It’s been a busy few weeks!
I’ve been getting back to writing some new songs. I’ve got about 20 ideas on the go at the moment and I finally finished a song called “Deeper” that I started over a year ago! I’m particularly excited about sharing this song as it’s taken a lot of hard work, multiple revisions and plenty of frustration along the way. It’s very satisfying to have finished it and it reflects my desire to go deeper in my relationship with God and shake me out of any leanings towards a comfortable and mediocre existence that has no eternal significance.
I’ve played a few gigs since I last wrote a blog. The first was in Wisbech at After Hours Live, which I thoroughly enjoyed, sharing a mix of my own songs and some covers. It was also great to meet Matt McChlery who runs the events and is also a fellow Ministry of Music artist. The second gig was supporting Noel Robinson on his UK tour in Bedford. It was great to meet Noel, who is full of energy, enthusiasm and encouragement, as well as being a phenomenal musician and worshipper of Jesus through his songs. It was also great to meet some other musicians from the local area who I hope to link in with in the future. Last week I returned to More Than A Coffee at Costa in Huntingdon to play a set of my own songs and a few covers. It went down well and I’m developing a good relationship with Debbie Porsz who runs these and the sunday night events as part of her vision to see God’s Kingdom grow in the area. I also led worship at Sandy Community Church yesterday and it was great to be in God’s presence with a group of people that are hungry to worship!
I’ve been making good progress with my home studio and hope to have it finished by the end of this month. I can’t wait to have a dedicated space to write, record and be creative and it also means I can leave everything set up, rather than having to pack up to prevent kids from fiddling with my instruments and equipment!
I’ve been making plans to record my next project. I had intended to record a whole album of songs and do it all myself in my new home studio. However, I would love to do a really high quality record to take my songs to the next level. In light of this I’m beginning to explore options for recording another EP in a professional studio. This will be quite an expensive project that I hope to fund partly from my day job and partly from a crowdfunding campaign. If you’re interested in getting involved with the project, I’ll release some details once I have finalised my plans. I’m really excited about this venture and I hope it will open some doors of opportunity going forward, but it’s also quite daunting! A great way to keep up to date with any developments is to sign up to my mailing list.
To make life even more interesting, I’m starting a new job next month. I hope that this change will give me some more time with my family, but also free up time to work on my music. I’ll have a daily train commute that will give me an opportunity to do all my music admin, which takes up a surprising amount of time! There is so much I want to do, but I only have limited time and need to prioritise where I spend my efforts. It’s easy to get sucked into doing lots of admin, social media work and trying to book gigs, to the detriment of developing my musicianship and song writing craft.
It is also easy to put all these things before my relationship with God. Without spending time with him and listening to his guiding voice, the song writing and hard work in trying to make progress in my ministry is empty and worthless. I want to be working to spread the Kingdom of God, not building my own little empire. This can be a struggle because the pride in my music and ambition to see it expand can get in the way. I’m reminded of Matthew 6:33 “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you”.
This verse comes at the end of Jesus’ teaching about worrying. We all have a tendency to worry, mostly about things that are completely out of our control, and this often leads us to seek God for guidance, but Jesus turns this process upside down and tells us to seek his Kingdom first. This can be difficult to do when there are so many things to worry about in life, but I have found that being in the Lord’s presence and seeking him is the only way to find peace. We sometimes treat God like a problem solving dispenser and go to him when there is an issue we need help with. He wants more than this though, he wants a relationship with us regardless of what our circumstances are. When I’m walking closely with Jesus, either the worries of life become less significant, or he gives me the strength and resilience to deal with them. Nothing is impossible for the creator of the universe!
That’s it for now!
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