Archive for the ‘Random Blog Posts’ Category

Best. Practice. Ever

July 8, 2014

So with July 4th weekend, most of our musicians were out of town so we didn’t have practice as usual. So Darren and I ended up sitting in our tiny kitchen going through the set. I stuck yogurt-covered pretzels on sticks with strawberries and blueberries – giving me a huge sense of red-white-and-blue satisfaction (like I was a productive Martha Stewart Mum, of which I couldn’t be further from) whilst we sang together.redwhiteandblue

 

 

 

 

 

 

The significance of this is that I haven’t been singing for 6 months. After getting sick at the beginning of the year and losing my voice in a big way, my singing voice has not recovered and I’ve been trying to give it rest. This is a ridiculous notion really since I have a 3 year old and a 5 year old at home with me, so I am talking all day and I have to say everything a million times of course, so I finally gave up with the ‘resting my voice’ approach and sang to my heart’s content. Certain songs and ranges are really rough but others seem okay. But it was so great to sing through our set – –

Oh How I need You (All Sons and Daughters) / Everlasting (New one of ours) / Holy Spirit (Newer one of ours) / Oceans (Darren and I play it mellow and acoustic instead of Diva-ish – I can’t swing that) and Future Past by John Mark McMillan which is absolutley getting to us in a very good way lately.

The back door was open and the mosquitos were coming in but we felt a new freedom to worship together in the simplicity of that setting. I think we’ll do that again, but next time I want a drum to bash.

 

Tasty Licks Face

March 8, 2014

DarrenLicksThis is Darren with his tasty licks face on from last night at practice. We had a new friend play along with us, (on acoustic guitar) which freed Darren up to unleash the electric.

It’s been a bit of a rough few months with our band being scattered. We’ve all really missed playing and being together – due to family events, people’s work load, a new baby in the band, and a crisis in the midst of all that. Plus I (Jessie) have lost my voice and it’s only now coming back slowly after a month or two of no singing. So now we’re trying to re-group and connect but it’s so difficult when we all have work and families and life, and we’re off to the UK to produce a record for Vineyard UK this month.

All the while Darren is on a serious writing kick and although it’s awesome – it really is – we don’t have the time to develop or record the songs. Band or no band, we just don’t have time. It feels like everything is competing for our attention, clawing at us trying to get something. It might be a symptom of our stage of life (with two children under 5), and the multi-tasking of running a business together and leading worship together. But the thing that’s most important to us (outside of our children) and the most essential to our thriving, is the thing that gets booted to the back.

But thanks to Darren’s obsessive nature and creative force, it is always popping back up like a ball pushed under the surface at the swimming pool. It won’t rest. But, we have resolved to wait on the Lord and his timing and pray God will do it when and how He wants to.

“EP 2014″. Let’s hope we didn’t speak too soon.

Citizenship. Literally.

January 30, 2014

So we pledge the oath to the US of A next month! It’s a strange thing for someone who still feels very English inside. But it feels like the right thing to do. For us California has been a land of opportunity, the sunny hazey setting for our whole adult lives, our whole relationship and the place our roots and fruits, through no planning of our own, have grown. God Bless ‘Merica. And the Queen.