Is He Worthy – C

We have some work to do with this one… but no problem! It will come together!

With click, no choir

No click, no choir

Original by Andrew Peterson (piano-driven):

Great cover by Shane & Shane (guitar-driven):

Only King Forever – C

I had fun recording this one. Three guitars!


Intro – V1 – C – Intro – V2 – C – Inst – B x2 – C soft/build – C – Outro

Practice Track (with click):

Rise and Sing – A

Originally by Fee.

This song is a little difficult, rhythmically, but it could always be worse.

Practice Track – Joe, extra vox, electric guitar and bass

This was fun. For the backing vocals, I used two mics on opposite ends of the room, singing closer to one, but getting two tracks out of it. Huzzah!

Practice Track – CLICK – Joe, extra vox, electric guitar and bass

LOTW Worship team: Questions, concerns, issues? Hit me up on Slack!



I Won’t Let You Go – DADGAD

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 version with our worship team. A separate recording may make its way here eventually. Until then, if you don’t like it… deal with it. 🙂

Practice Track with click

Fitness whole pizza in my mouth

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 of two… or one. I know healthier food exists. I know that if I give up some evening time, I could make it. Or I could give up some weekend time and meal prep for the week ahead. I’m lazy, and I’m motivated to spend my weekends and my evenings spending time with my family.

The catch-22 here is that if I keep treating my body like a landfill, I’ll rob myself of extra years with my family. So I have to do something.

I own P90X and P90X3, as well as other Beachbody programs. The problem I run into there, again, is time. Space is a factor, as well, but it’s mostly time.  And everyone always says that something is better than nothing (like in bowling, as my friend always chants: “one is better than none!”). So I’m doing something. It’s infinitesimally tiny, but it’s something.

Two mornings ago I did 25 squats in the shower.

Yesterday I did 5 pushups.

This morning I stretched. I stretched a lot. Specifically my low back and legs, because of the squats. I did a lot of toe touches, holding as long as I could to let my back release. I don’t know if I slept weirdly or what, but that’s what I could reasonably do in the bathroom before getting ready for work.

I know it’s not going to make a massive difference, but I feel that it’s better than nothing. Maybe after I’ve been at work a while today, moving around a bit, I’ll do a burpee in the bathroom or something.

One is better than none, right?

This is where I am. I’m 5’9″, I weigh 235, I haven’t run in ages, I haven’t lifted since before my second daughter was born (uh, in… November…), and my work schedule is making gym visits really, really hard. So I do bathroom bodyweight work in 2 minutes or so. I feel awful about it. But it’s more than I did last week. So maybe I’ll add more over time. We’ll see.


I Solved a Problem

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 experience, and his ideas amazingly get tempered by my experience.

We’ve started joking that I should be called we should be called Reality Makers – a Reality Maker is someone who takes people’s ideas and shows them how to make it work. I seem to be good at putting traction to the wheels of people’s potential, turning dreams into possibilities. He seems to be good at spotting holes and flaws in plans, which is fine, because that gives me a new problem to solve. Within a few minutes, we can put together a pretty solid proposal for an idea. Last week we talked about a book series, a YouTube channel for elementary education, and a full-fledged entertainment service covering DJs, websites, and social media management. Those were the ideas that worked. There were twice as many that didn’t make the cut.

However, “Reality Maker” looks really, really close to the world “realty,” a real estate term. I don’t want to be mistaken for someone who sells houses. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but that’s not what I do. I turn possibilities into reality. I work with what could be possible with the right pieces in place. So I made a new job title for myself: I am the Possibilicist. I think that has a nice ring to it.

One of the fun things that makes him unique is that he’s married to a great Chinese woman. They maintain ties with her family and keep up-to-date on the politics going on over there. We’ve had many great conversations about the stereotypes, the realities, and the weird and unknown cultural truths of life in Chinese cities. Also, the Chinese news services are… interesting, so when something fun pops up, he likes to share it with me.

Apparently, a few months ago, one of the popular posts on Chinese social media was a question that a mathematician posed to some 5th graders. It apparently took a while to solve because it’s more of a “thinking outside the box” thing than a real math problem. Forget solving for X, let’s solve for life. In 5th grade.

My friend and I decided that I need to start putting myself out there as a general problem solver. I finally agreed. You can read more about the math problem (including the answer, you lazy Americans) over on the page I launched for my new business service: The Possibilicist.

Thanks for reading.

Audio Widget!

One of the biggest reasons I haven’t posted in a while is because I want my site to be the central hub for my music and other projects, and I haven’t found a way to upload music in a way that doesn’t look cheap or cheesy.

Today that changes.

WordPress now has an Audio Widget that lets me post audio files directly into the site for your listening enjoyment. See?

Now everything changes. Life is good.