Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Monday, March 30, 2009

Recording: Legacy Christian Academy & Enfield

I feel like there has been no time to blog as of late, and for that I apologize, because its fun for me, even if no one else reads them, to look back over my posts and reminisce and see the cool ways God directs my paths.

Recently, I've been doing a lot of recording for a few very cool projects.  Many of you know I had the immense priviledge and pleasure of helping to lead worship at last year's Resolved Conference in Palm Springs, and the band of which I was a part, called Enfield, is recording a new album for this year's conference. 

I wasn't able to participate in the basic rhythm tracking, which the group did at the legendary Capitol Records, due to scheduling difficulties, but I have been able to lay some lead guitar tracks down on some of the tunes.  The album is being produced by Scott Frankfurt who is one of the coolest people I've ever met, and is fantastic to work with. The majority of the songs on the album were written by my college buddies Ryan Foglesong and David Zimmer, and they're chock full of solid theology and poetic beauty.  The conference is June 12th-15th so the album should be out by then!

The other project I'm working on is for one of the local private schools out here in Valencia: Legacy Christian Academy.  This is the first year that they are a "Christian" school, having been Legacy Private Academy before this.  They've instituted chapels two Fridays a month, and they wanted to record the chapel band to send home to the kids and their families over the summer break.  I'm helping produce the album for them, as well as playing the drums for the songs.  Ryan Foglesong plays bass, and my other college buddy Ryan Patterson plays the electric guitar, so it's a mini reunion of sorts.  

Anyhoo, that's some of the fun stuff I'm able to be a part of lately, and some of the reasons I haven't posted much.  I'll try and get on the ball a little more!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

My First AA Meeting

My good friend Rob just celebrated his 30th day of sobriety after joining AA, and he invited me to go and see him "take his chip."  This means that he received a small "chip" key ring that has a big "30" on it, that he can keep on his key chain to remind him of how far he's come. They give chips out at various milestones, 30 days, 60 days, 90 days, 1 yr, etc. Some of Rob's other friends were there as well, and it was so great to see how excited he was to have us there to witness this milestone. 

Rob recently gave his life to the Lord, and he's been coming to Crossroads with his friend Cody.  Rob is 42 years old, and actually knew Pastor Todd when they were young, as they both attended Grace Community Church.  Rob is more than six feet tall, he sports a clean-shaven head that is covered in tattoos, much like the rest of his body.  He wears huge spacer gauges in his ears so that you could easily fit a quarter inside, and he's got a six inch long goatee.  He is an artist, and practices at the local tattoo shop, and is currently pursuing some options in T-shirt airbrushing.

Rob has been a great example to me of what the Holy Spirit can do when we let him have control of our lives.  Rob has completely changed his life around, and though he still has some issues to work through (we all do right?), he has shown that he is a new creature in Christ, and that he wants to use his life experience and hardships to minister to others in his same position.

Love you Rob!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Dreaming Doggies

We've heard that dogs dream like humans do, but it's always a little strange when they start making noises or twitching when they're dreaming.

Maggie was with me at the office last week when she started having a little dream, and she started making some kind of noise. I couldn't figure out if she was excited or scared, but she was breathing really deeply, and it was almost like a long wheezing noise. I wanted to shoot a little video of her on my phone, but the annoying "beep" that the phone does when it starts recording was enough to wake her up enough where she stopped her dream noise.

Oh well.

This poor little guy however, didn't stop at making a little whimper noise...

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Mute Math "Typical" Backwards Video

In anticipation of a new album this summer from the wildly creative band Mute Math, here is their Grammy nominated video for the track "Typical" from their self-titled release.