Monday, September 14, 2009

Hello Fall

Woah, haven't been on here in a while! Well, it's been a busy couple of weeks for the most part. A new tour/record is in the works, and I'm super excited about it. All this week we have been tracking 4 new songs, and they are a dream come true to me, to hear my songs on a real drum-kit with real musicians and instruments! I have also been working hard with help getting the 1000 STORIES tour going, and we are currently producing promo material, and seeking sponsors. If you, or your business are interested in sponsoring an unforgettable event involving music and building libraries for orphans in Nicaragua then I need to get you the information and more details! So let me know if this interests you. It's all coming together so fast, and I'm excited to see where God is going to take us.

It has been crazy to see what God is doing all around us! More stories to come.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

New Beginnings

Sorry that I have neglected this thing for the most part of summer. (I'm apologizing to myself and maybe the two people that I know read this.) A lot has happened in the past few months. Last Wednesday I made the big move to Houston, well Pleak actually, let's not blur the lines. I'm sorry if you didn't know about this, and I really tried to let everyone know. I'm staying with my Aunt and Uncle, and they are kind enough to feed me and allow me to stay. I decided not to go to school this year, and I'm in the middle of figuring out where and what God wants from me. My hope is that I can be in a place where I can have the resources to use my full potential to serve the Kingdom.
In other news, the new CD is coming along, and I have started working on two new demos for the record. In the next few weeks I plan to hit it hard and see if I can write some more material. Another thing I've been hitting hard is working out. Blake Quimby, Michael Cash, and I have commited to 90 days of working out at 7:30am to P90X! It has been 3 days so far, and it's been intense. However I'm already feeling the effects of a healthier lifestyle with more energy, and plenty of sleep. Anyways, that's what I have been up to, be sure to engage in all that life has to offer. That's what I have been trying to do, and God is going to do some great things, I'm excited and I hope you are as well!


Thursday, July 23, 2009

Is this the kind of love you desire?

In one way or another, God makes sure that we all experience what it means to be outside so that he can personally open the door and welcome us back in.

33-36Have you ever come on anything quite like this extravagant generosity of God, this deep, deep wisdom? It's way over our heads. We'll never figure it out.

Paul was very right when he tries to say it's way over our heads! God has a reckless grace that is mysterious and every time I come back It is the greatest feeling. It won't let me go, and I'm glad.

Is there anyone around who can explain God?
Anyone smart enough to tell him what to do?
Anyone who has done him such a huge favor
that God has to ask his advice?

Everything comes from Him;
Everything happens through Him;
Everything ends up in Him.
Always glory! Always praise!
Yes. Yes. Yes.

Romans 11 the message

Monday, July 20, 2009

Love Unctontainable

This song is called "Love Uncontainable" and it is a little more "rocking" than the usual songs I write. No, i'm not trying to change, however I am trying to portray a feeling. I'm so passionate about the message of this song. I've seen God take things that are ordinary, and make them extraordinary, and it overwhelms me at times. God is teaching me how to love, and serve, and it is something I want to strive for with all that I have. Its funny, music is a strange thing, because so much can stem from just a song. A couple of notes, melodies, and some words can go way past the ears, and into our hearts and minds. God will take a song and allow it to reach out and help others in ways that we will never see or understand. I hope to somehow share this feeling I have, this uncontainable love. I don't know how to explain. I mean I'm nowhere near Paul from the Bible or anything, but I am going to change, and I have a feeling. I just want to SCREAM!

strive with me.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Jesus Calls Us

I love the words to this song.

"Jesus Calls Us; o'er the Tumult"
by Cecil F. Alexander, 1823-1895

Jesus calls us; o'er the tumult
Of our life's wild, restless sea,
Day by day His sweet voice soundeth,
Saying, "Christian, follow Me."

As of old Saint Andrew heard it
By the Galilean lake,
Turned from home and toil and kindred.
Leaving all for His dear sake.

Jesus calls us from the worship
Of the vain world's golden stole.
From each idol that would keep us,
Saying, "Christian, love Me more."

In our joys and in our sorrows,
Days of toll and hours of ease,
Still He calls, in cares and pleasures,
"Christian, love Me more than these."

Jesus calls us; by Thy mercies,
Savior, make us hear Thy call,
Give our hearts to Thine obedience,
Serve and love Thee best of all. Amen.

