to do all four at the same time.  it’s been a while since i had three days off.  consequently…it’s been a while since i’ve felt especially creative.  im the type of person that needs to dedicate a chunk of time to the creative process.  i don’t do very well with start-stop-start-stop creating.  i know some people who can create in small pieces over a long period of time and they astound me.  i might should work on becoming that kind of songwriter but that sounds…hard.  anyway…it does something to the creative side of my brain when i look at my calender and see nothing for the next three days.  something sparks to life in me.  i begin to daydream hopefully of productivity and diligence.  i imagine that i emerge from my office on thursday morning with 12 songs that will forever change the way the world sees music.  the reality though is that i will probably get distracted by some application on my iPhone and i won’t write a thing.  one outcome is realistic and other is extremely optimistic.  i’ll let you decide which is which.

the problem here is that i know which of the previous options i will be more inclined to lean towards.  i will have very noble and honest intentions of dedicating these few days to writing music, but somewhere along the way i will get distracted.  now…at this point i could go into some long profound tangent about how i’m having some self-revelation about my work ethic or how God is teaching me that i need to lay my iPhone down on the altar of my obsession with culture, but actually i think it’s much easier than that.  

i need a swift kick in the pants.

so im gonna work hard these next few days to finish some preexisting ideas and maybe start some new ones.  we’ll see what happens.