It’s Tuesday! The week goes by so fast, doesn’t it? I feel like I just wrote one of these posts and here we are at Tuesday again. This week is a week full of music. I have been rehearsing or performing or in the studio every single day this past week. I love it.
This coming weekend Jer, Jonas and I are playing in Belitat – a collaboration of dance, film and live music. Writing for dancers has been a learning experience for all of us. It’s forced us to really stretch beyond our comfort zone in terms of sounds and tempo/chord structure. It’s a very different kind of writing and playing than any of us are used to. I hope we get to do more of it in the future because it’s something I’d love to get better at.
There are going to be three shows: Friday night, Saturday afternoon and Saturday night. If you are in town please come out! You can get tickets here. Or send me an email.
Whilst we are making dance music at the Scotiabank Dance Centre, Tami will be manning The Cloven Heart popup shop at the Beggar’s Banquet flea market. You should check it out. Tami’s shop is full of treasures you won’t find anywhere else. I’m going to try and make it on Saturday before the matinee performance.
Black Coffee. Man, man, man. I don’t know about you but this is how I always feel after my morning coffee.
On Saturday, I went to Whistler with about 100 other community group leaders from Westside for the annual CG leader’s retreat. We had some training in the morning, but the day was mostly about relaxing and unwinding together as Community Groups break for the summer. We spent the afternoon at the Scandinave Spa in Whistler. You guys, they have a silence policy.
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(I totally stole this photo from Chad. Don’t tell him!)
I was really not sure how this would go because there are a lot of CG leaders (and Westside staff) who
like love to gab. At first it was weird to be hanging out with 100 people you know and not be talking to any of them. But after awhile it was actually kind of nice to be with people but not have to make conversation.
Sunday night I got to drop by the studio where some friends are working on a worship EP. Jer recorded some Rhodes lines for one song and I got to play a real Hammond organ for another track. We also did strings and gang vocals/claps. I am so excited for this project! Can’t wait to tell you more in the coming months.
Do you want to know how harpsichords are made?
“I remember when I first started building, I would cut myself quite badly with every instrument I did and then all of a sudden after doing four or five of them I didn’t cut myself anymore.” There is probably a life lesson in that about making mistakes and learning from them. And having to fail first to succeed.
Michelle and Ben have been so good to me this week. I have spent a lot of time at their house and with their happy, laughing little boys. I am so blessed to have such extravagantly kind and generous
Are you guys excited that MacT is back with the Oilers? I sure am. I know everyone basically ran him out of town last time, but I’ve always liked him. Remember when he ripped out Harvey the Hound’s tongue? #memories
Honesty time: this past week has been really, really hard. Don’t get me wrong, there have been a lot of good, fun things that happened. But emotionally I feel totally wrecked. I don’t want to give the impression that everything is so easy and perfect all the time. I am really struggling with having to hunt for a job again. I feel like a broken record—talking about job searching, thinking about job searching, blogging about job searching, praying about job searching. I don’t know why it is so hard to find stable work that is long(ish) term. I have good skills, I am qualified and a hard worker! I get along with people!
I don’t know why God still has me wandering in the wilderness of job searching. I am learning to trust him to be my provider more than I ever have had to before. I wish I had more faith and patience than I do, but I pray that he would increase it through this time of trial and frustration. During worship on Sunday, this verse came into my mind. I’m sure at one point I’ve had it on the fridge or taped to my mirror. But I feel like I understood it all over again this week. I know how to be brought low.
“Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”