Sassy

A Week Ago Sunday . . .

 
. . . one of the ladies at church mentioned she was looking forward to the next time I played because she wanted to hear my sassy guitar.

So Yesterday . . .

 
. . . I got the opportunity to play again. And one of the songs we did, ala Lincoln Brewster, was Everlasting God. Hopefully when I kicked in the wah it got sassy enough.

But Seriously . . .

 
I really appreciate the way God works. He’s given me a talent for guitar that I have sometimes developed, sometimes squandered. Lately I pray I’ve been doing more developing, and using for Him, than squandering.

And I know (and I have to remind myself about this quite often) that it’s not about me, but all about Him. And the glory belongs to Him, not to me.

But He does so love us, and occasionally He sees fit to have someone slide on up to us and give us a pat on the back, or a smile and a kind word, or a compliment, and we can go on our way feeling just a little better than the moment before, feeling that something we’ve done has reached someone else, has brightened someone’s day, or at least a moment, and in return they’ve brightened ours.

At one time I felt that if someone payed me a compliment, especially for something that I’ve only been able to do through the power of the Holy Spirit, it was necessary (and sufficient, as they say in the math world) to point to the sky and say “He did it.” Never take the compliment for yourself, because the glory is His.

But I just don’t think that way anymore. Yes, sometimes a compliment is an opportunity to witness to the power of the Spirit or to the sacrifice of the Son, or to the love of the Father. But sometimes I think you need to take a compliment as an earthly prelude to a heavenly “Well done.” And just say “Thank you” to that person.

And if it’s not the time to turn the moment into a witness, well, it is a time to say, in your mind, “Thank You, Lord.”

So: “Thank You, Lord, that someone appreciates the display of the talent you gave me enough to call it sassy.”

All In All

 
That’s it for now. More later.

An Abraham Thing

A Blast From The Past

 
Back in 2004 I wrote an article for my main website titled It’s An Abraham Thing.  I did a minor update to this item in 2005.  The item was about fasting, and about music ministry.  Well, actually, it was about fasting from the music ministry.

Jump ahead to yesterday.   I had a Really Bad Day at the day job, and was feeling pretty discouraged.  Just before I packed up to go home I noticed an email that was sent to me by someone I don’t know.  The email’s subject was “abraham thing” which of course reminded me about the article mentioned above.  Here’s a condensed version of that email:

abraham thing [condensed]

 
Just wanted to tell you that I came across your blog about the music ministry and abraham and I really enjoyed it. I have been going through something similar in the last few months. Mine was different in that God started telling me in Oct 2009 that He was going to take me out of my comfort zone and was wanting me to leave my church. I dragged my feet, convinced myself it wasn’t the right time, etc etc… Then one day last month I was praying and listening to some music and God spoke to me and asked me “why I was asking Him because I don’t do what He tells me to anyway” BIG WAKE UP CALL. I decided right there that I was going to do it. I even compared it [to] Abraham and Issac. . . . That very next Sunday I was at a new church . . . the entire sermon felt like it was for me . . . [it was about how] the more we do self will instead of God’s will it’s like . . . pulling away [from God]. I can see that so clearly now. . . . So I am taking it day by day and was very encouraged with your story . . . how I came across it was a plan of God’s. A friend sent me an invite to a revival with Joe Sneed and I googled him online because I had never heard of him before and there was your article. The one and only one that I happend to read. God sure does amazing things! . . . With God all things are possible.

What Goes Around Comes Around

 
And so something I wrote at least partially as encouragement for myself some 5 years ago encouraged another person, and that person sent me an email about it that came just at the right time to encourage me. Isn’t God good?

All In All

 
That’s it for now. More later.

And One Week Later

Something new this weekend.

At Church

 
Imagine my surprise Thursday when I showed up at church band practice only to find out that we weren’t going to have a keyboard player Sunday.

I had just mentioned not that long ago that I was using a lighter setup at church than what I use on the Biscuit gigs. But with no keyboards on Sunday I ended up taking my full gig rig, sans amplifier (the Blues Deluxe Reissue I use there belongs to the church).

The Sunday morning practice went well but the first service music was a train wreck. ‘Nuff said there. Second service went much better.

Will I use the full rig again at church? Don’t know just yet. We pretty much always have a keyboard player so it’s not like I need it to broaden the sound.

Coming Up

 
The band will be playing twice this coming Saturday. Early afternoon we’re playing at a private party for a couple of hours. Later on (5-9) we play the Saturday Deck Party at the New Bern Hilton. These are always fun, and this will probably be our last one this summer.

All In All

 
That’s it for now. More later.

After the Weekend

It was a good weekend, relaxing but busy.

All Shook Up

 
We went to the Hilton deck party on Saturday to see my friend’s band, the Shake Doctors. I was impressed. Individually, they are all talented musicians, and they played well as a band. I recommend you go see them if you get the chance.

About half the songs we heard them do are ones that we in Cold Biscuit also cover. Wendie liked some of their renditions better than ours because she could make out the words when they do them.

And speaking of Cold Biscuit, we’re playing at a club in Havelock this Friday. Looking forward to it.

Several Hours Later

 
As promised in the last post, we went to Lillington to worship with son Drew at his church. Enjoyed the worship, and Drew did some nice guitar work with the praise band. Had a meal at Western Sizzlin’ and then headed for home. It was a glorious sunshiny day.

This Sunday I’ll be playing at our church. Love it when that happens.

Soaring Spider Site

 
Spent some time Monday updating my main site. That’s something I try to do from time to time. One of these days I’m going to do a total makeover on it, Lord willing.

One of the things I did in the update was to add a link to this blog.

All In All

 
That’s it for now. More later.

Weekend

Yup, it’s time for the weekend. Been very busy at the day job, and now a 3 day weekend looms. Cool.

Thought

 
Irony is a “Hey There, Delilah” T-shirt.

Weekend Music

 
Cold Biscuit is not playing this weekend, but a friend of mine is in the band Shake Doctors and they’re playing at the Hilton deck. Might check them out.

And Weekend P&W

 
This Sunday we’re going to worship with our son Drew at his church in Lillington. Looking forward to that. Haven’t done it in a while.

All In All

 
That’s it for now. More later.

Cold Biscuits and Hot Praise

It’s been a great weekend!

Saturday

 
Yesterday we (meaning Cold Biscuit) played the deck party at the Hilton in New Bern.  This was our fifth time this summer.  All in all it was a good gig.  We had some competition from down the street at Farmers Market, but we had the breeze off the river to help us out.

Lately I’ve been bringing my guitar synth to the gigs, and I’m getting more comfortable using that.  I’ve had it a long time, but haven’t used it until recently for a couple of years.  And the last couple of years that I did use it was as a tone generator for my keyboard and wind controller.

I’ve debated adding some keyboard and wind controller back in but haven’t as yet convinced myself to do it.  Maybe later.

The guitar synth is a Roland GR-30.  I also have a Roland VG-88 that I use a lot, so I have a splitter to split off the hex pickup to both boxes.  Then I run the regular guitar pickups into a Roger Linn AdrenaLinn, and all three of the boxes (AdrenaLinn, VG-88, and GR-30) feed a little Crate mixer, then to my Fender FM212 DSP amp.

I’m getting to feel pretty good about the utility of this setup.

Sunday

 
This morning I played at church (New Song United Methodist Church).  The style of music played here took some adaptation on my part, and, I’m sure, on the part of the musicians I’m playing with there.  But God is good, and he provides for all our needs.

The setup I use at church right now is lighter than what I gig with.  I use the VG-88 only and play through a Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue.  Oh, yeah, I have an Ernie Ball volume pedal that I use in both setups.  And my one guitar is a Samick thin hollow body that I’ve used the last 15 or so years.

All In All

 
That’s it for now.  More later.