I've been reflecting a bit on this season, which comes around once a year. As I write this, I'm really enjoying the holiday podcast from Under the Radar, which features some excellent music for the weekend season. You can listen to the whole podcast here: Radar Radio Easter Special
As I grow older, I really value the cycles of the Christian calendar, which reminds me of the incredible story of salvation that I'm part of. Reading scripture, it becomes more and more clear to me that everything in the Bible is about Jesus. Take the psalms for example. I was reading Psalm 146, and check out what it says (ESV):
I've been in Australia (affectionately known by locals as Oz or 'stralia) for almost 3 weeks, and so far it's been fabulous. People are friendly, food is good and I've already seen 2 incredible fireworks displays, helped manage a kid's bouncing tower, found a cool church, and even got some work done on my thesis and related linguistics research.
Canberra is where I'm living, the little-known capital of the country, and the first set of fireworks were for the centenary celebration. The capitol was built 100 years ago to administrate the large country, where people come for government jobs and university and not much else. It feels more like a country town, which I like.
At the moment, though, I'm visiting some friends in Brisbane, north of Sydney (and therefore warmer than Canberra, as closer to the equator). The Davies family were in Ghana with SIL at the same time as my family, and we got to know them and their two sons pretty well. I haven't seen them in 6 years or so, and it's good to be able to spend the weekend with them.
EDIT: You can read up on a friend's breakdown of the weekend HERE.
Anthony "Tony" Guyer was one of the first people I worked with when starting to play music. Over the years we've worked together on numerous projects and I've always valued his ear and his feedback. He continues to build his business Forgotten Genre Productions, based in Lancaster, PA.
Tony and I have connections that go farther back than our music ventures, though. His family and mine both work for Wycliffe Bible Translators. Like I spent time growing up in Ghana, West Africa, Tony and his brothers grew up in another country - it just happened to be one on the other side of the world: Papua New Guinea. When the Guyers took a home assignment in Lancaster and we were back temporarily from Africa our two families would often reconnect.
In 2006 when I started writing and performing in the Lancaster area, my parents mentioned that Tony was back from road-managing bands out of Nashville, including The Waiting, Smalltown Poets, and Sixpence None the Richer. I got in touch with him to see if he was still interested in music, and found a kindred spirit - someone interested in creating and recording music that would touch people's lives.
For this album, Tony lent me some of his recording equipment for tracking drums and some initial percussion at the Crossway Church property in Lancaster, back in 2010-2011. Then when I was in India I got in touch with him to see if he'd be able to record strings. I put him in touch with Yolanda and Sophia, sent him the tracks to record to, and was able to pick up the files from him when I visited the US over the summer. Easy as pie. If you're in the Lancaster area and want to do some recording or just want to meet up and learn from him, check out his Forgotten Genre Facebook page.
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