Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Faith

Jesus words to Simon Peter ring true.

"but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers." (Luke 22:32 NASB)

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Gear & Philosophy: Humble Beginnings

Ever notice the things you treasure most usually have fairly humble beginnings? I just happened to run across some 2015 pictures from the basement office of my messy old house.

First up is my old Seagull acoustic guitar, which I still love. This guitar was present when we began working with a struggling church plant that had been bumped about the St. Louis area. We rebranded that into CrossBridge Community Church, and instituted a strategy to become more effective in creating a community of Christ followers. Oh yeah, and I still have love for that analog Yamaha mixing board too.

Also in this picture is an electronic kick drum pedal you can see in a following pic, which I used to help me begin the journey of becoming a one-man-band. I didn't keep that setup for very long before upgrading to better things, but again, it was a humble beginning that set me on a path I'm still on to this day.


Here's the pedal attached via messy cable to the drum pad I was using at the time. This was later replaced by triggered tracks, samples imported into a looper, guitar percussion, and Ableton Live.

Later evolution added a couple of bands, combined with my own brand of looping performance. The methods and gear continue to evolve (which is fun), but the mission to lift up the name of Jesus is the same.

Here's the beginnings of my current pedalboard. Well...if you can call it that. The board itself has much more velcro on it now. The power strip has been replaced by one more suitable to music gear, providing cleaner power. There's a new power supply, and several new pedals. All except the modeler are still on the board though. It has been replaced by a looper. Though this board had its top level removed, it's vastly more useable now, serving as signal processing for acoustic and electric guitars as well as bass.

Stay humble. Start where you are. Do what the Lord has placed in your heart, and honor Him with all your ways.


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

2019 11-3 CrossBridge Community Church - Quarter Auction

I'm happy to be once again supporting the Quarter Auction fundraiser by CrossBridge Community Church once again this year. This church cares about its community and hosts a number of events throughout the year.


2019 9 11 Never Forget

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

James A. Miller at 7th Annual Cigar Box Guitar Festival (2019 5/31 - 6/1)


Heya friends and fans, I'm pleased to announce I'm a late addition to the lineup at this event. It's great every year! The super talented Justin Johnson is headlining. Come check out some great music, unique musical instruments, and grub some delicious stuff at the Hwy 61 Roadhouse & Kitchen (one of my favorite spots!).



FYI, there's festivities from 11:00am - 5:00pm. I'm playing a short set at 3:30pm. Hang around for Justin!

Here's the lineup. I'm a late addition, so imagine my name right after Big River Bottom Boys. ;-)

Friday, April 26, 2019

TLB Release: My Hero

Today I'm happy to see this music video released from my friends, the Travis Lee Band. May our great Hero and Savior, Jesus, use it mightily.


Thursday, March 14, 2019

Pony Bird's Great Taste

This year I'm happy to be partnering with Pony Bird, and getting to be a part of this event.


Pony Bird, Inc. invites you to participate in our 12th Annual Pony Bird’s Great Taste. This fun-filled evening will feature a wide variety of food and beverages from local restaurants and wineries. Our theme for this year is “Outdoor Adventure.” Dress to impress in your favorite “Outdoors” attire and win best costume!

Register Online.


Friday, February 22, 2019

TLB: Log Cabin Kickoff CD Release Party

I'm excited to be running sound & lights for this event this weekend. Proud of my friends, the Travis Lee Band.


Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Break

Hey friends and music lovers, I'm booking for 2019, but I'm on a break right now to spend time focusing on my family. The band and I will be hitting the studio in Spring 2019. In the meantime, I'm happy to be focusing on daddy duties with our newborn 2nd son, Ezra.

Keep the music going!

Psalm 19 New Living Translation (NLT)
Psalm 19
For the choir director: A psalm of David.
1 The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
    The skies display his craftsmanship.
2 Day after day they continue to speak;
    night after night they make him known.
3 They speak without a sound or word;
    their voice is never heard.[a]
4 Yet their message has gone throughout the earth,
    and their words to all the world.

God has made a home in the heavens for the sun.
5 It bursts forth like a radiant bridegroom after his wedding.
    It rejoices like a great athlete eager to run the race.
6 The sun rises at one end of the heavens
    and follows its course to the other end.
    Nothing can hide from its heat.

7 The instructions of the Lord are perfect,
    reviving the soul.
The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy,
    making wise the simple.
8 The commandments of the Lord are right,
    bringing joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are clear,
    giving insight for living.
9 Reverence for the Lord is pure,
    lasting forever.
The laws of the Lord are true;
    each one is fair.
10 They are more desirable than gold,
    even the finest gold.
They are sweeter than honey,
    even honey dripping from the comb.
11 They are a warning to your servant,
    a great reward for those who obey them.

12 How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart?
    Cleanse me from these hidden faults.
13 Keep your servant from deliberate sins!
    Don’t let them control me.
Then I will be free of guilt
    and innocent of great sin.

14 May the words of my mouth
    and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing to you,
    O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Footnotes:
19:3 Or There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.
New Living Translation (NLT)
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Friday, August 03, 2018

Anniversary: 16 Years

So, I'm not great at writing sappy, loving-sounding things. Apparently the way I'm hooked up, all my life, I've searched for what is true, above all else. I spent many of my formative years lamenting that I felt like an oddball, and with adulthood rapidly approaching, figured I'd spend much of the next season of life alone. I'd already committed my life's purpose to the Lord, and eventually trusted that surely the Lord of all creation could figure out how to bring me a wife that would align herself with His Word, beside me. It took me a long time to realize that I'm also, apparently to others, quite independent. How much greater of a miracle it is then that I've been a happily married man for 16 years. This truth is not lost upon me. In fact, second only to the surety of my Savior Jesus Christ, I count my wife to be the biggest blessing I have received. Here's how that plays out.

Recently Denise and I traveled to Memphis, TN, and visited the Gibson guitar factor there. In the finishing area, the store, and various displays were many beautiful guitars. There were a handful I found exceedingly visually appealing. I imagined for a minute, purchasing such an instrument. It was then a realization hit me. Some people buy and treat fancy guitars like their spouse. They get a pretty one and show it off...sometimes as nothing more than a trophy. I on the other hand purchase an instrument to be a workhorse. All of my instruments are players, and make regular appearances as performances.

Similarly, I prayed for a wife that would truly be a help-mate in what the Lord has called us to. The Lord delivered in excess, and she has such a beautiful finish. Uh...I mean she's pretty too! You see, I can't take these truths and set them on a shelf to be admired, gathering dust. My wife, like my instruments, I depend upon, for us to work hand in hand daily, standing upon the truths of our Lord through this life's challenges and sharing triumphs and failures. I say all as a proclamation to this end. Lord, thank you for your continued blessing of my wife, Denise Ainley Miller. The Lord sustain us until death part us.

Denise, thank you for 16 years this far.

Monday, July 23, 2018

A Baby and a Band - Round 2

I'm pretty sure these topics coincided once before... Yeah, so if you haven't picked up on it by now through my social media posts, or haven't had a conversation with me, my wife and I are expecting baby # this year.

Also, I'm happy to say I will soon be joined on stage by the talented musicians:

  • Dan Peterson: Bass, Keys, Guitar
  • Ricky Breneman: Drums/Percussion