an unbreakable armor.

“Don’t worry about this Philistine,” David told Saul. “I’ll go fight him!”

“Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a man of war since his youth.”

But David persisted. “I have been taking care of my father’s sheep and goats,” he said. “When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock, I go after it with a club and rescue the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death.  I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God!  The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!”

Saul finally consented. “All right, go ahead,” he said. “And may the Lord be with you!”

Then Saul gave David his own armor—a bronze helmet and a coat of mail.  David put it on, strapped the sword over it, and took a step or two to see what it was like, for he had never worn such things before.

“I can’t go in these,” he protested to Saul. “I’m not used to them.” So David took them off again.  He picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them into his shepherd’s bag. Then, armed only with his shepherd’s staff and sling, he started across the valley to fight the Philistine.

1 Samuel 17:32-40

armor is an essential thing to a soldier.  it is the armor that protects a soldier and keeps him alive during battle.  so it’s interesting that david refused the armor of a soldier.  he was going out to face a man that no one else in the entire nation would face, even with their armor and weapons.

no.  it wasn’t the armor of a soldier that david wore.  it was the armor of God.

david realized that it wasn’t the armor of men that he needed to achieve victory.  it was by faith, his shield and defense, that he was able to walk out onto the battlefield… a faith that he knew his God was bigger than even giants.

every day we face our own giants.   take on an unbreakable armor, the full armor of God, and be strong.  stand firm in faith, holding the Good News in your heart.

A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.  For we’re not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.  Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness.  For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.  In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.  Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Ephesians 6:10-17

daniella mason.

hey everyone!

i wanted to introduce you all to some more amazing new talent:  daniella mason.

i first met daniella in my first year seminar class at belmont and it was immediately obvious that her sheer passion for music was going to get her places (the fact that she has an absolutely stunning voice definitely helped).  well, she just recently released her first full length album and i love it.

the style is primarily pop but it definitely has some strong elements of soul, jazz, and i would even say folk.  it’s a very interesting and refreshingly new mixture of sounds.  something really cool that i recently discovered was that each of the songs were written in a different location across the world, from africa all the way to ecuador.

daniella grew up traveling the world on mission trips and this music reflects that.  it reveals her passion of sharing love to everyone around the world.  in her words she said, “it basically outlines my life and my desire to be thrown, not gently tossed, but thrown around the world so that i can reach as many people as possible.”

the album is available on itunes and you can check her out on facebook too to see where she will be playing.

"Throw Me Round The World"

"Throw Me Round The World"

a little guitar for giants.

we’re recording electric guitar today!  aaron krause is tracking the song “giants” on a gretsch guitar with tb pickups through a dr. z maz 38.  “and it sounds perfect” – aaron.

aaron krause is an amazing guitarist and producer.  he’s worked with several different projects.  many of them can be found here.  i’m really excited to have him on this project!

aaron krause on guitar for giants

so here’s the track listing for the “kings” ep:

1. something less.

2. find your own way home.

3. more than you could know.

4. kings. (title track)

5. giants.

6. stay, don’t go.

“kings” is the first of  a two part project.  this first ep is six songs and then another 6 song ep will be released in the months following.  i can’t wait to share it with you!

start of a new project.

so today is the day that we begin something that i’ve been working towards for the past year and a half.  i first got the idea for it back in march 2010.  i was sitting at my desk, interning at emi christian music group and had run out of things to work on, so i just started reading my bible.  i was feeling a bit nostalgic because my first cd, venture, was coming to an end.  i remember asking myself several times if this was the end. i didn’t have any more song ideas and i couldn’t imagine coming up with anymore.  i was actually nervous about finishing the project and not having any more ideas to keep doing music, the thing i love most in this world.

i opened up my bible and began flipping through, reading old notes and bits of passages here and there.  i stopped for a moment and just asked God to give me a vision and a mission.  if He has called me to write music, then give me something to write about.  give me the idea and let me proclaim it, shout it from the rooftops, tell the world all about it!  then i flipped to 1 samuel 1 and began reading.  the words leapt off the page in ways that i had never experienced before.  as i read, i was on an emotional roller coaster ride with the story and i could visualize it in my head.  there, i felt more confident than ever before that i had my next project.  i had a story to write… the story of David.

the project is entitled ‘The David Project’, and my mission has become this: “remind people of the relevancy of the bible.”  people so often discount relating to these stories just because they’re from the bible and they’re “old.”  yet, i had felt such a strong connection with this story that i simply had to find a way to share this experience.  God began opening my mind to find creative and cool ways to tell the story.  it’s packed full of love, hate, passion, fear… a songwriter’s dream!