Sunday, June 28, 2009


Worship. After taking a break from leading worship corporately I have had a different perspective of worship appear. First off, it is my passion to lead worship, but I have recently ran into the big doubt of, "maybe I'm not called to do it anymore?" Or maybe I'm not good enough? Maybe I'm too different? Maybe I'm typical? No one is "engaging" when I play my songs, and all of a sudden it's a failure! All of a sudden the worship is not successful! We are down 10 people, and maybe it's cause I played too many slow songs? Maybe people just don't like music? Let's try something different, and let's make it succeed this time.

But why try to succeed? Isn't worship and singing supposed to be valuable time spent with God, our Father? When I spend time with the people I love, it's not measured on how good the food was, or how fun was the board game. It's just us relating, encouraging, laughing, crying, dancing, eating, walking, joking, etc. I don't look at the time I spend with the ones I love a success or failure, it's just their presence that is enjoyable. So why do that with God?

I think it's cause a lot of the times I forget what God has delivered me from, and how many times he has encouraged me to play music and do what I do. I'm more outgoing than I used to be, I can carry a conversation, I can write a song, I can listen and try to be aware of other's feelings, I try to encourage, and there is so much more that God is responsible for! I forget all about it though. I'm trying to remember. Then I will be satisfied with His presence, and our time together will never be measured.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Flickr, Photography, and Favories

In my free time I like to browse through the picture on Flickr, and it amazes me some of the pictures these people take. I don't consider myself a good photographer at all, because I haven't tried to work on the craft much, and I have yet to develop a style. Hopefully, someday I will be content with my photos, and develop my own style, but in the meantime I'll enjoy the works of others. The pictures above are my favorites.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Song of the Week: Ohio- Damien Jurado


Out from my window across from the city
I have what's considered a good view
Two blocks from the subway, three from the fountain
Where I walk to break in new shoes

She stands on the sidewalk just waving at taxis
Like horses in parades in passing
I ask where she's headed she tells me,
"Ohio, I've not seen my mother in ages
It's been a long time, a real long time."

Out from my window "How far is Ohio?"
She laughed and pointed out east
She said, "I grew up there with my dear mother
And I haven't seen her since thirteen.

You see, I was taken while she lay sleeping
By my father's hired man
We moved to city so far from my family
I haven't been back there since.
It's been a long time, a real long time."

Out from my window please hear me Ohio
Your daughter wants to come home
She longs to be with you to hug you to kiss you
To never leave her alone

And I've gotten know her to live with to love her
It's hard to see her leave
She belongs to her mother and the state of Ohio
I wish she belonged to me

See you sometime, see you sometime

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Shadow and Night Fire

The new album artwork is in the works, and what you see is what I've kinda thrown together. The album will be 10 songs,(free downloadable) and the focus is Bible stories. The title "The Shadow and Night Fire" is the title track, and I saw it fitting for this record and it's mood. Throughout the record it somewhat jumps between dark and bright, tones, and feelings. The song is taken from the story in Exodus when God leads his people as a cloud, and as a fire at night.

In this record, I really want to shift attention away from me, and I desire no credit for these songs. For me, it's about what God has done with me and everything, and He is the real creator, not me. I've always been fascinated with the Bible, and to this day it remains my encouragement and hope. So I'm extremely excited to share the stories(well, they are really way more than stories) with everyone. I want to share the music with everyone, and I think it will be well recepted. It doesn't matter where, anywhere is where I'll play, and what's funny is the churches(except for a select few) are the ones I never get booking responses from, you figure they would be interested? It makes me somewhat discouraged and sad. Anyways, It's a long ways from being finished, but join us in prayer and keep this in your thoughts as we make it.


Tuesday, June 2, 2009


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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Olmos Perks Show

Come check out the show:

San Antonio, TX

Friday 7pm-9

Olmos Perks Coffee on 5223 McCullough

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Ideas and Whatnot

So where to now? My new CD "Dandelion Heart" is doing well it is on iTunes now and we are also selling the CD at shows. Yesterday, we had an awesome show at Spiderhouse in Austin. It was a full band show and my band sounded killer! The next upcoming dates are as follows

May 29th 7pm@ Olmos Perks in San Antonio
June 5th 8pm@ Clementines in Austin

Hope you can make it to one of these shows. If you can't that's alright. I have lots of ideas that I would like to see happen in the next coming weeks, and here they are.

