So much to say

•March 7, 2009 • Leave a Comment

I have been a miserable blogger. I admit it. However, I am now officially on Spring Break, and am ready to catch y’all up on everything that’s been going on. So, without further ado…

 

Story::Song::Life launched 2 weeks ago and definitely exceeded our expectations. We spent all day moving chairs, rearranging furniture, setting up a cafe, displaying art, sound checking, praying, etc..It was a long day, but it was so good. And there is absolutely no way we could have done it without all of our friends and family who contributed to the event in countless ways. Thanks to…

  • Patti Endejan for making a  bajillion cookies
  • my roommates for running errands and helping to set everything up
  • Bry for bringing your artwork and Kyle for helping to set it up (not to mention the loads of chairs you moved)
  • David Ayres for running sound
  • Charlie Eaton for taking pictures
  • Ross for filming the evening
  • Brigette for vaccuuming every single ounce of seating in theDoxa
  • All the Jessicas (Petit, Perkins, Rodell) for running the table, standing at the door, printing off convo cards, etc…
  • Everyone else who helped out in any way..we seriously could not have done it without you guys. We are so grateful for your support of our ministry, and for demonstrating that support and encouragement that night through your willingness to serve. 

Here are some pictures from the evening:

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Eric Bausell

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The second installment of Story:Song:Life should be heading your way in the very near future. We’re always looking for new writers, artists, venues, etc.. So, if you fit any of those categories, we definitely want to hear from you! Our goal is to get as many people involved in this ministry as possible, regardless of what capacity. I believe that we have such a unique opportunity as artists to build relationships and bring people together that may have never met otherwise. We’ll be posting more pictures and such as they come in. You can check them out at the Story:Song:Life blog. Also, if you’re interested in getting involved in any way, send us an e-mail at storysonglife@gmail.com. We’re excited to see where God continues to lead in this ministry!

In other news…

I’m back in the studio! It’s been almost two years since I last released something, and I’m way excited to walk through this process again. God has been so faithful, always providing opportunities and opening doors for the recording process to transpire. I just finished laying down all of my scratch tracks and am going to start working on some pre-production stuff this weekend (on my long drive to chicago…more on that later). I can’t wait to really start working on these songs. I’m so excited to just take time and be creative, not to mention being able to work alongside some incredibly gifted people. Be praying for me and everyone involved..I’ll be sure to keep you updated in this process! 

Aside from recording, I’ve also been in the process of finding a new job. After finishing my job as a worship intern at Grace Church last semester, I began really praying about where I was supposed to serve next. I’ve been talking with a few churches and have not fully committed to any of them; however, I will be leading out at Fellowship at Weldon Springs for at least a little while. I love the people out at Fellowship and am excited to be able to serve alongside them, if even for just a season. I’m continuing to pray about where to fully commit to, but I believe that God will bring great clarity into this situation in His time. I’m excited to take that next step with Him!

At this point I must confess something- it is currently 7:16 pm. I started this entry at 9-ish this morning. I’m apparently a rrreeeaaalllyyy slow typer. Ha. Actually, I was sitting on the second first-round MBU ministry group auditions today. (Did you catch all that?) I’m excited to see how these groups take shape. We’ve seen a lot of potential in these students coupled with true hearts for service. It’s been really cool to hear their stories and to see their authentic desire for genuine worship. 

Alright, I suppose that’s enough for today. Oh wait, one more thing! I’m going to Chicago tomorrow! I’ve never been to Chicago before and am super excited!! Stay tuned for pictures! (On my new super sweet camera, nonetheless…) 🙂 Have a wonderful week!

Biology class is great for blogging

•March 2, 2009 • Leave a Comment

So..the past three weeks have been pretty stinkin’ crazy! They’ve been really really good (minus the papers and midterms and such), but oh, so busy! I am so excited to tell you about all of the craziness -and I promise I will very soon- but right now, I’m just going to ask you all to pray for all of the upcoming things: story:song:life part b, new jobs, recording sessions, etc…

God is so faithful, and I can’t wait to tell you of His faithfulness! Until then…I pray have a fabulous Monday!!

“When the righteous see God in action they’ll laugh, they’ll sing, they’ll laugh and sing for joy.”  Psalm 68:3 (The Message)

It’s quite a day

•February 14, 2009 • Leave a Comment

It was Mrs. White in the study with the revolver. That’s all I have to say.

Oh, and I’m sitting in on the MBU ministry Group Auditions right now. One down, plenty more to go. It’s going to be a long (but good) day. 🙂

Whodunit?

•February 13, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Well friends, tis the day before Valentine’s Day. Ask me how I’m celebrating? By “CLUE: the musical” for my Media Production class! Yes, romantic indeed. I will actually be spending Valentine’s Day in Kearney, MO with SpiritWing. It’s been a while since we’ve been on a long trip, so it should be fun. I’m praying God will use us on and off the stage.

Tonight, however, I am an undercover detective. I will let you know whodunit as soon as I have solved the mystery myself. I pray I will be able to answer this pressing question and put many of your minds at ease with my discoveries.

Have a lovely evening, and happy early Valentine’s Day!

Meet My Friends

•February 11, 2009 • Leave a Comment

I want to introduce you to a few people. These people have become dear friends of mine, and I am blessed to be able to work alongside them. They are each gifted artists and writers who are making an impact for the Kingdom through their art. 

Harry Walls IV

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Harry is a student at Missouri Baptist University, and I have had the immense privilege to serve alongside him in many ways. We met last year in SpiritWing, and have since become great friends. Harry currently serves as Worship Pastor at Gateway to Grace fellowship. Harry is a phenomenal writer and pianist, and I am daily encouraged by his heart for music and for ministry. He is married to a beautiful woman from New Mexico named Eva, and he has two precious daughters, Kahmylia and Brisa.

