I’ve got a new piece called, Crossover. I was going to make a more elaborate music video, but then I decided to keep it simple and see what people think.
Well, I’m still fairly new to the blogosphere, but I’ve now officially been at it for two years. Ra, ra, ra! I started with a space theme, calling my blog, Musings of a Musician. Then I changed the name to Overtones of a Musician. Then I got the red/orange theme I’ve used for the past year and a half or so. Then I split my blog into two: Overtones, and Making Moments. Then I got a couple more blogs that lasted awhile. When they fizzled out, I merged the two original blogs, and now here I am again, trying out another twist of the kaleidoscope.
I try to be real on my blog, and though I’m sure it comes out stale or stiff sometimes, I have a fun time with it. But I’ll be straight forward for a moment. I’m working hard to become an established musician and author, and blogs have a weird place in the lives of both professions. Most artists use blogs to connect with their fans, and it’s a great way to do it. I’ve tried hard to do that, too, but I’ve become rather lazy at feeding the “social media connections” part of it – I love reading other people’s blogs, Facebook notes, tweets, and participating in the discussions, but wow it’s time consuming. While working on two books and two CDs, as well as doing a full-time job and supporting a family of five, every spare minute is like gold.
I’ve also turned down some fairly profitable web-design opportunities because big moneymaking projects distract me from writing and composing. If it was just for the money that I’m doing all this stuff, that would be a ridiculous choice. The fact is, musicianship doesn’t earn much money, and I doubt authorship does either. I guess my hope is that both together will be able to work out all right. But really, I’m not doing it so much for the money – though it would be nice to earn enough to keep me at it. And believe me, it takes a great deal of time and energy to be constantly writing and composing.
I used to have a dream of becoming a full-time LDS seminary teacher. I can’t express how badly I wanted that. But in the past couple years, I’ve found that I just don’t have the right kind of personality for a position like that. I still think of that as the ultimate profession, being able to have such a strong spiritual influence on students – what an AWESOME opportunity that would be! But I can see now that I’m not what the students need, and I’m okay with that.
So I’m going for a stand-by. I’ve always loved both writing and composing, and I’m beginning to see that there may be some potential here – much more so than I had with teaching seminary. And it can still be a great chance to touch others, and encourage people to be better than they are. I suppose books can be like seminary teachers in slow motion – if that makes any sense at all. Music can invite the Spirit, and encourage people to be better, too, so I don’t feel like I’m failing so long as I keep at my writing and composing efforts.
Anyway, I like to think optimistically, and I have great hopes for the next decade, but I don’t expect my efforts to offer much financial support to my family for awhile. It’s the best time in the history of the world to become an established musician or author, but it’s a pretty rough time to be making money at it.
So what does this all have to do with my blog? Well, not much, I guess, except to let you know my intensions, and hope the blog will help out with that. I’m trying out a new theme. It’s certainly the noisiest theme I’ve had yet, and some have said it’s hard to tell whether this is supposed to be a blog or a static website. That’s okay. Why not try things a little different once in a while.
And frankly, so far, I really like this theme – mostly because I can put the emphasis where I want it. There will be new entries all the time, and those of you reading from feed readers won’t see a difference. But for any who come to visit the site, I can shout out my favorite stuff and draw attention to the things that really mean something to me. Yeah, it’s scattered and a bit overwhelming, but so is my life, so it fits. There are still a few quirks that have got to be fixed, but with time, it should work out.
Let me know what you think!
23 And after that Zion was taken up into heaven, Enoch beheld, and lo, all the nations of the earth were before him;
24 And there came generation upon generation; and Enoch was high and lifted up, even in the bosom of the Father, and of the Son of Man; and behold, the power of Satan was upon all the face of the earth.
25 And he saw angels descending out of heaven; and he heard a loud voice saying: Continue reading Wide as Eternity: The Meaning Behind the Music
For family home evening tonight we watched a movie called, “Return with Honor,” about a young guy who gets in a terrible car accident, and has a near death experience where he is asked what he has yet to accomplish in his life. He gives his response and he is told that he has sixty days.
It got me thinking. What would I do with my life if I knew I only had sixty days to live? Obviously I would wish to be able to raise my kids and take care of my wife, but if I knew that wasn’t an option, and I only had sixty days left, what would I do with it?
I was listening to an advice call-in program on the radio one day, and I don’t remember what the caller was asking advice on, but the advice given was interesting. “Your doctor just called you and said you have six months of life left, and not a day more. I’m not saying this just to make you think about it, I want you to decide what you need to do in that six months, and then YOU DO IT! Six months. That’s all you get. What ever you would do if you only had six months to live, do it.”
So, what would you do? What would you stop doing? What would you change? Who would you visit?
Think about that – whether sixty days or six months, whatever you would do in that time if you knew you were going to die, do it.
Homecoming is one of the piano solo pieces from my Dayspring CD.
How comforting the light of the gospel is in the face of something as shocking as death! Testimony, born of faith, adds a spiritual element to the otherwise abstract complexities of life.
That testimony is a real and powerful confidence that becomes indisputable in the heart of those that embrace it, and it is a real and life-sustaining thing. This mortal life is but a moment. After death we continue life as we had previously known it, before it was crudely interrupted by this frightening but essential phase of existence.
To those with such faith, death is not a thing to be feared at all. In fact, death is more of a reunion than a separation. The partings that come with death are only very temporary, and when all is said and done, this mortal life will seem to have been but a passing moment.
I have a photograph that I like to get out and look at once in a while. It is of my older brother’s missionary homecoming. He is only seconds off the airplane from his mission to Brazil, in a tight embrace with Mom and Dad. Their faces are full of excitement, joy, and love.
That picture has a lot of meaning for me. I took it on my own full-time mission, and it reminded me that I must serve my mission honorably, so that when I return, I will have such a moment.
It also reminds me of another homecoming that I will someday experience.
The thought of leaving this life and rushing into the arms of my Heavenly Parents sometimes fills me with so much hope, and so much anticipation, that I have to remind myself that I still have much to do before I can qualify for such a reunion.
Perhaps it is the fear of the unknown that frightens us about death. We thrive so much on regularity and tradition that even a minor change from the ordinary can throw us completely off balance. Adventurous as we may occasionally feel, it seems that few of us feel ready to step beyond the comfort-zone of mortality into the surreal and unknown mystery we call death. Even the most courageous people can’t deny that there is a bit of apprehension that accompanies impending death. Perhaps to some, it is like lying down to sleep, knowing that whatever dream first enters their mind will be their new permanent reality.
But again, this is where faith plays such an essential role in our lives. Life as we know it has the greatest opportunity for growth, experience, and learning. It also allows us glimpses of the joy that will be available in the eternities. Such glimpses give us hope for the fullness of joy that will be awaiting the righteous in the life to come.