What Lanco Taught Me
A week ago we played a show with Lanco, who is having a really good run with their song “Greatest Love Story”. They are really good guys just out there hitting it and after 5 years things are beginning to really take off for them. They flew into this date and then were picked up and brought to the venue. Later after the show, I was talking with Brandon, the lead singer and he was telling me how much pulling up back of the venue and seeing our RV made them miss the one they
Everyone's a prodigy
Steve Harvey’s “Little Big Shots” is just one example of the entertainment value of seeing kids do extraordinary things at such a young age. We tend to label them as prodigies. Kids that have barely been walking and talking, playing the piano like a pro, others singing with the tone and control of a seasoned vocalist, and so on. So...how does that happen. Is it a miracle? Are they a freak of nature? Were their parents better parents than me? I mean, my kids are awesome
“She’ll Let Me Love Her The Way You Wouldn’t”
Oct 15 We just recently released a 4 song CD this week with the digital version being available on Oct 23. I woke up this morning reflecting on how one of the songs came about and the message the song ultimately delivers. Many of us have heard the Hal Lindsey quote, “Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air...but only for one second without hope.” The song on our album, “The way you wouldn’t” is about what m
Jason Vorhees Teaches Relaxed Intensity
Dustin, one of my partners, sent me a text last night saying “how about a Jason Vorhees post for Friday the 13th.” My first thought was, I’m not sure I know how to incorporate a masque wearing, mass murdering freak into a message that is uplifting and helpful. But then it hit me, I figured out Jason’s secret. Jason was a master at the “art of allowing”. Think about it. His victims for the most part always ended up in the wrong place, at the wrong time and he just “happen
Are you selfish enough?
We as humans we are innately selfish human beings that have been told since we were kids to not be selfish. Share your toys, share your food, give to others and so on. I completely agree with doing all those things. However, let me give you an alternate idea to think about. If we are naturally inclined to selfishness, what if instead of trying to continue to buck it, what about the idea of just changing the subject of our selfishness. Right now, some of you are about to c
6 Words to Change Your Life Today
“Everything always works out for me” is sentence I adopted a while back on the advice of someone else that quickly changed my trajectory. Just the simple act of repeating that phrase even if just in my head will give me a whole new outlook on any situation I might be going thru. That phrase alone helps me to remove the idea “bad situations” exist and that there are only “growth” situations. I can hear you the reader’s wheels turning as I type this thinking, “yea, but what a
The Ghost of the Blackwolf Barn Dance
This weekend was one for the memory books. Having a country band, you’d think we’d play a lot of shows in barns, cause that what you do right? Surprising, even though we do a lot of “barn parties”, they are never really in a barn. Well not this weekend. We played a show for the Blackwolf Barn Dance. Now that sounds official, but here’s the real story to the best of my knowledge. Blackwolf is a now ghost town outside of Ellsworth, KS where this barn used to be located.
Barometer vs Thermostat
Do people’s eyes light up when they are around you? This is a question I have never asked myself until today. A friend of mine sent me a link to a TED Talk by Benjamin Zander on music and passion and one of his main points and questions to the audience was just that. I’ve included the link below because it is most definitely worth watching. I have been processing his talk for the last 24 hours and have some definite thoughts about it. I know there are more times then I ca
Art Imitates Life
With less than a week until our EP is pressed and at our doorstep, so many thoughts go thru my head. There were thousands of hours put into this collective representation of who we are today. There were times I wondered if it would ever get done. But we just kept on with the mindset of, “this one has to be the best we have ever done.” The reason we felt that, was because we are the best we’ve ever been, for sure musically, but more important, as people. The hours we have
Who Cares Anyway?
For years I made decisions based on what others would think of me. Trying too hard to make people like me was a long, conditioned thought pattern. It’s a very exhausting way to live. In reality, no one else really cares that much about whether they like me or not, because each person is looking through their own lense of wondering what others think of them on some level. This got real crazy when I had more than one person in my life that I was trying to impress. First of