today we started recording it, and i can’t contain my excitement anymore!  i’ve never been more confident in an undertaking.  i’ll post again with a more in depth look at the project and how it will play out, but first off i just wanted to share my excitement.  i hope that this project will be for you the same it has been for me.

drum set up - tracking day

Tracking Day 1 - Drums

my heart is confident in you, O God;

my heart is confident.

no wonder i can sing your praises!

wake up, my heart!

wake up, O lyre and harp!

i will wake the dawn with my song.

i will thank you, Lord, among all the people.

i will sing your praises among the nations.

for your unfailing love is as high as the heavens.

your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.

be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens.

may your glory shine over all the earth.

psalm 57:7-11

songs on tv!

two of my songs were recently used on u-verse’s t.v. show, “treasure hunters”!  this was the first time any of my music has been licensed for television and hopefully not the last.

“casino queen” plays at 1:01 and “you’re alive” plays at 5:52.  you can watch the show at here.

behind the song: a better me.

every now and again life begins to get crazy and i stop paying attention to the people and things around me.  i focus more on ways i can improve my own life and enjoy pleasures that this world offers rather than recognizing how my presence affects those around me.  every decision i make impacts the people around me, whether i intend to or not.  if i simply live to please myself then others will suffer consequences of my selfish actions.

it’s not that bettering my own life is a bad thing, but if i don’t check my overall intentions it becomes very easy to continue down a path until eventually i don’t even recognize myself.  that’s what this song is.  i stepped back and realized that i had wronged those around me just by putting myself first and didn’t take the time to realize it.  i tried to think of one selfless act i had done over the weeks prior to this moment it was a near impossible task.  i had lost who i was.  i didn’t like who i had become.

with all of this weighing on my mind i picked up my guitar and just sat in my room for a couple hours and just began pouring out lyrics as if they were a conversation between me and God.  i was just telling him where i was, what i had done, and what i’d become.  i felt terrible that i had lost myself.  i kept saying this over and over until finally i realized i needed to stop focusing on where i was and focus on where i needed to go.  i needed to figure out what i needed to change and do it.  so that night i promised God that, with his help, I would find a better me.

recording the song, “a better me,” was a really cool experience.  whenever i played the song i would stomp my foot and that’s where the light kick came from.  our friend travis briles came in to record banjo and did it in just a few minutes.

the song was pretty simple.  we knew it was going to be at the end of the album so we wanted to bring in an intimate vibe highlighting the people who had worked so hard on the album.  we set up 2 sm81’s in the room and everyone picked an instrument.  stephen played bass, seth played rhodes and a couple percussion instruments, while kyle played drums (with the ends of brooms i might add… we couldn’t find any brush sticks and it was too late to call anyone.  haha.  here’s a link to the studio recording).  at the end of the last chorus you’ll hear a little bit of the room noise enter the mix and it’s a subtle transfer from standard isolated recording to a live recording.  this song was extremely fun to record and it’s always a reminder that we should always be searching for a better version of ourselves.

A Better Me

I think I may have found a way
    to lose myself.
I put me up inside a cupboard
    shelf.
I thought I might not get it right
    so I turned to run,
But as I ran I began
    to come undone.

Every small mistake
Causes another heart to break

I’ll find a better me
I’ll find a better me
I don’t know where I’ll go
    But at least I’ll be free
I’ll find a better me

I saw in me the mess I’ve made
    and I couldn’t believe.
That I would lead my own masquerade
    and live to deceive.
But maybe I can turn this around
    and start to mend.
I know I can, I can be found.
    No it’s not the end.

Every small mistake
Causes another heart to break

I’ll find a better me
I’ll find a better me
I don’t know where I’ll go
    But at least I’ll be free
I’ll find a better me

camaryn rogers.

so i first met cammie while attending belmont. we had a monday night class together and took up residence sitting by each other in the front row. it didn’t take long for me to realize that she has a true passion for music… to use it as a means to bring encouragement and joy to those around her.  she is always smiling and has a heart that simply overflows love on everyone around her and this is evident in her music.

she recently released a new single called “heir to a kingdom” and it really caught me off guard. i knew she was talented and that she was a great singer but the quality of the song was astounding. i assume it won’t be long until we hear her on the radio. imagine top 40 and very uplifting. something like katy perry meets britt nicole. it has a good beat and groove. the melody is very catchy (i’ve been singing it all day!). the lyrics are powerful, reminding us that God has given us the chance to be an heir to a kingdom… next to a perfect son who died for us.  it really makes you step back and be thankful for the love that God has for us.  i can’t wait to hear the rest of the album!

you can pick up the song on itunes or watch this little video to learn more about camaryn.