1. I need a newsletter, with updates, free songs, and videos
2. "Bible Stories" A CD of just Bible stories and make it a free album
3. I bought all of these books and have yet to read any, and I want to read them.
4. A Barnes & Nobles Tour would be awesome!
5. Book more shows.

If you can help me out in any of these areas please let me know. Other than that stay safe.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Frans, Friends, and Family

I am a mess without my mic stand. Gosh darn where are you

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

I Can't Hear A Thing

Musings. Maybe this means something to you, not quite sure what it means to me yet.

Something's welling up in me
An explosion of some sort
While all around screams
Life is still quiet as a dream
I can't hear a thing
I can't hear a thing

A noise like steam
That propels you and me
Unheard, and unseen
Now I've had dreams of flying
But does everything require dying?
I can't hear a thing
I can't hear a thing

This is the glorious mystery
The parts I can't see
The collision of a relation
So loud it can't be heard, or seen
Only a feeling
I still can't hear a thing
but I do have a feeling.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Illuminated Words

And you should proclaim in the bright light of day everything that I have whispered to you in the dark. Whatever whispers you hear- shout them from the rooftops of houses.

Matthew 10:27

Friday, May 8, 2009

iTunes, Free Books and Art

FREE Out Of The Ground Book

Click the picture to get the Songbook E-book it includes: the lyrics and some artwork from the new record Dandelion Heart. We are also now on iTunes so it's available for you to listen to, just click the link below. While your at it enjoy the book, and I'm so glad to share all this with you.

iTunes Dandelion Heart CD

enjoy. :)

Monday, May 4, 2009

This is a cool new tool I found for many different online collaborations, that involve tossing files back and forth to each other. You can sign up free, and they also have pro packages with more features such as a direct link to whatever file, instead of having to download. It is also a great tool to distribute music in my case. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Dreams of Flying

This song was featured on the King of California movie soundrack (It fit the movie so well), and during watching the movie and hearing it, I fell in love with it. So I bought the soundtrack and I've listened to it everyday this week. I, myself, am a dreamer so this song really resonates with me. I can get so caught up in my imagination and ideas, and to me this song is describing the constant chase for our dreams, and you never know which ones you'll catch, and when you do don't let go, and "try to stay afloat in this flood of dreams."


Oh how can I stand aside
and watch all these colors fly
out of this world and into the next
my heart is on fire
and I’m getting reckless

Lord the dream is slippin on
through my hand’s
are not made to hold
this flood of dreams is taking control

When you were mine
the sky was so high
forest were green
and the stars were bright
I’ve got the road leading me off
gravity dissolves

My home is floating on away
my dreams take to the road
as I try to stay afloat
in this flood
in this flood of dreams

Monday, April 27, 2009

Daily Journal #15

This is what I write about in school.

What if we could say this is extremely not worth your time?
A recent poll suggests the most loved to hear phrase is "What If we..." now I don't know if it's the the three words that engage interest, or maybe it is the expressed option of a choice that one is given. Either way, it should be used as much as possible to test this theory. Apart from that, lists are making a comeback! Well, I'm not even sure they were as big of a deal as they are now. Lists are everywhere though, there is no escaping them. Everyone wants to categorize their favorite subjects of interest into an organized list. One through ten, with one being their said "favorite." Lists are interesting though, in some way they are kind of like photographs, the subject changes, and lists capture a section of a moment of our interests. None of this rambling is worth any of your time, but as a writer it's fun to expand on just a small thought and see where it goes. In this case, I didn't really go anywhere, but occasionally you strike GOLD! Anyways, where can all the small thoughts go? That's my question.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Swine Flu and Celebration

26,000 plays. Praise God, I never have noticed how many plays I have on this myspace deal, but I have quite a few and I am very surprised and excited! iTunes here we come, sometime, anytime this month.

This Swine Flu is scaring me now! My mom is overdosing me on Vitamin C, which I really don't mind. The chewy, chalky tablets have a nice taste, and bring back fond childhood memories. I think It's getting pretty serious, or that's what the news leads me to believe.

So what can YOU do to prevent Swine Flu?

click here PREVENT SWINE
See ya.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Divorce, Seperation, and the feeling of coming back

For some reason divorce has been heavy on my mind. So, I decided to write a song about that. The feeling of divorce, seperation, fixing mistakes, and the feeling of coming back to someone.

