Create something.

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Create something every day.

I set my camera on my nightstand every night to remind myself every morning to take one photo every day – not a cheap one-off that I can snap with my phone, but to take a shot with intention.

I’ve been doing this for a week and and a half now and in such a short amount of time I’ve been able to combat the mental exhaustion I usually get from working so late. I’m able to sleep earlier and better, I get up refreshed in the morning, and I’ve begun to look forward to creating again.

We are all made in the image of a Creator and are anointed to create as He does. Use it to make the world a better place, even if just to show the beauty and worth of everything around you. Nothing is boring.

Create something. Every single day.

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to the stars

@ambientnotes – “To the Stars”

#Fender Standard #Telecaster ->
@midnight30music M30 Overdrive (Allen Bradley Resistors)
BOSS DD-7 Delay
@tcelectronic Transition Delay
MXR Carbon Copy Delay
Midnight30 Serenity Reverb
TC Electronic Ditto Looper
-> Fender Hot Rod Blues Jr. NOS (Eminence Patriot Series “Red, White, & Blues”)
Filmed with a Canon 60D + 40mm f/2.8.
Less soup and wash, more straightforward strumming providing the foundation for a spacey melody line. This is my first #ambientnotes with my new Telecaster. It’s got a high end that shimmers. As quickly as this came together it was quite fun to dream up. I hope you all enjoy it.
#Telecaster #Fender #guitar #melody #music #ambient  #newguitarday #pedalboard

who says i’m wack?

sorry, it’s been a while. i do intend to keep up with this.

i’ve mentioned before the pitfalls of my job. while i enjoy the work itself, it does take its toll on me mentally and emotionally. i’m sure some of you understand. the hours don’t help, either. i’d appreciate the prayers – i’m trying to get moved into day shift, not just so i can have a decent personal life but so i can continue to be involved at church during the week. i do miss that quite a lot.

i just came back from a beautiful wedding of dear friends. justin, kate – thank you for letting me (and my better half) be a part of your special day. i couldn’t be happier for you both. love each other always.

i didn’t set a timer for this one, by the way. i’m just writing. Read More

be the one that’s mending the camel’s back

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There’s too much negativity in the world that it’s a disservice to others and ourselves to do nothing but add to it.

It’s something that I keep having to check myself on, but I find I spend too much energy finding things to be irritated about. It’s one of the things I struggle with at work and why it’s so, so, so important to keep God in mind. I’ve noticed that as I do all of these repetitive tasks, I find myself getting angry over conversations that happened years ago, especially when I knew I could have said or thought something better back then.

“Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.”

Philippians 4:8-9 (MSG)

Amen.

left to right: J. Hatch, E. Mark, J. Heeren

I’m not the most consistent blogger, and I’m okay with that. I just wanted to share this shot I took with my phone on the day I played 36 holes of disc golf–one round at Hiestand Park in Madison, WI, and two rounds at Porter Park in Roscoe, IL. This was taken at Porter Park’s Hole 5, down the fairway after teeing off.

eyes on Me

Meanwhile, the boat was far out to sea when the wind came up against them and they were battered by the waves. At about four o’clock in the morning, Jesus came toward them walking on the water. They were scared out of their wits. “A ghost!” they said, crying out in terror.
But Jesus was quick to comfort them. “Courage, it’s me. Don’t be afraid.”
Peter, suddenly bold, said, “Master, if it’s really you, call me to come to you on the water.”
He said, “Come ahead.”
Jumping out of the boat, Peter walked on the water to Jesus. But when he looked down at the waves churning beneath his feet, he lost his nerve and started to sink. He cried, “Master, save me!”
Jesus didn’t hesitate. He reached down and grabbed his hand. Then he said, “Faint-heart, what got into you?”
The two of them climbed into the boat, and the wind died down. The disciples in the boat, having watched the whole thing, worshiped Jesus, saying, “This is it! You are God’s Son for sure!”

Matthew 14:24-33 (MSG)

Here’s Peter, full of problems, finding himself in what we could call a very bad situation. This is a story that most everyone has heard. Jesus walks on water, Peter walks out to Him, takes his eyes off of Jesus and subsequently falls. Jesus saves him and delivers the oh-so-famous line, “Ye of little faith.”

I hate to boil it down like that, but more often than not, that’s exactly how we hear it. As Christians we already know we’re not supposed to take our eyes off of Jesus lest we drown.

I’m sharing it because I read it a little differently today, and it got to me in a very personal way. Read More

eight minutes in drop D

Hi! Here’s a thing I made!

Definitely no intention to get virtuoso here–I have no delusions of being that good. This is just a ditty I play to relax. Drop and open tunings are fun for me because they allow for some interesting note runs, and coupled with the right amount of delay you can get the root note to float along nicely. There’s something really atmospheric about it that I dig. I’m playing a sort of a medley–mostly touching on songs’ stronger themes instead of outright playing them. I really want to revisit this concept in the future so keep your eyes peeled.

This is my first time filming with my Canon 60D; I used the EF 40mm f/2.8 lens. No elaborate setup–I literally just set it on a tripod, sat down, locked focus, and started playing. The audio was captured using a Zoom H1 recorder.

For you guitarheads out there, I’m playing a Fender HSS Strat (Mex) into an Epiphone BC30. The active pedals in my chain are as follows: Ernie Ball VP Jr., Mojo Hand Rook, BOSS DD-7 in dotted 1/8, and MXR Carbon Copy. The pickup selector is in position 4, and I’ve rolled the tone back to about 6, with the volume rolled back to 7.

 

Thanks for watching!