Music Is Transformative  It will hit your mind and heart a certain way on a certain day in a certain situation and be very special. Like the time I heard BB King playing at his own club on Beale Street in Memphis. The sun was setting...

  Music Makes Us Wait Better  Ever been waiting in an elevator and realize the music playing softly is an old tune you love and you kinda feel good hearing it? Yeah, it’s elevator music, making you wait better. I noticed it at the church I visited...

  Music Makes You Shop  We are in the biggest retail season of the year in the western world. Studies show that customers will buy more stuff if they are emotionally connected to the store and the way to do that is for the store to play...

Think Everyone Can Sing?  Singing in the shower is a great way to start your career. Not really. For many people, to sing in front of a huge audience is a life long dream. We imagine ourselves able to captivate a crowd like our favorite pop star....

  Music Creates Memories  I remember the first time I heard Johnny Cash. I grew up in the golden age of television. Well, not really, but I grew up in the golden (or blueish) light of it, that is for certain. Lying there on the shag carpet watching...

  Importance of Being Alone  I love being alone. Many people love the solitude and quiet of a personal life without distraction and busy-ness common in our modern world. Call them introverts, call them shut-ins, call them cat people, whatever joke abounds, but remember that in this noisy...

  An Atmosphere of Worship  Every day we exist in the atmosphere - breathing air, rooted on earth, and feeling the weather. With regards to Christian worship, the atmosphere refers to the “charge” in the room and the realization of the presence of God the Holy Spirit....

  Teaching Songwriting, What a ConceptVisible Music College has a great Songwriting Division of the Modern Music Department. We focus on writing regularly, rewriting, co-writing, live performance, and publishing as an area of true understanding for writers. We have local writers/instructors in every city and also...

  Importance of Rest in Christ  No misspelling here - Oktober-rest is our annual day out with staff and students having fun, worshipping, and eating bad together. Oktoberest.Part of being a musician and creative person is to maintain energy for making art while not being lazy and...

  Is It Important To Play A Little of Everthing?  I interviewed a young musician this week and he plays everything. Many a young musician has told me “I play a little bit of everything” when I asked them their instrument. Not a few, but many over the...

Ear Happiness  I spent 12.5 hours in the recording studio on Saturday. When you record a song, you never know how the pieces are exactly going to come together. You make your plans and you work with experts and amateurs and you experiment and you guide your...

The Importance of Music Rehearsals Performances need rehearsal (obviously).I was once in a worship band that attempted a worship song live on a Sunday morning for church that was an original arrangement and timed to start with a drum machine. We had a rehearsal that did...

  Music Lingers Long in My Mind  Last week I shared the heartbreaking story of musician Drew Rainer taken too soon from this earth. The joyful music of his life and career of playing in bands and studying music at school was ended too soon through senseless...

  Intended for a Greater Purpose  I didn’t think I’d ever write this blog.Early Sunday morning, October 3, 2021 we lost bassist Drew Rainer from the Madison Line Records’ past artist Belvédère in a case of senseless gun violence at his home. Drew, 22 years old and...

  The Messages in Music There is Nothing Better Than You. That is the main line in a song we sang at a church service I was in recently.It is a great message when sung to Jesus in worship and adoration, not so good when you just...

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