Oh I can hear the ringing bells
You and the sound are next to each other
The echoes that run through your mind
The feeling of coming back to someone
You sweep up the heart put love away
I always thought we could change

All the lines we've seem to blurred
are coming back

so why can't you say
We've gotta find a way to each other
We've gotta find a way to recover

let's run back to the starting line
look for the pieces lost from the puzzle
find out how we can stop time
And cut the wire before we stumble
Dig out your heart for words to say
I always thought that we were safe

The feelings that make You and I
where never meant to be lost in the struggle
Sometimes I want this more than life,
just to be found, its so simple

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Emotion and Intellect

This is just an observation, but I seem to have paid attention to this a while back and never got to writing about it. Loneliness is a feeling that no one likes, even though it might be something everyone experiences, I've only experienced it as a feeling. As bad as it feels as just a feeling I couldn't imagine what a intellectual realization of loneliness would feel like. Let me explain this. I know for a fact that I have a God, family, mentors, and friends that would always do anything for me, and always be there. Yet, at the same time there are times when I feel lonely. Even though I know I have these people that surround me, I still experience this lonely feeling. I am thankful it is only on an emotional level. I could never imagine feeling loneliness from an intellectual standpoint. Let's be careful about how we spend our time, and make sure no one gets left out. Just an observation.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

San Antonio, TX

We played twice in San Antonio once in the afternoon and at night. Trinity Academy was really awesome, I've only been there twice and they say they consider me family! Just a great group of kids, they were very responsive to the whole vision of the tour and we were blessed by them. Later that night we played at River City Community Church which was great because its my home church and my family finally got to hear my songs. I also had my full band play with me so it was a lot of fun! After the show we ate at Chuy's and then decided to take Tally to the alamo (he's never been) Now, the alamo experience is a whole different crazy story. Here it goes.

So we are at the alamo. We run into Maggy, she is very drunk, and her friend Sam who is really in love with her. He said he suffers from anxiety and nervousness so much that he lost tons of weight due to the amount of love he has for Maggy. Maggy doesn't like Sam very much at all. Well Maggy decides to give us a ghost tour of the Menger hotel. While incredibly drunk she manages to give us a pretty detailed description of the stories and ghosts that haunt the place, 36 confirmed ghost folks. Anyways, Tally in the middle of the tour gets lost and wanders around taking pictures. This worries us so we start asking "Where is Tally? We should wait for him" then Maggy abrubtly tells us "F*#* Tally" in the middle of the hotel lobby. So the security guard comes and helps us find Matt and Tally, and the security guard is totally rocking guyliner. Anyways, the tour continues as Maggy and the security guard with guyliner have somewhat of a tour guide off. We finally leave San Antonio, and make it to Houston at 4 am.
Our final show on the Texas leg of the tour is Wednesday. Then we head to Wisconsin.

Burleson, TX

Burleson was a really awesome show! More people came than we had thought, and we had an awesome time of worship after our usual set. I snapped this picture of Tally encountering a donkey right outside the place. Afterwards we were treated to a nice steak at Logan's Farmhouse by our nice friend Rick Eubanks. We had an encouraging conversation about college and ministry, and our waitress was the nicest person ever! After the meal we headed out for San Antonio, but we go too tired to make it, so we stopped at a hotel in Buda and got some sleep.

Brenham, TX

I'm far behind in this whole blog thing. Just for old times sake I want to write a little bit about where this tour takes us for memory. This Saturday we got to play for our friends in Brenham at 1302 Washington, a very cool community and place. We got to stay at our friend Peter's house, where he showed us his closet that has 3 doors! I have never seen anything like it. I didn't get too great of a sleep. We woke up to a -19 degree house, so cold! After that we enjoyed an awesome breakfast at Chappel Hill Cafe which is a really great place.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Sugarland, TX

The CD release went great, we had a really good turn out. Everything sounded and felt good. It was amazing to see people get excited about Living Water International as well. Brandon Baca from LWI was there and he is a great guy, and it was very cool to see and hear about all that Living Water International does. Next stop, Brenham, TX 1302 Washington if your in the area or in College Station you should try to make it out.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Return Tour

It's finally here Return Tour 2009! I would like to try and write a little something everyday for the tour to share with you what God is doing with it. We'll see how long it lasts. I'm still kinda sporadic with this whole blogging deal. Although, I've been on a good streak so far.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Weird Facts About Nicolas Cage

1. Nic once ate a real cockroach in a movie. Actually, he ate a trio of real cockroaches, because it took three takes to get it just right.

