Every once in a while I like to think about my past accomplishments, failures, and life in general. Many of us like to do that from time to time. I am especially fond of my musical past. I started playing saxophone in the 5th grade and was first chair in sixth and seventh grades. I moved to drums in eighth grade and got to play wipeout on the kit at a band concert. During my eighth grade year I was blessed with my first guitar. I taught myself how to play that guitar. It took a while but I was able to do it.
In high school I was in my first band, Bannana Farmers, typo and all. In the end we were a trio of guitar, bass, and drums. We loved hard rock and alternative. We wrote music together and played at festivals in the area. It was great fun and we actually made some decent money doing it. We had some fans and, I think we were pretty good for a few high school students. Anyway, today I ran across a six song CD we recorded while in high school. Of course I had to put it in and listen to it again. It is great to listen to how I’ve progressed as a musician and vocalist.
I’m going to share a track off that cd with you. This was our “famous” song, if I can even say that. Basically if you ever heard of the Bannana Farmers you knew of this song. It is our hard rock anthem to duct tape entitled simply, Duct Tape:
As a young adult I was pretty sure about the calling God had in my life. I met the girl that I would end up marrying and knew we would raise a family. I thought about religious life but had a longing for a family. I look at my life now with a beautiful bride, two amazing sons, and another child on the way and feel confident that I chose the vocation that God wanted for me. Continue reading “Vocation Isn’t a Dirty Word”
Fall is my favorite month, I love it! These past couple days have given us in the MidWest temps in the 60s and sun to keep us warm; football has started and my fantasy teams are picked. Now it only seemed right to cook up my favorite cool weather dish… and add a new category to my blog: FOOD Continue reading “Fall Food Fanatic!”
My family had some errands to run today. You see, my oldest son is starting pre-school so we had to get him a backpack. I needed some new dress pants, we had to buy a gift for our new God-Daughter and my wife needed new shoes for teaching. We woke up, ate breakfast Continue reading “Fueling the Spirit”
My favorite season of the liturgical year is just days away. We will celebrate Ash Wednesday which opens the door to Lent. To many, Lent is dreary, sad and, for lack of a better term, blah. Many people do not like Lent and dread it because of many different reasons.I always hear complaints about music during Lent. Not only do we not use Alleluia during Mass, but the music we do sing seems sad and dark. To me Lent is exactly as I described it, but it makes me feel at peace and in some ways complete. Continue reading “Not a New Year’s Resolution”
This has been a rough week for my wife and I. Mostly financial burdens have come upon us. The whole “when it rains, it pours,” cliche would be appropriate for our current situation. Everything is really fine, but when things get like this, it is easy to lose some hope and get frustrated and down. Here is how everything has gone down. Continue reading “My Mechanic is Jesus”
Imagine, you are driving in your vehicle on your way to work. As you are driving you catch up to a person going ten miles under the speed limit. The only way to remedy this situation is to get as close to the driver in front of you. I mean get your bumper within inches of theirs and drive. Continue reading “Drive How You Are Called To”