Happy New Year!

Happy New Year and welcome to 2013! I’m beginning this blog from the cold, cold, wintry tundra of northern Illinois where I grew up as a child. As I look back on 2012 and think ahead to a new year I’m reminded (because of my surroundings) of my humble beginnings in this little countryside: my little country school, the little country store, my little country church … and a rich, rich heritage of a lifetime of family, friends, farmland and a God that pursued me relentlessly, pursuing my very heart until I was completely & unmistakably His. Read More...

Battlefields, Football Fields, Marching Bands …

The 2Chronicles 20 battlefield is often on my mind … where Jehoshaphat, King of Judah, was informed of a vast army coming against him to make war … an army too powerful and too big for Jehoshaphat’s men to fight. After seeking the Lord, and declaring to the Lord, “WE DO NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO, BUT OUR EYES ARE UPON YOU,” Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord as they went out ‘ahead of the army’ (yes, the worshipers were at the head of the army, the front line). And here’s my favorite part: As they began to sing and praise him for the splendor of his holiness, the Lord set ambushes against those who were invading Judah and Judah’s enemies were defeated. Judah didn’t even have to fight or defend themselves with weapons!

As a worshiper in the house of God, I identify with this picture from 2Chronicles 20. But I also identify with this “marching onto the field” from my high school marching band days. And this is what sparked this blog entry.

Stepping outside in these early morning back-to-school-almost-autumn days reveals echoes of drum lines in the distance rehearsing ~ preparing for their time on the football field. It’s one of my all-time favorite sounds and as I linger long and listen, nostalgia grips me. And I find myself missing the grand-scale of sounds, of banners, of flags, of dancing, and of marching onto the field. And I want to re-create it! The phrase from Song of Solomon 6 rings through my spirit like a gong: “…majestic as an army with banners.”

And that is why you’ll see me using (or hoping to use!) auxiliary percussion in live shows and even on some recordings. I have this love of drum lines, you see…..

Summer Reading

With summer vacation over, kids back in school, husband back at work, I find myself writing my first blog post in months. I enjoyed a summer full of family and friends, a bit of travel, a lot of recording (yes! be looking for my next album release!), and a good bit of reading.

I’ll let you into my world a little bit by sharing my summer reading list with you (in the most random of order): Read More...