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Great Worship Music You Won’t Hear on the Radio: Cities Apart

This is a friend of ours named Josh Smith from Memphis that my wife Kolby knows from high school. He leads worship at Christ United Methodist Church. These are a couple songs from the two CDs he’s released under the name Cities Apart. You can find more info and chord charts at http://citiesapartband.com/ or buy the songs on iTunes.


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For Sale: PRS Starla, Gretsch Country Classic, Fender Tele, 65 Amps Marquee, Boss DD-7

This is not what I normally use my blog for, but it’s my blog, so who’s gonna stop me? The guys at church laugh at me. It’s become a running joke how many guitars and amps I have gone through, but I’m at it again. I love trying new things, so I go through a lot of gear. It’s become a bit of a hobby to shop around and find good stuff and trade with people. And I’ve met some cool people doing it, so it’s a win-win.

Prices are for a local sale in Memphis, TN. Otherwise, I could ship and take Paypal, but that’s on you.

Gretsch Country Classic $1500
It’s in nice shape, with Bigsby. I believe this is a 2002. Strap locks, OHSC.

PRS Starla $1100 SOLD
PRS Humbucking pups hwith coil splitting and a Bigsby. This is an extremely versatile guitar! They started making these in ’07, but I’m not sure the exact year. Dunlop strap locks, OHSC.

Fender American Standard Telecaster $700 SOLD
Blizzard pearl with two single coil Tele pups. Rosewood neck. 2009 model in like new condition. Dunlop strap locks and OHSC.

65 Amps Marquee Head w/2×12″ cab and road case (fits the head and cab together). Has been on tour and has a few signs of wear, but sounds phenomenal.
Would sell the head for $1500 SOLD
Cab for $650 (no pictures of the cab, but the condition is very similar to the head) sOLD
Road case for $300 SOLD
To sell the cab, I have to find another amp, which mean the head has to sell first. Really would prefer to trade for a Morgan.

Boss DD-7 $110 SOLD
It’s a Boss delay pedal. Internal or external tap tempo and looping. In good shape with velcro. It’s sturdy and reliable.

Here are some pictures of everything, including some other stuff I already sold: Album 1 | Album 2

Trades I’m interested in would be a Gibson ES-137 (or something similar), a Morgan amp in head/cab config (prefer EL84s and EF86), or a tube mic in the $1500 and under range (Advanced Audio, Lawson, ADK Custom Shop, Pearlman, Soundelux).

If you’re interested, leave me a comment or Tweet me.


The Story of Our Lives is God’s

This is a great song by a friend of ours called “White Page.” As good as the song is, the video is even better. Check it out.


The Sound of Music

One of my hopes in starting this blog was to use it as a way to work through song ideas and share them. I have been writing songs since I picked up the guitar nearly 14 years ago, and have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of a worship team at our church over the past four years that is constantly writing songs for worship and singing these new songs to the Lord. I am a firm believer that the music of the church has a profound impact on shaping the church’s culture. Songs that grow out of the life of the church give the church an opportunity to clearly express together a shared identity in Christ and render praise to God for this identity.

Over the course of the last two years, I have bought and sold thousands of dollars worth of musical and recording equipment. It’s sort of an odd hobby I have, and it’s been a chance to meet a lot of people with similar interests and aspirations. But several months ago, I had run out of time and space for my recording equipment, so I sold it all and with some of the money, bought some new guitar gear. After a songwriting event at the seminary recently, I finally decided I wanted at least a basic recording setup for song ideas as they came and making some basic demos. So this week, I bought an Apogee Duet 2 on eBay that I hope to use to capture some of what I’m working on. So hopefully, I’ll be getting some new material here soon. In the meantime, enjoy some music from Needtobreathe.

They teased us last week at the concert. They played the intro 1 chord with the 4 suspended chord over and over and over for like 10 minutes, Bear muttered a bunch of stuff, and then they stopped and went on to another song. Not cool guys. Not cool. Play the song already.


Seeing NEEDTOBREATHE in Concert in Lexington

How awesome is my wife? In January she asked who my favorite band was. I said Needtobreathe was near the top right now, so she bought two tickets to their show in Lexington (about an hour drive) three months out. She told me to keep my night free, but wouldn’t tell me what we were doing.

Ben Rector opened. If you don’t own his CD, you should. I discovered Ben via a free Noise Trade sampler about six months ago. Very fun, lively, and soulful tunes. Ben and his band made for one of the best opening acts I’ve seen.

Then Needtobreathe came on. I’ll have to say, I’ve been to a lot of really loud concerts. I may just be getting old, but I think this may have been the loudest concert I’ve ever been to. My ears felt violated. But in spite of the overwhelming decibel level, it was a great show. I love the way Needtobreathe melds together their gospel music roots with very singable pop/rock melodies and blues rock guitars. A little piano and organ to fill out the sound, and oodles of harmonies. If you aren’t listening to these guys, you should be. You can thank me later.

So here’s a little video Kolby took from her camera at the show. It’s on YouTube, but it’s private. You can only get to it from here. Enjoy!


Heaven & Earth: Our Future Hope

We heard a sermon this Sunday on Heaven. One book on my reading list is NT Wright’s book Surprised by Hope. I have watched the DVD that goes with the book. Wright points out on the DVD how our understanding of our future hope has shifted over the past few centuries. Here’s a short clip:

There are a couple things I’ve noticed since listening to Wright. The first is how little we talk about heaven in any detail. It plays such a small role in how we think about the world, and is seldom a subject of the songs we sing as a church. We started singing On Jordan’s Stormy Banks as a church a couple years ago. As of now, I think this is the only song explicitly about heaven that we sing (and for that reason, we sing it regularly). The evangelical church in America has done a poor job of thinking about and envisioning heaven in the last century, instead turning over our responsibility to pop culture’s pie in the sky by and by theology (harps and clouds sold separately). We must reclaim this role, and inspire the imaginations of Christians. People need to see hope consistently before their eyes.

The second is how consistently we have divorced heaven and earth. When Isaiah and Revelation speak about heaven, it is regularly tied to earth. The picture given in both books is of heaven and earth being reunited – the earth being restored, the stain of sin and the fall being removed, and God’s presence once more filling the whole earth as His Temple, like a worldwide Garden of Eden. Repeatedly, the Old Testament proclaims that “the glory of Yahweh will fill the earth as the waters cover the sea” (Hab 2:14; cf. Num 14:21; Ps 72:19; Is 11:9; also Ex 40:34-35; Is 6:3). So the heaven we should envision is not an ethereal eternal home in the sky, but the place of God’s presence coming to earth.

We are taught by the Lord Jesus to pray for the Father’s kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven. When is the last time we really focused on the joining together of the two realms of God’s kingdom? Heaven on earth, resurrection, new creation… these concepts come together in Scripture to present a future hope that inspired the Apostles to preach the gospel throughout the Roman Empire, through persecution and great suffering. It inspired the movement to abolish slavery. It inspired the modern missionary movement. Only when we understand the next life, can we lay this one down. Let’s start a movement in this generation to recapture the vision of the new heavens and the new earth, where God dwells with His people forever!


Happy Birthday Kristian Stanfill

In middle school and high school I had the pleasure of being led in worship by this guy. Then I got to run sound for him for a couple months. I tried, but I never could find a “suck button.” He was great then, and played with some extremely talented guys.

It’s been a lot of fun to see him come into his own as an artist. This is one of my favorite songs he’s written, and one we have used pretty regularly at church. Happy Birthday Kristian!