Crazy thing about travel.  The farther you go, the farther away you are.  

I remember going to the beach as a kid and jumping into the water.  Off I went, farther and farther out till I was just bobbing with the waves and my feet touching the sand beneath only in the valleys of those waves.  I'd be out there, man, just having a great time and at some point I'd notice that I couldn't hear anything or anyone.  Turning around toward the beach I'd notice I was not where I'd embarked from.  I'd be down the beach and farther out than I thought.  "Uh-oh.  How'd I get here?  What happened?"

That's where I am.  "Uh-oh.  How'd I get here."

It's not a bad thing, necessarily.  It's actually pretty good.  Used to be I wasn't exactly sure if the next series of gigs would put food on the table for my family.  Now, it's a steady.  When the sun shines, you turn towards it.  It's natural.  One day, you decide to turn back to the shore line and discover you've traveled farther out than you thought and down the beach somewhere off from where you thought you'd traveled out in a straight line.

God took me on a path that I NEVER thought I'd go.  I ended up in a classroom teaching classical guitar.  Because it was such a foreign land with foreign languages and culture, I had to hustle to keep up.  I began playing less and less and, anyway, I was having trouble believing the spin I was putting out - professionally speaking.  I've told you before how I discovered I still didn't like myself during those days and felt hypocritical about my career.  Jesus tried to tell me about; I'd built my house on sand.  Only, I didn't know it.  I thought I was on solid ground, but, He certainly showed me different. 

I'm older now.  I have more experience under my belt.  I'm ready, I think, to make a go of it.  I'd LIKE it to be with a band, but, it might not be.  I'm writing better and better material that has purpose and meaning lyrically and it's far more musically sophisticated.  I'm not out to impress anyone anymore.  I know I can play -- people tell me so all the time.  I'm very skilled at what I do.  But, so what?  I should be skilled.  It's the least I can do, right?  So, now that that's out of the picture, I feel more relaxed to get to the task at hand.  

The whole reason I started down this road, musically speaking, is because I wanted to connect with you.  My heart yearns to know that we understand each other.  I'm not sure why that is, but, it is.  I'm no philosopher to figure it out, and I'm certainly not God.  It just is.

Practically speaking, I've got a baaaad bassist ready to go, Jonathon.  Still looking for the right drummer to come alongside and round it out.  But, I'm not waiting for all that to happen before I start playing.  Currently, I'm working on solo arrangements and building up a solid set for you.  I can't wait for you to hear it.  It will be soon.  

Pray for me, if you're a praying person.  For wisdom and discernment, for strength and faith.   

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