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The Layover Album Art

The Layover

In November 2016 I was #laidoff from my job. It was a challenging time that left me reeling and in an odd place. On the one hand I knew that God was in it, that it was part of his plan. On the other hand, I was going “what the heck happened to me?” For the three months I was unemployed I lived in that tension.
These songs are the result of all that time off.
The name comes from the idea that a layover on a flight is this weird place where you are technically traveling, but you aren’t actively moving forward to your destination.
This season was a layover, I knew that God had something great for me and I was technically traveling towards it, but I wasn’t making forward progress at the time.
What’s interesting about these types of seasons is that usually there’s something in it that’s shaping you. There’s a growth in what feels like a stunting.
God was working in the area of pride in my life, pride in my gifts, pride in my work ethic, pride in my ability to #bringhomethebacon, pride in being a five talent servant.

It wasn’t until I laid down that pride, and placed my identity not in what I could do, but in what God did for me on the #cross, that I found work.

This season was also a huge blessing to me, full of rest, and an increased ability to help out at the church.
I also experienced an explosion of creativity, with lyrics that had always been a struggle to write pouring out of me. Many of my favorite songs on this album were the result of God directing me through constant #happyaccidents.
I would be attacking a song from the angle I thought I should, only to hit walls and then in the process stumbling on something that sounded even better.

I really hope you like this album! I put my heart and soul into it!

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No Worry, No Sorrow Album Stream and Paintings

Hello Friends!

I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July. Since No Worry, No Sorrow is an instrumental album, I want to do something different for the album artwork. I have some friends who are outstanding painters, so I asked them to listen to the music, and try to capture their feelings while they painted. They crushed it! I’m so happy that they were willing to help because the artwork really take this project to a whole new level!

 

Also! You can now preview the entire album in the embedded Youtube playlist above!

1. Modern Vintage – Painting by Catalina Garcia
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2. Bounce – Painting by Catalina Garcia02_Bounce-copy

3. Rest – Painting by Catalina Garcia 03_Rest-copy

4. Victory Us – Painting by Catalina Garcia04_VictoryUs-copy

5. Go – Painting by Catalina Garcia
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6. Have Peace… – Painting by Brigette Bush
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7. …For There is Hope – Painting by Brigette Bush
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8. C183 – Painting by Brigette Bush
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9. The Return Home – Painting by Brigette Bush
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10. Nothing But the Blood of Jesus – Painting by Brigette Bush
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One Song to Rule Them All! (Production Update!)

Heads up folks. The Album is 99% done. I can’t believe it!  Wednesday I finished tracking the last song of the album and shipped it off to be mixed and mastered. Today, I received the mix for what will be Track 8 of the record.

 

I AM PUMPED!

 

This album is my favorite thing I’ve ever created. When it releases it will be the culmination of like 8+ months of work, and I’m so excited to share it with you!

I’m like sitting in my chair listening to this new song over and over again, just chomping at the bit to get this album out!

 

Just a few Updates!

Hello Friends!

I just wanted to let you know of a few developments!

  1. My entire discography (Except for the new album of course) is now available on Spotify for streaming fun. (I’d love a follow!)
  2. My discography is also available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon Music and Google Play.
  3. Tomorrow will be the first day you can pre-order No Worry, No Sorrow on my Bandcamp page.
  4. Tomorrow also begins a weekly series called Track by Track where I’ll be showing off one track from the album and talking about. You do not want to miss it!
  5. You guys rock!

 

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Release Date!

Ok folks, I’m close enough to being done with the record to announce a release date!! Woop! Woop!

No Worry, No Sorrow is coming to digital shelves everywhere, June 23, 2015

So, what’s next? Well every Tuesday I’ll be putting out a song from the album, with a really cool write up of the history behind the song, as well as some insights into how it was recorded.

Go ahead and sign up below so you don’t miss a post, and I’ll see you back here on Tuesday!

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No Worry, No Sorrow

Well folks, here it is, the title for my upcoming album.

No Worry, No Sorrow

Why this name? Well, I think it really fits with the musical themes and the heart behind the album.

Several years ago, I had written a song and sent it to my friend to check it out. It wasn’t a good song, in fact it was bad, not musically, but the lyrics were angry, I was angry and sad and depressed.

My friend said something about the song that really stuck with me, he said: “You’re a really funny guy, why don’t you show that in your songs, you know? Like, make happy music?”

I liked the idea, and I gave it a shot. But I couldn’t find any happiness to pull from. I was depressed, and the lack of being able to write something funny, witty or happy deepened that depression.

So for a year I really didn’t make music I was ok sharing with people.

Then two things happened, one I met and started dating Allison. You can read up on that story over here. Through my relationship with Allison, and having someone to pour love into, I began to surface from the depths of my depression.

The second thing that happened was my friends and I started Hepafilter, a super weird, non serious hardcore band. Which you can read about over here.

Playing in that band I learned that I could make music without necessarily having something to say. See, I had been weighed down by the thought that my music HAD to say something. That if the song didn’t have a specific message, it was no good.

