Now that I have plastered the 2020 From the Heart EP all over town, I still have quite a few of them left.

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Back when I toured for a living, I would mail out the tour posters in tube mailers to the venues in advance to promote the events that I would be playing at. The mailers were fairly inexpensive and effective. With that, since I have decided to get away from formal social media platforms, the grass roots approach is the next best thing, if not the better thing to do in my opinion for getting the word out there.

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I just ordered a bunch of tube mailers for the posters. They should be in the mail fairly quickly. Rather than driving across country posting up the poster in various places, I will be sending them out 2 by 2 to friends and family.

This time next month the poster will be in coffee shops, record stores, and music venues in a myriad of cities in a multitude of States with the help of friends and family. And it won’t be that hard on any of them to help either. Posting up 2 posters per person should be relatively easy. One at a coffee shop and one at a local music store; done deal.

I even still have all of the postage stamps from when I was running the Etsy patch store from a while back, which is extra cool.

Having said all of that, I say this in closing… ditch the fake instagram followers and do some real promotion. Get your poster plastered across the country.

Today I have accomplished something pretty cool with the home studio. For Christmas I got an Amazon gift cart. So, I used it to order acoustic foam for the studio. But, when I ordered it I didn’t really have a plan on how I was going to use it.

Well, today it got put to use.

I spent the last week formulating a plan, bought the materials, made some legs at work, and waited for paint to dry. After a couple of coats the paint was dry and ready to go today.

With that, it was time to do some assembly.

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The only thing that I have actually been recording analog are vocal tracks. Because of this I felt the acoustic dampener foam would be best put to use creating a “simulated” vocal booth. It isn’t technically a vocal booth, but more of a half booth.

Here are some before and after photos of the progress for creating the booth.

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I realize that I have instruments sharing the same space as the booth. This could cause some resonance while recording, obviously. So, I plan to get a black blanket style mat to lay over the instruments while recording vocals to help dampen any resonance that may occur.

This set up may not be the best of situations, let alone “professional”. But I will say, it is bound to improve the vocal tracks immensely now that I have this new setup put together.

Here is another in process vs. completion comparison.

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I am eager to try it out and I am really happy with how it turned out, considering all I had to pay for was the lumber.

Studio updates are always exciting.

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Over the course of the last 10 years my Christian life has been jam packed with activity, action, study, and reflection. I traveled in full time music ministry for 6 years. I spent 4 years studying heavily on many different topics, like cosmology, eschatology, theology, and science. And honestly, as a result… a lot has changed. I have changed. In many ways for the better. But, in other ways… maybe not. I couldn’t tell you.

All I know is that I will find out on that great day.

Recently however, I have felt a shift taking place. I have felt an urge come over me to slow my studies, to break away from the business of social media smart phones, and to simply live in the moment with God. To simply just breath it all in and exist.

It first came to me when considering the epic life of Moses. He did so much good for the kingdom of God leading the people to freedom, preforming signs and wonders, and being a leader. But, before that part of his life took place, he lived a different life. He spent 40 years in Midian as a meager shepherd. He had a regular job. He likely spent a lot of time in reflection rather than endless studies and worldly pursuit.

We read these events in Exodus 2 through 7.

This period of stillness struck me and has been with me for a while now. And as I step away from the hustle and bustle of smart phone addiction, the question comes to me “what to do with all of this extra free time”?

I could study more… and perhaps write a book on topics I am passionate about.

And while contemplating these things, a fellow believer unknowingly shares Ecclesiastes 12:12 with me.

The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth. The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd. And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.Ecclesiastes 12:10-14

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It feels good to know what God wants from me right now. And it’s so simple. No major projects. No rush to action. No heavy theological externalization. Right now, God wants me to simply be still and know… know that He is God.

I don’t know what the future holds. And to be honest, I am at peace with that. I have spent the last 10 years pushing myself in different directions non-stop. It’s time to just simply be still and know. I would hope that my time spent in Midian won’t be nearly as long as was the time for Moses. But, I know this… God is bringing me to this place that I might take something from it into a future that He has in store for me.

Moses had to learn to lead sheep before he could learn to lead people.

God is planning to show me something big. I can feel it.

And I will sit in Midian for as long as it takes. All of the studying we do. All of the events, promotion, success we strive for… it’s all vanity. It’s so much more simple than that. Just fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

 

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Well, the Light Phone 2 has finally arrived. I activated it last night and today was the first day that I had it on my person all day. I love the phone. It is easy to navigate and gets to the point. I have a few small things that I don’t like about it, but they are minor things that are only dislikes because of how much faster and easier the iPhone 10 is. After a while those dislikes will go away as I get used to the slower phone. I am currently dealing with one issue though. I can text, but for some reason my calls drop. I have been doing some studying on it and I think that it is an issue with my carrier and not the phone itself.

I am hoping to have this issue resolved within a few days.

(update: about an hour after I posted this, the carrier tech support managed to fix the call out issue.)