I came home from work Friday afternoon and had this feeling that something musical would pop out if I just grabbed a guitar. I can never really rely on this happening/feeling/vibe/experience/whatever it is. Years can go by and I won’t feel this. And then, when inspiration hits, I usually have a decent duration of time when I just know I can write and/or arrange a song if I simply sit down and do it. When this happens, it’s kinda bewildering how music comes through and out of me. I don’t get it…and I’ve learned not to care about not understanding it. It’s a gift when it’s there, and I’m not frustrated when it ain’t.
I plinked and plunked with my old fake Gibson acoustic guitar my mom bought in the early 80s at a Sears closeout sale in Omaha, and out flew something that had me mighty excited. I spent about an hour in the recording studio laying parts, got all giddy about what my fingers were freely and quickly doing (I don’t understand why my left hand knows where to go on the fretboard in these different tunings that I try…I can’t read music and theory baffles me) and then I ran upstairs to tell Lisa I’d sure love her to hear what I’d just done…or maybe more accurately…what had just happened.
She LOVED it! In fact, she said it was hands down her favorite thing from me she’s heard in ages. And folks, it’s quirky. It’s happy. And I feel it’s only started. When the gurlz are down tonight I plan on heading back down to the studio to tinker. If I get it near to where I’m feeling it’s close to being a full piece, maybe I’ll post it in a few days. Lisa thinks this was the piece that came to define the record. At least for her. I’ve been creeping into this zone for awhile now so my head, heart and soul are pretty deep into it. I can even recall a few rare studio/songwriting moments over the past five or six years that hinted at this vibe to come.
We have not been prolific or musically active for pert near a decade. We finished “Sunshine Saturday” in early 2002 and then recorded a very pared down hymns record a couple of years ago. That’s it. But the life we’ve lived, the new music we’ve soaked in, the huge experiences we’ve had, the friends we’ve made, the vibes our souls have soaked in, growing closer to our Lord Jesus, realizing He made us to do this, me having a day job for the past six years as an audio editor for a music company, me learning how to use a computer(!), it’s all added up to this very rich, exciting, mysterious record that is speaking loudly to us.
Folks, we’ve never made a record like this before. And yet, we kinda have. It’s definitely us. But we get to share our lives and journey with you through this. You’ll hear it. And we pray…you’ll feel it.
God bless you, thank you for reading, and always know…your prayers are much needed and appreciated.