This was a little odd since the band that had sparked my interest in making music was Relient K, and the album that I first heard of theirs was The Anatomy of the Tongue in Cheek which features a song about the ThunderCats

Nevertheless,  I learned the joy of making music “just because.” Hanging out with good friends and making silly ridiculous music were some of the best times of my life.

Fast forward to just after graduation, I was beginning to make music for myself again. I was living about an hour away from my closest (distance wise) friends and in the evenings, I didn’t have much to do. So I made music.

Unfortunately some of those recordings were lost when I dumped a whole cup of soda over my laptop (entirely unintentionally), then I got married and stopped for a while.

At this point I still had trouble writing lyrics, I was happy, and the music was happy, I just didn’t have words to say.

Then in the fall of 2012 I started working on this silly little acoustic album, it started off as just a few songs but then I kept at it and it coalesced into an “ok” acoustic album about Zombies. Yes Zombies.

The lyrics came easy and even though the songs weren’t very good, I had a blast making it.

After releasing the album, to virtually no applause (entirely my fault since I had no idea how to market an album, and I hadn’t yet learned the huge benefit of having someone else mix and master your music), I got busy with other projects, and went at least a year without making music.

In early 2014, I came across some final bounces of a few tracks I had recorded before the laptop massacre of 2011 on an old hard drive. I had loved those songs and put them together with one new song I had just recorded. That song was the first song I had recorded in about a year.

It was an instrumental song I called “The Launch.” The song was built around a  central guitar lead line that was born out of a Wednesday night worship service.

I loved that song, and in a way its the grandfather of this entire project.

Then, several months of creative dryness went by until September.

I had gotten home from work before my wife did and I had a chance to sit at my computer with my guitar and I laid down the scratch track for the first song I wrote for this album, “Victory Us.”

I put a lot of time into this track, once I laid down the scratch guitar recordings I built the remaining elements using software instruments. I was consumed with this song, I loved it.

I would take my laptop to and from work, tweaking things on my lunch breaks and on the bus.

I showed the track to my pastor, and he dug it. The title comes from something he said while listening to it, “It’s victorious.”

There was the name for the first song for my second album.

Alright, one down, 9 to go!

This project has been one of the most exciting pieces of art I’ve ever worked on. I have loved every minute of it.

Sitting in my little studio at home I was filled with joy being able to express myself musically, without the burden of having to write words I wasn’t happy with, or sing melodies I couldn’t hit.

That’s why I came on the title No Worry, No sorrow.

It’s both a prophetic declaration over my life, that with worry comes sorrow, and depression, and a true reflection of my outlook on life.

Luke 12:25 says “And with of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?”

Now, I’m not talking about some “power of positive thinking” self help type of thing, but rather. In tough times, to remember that worrying and fretting over those hard times doesn’t do any good.

Instead, give it God. With a foundational trust in God, comes comfort and joy.

Notice I said Joy there, not happiness. Joy is a lifestyle a state of being, happiness is fleeting.

This past year has been one of the most challenging of my life. Allison and I have faced big problems, and we still do. I’ve felt exhausted, run down, and questioned the trajectory I had so boldly marched forward in. I have had plenty of excuses to not be joyful.

However! This year has also been the best one of my life, I have never felt and lived out such Joy as I have in the last year. I feel confident in the direction I am moving towards, I truly feel like I have direction in my life. God has awoken dreams I had when I was younger, and put the plow back in my hand, and said get to work.

In that spirit, I am moving forward, without the burden of Worry, and without the burden of Sorrow.

1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

Thanks so much for making it all the way down here, here’s a little treat for you as a reward.

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I Have a Title! and an Album Cover

Hello Friends,

 

I’m super excited that tomorrow, I will be announcing the title for my new album coming and revealing the cover art. I’m really happy with it and I’m very excited to share it with you.

I wanted to update you on a few things as far as production is concerned. I have 7 songs, written, tracked, mixed and mastered! WOOP!

I’m currently working on my eighth which I would say is about 70% tracked.

I also have some song titles for you! Here is what is done so far!

 

  1. Modern Vintage
  2. Bounce
  3. Rest
  4. Victory Us (Available now at Bandcamp)
  5. Go
  6. ?????
  7. Peace (I’m working on this one literally as I’m typing)
  8. ?????
  9. The Return Home (Also available on Bandcamp)
  10. Nothing But the Blood of Jesus

Check back tomorrow for the Cover Reveal AND the Album Title!!!!

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Whaoh-Oh We’re Halfway There!

Hello Friends,

I just wanted to update you on the status of my upcoming album. It’s halfway done!

Well, the music is at least. I’m still a long ways away on the other aspects, i.e. distribution, artwork, and marketing.

Here’s what I can reveal:

  • There will be 10 songs on the album. 9 original instrumentals and one cover of a hymn.
  • Its very rock and roll, but with a heavy Big Band influence.
  • It’s very happy, no sad depressing songs here, event the softer songs still have a positive outlook.
  • I have a name, that will be revealed this week! WOOP.
  • There are two songs out now, that you can go get for free over on my Bandcamp page.
  • It’s gonna rock.
  • And I love you guys!