2. Nic has been known for owning exotic animals. He admitted once to having a pet octopus, claiming that studying beings that are totally different helps him with his acting.

3. Nic is an avid buyer of real estate. He has been known to own up to 15 properties at one time, but he still seems to suffer from a serious case of castle-envy. Even though he once lived in a fake castle on the outskirts of Los Angeles, it has been reported that he always wanted to import an authentic castle from overseas.

4. He owned the Shah of Iran's Lamborghini.

These are just a few the rest of them are here

Strange guy.

Monday, March 23, 2009

The Damnwells FREE Record

This is exciting news since I had no idea they put out a new record. The best thing is it's free. I fell in love with this band listening to Air Stereo and Bastards of The Beat. Very influential artist to me and my music, and I think you should definitely download this one. Just click here to get it. Help get the word out.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Little Heathens

I just picked this up the other day. It looked very interesting it has recipes, pictures, and various how-to-do's throughout the book. I'm a big fan of cooking and how-to-do's, especially ones about skinning rabbits and making pies. It's about hard times and high spirits on an Iowa farm during the Great Depresssion. I'm all about a book that can depict high spirits during a depression. I hope it is as happy as it seems to be. I'll let you know how it turns out. I think I'm going to enjoy it.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Unadorned Self

"1And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. 2For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, 4and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God."
-1 Corinthians 2:1-5

Just a reminder for me, when I get caught up in myself, my knowledge, and my talents... Well, Nouwen puts it better than me. Sometimes, I must be "forced to let go of my relevant self: the self that can do things, show things, prove things, build things- and force myself to reclaim that unadorned self in which I am completely vulnerable, open to receive and give love regardless of any accomplishments."

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Featured Music on Powerhouse Studios Website

My new song "Dandelion Heart" is featured on Powerhouse Studios website now. Check it out! Also If you need a photographer for anything: senior portraits, weddings, parties, etc. you should really give it a glance. She is a great person and very cool to work with. I'm a really big fan of all the work and pictures she does.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Whitley- More Than Life

This is my go to song when I want to relax, it's by an artist named Whitley

A leaf in the breeze
The smoky northern haze
the sun on your face
and the touch of lovers hands
the pain that comes today
is here then goes away

and we are homeward bound
and I
I want this more than life

To touch something real
will help your wounds heal
like the sun on your face
or dreams of starry nights

Twitter, Widgets, Status, and etc.

I don't really think people care too much about what I'm up to, but it's fun to pretend!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Walk On

"If it had not been the Lord Who was on our side when men rose up against us. Then they would have quickly swallowed us up alive when their wrath was kindled against us; Then the waters would have overwhelmed us and swept us away, the torrent would have gone over us; Then the proud waters would have gone over us. Blessed be the Lord, Who has not given us as prey to their teeth! We are like a bird escaped from the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken, and we have escaped! Our help is in the name of the Lord, Who made heaven and earth." PSALM 124

Walk On
there's a people who are windswept
body shaking to take another step
Somethings rattling here in our chests
and its louder, yet a whisper
and it's fading, yet it's so clear

there's a worn edge on a cliffside
there is a lulling in the swolen tide
into the unknown where no one wants to go
its too safe here, above or below
we will make it, but not on our own

There's fire that keeps getting higher
There are monsters that tear us apart
we're surrounded and we're trapped here
in a prison full of our fears
there's a door with no key hole
and no handle
if it wasn't for You
they would have killed us
but we will walk on
we will walk on
we will walk through that door

Monday, March 9, 2009


“No child on earth was ever meant to be ordinary, and you can see it in them, and they know it, too, but then the times get to them, and they wear out their brains learning what folks expect, and spend their strength trying to rise over those same folks.”-ANNIE DILLARD

I don't think I want to be ordinary.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

We'll Never Make It

Just finished a really great week at DNOW 2009. It was so cool to see different churches come together to worship and go out and serve. Some kids painted, other helped out at assisted living center, some walked around the mall praying for people. I was in charge of all of the video work and capturing everything.

