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  • January 30, 2012
  • By John
  • Comments Off on The secret of the easy yoke
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The secret of the easy yoke


The secret of the easy yoke
Pedro the lion

I could hear the church bells ringing
They peeled aloud your praise
The members’ faces were smiling
With their hands outstretched to shake

Its true they did not move me
My heart was hard and tired
The perfect fire anoint me
I could not find you any where

Could someone please tell me the story of sinners ransomed from the fall
I still have never seen you
And some days I don’t love you at all

The devoted were wearing bracelets to remind them why they came
Some concrete motivation and the abstract could not do the same
But if all that’s left is duty
I’m falling on my sword
At least then I would not serve an unseen distant lord

Could someone please tell me the story of sinners ransomed from the fall
I still have never seen you
And some days I don’t love you at all

If this is only a test I hope that I’m passing
'cause I’m losing esteem
But I still want to trust you

Peace, Be still
Peace, Be still
Peace, Be still
Peace, Be still

  • August 28, 2010
  • By John
  • Comments Off on My iTunes
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My iTunes

Steven Curtis Chapman

last night Patti and I got to go see Steven Curtis Chapman at the dodge arena.  He put on a good show, i could have done without the 3 opening bands.  The first time i saw him perform was at the woodlands ampheater in Houston with Sonnie and Jonny.  That was a really awesome show.  it was in the afternoon, we were sitting on the lawn.  The show as billed, Steven Curtis Chapman with special guest Geoff Moore.  So.. i was thinking Geoff was going to open up for Steven.. well they ended up performing the entire show together.  there were two stools setup on the stage, no band.. just the two of them and their gutairs.  probably the most simple setup i’ve seen in a professional show and also probably one of the best.  They were even using the house sound and lighting.  They just went back and forth singing and talking.  they are both great story tellers.

So back to last night.  first thing i noticed was how much he’s aged.  I remember his “cassettes” from the 80’s.  yeah he looked a bit older now.  They touring company he was using wasn’t the best contractor i’ve seen used.  jbl array, 1k par’s on the downstage truss, nady wireless mics, the stomp-boxes were all individually wired instead of using a cat5 router.  (which seamed to be a continuing problem throughout the entire show) 

The LD had a few nice scenes setup, but that quickly got dwarfed by several really bad ones.  H-Sweeps running throughout an entire song, the only variance was a changeover to V-sweeps.  Just about all the i-fixtures were all spots.  i only saw about 4 washes.  I probably found myself being most critical of the LD only because i’ve been in the LD position at other shows.  you can really set the mood of a show by doing a good job in that seat or a bad job. 

Despite all that, Steven himself did a great job.  He started the show off sharing his heart and pretty much carried that tone to the final song.  If anything, you can walk away from his show having a stronger understanding of the grace and love that’s available even through some of the darkest moments of anyone’s life.  He did a few of his classics.  I will be here, Speechless, Great Adventure among others.  He also did a few new songs.  One of which was Cinderella.  A song that will defiantly be a great cross-over song just like butterfly kisses.  Unless you’ve heard the story he had to tell behind it though, it won’t mean the same to anyone else who hasn’t.  I will defiantly be looking for his new album in i-tunes this coming November. 

  • July 28, 2009
  • By John
  • Comments Off on #58
  • in music

#58

Sorry about the poor audio quality, or the stage noise.

One of the dj's is behind me making new imaging which means i could either listen to it over and over and over.. or put my ipod on shuffle and see what comes up. Not a bad selection actually...
[audio:DMB58.mp3]

  • October 29, 2007
  • By John
  • Comments Off on another acomplished week
  • in day2day, music

another acomplished week

friday got carey taken caren of, got the councelors taken care of, saturday got everything packed, headed to the civic center at noon with patti and guy.  we got everything installed and running without any flaws.  i was really proud of the work these guys did.  i can't wait to see the final product.  and what's even bettter, we don't have to edit, just dump off the tape.  sunday i got to finished the radio spots for www.kidstalkaboutgod.org church went off without any major hitches.  came home with my wife, we got to rest and take care of things around the house.  she worked on the filing.  i worked on condensing about 8 disks worth of ivan tait into one dvd.  i also got to make one mp3-cd of the entire event too.  now i'm ready for a restfull relaxing week.
[audio:rain.mp3]

  • August 20, 2007
  • By John
  • Comments Off on Penetration
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Penetration

[audio:penetration.mp3]

Have you ever seen an idealist
With grey hairs on his head
Or successful men who keep in touch
With unsuccessful friends?

You only think you do
I could have sworn I saw it too
But as it turns out,
It was just a clever ad for cigarettes

Cause if it isn't making dollars
Then it isn't making sense
If you aren't moving units
Then you're not worth the expense
If you really want to make it
You had best remember this
If it isn't penetration
Then it isn't worth a kiss

We're so sorry, sir,
But you did not quite make the cut this time,
and we'd appriciate it if you'd cleared
your stuff on out by five

Don't take it personal
Everyone knows you did your best
If it makes it easier,
you should look at things from our perspective

Cause if it isn't making dollars
Then it isn't making sense
If you aren't moving units
Then you're not worth the expense
If you really want to make it
You had best remember this
If it isn't penetration
Then it isn't worth a kiss

  • August 16, 2007
  • By John
  • Comments Off on i miss my wife
  • in music, soul

i miss my wife

i know it's only been a few hours since the last time i saw her but i still miss her when she's gone [audio:sunshine.mp3] My day goes so much better when she's around. A text message here and there is ok and usually get's me through the humps but it's not the same as going home, walking in the door and being greeted by her. I love her so much. I don't know how how i managed during my bachlor days? Gosh that was a long time ago. I was browsing through my space the other day, and they have this thing where you can put what school's you've gone to. So i put in my old almamater in there. Then you can click on it and will show you other people who have the same. I'm suprised that people actually admited to going to the school that i went to, San Isidro ISD. Not that it was all that horrible, but it wasn't much to brag about either. Patti and I took Hannah to registration for her 8th grade year. Looking at there schedule these kids have SO MUCH more possibilies than kids on the ranch ever will have. So going through the list i found Valerie, and old friend of my brothers. I remember when i was going to Panam during the summer she was staying with her sister living "in town". I got to see my first Drive Thru movie with her and her sister. It was independance day on July 4th. I don't think i've seen a movie at the drive through since. I don't even know if they still make drive thru's. it would be fun to go again. kind of nastiagic. kids now a days probably have no idea what i'm talking about. but back to my point.. what was my point, oh yea, I love my wife.

  • August 4, 2007
  • By John
  • Comments Off on my evil plan to take over
  • in day2day, music, work

my evil plan to take over

[audio:evilplan.mp3]

4819See i've been trying to steal these people from joe out from the stage and onto the spotlight of the booth.  Later this month Ford Audio/Video is having a seminar on sound so i decided to take some of the sound guys from church. well, in the adult building that would be Guy and myself.  In the youth most of them are gone but Rico will come too.  As a courtsey i offered Joe if anyone in the praise team wanted to come.  Gil i thought may but he probaly knows more about this stuff than all of us put together.  And i know anthony experesed an instrest.  But then the wierdest thing happened.  Girls started volunteering?!  can you belive that?  a girl wanting to learn about this stuff.  i was taken aback.  i guess there isn't a rule in the registration saying that they can't come.  i'll let you know how it ends up.

  • July 15, 2007
  • By John
  • Comments Off on am i’m turning into an old person?
  • in music, soul

am i’m turning into an old person?

i caught myself saying it more and more often, "When I was your age." 

[audio:yourage.mp3]

and it's not like i'm full of pearls of wisdom or anything.  or that kids now a days are even interested in what things were like back then.  i remember people telling me about days-of-old.  i think i was actually intersted but i was a geek.  and it's not like i'm all that old either.  (i say that while i'm watching grease on tv remembering the first time i heard their soundtrack thinking it was so cool)  i guess your only as old as you feel.  of course some mornings i feel older than others.

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