Apr 30 2008

Day 2


After another yummy dinner and a rousing pillow war with the kids, we went back into the studio to finish laying down the BGVs for Finally Home. I think this is my favorite tune on the album. Although, there are 11 others that are close runers-up.
Our niece, Ashley (5), gave us that colorful piece of music you see on my stand. Thanks Ash!

John just went to the tracking room to start on Arrived. This is a really strong song that brings our imaginations to the throne room of heaven. I love the chorus lyrics -

When we’ve arrived, stunned and surprised
All things resolved in the blink of an eye
No more distractions, no sin left to fight
The first glimpse of Jesus and faith becomes sight

At this point we’ve finished vocals on 7 out of 12 tunes. We’re really pleased with how it’s going. The tracks sound amazing too - last week John, Ryan and Brian recorded the electric guitars and strings down in Orange County. The week before that it was drums, bass, piano and acoustic guitar.

After we finish vocals, the final stages will be mixing, mastering and then off to print! We’re also really excited about the artwork - I won’t spoil it by giving you any hints. :)

Apr 30 2008

Day 2 Begins


the guys

Yesterday we finished The Longing, Eternal Praise and David’s Hymn. June made a delicious enchilada dinner and I got to play legos with the little boys.

This morning, after breakfast and some more legos we were greeted by some deer just outside the studio - a doe and 2 fawns grazing on the Steckler’s property


John started recording vocals for Fairest Lord Jesus and I absolutely LOVE this arrangement- it’s fresh and devotional all at the same time. Brian is a fantastic arranger/producer/engineer/musician and just a cool guy all around. We’re priviledged to be spending time up here with his sweet family in his great studio.

Apr 29 2008

Vocal Dubbing


It’s day one at The Stickhouse up in Meadow Vista, CA where we’re working on vocals for the Resolved CD. John and I flew up this morning and enjoyed a nice drive with Brian Steckler (producer) through the historic gold-rush town of Auburn, a burger at In-N-Out, and a quick tour of Brian’s studio and home. After meeting June, Brian’s wife and artist extraodinaire, and his son, Nate (4) wearing a fantastic cape, we jumped right in to the first song; The Longing. It was written by our wonderful and talented friend, Ryan Foglesong and it’s a lovely hymn about longing for heaven. John sang all the leads with a cool, breathy, folksy style and I sang simple back-ups on the last verse.

After we laid down the vocals for that song, Brian and June’s older son, Zane (7) came home from school and we got to meet him too. What a sweet family!

We’re making good progress and are looking forward to the rest of the week. More to follow!

Apr 22 2008

Resolved Music


This past week marked the beginning of production for the first official Resolved Music project. A while back Rick Holland asked me to consider starting a worship resource ministry that would flow out of the Resolved conference. God has blessed our ministry with humble and gifted musicians and writers who share a singular passion for seeing Christ glorified in our musical expressions of worship. It’s a privilege to work alongside of them in Crossroads and now in the beginning stages of Resolved Music.

There’s an old saying that goes ”Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die!” The topic of study at Resolved 2008 is heaven and hell. In preparation for the conference, I have been freshly convicted by how often I do not live in light of eternity. This is a mindset that should affect every aspect of my life and interaction with others. This world is not my home, and yet I have to wonder how often my choices communicate that my mindset is very much in this world.  I am convinced that, unlike the generations of believers before us, we have lost sight of what it means to truly live according to the hope of our glorious home. I also believe that we fail to evangelize in light of the eternal judgement that awaits those who do not embrace Christ as Lord. 

As I considered putting a Resolved Music project together, I was struck by the absence of worship songs that focus on our glorious hope. After much prayer, it seemed appropriate for the Resolved Music team to take on the task of writing and producing a few songs that would do just that. The Lord brought together the right team for this project and it has been a remarkable experience to see it take shape. Ryan Foglesong (e. bass, writer) and David Zimmer (drums, writer) stepped up to take the challenge of writing for the album. Their combined efforts have yielded incredible songs that focus you on that day when we’ll be in the presence of our Savior. Rick Holland has been a tremendous help in writing lyrics that are bathed in the rich truth of Scripture.  Brian Steckler is producing the album and has brought a dimension of skill and creativity that has exceeded my hopes and expectations. It has been a thrill to say the least.

The CD will have a total of 12 songs, 10 of which are brand-new and 2 that are updated hymn arrangements. I’ll continue posting updates here over the next few weeks. The album is appropriately titled O For The Day and we’re aiming to release it on June 13 at Resolved. Stay tuned!

Nov 15 2007

You Are What You Worship


“A person will worship something, have no doubt about that. We may think our tribute is paid in secret in the dark recesses of our hearts - but it will out. That which dominates our imaginations and our thoughts will determine our lives, and our character. Therefore, it behooves us to be careful what we worship, for what we are worshipping we are becoming.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson