Unless the Lord builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the watchman stays awake in vain.
It is in vain that you rise up early
and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil;
for he gives to his beloved sleep.
Unless the Lord builds the house.
What is the house that King David is talking about? It is you, your body, my body, and our community as human beings. To go through life, building a life and a community without God in your heart is vanity or as David’s son would say, vanity and a striving after wind. Continue reading
Why should the nations say,
“Where is their God?”
Our God is in the heavens;
he does all that he pleases.
Their idols are silver and gold,
the work of human hands.
They have mouths, but do not speak;
eyes, but do not see.
They have ears, but do not hear;
noses, but do not smell.
They have hands, but do not feel;
feet, but do not walk;
and they do not make a sound in their throat.
Those who make them become like them;
so do all who trust in them.
A song of King David that translate as well today as it did yesterday, and as it will tomorrow. Continue reading
The king is not saved by his great army;
a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.
The war horse is a false hope for salvation,
and by its great might it cannot rescue.
What is King David saying in these two verses? He’s saying, “Might doesn’t make right,” But he is also telling me that you can store up all the wealth and power, be strong enough in men and materials to defeat any enemy, but all this will not bring you salvation. Salvation, not great victories, not success over others, but your personal salvation. The salvation of your soul, your being.
What is salvation? Continue reading
Programmed drums, I don’t use them very much when I write and record. There primary use for me is a click track.
Back in the eighties when drum machines first started to take off I was concerned about my profession as were a number of drummers. At first these drum machines were nothing more than a glorified metronome with simulated drum sounds.
Then they were able to take samples of actual drums that sounded great and came up with a flawless, tireless, attitude less, always on time drummer.
But it was also a soulless drummer. Continue reading
Thought I would write about Rumer one more time.
As you may know from my previous posts on this subject I bought both of her albums, Seasons of My Soul and Boys Don’t Cry.
The other morning as I was getting into my truck one of the songs, “P.F.Sloan” kept running through my head. My mind was made up as to what album I was going to listen to on my way to work that day.
A few years ago when I got back into music I discovered just how valuable the internet was for finding all kinds of music information.
I could find charts on drum parts that would have taken me hours to breakdown myself although the breakdown process helps me learn and understand the parts.
I could find videos to watch and learn.
I am a visual learner and learn faster by watching.
I can read it, I can hear it but when I watch it, it comes together faster.
I also discovered there are a lot of mediocre (that’s being kind) drummers putting out instructional videos. You listen to them play another drummer’s riffs note for note but it misses the mark. It’s missing the energy the honesty. It’s a black and white copy of a Technicolor picture.
Then I stumbled upon drum cover videos. The drummer really isn’t trying to teach you anything they’re just showing you that they can play someone else’s song note for note.
Some of these players are very good but I couldn’t help but say to myself “What’s the point?” Continue reading