Every year, I try to write and record an original Christmas song for friends and family. The first year I did it, I couldn’t afford gifts for anyone so I wanted to do something that still showed that I cared and was thinking about everyone. It just became an annual thing. I wasn’t able to write or record a song last year because I my son was born and we were stuck in the hospital due the discovery he has epilepsy. I’m fairly strapped for time this year as well, so I probably won’t get one done for the second year in a row. There is still hope.
Here are the four Christmas songs I’ve written and recorded. This first one is called I’m Going Broke For Christmas. I hope you like it!0 plays
I use this typewriter at work and it has created a desire for my very own. This one isn’t old enough. I want an old, antique, manual typewriter. There is a definite intimacy in using one of these machines. The sounds, the smell, the physical imprint of each letter’s inked stamp on the paper…all these things are so much more inspiring than using a traditional pad and pen or computer. I need to find my very own and see what sort of songs, lyrics, and stories are in it.
Some people were just born with musical greatness. I wish I could be half as good as this.
I got my ticket to see Ryan Adams in the mail. I’m so excited for this show. I haven’t seen him since he opened for Oasis with The Cardinals in ‘09. Supposedly, these shows are solo, which I happen to think are the best. There’s definitely something to be said about a man with a guitar singing stripped-down songs. Intimate = best.
I played yet another wedding this past summer. This one was on a softball field. It’s always a huge honor to play in someone’s wedding, but it’s also a huge responsibility with a lot of pressure. There is always new music to learn and you very well could make or break someone’s special day. In the end, it always ends up being a lot of fun and bettering me as a musician. It’s also nice if you get paid. ;)
I had an awesome time playing at Lord of Life today. It was great to see some old, familiar faces and meet some new ones as well. It’s always enjoyable and humbling playing with capable musicians. I’m glad I could be a small part of so many kids’ big day as they got confirmed. It feels good to play music for something more than just cheap entertainment.
This is my pedal set-up.
Boss TU-2 Tuner Jekyll & Hyde Ultimate Overdrive Boss DS-1 Distortion Boss DD-20 Giga Delay Dunlop Crybaby Wah Fender Channel Switcher/Gain Boost (The Mesa footswitch is for my old Dual Rectifier that I sold)
I’m looking to add a compression pedal sometime in the future, but food is more important. :)
I will be playing at Lord of Life Church in Ramsey tomorrow for the 10:30 service and the 2:00 confirmation ceremony. Ch ch ch check it out!