New today is "Name Above All Names" Song Commentary. (Click here)
I'm sure there're many that do not know this yet. About three years ago, Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, bought the Love Song catalog.
.My albums are not available in physical CDs yet, but all of my albums are available in their entirety on iTunes and other sites which do digital downloads. You can order CD-R's from our website of my albums. So hip hip hooray, go play!
WOW, UPDATING. WHAT A CONCEPT!
Well, I've actually beenworking on the site the last couple days. It is been a long time since I've done anything to improve our site. I actually do most of the work myself, not always easy to find the time.The last entry on "What's New", was in 2008. I almost had to laugh. No, actually, I did laugh.
I've been recording the random song here and there, and putting up single songs on iTunes. Latest is "By The Way", a song of repentance I wrote many years ago to my wife. It was after my first bout with alcohol, and I never sang it for her until this year. I never felt I could live up to the lyric. Still don't. Also released "Heart of America", which you probably heard if you came through the home page. Anyhow, I've got some pretty good new songs so I'm hoping for the Lord to show me how to, as is said here in Tennessee "Git 'er done!".
I am working on "Song Commentary" for "Name Above All Names" album. Should be up on the site in the next week. More to follow, as I am planning on putting out a booklet with the story of how I wrote every song I've ever recorded. Plan is to have it free ofcharge, as a gift/promotional tool.
Also, I'm highly improving the Photo Gallery. The pathetic little thumbnails, with no enlargement capabilities will soon be a thing of the past. Full blown high rez enlargements will soon be available. Actually, right now, Early Years and Love Song Years are done. I will be adding some other photos to these categories as well. Planning on a "Family" section if my very private family will give permission. Many of you have asked, and I will try to get that together.
I am looking for clients for something new I am seeking to do to augment my dwindling income. I am an expert at digitizing and restoring photos.I will be launching a web site before too long, hopefully, which will show examples of my work, and very reasonable prices. So, if you have old slides,negatives, whatever, I can scan them. You will then choose any photos that you want restored and I will expertly make them like new. Email me if you want to discuss. I also will be doing audio transfers: old cassettes,tapes, LPs, digitized and cleaned up, by a veteran of 50 years. Stay tuned.
May 23, 2008
Final mastering references were approved today. Now we have to get the master copies to the manufacturers. They already have the finished artwork.
Prayers, condolences and our love go out to the family of Stephen Curtis Chapman during this time of unimagineable tragedy. Our hearts are broken for you all.
GONNA SPANK SOON
May 5, 2008
Well, things always take longer than expected, but we really are almost ready to deliver. Final mixes are approved, and the artwork is 95% done. We have to adjust some levels on the overall project, then we can send the "parts" for manufacturing. One final step I am looking into will be final mastering. This is an optional step, but can bump up the overall quality by 10 or 15%. I am currently in LA, will be back in Nashville on Wed., and will be able to finalize all this next week.
BTW, Lyrics & Chords for the album "The Stand" are finally posted.
THE BABY IS CROWNING
Apr 18, 2008
The new CD is in the "final tweak" stage of mixing. This is where we make small nearly imperceptible changes to the mix. This process should be finished by middle of next week. The artwork is in process, and we are looking to manufacture by the end of the month
We'll keep you posted
To all you faithful who actually check "What's New" after so little activity in the update department..
That's all for now...
LATEST ON CD
Jan. 30, 2008
You all know by now how unreliable I am about updates, so we won’t even go there
BEGINNINGS CONCERT: First off, I think that the “Beginnings” concert DVD is released. It was originally called “Touching Our Roots”. After the concert, there were so many problems with the post production and finances that it looked like once again, it was a great piece that would never see the light of day. However, a group of investors stepped in and saved it. It is now for sale from this web site, and is top quality. Check it out: beginningsconcert.com.
WORSHIP CD: Karen and I spent nearly 7 months in California from June until mid-January. I took all my recording equipment out to L.A. for the duration, and recorded guitars out there with my good friend Caleb Quaye. My oldest daughter Kristin got some folks from her church together to re-record congregational singing. So we made a lot of progress while out there.
ANNOUNCING AMAZING CONCERT!!!
Well, despite my best intentions, it has been over a year since my last update. No excuses, I guess this is just how it will be.
First order of business, I want to let you know how excited I am about this upcoming concert in San Antonio, TX on Oct. 13 and 14th this year (same show, different nights). Frankly, when this concert was booked, I was only mildly enthused, as these type of events rarely turn out to be very successful or of very high quality.
Here’s the list of who’s on the bill:
If there’s any way you can make this event, I recommend that you do.
Check this website for details: www.touchingourroots.com
Our home studio is finally finished. The vocal booth is ready, computer and software upgrades are completed, and all the files from waiting projects have been imported into the new system and are ready to go. The room is due for a major cleaning from all the construction and other mess, and then the work environment is good to go.
This has involved far more time and expense than I originally anticipated, but everything is done right.
So be praying that now I will have time to work on this stuff. Traveling is brutal, and when I get home for less than a week, all time is spent on catching up on email, bills, etc. then it’s time to go again. Pray for a good block of time to come my way, and for focus. I don’t know why, but focus has been difficult since the move to Nashville. I believe that part of it is the spirit over the town, but days seem to speed by, and the day ends with a feeling that nothing much was accomplished, even when much HAS. Part of it is that I’ve noticed that the older I get, the quicker days seem to pass, but there is definitely something spiritual involved here as well. There is a spirit of apathy and false well-being over this town, and it’s hard to fight. It’s part of the reason that there are so many churches, but so little real spiritual energy and excitement. Maybe I’ll do more of a rant at a later time, but for now, pray for me that I can focus on what’s important.
