Wednesday, March 23, 2005

No Time To Write

Hey, just a quick hello to everyone keeping up with the blog. Things have been super busy. I've been working about 60 hours a week at a local production house/tv station producing audio and arranging music for a national kids show. On top of that, I run sound at a local church (freelance work) for Sunday morning services, concerts, weddings, funerals, etc. Hopefully, I will at least be back to a 40 hour work week starting in May. If you have contacted me, I apologize if I have not yet been able to return your email. I went from having occasional work to work out the ears!! The money is needed as I am still paying back (and will be for a while) the money I invested in the CD. Definitely a business loss...I may eventually sell enough CDs to break even, but at this point, it's faster to recover the money by working a regular job. It's also easier to see concerts and cd distribution as ministry when you're not wondering how you're going to buy the next meal. A couple months ago, there were times when it was that bad. I praise God for the opportunity to work again, although I realize that things can be taken away just as quickly as they are given. I'm trying to be content in both feast and famine.

Sunday, March 20, 2005

The Trip To Vinton

What a great show yesterday! Around 2:30 yesterday, the band and I left for Vinton Baptist Church in Vinton, OH. After a long stretch of boring Ohio highway, we arrived at the church around 5pm and started setting up our gear and getting sound checks. At 7:00, the youth band of Vinton Baptist Church led us in worship. The pastor followed with a short meessage which challenged the teens to stay strong in their faith. After that, we and the crowd of 60 people or so grabbed some pizza in the fellowship hall. Our dinner was accented by a comedy routine performed by the pastor and several of the teens at the church. Very funny. The comedy continued as Rob and I discovered a little boy (5 or 6 yrs. old) fast asleep in the corner of the bathroom, underneath the paper towel dispenser. He was fine, just sleeping. =) Weird. Then...during the show (which started around 8:30), I clocked a little in the eye with the wireless microphone. She was dancing around on the stage during one of the songs and as she slipped out of sight behind me, I put the mic down only to bump her right above the eye with the mic. Wow, I felt bad! She turned out to be quite a trooper, and only moments later, she was up dancing around again.

We left Vinton around 10:15 pm and headed back to Columbus where we stopped at a Steak N Shake around 12:30 am. I finally got home around 2:00 am and was up at 7:30 this morning, as I had to run sound for a morning service at a local church. Needless to say, I'm pretty tired.

Thanks to the band: Brian Houts, Rob Bradley, AJ Mainyard, and Rich Barrett for a great show and thanks to the folks at Vinton Baptist Church for the opportunity to be a part of their ministry. God is good. So are naps. =)

Our next show is scheduled for April 22nd at Life Community Church in Hilliard, OH. Visit for the latest details.

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

ASCAP at last (almost, that is)

I received my ASCAP publisher's membership card today...finally. The whole process of registering with ASCAP began about four months ago. The next step is to register my albums as "works"...this may take another couple weeks. Having ASCAP membership should help with radio airplay.

A photo from Vineyard Cafe. March 6th, 2004. This was a SMALL show which we basically considered as a glorified practice. Posted by Hello

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Is The Blog Dead?

Nope, the blog is not dead. Just haven't had much time to write as I did several weeks ago. Played at Vineyard Cafe the other night...things went well. I may post a picture or two in the near future. We have a band practice this coming monday in preparation for the Vinton Baptist Church concert on March 19th. Am I still pursuing music as heavily? Probably not at the moment, but I still knocking on doors and seeking opportunites...just with a little less intensity for the time being. I am working nearly 60 hours every week recording and producing audio for a kid's television show. I'm having some opportunity to arrange some of the music for the show, which is an interesting turn from the progressive rock I've been doing recently. =)

One of my biggest goals right now is to get things back together financially. These crazy hours are (Lord willing) only for a season. I hope we can be doing even more shows come summer or fall. Stay tuned.