Christy Kelly

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I actually initially met Christy through a very good friend and former Winger, Daniel Meyer, who just happens to be Christy’s brother. I had no idea how talented Christy was. Christy is a wonderful singer and an incredible writer. She truly understands what it means to see the world poetically and she communicates that so clearly in her music. Earlier this year, Christy won first place in her division at Write About Jesus, a songwriting competition, for her song “We Believe.” Christy is also a graduate of Missouri Baptist University, as well as a former SpiritWing-er. She is married to Matt and has an adorable daughter named Madeline.

 

Eric Bausell

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Eric is actually a new friend of mine; however, he has known both Christy and Harry for several years. I met Eric via Harry on what turned out to be a monumental day for Story:Song:Life. Harry had to run over to Eric’s church to pick something up and while we were waiting in Eric’s office for him to return, I mentioned my idea of a writers-in-the-round concert and potential bigger ministry concepts to Harry. We started talking through it a little bit, trying to come up with people who could be a part of it. We talked about Christy, and then were like, “Who else could we ask?” Sitting next to us, on Eric’s desk, happened to be a flyer promoting an upcoming concert of Eric’s. “Oh yeah,” Harry said. “Eric’s a writer too.” When Eric came back into the room we ran the idea by him, and it all just seemed to click.

Although I haven’t known Eric for very long, I’ve known him long enough to know that he truly has a heart for the arts and for the people involved. His music is honest and has great depth and character. Each time I listen to him, I am challenged to be a better writer. Eric graduated from Webster University with a degree in Music Composition. He is currently serving as the Director of Worship Arts at West HIlls Community Church. Eric is married to Laura Lee and has a son named Cole.   

So…there you have it. These are the folks that I have been working with over the past few months. If it weren’t for these guys, my vision for Story:Song:Life would be nothing more than just that- a vision. But with their help,  I am seeing this come to fruition. Please, come join us in this. Come see our vision, hear our hearts, and share your story. We are excited about what God’s doing in this, and we want you to be a part of it too!

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Story::Song::Life Launch

•January 27, 2009 • 3 Comments

It’s been awhile. My apologies. So much has been going on, and I’m excited to tell you about how it’s all taking shape!

For starters, remember how I told you to mark your calendars for February 6th? Well…I lied. We actually ended up rescheduling the event for February 20th. So…remark your calendars! I’m sorry that it’s taken me so long to update you with all the details, but I’m excited to let you in on them now! In an earlier post I mentioned that our hope was to create a “sustainable event that reaches out into the artist community and creates a forum for songwriters and artists of all sorts.” After several weeks of prayer and discussion, we’ve solidified several things, including much of our long-term vision as well as our heart for the initial launch of this ministry.

I’ve joined forces with three dear friends and tremendous artists: Harry Walls, Christy Kelly, and Eric Bausell. Together, we will be launching Story::Song::Life, a multi-faceted ministry with a vision to create an atmosphere for spiritual conversations, a forum for artists and writers, and an opportunity for the community to converge through the arts. We believe that every single person is a part of  a great story, and we, as writers and musicians, want to tell our story- and ultimately, the story of the Gospel- through song. We each have a heart for the arts and feel as though we have been given a great platform through our music to make an impact for the Kingdom. 

So, on February 20th, the first of (hopefully) many concerts will begin. Each concert will be in a “writers-in-the-round” format, and will feature 4-ish artists. We will be holding these concerts approximately every other month, incorporating various artists from the area at each concert. Aside from the musical side of things, we also want to be able to incorporate artists of other sorts. (i.e, photography, graphic design, painting, jewelry, underwater basket weaving etc…). We are hoping to be able to display artwork from local “visual artists,” at each concert as well. We believe in creating an event that unites artists of all mediums who may never have had the opportunity to meet otherwise. 

The four of us met yesterday to finalize a few things, and I cannot tell you how excited I am about this event! There is something so compelling about being around fellow artists who are passionate about the cause of Christ. If you think about it,  continue to pray for us and for the final details for the first Story::Song::Life. 

And if you’re in the area, definitely head out to the Doxa (at West Hills Community Church) on February 20th at 7 pm to hear the “founding four” play. We want to share our story with you!!  And we want to hear your story too! If you are an artist of any sort and would be interested in being a part of Story::Song::Life, shoot us an e-mail @ storysonglife@gmail.com. We’re already booking for the next one, so let us know you’re out there!!

“…and although we each have our own story, a great adventure emerges when we bring them all together as one.”  -EPCOT Intercom Man

A Happy Happy Birthday!

•January 13, 2009 • 1 Comment

Happy Birthday! To who? To me! Yep, that’s right. It’s my birthday! My 20th birthday, as a matter of a fact. Slightly bittersweet…I have officially left my teenage years and have begun a brand new decade in my life.

At 6:45 a.m. this morning, I was awakened to a blinding light, streamers, balloons, and roommates with noisemakers in their mouths, yelling, “Happy Birthday!” After adjusting my eyes, we went upstairs to more streamers, balloons, and a giant sugar cookie cake. The girls got up at 5 a.m. to bake and decorate. Aren’t they sweet?

Altogether, it’s been a good day. I had a rough start to my week ( I was sick, and I got in an accident yesterday), but today has been pretty good. I took my car to the shop today and picked up a brand new Kia Spectra. It’s not the biggest or nicest thing I’ve ever driven, but it’s pretty, and it’s a car. 🙂

I have all sorts of pictures to post relating to this blog, but I’m in class right now (Shh! Don’t tell!) and can’t upload them… I’ll try to get them up here when I get a chance!

On another note, I finished all 4 seasons of LOST. Season 5 starts a week from tomorrow! Woohoo!