I’ll try to do better with future updates.
“Personal Worship, Vol. 2”:
We are hard at work finishing up the home studio. The Lord provided a budget to move ahead, and construction is nearly done on the world class vocal booth we will have, thanks to my son-in-law, Mike Childers, and his brother Mark. We have already upgraded to a new Mac G5, and after I return from Australia in early December, we will complete the room by choosing the hardware and software. This will result in a world class overdub room, with tracking and mixing to be done at Mike & Mark’s newly finished studio. Next step will be to final edit the sequence, and add my daughter Alisa’s background vocals. Final mixes will be done at Mike and Mark’s.
Please pray for my Australian tour, starting Nov. 13. Also pray for the fairly involved DVD shoot going on down there, a full concert featuring me with a band, a string quartet, and a Samoan choir! There’s a lot riding on the success of this shoot, and there will be a lot of pressure on me to deliver a spiritually centered concert in the midst of all the technical considerations.
Thanks to all of you who follow my itinerary and pray for my ministry.
I wanted to take a minute to thank the people responsible for the facelift on the web site.
I'm motivated to be a little more "hands on" with the web site from here on, at least to the extent of more frequent "What's New" pages, so keep checking back.
Man, I am so sorry that I don’t get news out more often. I get inspired when I have no time, and when I do have time, I often don’t find the inspiration. Pray for me!
It has been a year or more since last I posted news. We have settled into Nashville very comfortably. Many things about the attitudes and way of life in the South are still foreign to us, but we are thriving behind the slower pace, and the eased financial burden of living here.
We are involved in a great church. Our pastor is Lindell Cooley, who was the worship leader at the Brownsville AG, Pensacola, FL revival for many years. He is trying to build a church that will let the Holy Spirit breathe, and is an excellent and anointed worship leader. The church has been here a little over one year, and is growing slowly but steadily. We are discussing possibilities for ministering to the music community here in Nashville, and our church is already something of a “musician’s church”. (of course, I guess all churches in Nashville are to a degree).
The worship project is not moving ahead yet, and for that I am remiss and truly sorry. It is waiting on the completion of our home overdub studio, which right now entails the building of a vocal booth, and the acquiring of an updated Mac computer. We are currently dealing with the passing of my wife Karen’s mother, but will probably be able to finish things up in early October. We will then be adding my daughter Alisa’s background vocals, and doing some additional instrumentation before mixing. Mixing will depend on the completion of my son-in-law’s full service studio, which is almost completed, but is still almost a year overdue.
After the completion of the worship project, I am looking forward to doing my first recording in 15 years using live players in the studio at one time. Hopefully we will be starting that in the first half of next year.
That’s about it. The web site will be undergoing a major face lift here very soon, and I am committed to keeping things more up to date. Pray for me that I don’t fold like a house of cards!
God bless you all and thanks as always for your tremendous moral support over the years..
Dear friends and supporters of this ministry.
Well, what a summer it has been so far! A couple
of months back, God began to stir the hearts of my wife Karen and I
about a huge life style change. We weren’t sure what was going
to happen, but many things occurred which literally forced us into moving
to …..Nashville! We were very skeptical at first, but as the steps
began to fall into place, it became obvious that this was His will for
us at this stage of our life.
1) A MORE MANAGEABLE FINANCIAL SITUATION. The cost of living in LA had become very burdensome, and I was looking for way to downsize our overhead. Selling our house there, liquidating our burdensome mortgages, and buying one here seemed to make great sense.
2) GREATER EASE IN MAKING RECORDINGS.. A family situation has made the use of a local studio available to me. This, coupled with my own limited studio situation, promised the possibility of making my future recordings at substantial savings.
3) THE POSSIBILITY OF MENTORING YOUNG MUSICIANS. Almost everybody in CCM lives here now, and if I was ever going to impact the younger generation of musicians with whatever wisdom and experience I have to offer, it was not happening in L.A. I feel that the Lord has told me He will be able to realize this potential far more easily here in Nashville.
4) REALIZING A DREAM TO START A WORSHIP EVENT
OR MUSICIAN’S FELLOWSHIP OR BOTH. Many years of attempting to
get an event off the ground which I called ‘WORSHIP L.A.”,
never resulted in anything permanent. There never seemed to be the perfect
venue or time or situation to get the event off the ground on a regular
basis. I believe that God is going to fulfill this vision here. Here,
there is a sense of new beginning, and I believe that with the proliferation
of excellent churches in this are, my event will find a home. The same
thing might go for a Musician’s Fellowship. This directly impacts
the completion of the long awaited Vol. 2 of “Personal Worship”.
Karen and I would like to extend a special thank you not only to all of you who have supported us, but a special acknowledgement to those individuals who have really come along side in making this transition go so smoothly. Starting with Susie Dixon, who is our personal assistant, and always goes above and beyond what we could imagine. Also Randy Dixon, Rod and Deb Reimer, Eric Brown, and Linda Oakland.
God bless all of you.
(BTW, Mars Hill lives again! The board is finally