Saturday, September 20, 2008

Good Stuff

Wow! This was an exceptional week of gigging. On Sunday I had a great time worshiping with the folks at Dorsett Village Church in Maryland Heights, MO. Their music director called me up on Thursday evening and asked if I could sit in with them. This is my second time playing with their band. There was a guest drummer as well. Cool stuff. 

Ok, more thoughts at random...

Friday night was quite a trip. I've been talking recently with Dan Deming, the drummer from my old band. I always try to network with other musicians anyway, especially other Christian musicians because of the nature of what we do.

There is another professional bassist out there that harshly criticizes what he believes is a "Christian bassist" clique. I'd have to strongly disagree with him on several points of the topic, simply because with his status as an atheist, he has no idea what is involved being a Christian musician. It's not just playing songs in a church, or for "church people". It's playing music with the vertical mindset of glorifying our Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior, our God, our Father, and our Friend. This isn't a clique. It's a family! 

Anyway, I've digressed. Friday night...Dan Deming sat in with the jazz improv group that serves as the house band for a monthly event we do called "Logos Room" The focus is on Christ-centered poetry. The band provides a musical backdrop for introduction, the intermission, and the closeout. If poets are agreeable to such a thing, we improvise music to their poems. It's quite an interesting experience. For the most part I'd classify the music as jazzy. 

I think the band is finally getting an idea on what we're about. Perhaps the fact that last night the event director named the band "Asaph" is significant. Asaph was either a chief musician in the house of the Lord in the book of Psalms, or was a title for a group of such musicians. Basically, we are, like Asaph, the house band. How fitting. 

I must say it was awesome to be playing with Dan once again. I've missed him and others from my time with 1000 Days. Oh but it gets better than Dan laying down his awesome beats. Oh yes! Surprise! Steve (guitarist) and Rachel from 1000 Days showed up. I don't know if it was to support Dan, or both of us, but it was great to see them, and I hope to again in the future. Oh yeah, and Dan will most likely be playing with "Asaph" once again next month. Keep checking my calendar for details. 

"Could this week get any better?" you might ask. Well, you didn't, but I did, and yes, it did! Today I was honored to sit in with a band that I look up to very much. I played a show with Travis Lee Band. They've been a great help to the music and ministry of my wife and I, along with our various ministry partners over the last several years. They are awesome musicians, and I treasure their love for sharing the Gospel with others. They do what they do because God has instilled in them a love for other people. So it was quite an honor indeed to share the stage with them. I hope to do that again in the future. 

Alright, I should get to bed. I have to get up early to call our daughter in the morning. It's a task I look forward to. Hm...I still end sentences with prepositions. Oh well. Much love to all. Nite nite. 

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