On the road with Jonathan Dunn

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Well, it’s been quite a week. Kelsey and I drove back 12 hours or so to Nashville from Caswell, NC. Somewhere along the way I got really sick. I’ve spent the last couple of days taking penicillin and trying to get rested, and I’m just about back up to speed.

All this is just in time to go out on the road with Jonathan Dunn. If you haven’t heard of him, you should check out his music at http://myspace.com/jonathandunn

On monday we’ll be driving to Alabama to play a week-long summer camp. It should be a great time. I’ll post updates whenever I’ve got internet on the road.

PS
Lost was amazing last night. Did anybody catch this commercial? http://www.octagonglobalrecruiting.com/

Fort Caswell NC – Days 2 & 3

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It’s been a good weekend. We’ve got one more session tomorrow morning. Here are some pics from the last couple of days.

My drum rig in the auditorium

Ocean in the distance

Fort Caswell

Part of the fort


Another beautiful sunset

Some thoughts about prayer

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Well, we’ve had quite a few blog postings on the silly side of things lately, but I wanted to share with you all a bit of where my heart has been the last couple of months.

As I’ve been venturing into the world of being a full-time musician, I’ve been making plans and arranging my schedule, treading at times into uncharted waters. Music has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember, but I’ve never been dependent on music to eat, pay my rent, pay back my student loans. Add to this the recent hike in gas prices (which has, in turn, started to make EVERYTHING more expensive), and sometimes I can’t help thinking,

“Wow, I picked a really fine time to let go of my job and make a living on the road!”

Through all of this, I’ve really been challenged to change the way I look at prayer. Traditionally, my thought has been somewhere along the lines of:

“Well, I’m just going to do the best that I can, and then I’ll trust God for the rest.”

But lately, I can’t help thinking that this train of thought is backwards or just plain wrong. Let me explain: a couple of months ago, I was at a church here in Nashville when the pastor said,

“If we really believe that God answers prayer, then why isn’t prayer the VERY FIRST thing we do before undertaking anything?”

It seems so simple, but it really struck a note of profundity with me. He is so right! Why is it that I wait until I don’t know where I’m at or where I’m going before turning to God for direction? Why is it that I wait until a situation becomes dire before asking for intervention or provision?

I’d like to challenge you to keep that in mind as you go about your day to day motions. It’s been a process for me, but I’m learning to turn to prayer at the start of things instead of after they get messy. And when I really stop to think about it, it only makes sense to do things this way. If God’s not in my actions in the first place, they’re already doomed to failure or shortcoming. So, I find myself asking on almost a daily basis,

“God, where is it that you want me to go? What is it you want me to do? How do you want me to handle this?”

Here’s the good part: when God opens doors and gives direction, he backs you up the whole way. Does that mean that I don’t have to work and sweat and bleed and cry and struggle? No! Certainly not! But what it DOES mean is that even when you end up in a place where you feel like your flailing, your not. If God challenges you to do something or gives you an opportunity, he’s not going to leave you flailing. The confidence that comes with that understanding is incredible.

It’s like playing football with the biggest kid in the neighborhood on your team. What do you do? You hand him the ball and watch him run over the other team. Or if he hands you the ball, you run behind him while he blocks for you. At the end of the day, you’re reminded that you won because you’ve got the big kid on your team, but it doesn’t take anything away from the game. You just make sure to be on the same team with the big kid the next time you play.

Popsicle Stick Riddles

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A few weeks ago, I had my wisdom teeth out. My diet in the days following the surgery consisted mostly of Jello and popsicles. Now, one of the best things about eating a popsicle is the riddles that are on the stick. The part you hold has the riddle, and the answer is hidden underneath the popsicle itself. Allow me to share some of the comic genius with you:

What do you find in the middle of nowhere?
The letter H

What is the most musical bone?
A trombone

Why did the child keep staring at the car stereo?
Because he wanted to watch a cartoon

These jokes are truly epic. Seriously, I don’t know why the Popsicle folks decided it was a good idea for people to groan after eating one of their products.

If you’ve got some good riddles to share, please feel free to add them in the comments section below.

My Furry Room Mates

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For the last couple of months, these guys have been in my foster care. They make good room mates.
(and yes, i know that Tess and Tab are both girl names, but i’m not the one who named them)

Nashville Show Added (with poem)

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Wednesday, May 14th, Edgehill Studios:

Acoustic show
with friends Sara Beth and Beau Bristow
If you’ve got 3 bucks, you need to go
If you don’t show
believe me, we’ll know.
and our sadness, it will truly grow
and you’ll become not friend but foe.
so, get in your car, with friends in tow
Head down to Edge Hill Studio.