A phrase stuck out to me when I was interviewing a kid and he said " We are just walking around and praying and doing all that we can." For me it is so liberating to know I'm not a hero. Only through Christ can I take part in any goodness of life. At the end of the day I'm beat, and I know I can't do it all, but I also know that God is faithful and in that I find rest when I can no longer go on. We will never make it on our own.

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, "Feed my lambs." 16He said to him a second time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, "Tend my sheep." 17He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, "Do you love me?" and he said to him, "Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my sheep. 18 Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go."
John 21:15-18 (ESV)

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Bring Your Knifes!

Well, I'm back home now after a 3 day vacation to Sugarland, TX. I was there helping some friends out recording a live worship cd. We knocked out 6 songs in 2 days, and even managed to squeeze in time to shoot some videos for the upcoming Return Tour. I had a great time enjoying Bob's tacos, having a sleepover, good conversation, and good friends and family time. I'm terribly tired and I have school tomorrow, but I'm gonna choose to be glad and enjoy the rest of my busy week. So should you!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Heart Day

What a great week! The weather has been great, the lightning storms, the sunshine, the hail, its all really great. This Friday is the Sad Accordions show at Lambert's BBQ (you should come), and I cannot wait to hear these guys live. I heard about them through a friend, and I love their songwriting and sound. A Bad Year For The Sharon's is a great album that you should look for.

Check them out here. Sad Accordions

Valentine's day is coming up this weekend. I'm not terribly excited about it. It was cool in 3rd grade, where everyone received cool cards and candy, and you where able to write secret letters to the girl you liked and put it into her decorated valentine card box. I miss that, kinda.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


Call me a girl, but veggie chips and spinach dip are my new favorite snack. Amongst these new changes and discoveries, I have found myself to prefer whole wheat bread over white bread. Now don't get any idea that I'm trying to eat healthy or anything, all of this has come upon itself naturally. Here's recent proof.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Every Grain of Sand

I feel compelled to share this after I heard Emmylou Harris sing it.

Every Grain of Sand by Bob Dylan

In the time of my confession, in the hour of my deepest need
When the pool of tears beneath my feet flood every newborn seed
There's a dyin' voice within me reaching out somewhere,
Toiling in the danger and in the morals of despair.

Don't have the inclination to look back on any mistake,
Like Cain, I now behold this chain of events that I must break.
In the fury of the moment I can see the Master's hand
In every leaf that trembles, in every grain of sand.

Oh, the flowers of indulgence and the weeds of yesteryear,
Like criminals, they have choked the breath of conscience and good cheer.
The sun beat down upon the steps of time to light the way
To ease the pain of idleness and the memory of decay.

I gaze into the doorway of temptation's angry flame
And every time I pass that way I always hear my name.
Then onward in my journey I come to understand
That every hair is numbered like every grain of sand.

I have gone from rags to riches in the sorrow of the night
In the violence of a summer's dream, in the chill of a wintry light,
In the bitter dance of loneliness fading into space,
In the broken mirror of innocence on each forgotten face.

I hear the ancient footsteps like the motion of the sea
Sometimes I turn, there's someone there, other times it's only me.
I am hanging in the balance of the reality of man
Like every sparrow falling, like every grain of sand.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Hot and Bright

First Fig by Edna St. Vincent Millay

My candle burns at both ends
It will not last the night
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends —
It gives a lovely light!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Time and Prayer

7 Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace, which was given me by the working of his power. To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, 9and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things, 10so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. 11This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him. 13So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory.

Ephesians 7:3-13 (ESV)

I find it a wonder to think about how God uses; a letter, a story, a prayer, written thousands of years ago, by a man in prison, to impact the lives and stories of so many. Sometimes I take for granted the time I am given to pray for others, but more importantly the ability to pray. To recognize the goodness of God, the father role he continually fills in my family. In the words of Nouwen, prayer is the unceasing recognition that God is wherever we are, always inviting us to come closer and to celebrate the divine gift of being alive. To some people prayer is a hoax, to some it's just a conversation with God, a plea for help, but it's something way bigger than all of those. It's loving God, and knowing the heart of God, and in this we experience what we desire most, true steadfast love.

Monday, February 2, 2009

ecce homo

George Rouault, "Ecce Homo" ("That is the man")
Paris, Musée national d’art moderne, 1937-41. canvas on wood. in 34 + 24.4

Friday, January 30, 2009

Dandelion Heart EP

I know I've been mentioning it a lot, but it's almost done! The EP will consist of 6 songs and currently I only have one more song to finish.

