Welcome to my internet living room. You can take a seat anywhere you like.
If you’re here, you probably know that I’m the kind of person who keeps involved in a lot of good things. I love reading. I enjoy a good game of soccer. I’ve become pretty excited about fitness and weight loss. I write and record music. I play music live with a wide variety of folks. I do voiceovers for strangers on the internet.
I have a wife, a daughter, a full-time and a part-time job.
I can be hard to keep up with, but I don’t apologize for that. I’m having the time of my life; there’s always something fascinating around the corner.
I decided recently to put everything in one spot — one digital hallway with all kinds of doors to open. From this site, you’ll be able to find my music, my websites, and the people and projects I support.
If you have any questions or would like to get together, you can always shoot me an e-mail and I will respond as quickly as possible. I’ll even give you a link: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for coming to visit. I look forward to seeing you soon.
Originally by Jon Foreman / Switchfoot. This song has resonated with me for a long time. I’ll probably add more thoughts later, but for now, I want to get these files uploaded. Practice Track – Acoustic Guitar, Joe’s Vocals I did not sing verse 2, as we’re attempting the Jon Foreman and Lauren Daigle duet …
This is going to be a short update, and it’s more for me than it is for you. I’m trying to lose weight. I know that it all starts in the kitchen, and I’m not making excuses. I am larger than I should be because I ate three pieces of fried chicken last night instead …
A friend of mine, a really great guy, is one of the best ‘sounding boards’ I’ve ever met. As much as I like to think out loud and theorize about possible business ideas, he’s gone out and actually tried a variety of business ideas. We work well together; my ideas can be tempered by his …
“Welcome to our living room. You can take a seat, it’s always free.” – DC Talk*
This is where I put my recent worship projects. Spend some time enjoying your favorite songs, and let me know if there are any songs you would like to worship along with. I’ll record them as soon as I’m able.
As always, thank you for listening.
Beautiful Things – Gungor
One of my favorite songs to play in DADGAD, the walking lines over chords are just fun to work with. Additionally, I am sometimes able to talk my wife into coming in and doing the bridge, and I love singing with her, so this one gets played a lot because it makes her smile.
Closer – Lifepoint Worship
My violin player, the absolute sweetheart that she is, threatened offered to kill me for keeping a song in B when I can sing it in C. So I did it in C. My bass player and piano player secretly thanked my violin player, thinking I wouldn’t notice. I don’t know who they think I am, but…
Also, I snapped a string on my acoustic last night, so I strung up my old Epiphone Les Paul (a ’56 Goldtop remake, my first REAL electric that I bought, signed by the original David Crowder*Band because I’m a nerd), and had a little fun holding her again. Dumb fact: I name my guitars. Fun fact: I’m not telling you her name. That’s between me and her.
I can’t believe you’re still reading. Stop reading. Worship a little bit with me.
Tired Heart – Bleach
When I was touring, I came home late one evening and had to run some equipment out to a friend’s house. I had it loaded in the back of my car and had an old iPod playing some music I’d forgotten about. The original version of this song came on, and I was just slow jamming with the words, trying to worship along as I was driving. So I’m telling God that I’m trying to stay focused on worshipping but I’m getting excited about the fame and notoriety we’ve gained recently. I’m worried about chasing fame and pride. I need to stay close to my roots, but I need to share His message… “so I’ll sing songs of life, for all these broken hearts just like mine…”
And He replies “Peace, be still: I am with You…” and I’m trying to let Him take my tired heart, I’m trying so hard to let Him have control, and we sing “I’m so sorry I haven’t come home.” I started to tear up a bit. I fought for it. I tried to make it. But as soon as we got to “but I’m coming home soon,” I lost it. It was such a powerful piece at the right moment for me. I had to learn the song.
*You can hear them say this in the intro to “What If I Stumble,” on the “Welcome To the Freakshow” live album. They did that song right after their bombastic hit “Jesus Is Just Alright” so there was a strong transition between the feel of the two songs. After the huge end of the previous song, an acoustic guitar plucks a chord and picks a little, which felt a little jarring. But like a beat poet in his element, Kevin Max calmly says “Welcome to our living room,” and instantly there’s a soft intimacy to the moment. It’s a phenomenal phrase to switch the mood. “You can take a seat, it’s always free.” That’s what I want when you find this page. Welcome to my living room. Stay a while. I’ll make you something to drink. You can take a seat here. My time for you is always free.