One Simple Word

One Simple Word

Romans 13:8-10

Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity.

Paul breaks it down to one simple word, love.

And he’s not talking about wanting to go over and boink the neighbor.

He’s talking about simply respecting another life.

King Solomon talked about the folly of pride and vanity.  Paul is taking that further.

“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  By neighbor Paul means every human life, everyone is your neighbor.

It’s a simple concept but don’t confuse simple with easy. Continue reading

Don’t Confuse Simple With Easy

Don’t Confuse Simple With Easy

In another post I wrote about Matthew 6:1-18 and how I was struck by the simplicity of Christ’s teachings,  how all the teachings in the Sermon on the Mount boil down to keeping it simple.  Life is simply your relationship with God.

It is a simple philosophy but don’t confuse simple with easy.

Realizing your relationship with God is an ever vigilant lifetime endeavor.  It’s tough and takes work and self discipline.  Not because God made it hard, but because we make it hard with all our worries, cares and sins.

Get it right and everything, the good, the bad and the ugly, which you will always have to deal with, will fall into place. Continue reading

Three Verses of King Solomon

Three Verses of King Solomon

Three thoughts from the Book of Ecclesiastes and the wisdom of King Solomon.

Ecclesiastes 9:9

Enjoy life with the wife whom you love, all the days of your vain life that he has given you under the sun, because that is your portion in life and in your toil at which you toil under the sun.

Solomon certainly understood the importance of having a wife, a partner, someone whom you love, to share the experiences of your toil. Continue reading

Use The Groove. Let Go.

Use The Groove. Let Go.

When I was getting ready to get my blog up and running I had to write my “About” page.  I was 99.9% sure I was going to call my blog “About The Groove”, so I decided to do some online research to see what others had to say about “the groove”.

Much to my dismay most articles and posts about “the groove” tried to give it a scientific calculated definition.  Most of these articles were provided by professors and engineering types (and I don’t mean recording engineers).

Leave it to the intelligentsia to take something as ethereal and beautiful as “the groove” and try to define it as a formula or some complicated scientific equation.  In other word, suck the life out of it.

See why I have such a disdain for engineers (again not recording engineers).  It’s what they do.  They take simplicity and turn it into a cesspool of complications and explanations that feed their egos.  They turn it to the dark side.

Anyway to me “the groove” is simple. Continue reading

The Band I Left (Part V)

The Band I Left (Part V)

Another piece of “The Band I Left”. They can’t improvise.

I keep going back and forth about this band.

Don’t get me wrong, they are both decent and pleasant fellows to work with but the caliber of musicianship leaves much to be desired.

The good thing is they both play extremely simple and generally have a good sense of timing.  The keyboard player’s voice is somewhat pleasing and generally on pitch.  The bass player sticks to predictable bass lines while the keyboard plays simple chords.

That’s OK but it is uninteresting and monotonous.  In a short amount of time it can become boring and it keeps the groove from running deep.

The keyboard player’s leads are generally note for note copies or the closest he can come to a note for note copy of the lead on the record.

I am afraid that neither of the gentlemen can improvise. Continue reading

The Band I Left (Part III)

The Band I Left (Part III)

Another section about “The Band I Left”. This was written about three weeks into rehearsals.

A little bit more each day I am starting to have my reservations about the band.

My gut instinct about the bass player seems to be coming true.

Both of these guys are decent and polite fellows who are very easy to get along with, but the bass player is just a bit full of himself.  He tends to speak before he should.

He’s been talking about getting us booked for New Years Eve and making a couple a grand for the night. I don’t see that happening.  Not here and not with this band.

He also started talking about booking gigs at the shore and making a couple a hundred per night per man.  Again I don’t see it with this band.

I think he tends to speak of his wishes and dreams not reality.

Last week he was telling me and the keyboard player about this young guitar player and vocalist who would be joining the band. Continue reading

The Band I Left (Part II)

The Band I Left (Part II)

Part II of my brief journey with a band that never got off the ground.

I’m not sure how this band is going to work out.  Maybe I’m over thinking the whole situation.

The guys are good people.

The keyboard player is very genuine.  The bass player has a touch of being full of himself and I’m not quite sure how big of a bull shitter he may be.

We had rehearsal the other night and we recorded it.  The quality of the recording is good enough that I can use it to learn the songs and their arrangements.  Getting the feel of the songs is easy, it’s the arrangements that I need to hear a couple of times.

Listening to this recording a couple of things stood out.

The vocals are not exactly high quality but compared to most bands I worked with in this area they are not bad.

The keyboard player has a decent feel for the music but plays very, very, very simple parts, not much more than some chords. Continue reading