1. All Things New
2. Dandelion Heart
3. Strangers
4. No Ones Listening
5. Ships
6. Hope is Answered

I just finished designing the cover. It was an old statue I had lying around the house of an angel and a boy and a girl crossing a damaged bridge. The direction I'm going with this record had a lot to do with my over exaggerated fear of school, and finding where I fit in with others, and the big scheme of things, but in the end just enjoying the peace God gives and knowing that He sustains everything. So keep your eyes peeled for the new cd!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

World Unworthy

"They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated— of whom the world was not worthy- wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect."

Hebrews 11:37-40

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Nighlight Poem

It's too safe
This cliffs worn edge is too safe
This cool mist grains against my face
Where it will have it's place in me
To mark my time of greatest need

The march of drum beats
Playing their songs of fear
The rattling of old bones ready to breathe
The stretching emptiness screams
It's too safe

Hunchbacked, stumbling
Running, clawing, crawling
Just to take a risk, to take a chance
Just to fall, to fail, to lose it all
Once we've made it to the end

Over, out, and past the cliff
Into where we do not want to go
Uncertain of what we know
Uncertain of what's above and below
It's too safe here
This, certainly I know.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Artwork and Inspiration 2

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
-Sylvia Plath

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Adventures of Steve & Dave 1: Dairy Queen Dreamland

So, we find ourselves craving a hot fudge sundae one night. Dairy Queen is our only option, because Steve has $0 and I only have $7, that makes it the only logical choice. It's 9:15 pm and we head out to meet a friend Trevor at Dairy Queen, whom we invited through facebook, to tag along this adventure. When we arrive I order 2 large hot fudge brownie sundaes. To my dismay, they gave us warm fudge and the brownie squares had dust all over them, like that puppy chow stuff girls make for us guys all the time. We sat ourselves in the most well lit booth in the way back hidden from anyone at the counter's view.

We devour our desserts, what once looked and tasted so good, was now somewhat disguisting. The soft serve, the now cold fudge, and dusty brownie squares were not cutting it. All of a sudden the lights go out! Only one thought instantly goes through all of our minds.

WE MAY BE LOCKED IN ALL NIGHT, SURROUNDED BY ICE CREAM AND ALL THE BLIZZARDS WE WANT. Endless amounts of dilly bars, ice cream cakes, hot fudge, and m&m's. So we stop talking, hunker down and hide. Someone walks by and doesn't even see us, at this point we felt for sure we were in. Unfortunately, they made another round and found us, and made us go home. This is only a glimpse at something greater, and rekindles our hope of maybe spending a night in the promised land. Dairy Queen.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Saturday, January 10, 2009

The Daytrotter Sessions

Site of the week: The Daytrotter Sessions

I have known about this site for awhile, but I feel compelled to write about it now that I have grown to find myself on it everyday. It's a site dedicated to music; with reviews, original recordings, handrawn album covers, and great articles about the songs and the recording process. Some of my favorite bands such as my brightest diamond, bon iver, and damien jurado have some songs to download on here, and the cool thing is that it is all free. I hope to be on here some day, simply for the handrawn album cover.

I just finished watching Eagle Eye, and if you look past the fact of it being really far-fetched and unreal I thought it was a great movie. Oh and add me on twitter if you have one! I don't know what it's all about yet, but i have one now, and it feels good to tell "the world" what I'm doing during the day. So if your interested in what I am doing add me on twitter. It is ridiculous, but I think It's about to become an addiction. Or maybe I'm really caught up in writing about myself? Who knows?

Your probably wondering what I'm doing now? So your gonna go to twitter and it's gonna say "updating the old blogspot." I don't know how you knowing what I'm doing helps in the grand scheme of things, but EVERYONE'S DOING IT. I'm gonna follow the crowd on this one.

Oh yea and on top of that your probably wondering "Geez I wonder what David is listening to this very second?" Bam, to the right of this is a list of songs I have or am listening to. So now you can be as virtually connected to me as you want.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

So This Is The New Year

I think everyone is a witness to God's glory. Some people decide to put it aside and go on with their lives. Then some people spend their entire lifetime trying to figure out what it is.

I think people aren't always aware of the times when their friends need them the most. That's when we usually hear God screaming "LOOK AT ME LOOK AT ME!"

I'm finally working on a record. I hope you can hear it soon.