January 4, 2009
Hola! Welcome to the first Sunday Setlist of 2009. In case this is your first time, my blog post is part of Fred McKinnon’s Sunday Setlist party that he throws every Sunday. You can find links to many other Sunday Setlists on Fred’s blog.
This morning at GracePoint, I was on the sound board once again. Here’s the view from the board (I apologize for the crappy quality.)
Elevation – This was the first time for Elevation. I was a little concerned about the complexity of this one, but it turned out phenomonal. I took some video of the second service, but discovered when I got home that my camera was set on “compact video” for some stupid reason. It’s not worth posting at postage stamp resolution… Awesome job guys!
One Way – I think this was the first time that Christina had ever sang One Way. She did a great job. Fun song. I love the bridge!
Hold You High – A great song. Mike does a great job singing this one.
Mighty to Save – We play it more like the original Hillsong version on the “Mighty to Save” album, rather than Hillsong United on ” The I Heart Revolution” album that came out last year. The guitar parts are cooler, although Rod usually covers the beginning guitar riff on keys. Good song. I really like the dynamics. Mike got everyone singing a capella at the end. Very nice.
Word of God Speak – The Kutless version is way cooler than the Mercy me version, so that’s what we have alway used. Deric is awesome on this song with all of the tom-tom work, and his patent-pending “trash can” cymbal sounds awesome at the begginning. Especially after I added a lot of delay and reverb to it. Another great song.
Rise Above This – This song is perfectly suited to Gil’s voice. Great dynamics as it goes from calm to screamo in the chorus. This song is becoming a bit of a staple. And that’s a good thing. (I got some very low resolution video during sound check on this one too…)
As an added bonus… here is the pre-service playlist from my ipod. I was going for sort of a sort of a 2002 rap-rock thing (well, mostly). I also had a mostly acoustic playlist ready to go, but scrapped the idea…
I’ll Rise by All Together Seperate (featuring PAX217)
Higher Ground by 38th Parallel
Unbelievable by Thousand Foot Krutch
Old School by Inhabited
Wake Up by KJ-52 (featuring Toby Morrell of Emery)
Go by Forty Days Tempted
Who Am I? by 38th Parallel
Voices by PAX217
Schizophreniac by Earthsuit
Mary’s Song by Molly Williams
January 3, 2009
On Friday, Andrea and I attended the funeral of Jay Trusley in Oklahoma City. It was our third trip to OKC in ten days.
Jay was the 24-year-old son of my step-mother, Jana. Technically, Jay was my step-brother; but we didn’t really have any sort of relationship… When my dad and Jana married a few years ago, Jana’s two oldest sons were out of the house. They never really seemed interested in developing any sort of relationship with my siblings.
But I can’t really say that I’ve reached out to them either… In fact, I don’t think I ever had a real conversation with Jay; just a hello in passing. And I’m pretty sure that I’ve only seen Jay’s older brother twice – at the wedding and Jay’s funeral. He lives in New Jersey now, so I’ve got a reasonable excuse.
The funeral was very nice with a lot of flowers and a lot of people.
It was tough one though. Jay’s death was completely unexpected (and currently unexplained). Not to mention that parents aren’t supposed to have to bury their children. Period. Too bad that God doesn’t follow my rules.
One of the ministers read a lot of thoughts written by friends and family. I thought it was interesting that he had even set up a Facebook page for friends and family to leave their memories. Very good use of social networking…
Apparently, Jay was a very funny, larger-than-life kind of guy. Charismatic. People just wanted to be around him. My sister and I discussed after the funeral that we had no idea. It’s sad that we missed the opportunity.
January 1, 2009
I hope that 2009 will be a great year for all of you!
December 31, 2008
Today, I’m celebrating 14 years with the most wonderful woman in the world!
December 30, 2008
Just in case you’re insanely curious, I thought I’d share which posts generated the most traffic this year. Note that the top five generated a heck of a lot more hits than the second five…
- Unmountable Boot Volume – this post ranting about laptop trouble generated a lot of search engine hits for a while
- “Vision” Demotivational Poster – a lot of search engine hits every day
- Demotivation – this was one of my personal favorites. It continues to generate traffic almost every day. It was even linked to by a business consultant’s blog as worth reading. I’ve been thinking about doing a part 2.
- God of This City – this blog about the story behind the song continues to generate regular hits. This was written before I got burned out on the song…
- Funny Chili’s Commercial – “Musical Chairs” – funny, funny, funny! I got a lot of search engine traffic while this was first running on T.V.
- T.O. versus Pacman – this post has been getting a lot of image search hits lately for the photo of Terrell Owens that I used. Not sure why…
- Underwear Attack! – another favorite post. My kids are funny people.
- Baby Named Jesus – video of a Christmas song that my daughter wrote
- Mandolin for Sale – I sold my mandolin pretty quick!
- Skillet was on fire! – post about a Skillet concert, complete with pyrotechnics, last winter.
December 30, 2008
As we were driving down to OKC on Christmas Day, the kids were watching Camp Rock in the back.
As you can tell from the video, Jada was having a good time! The best moments actually occurred before I thought to pull out my phone and record it.
December 29, 2008
Happy December 29th! I’m sure it’s a holiday somewhere.
The UPS truck pulled up to the house today while I was playing Tiger Woods golf on the Wii. I was surprised because we weren’t expecting anything. It was a CD called Adrienna Valentine by Trent Wagler and Jay Lapp. It was a gift from a guy at work. I had never heard of these guys before but they’re very good. They play Americana Roots stuff. I’ve only been able to listen to a few songs, but I really like it so far. Jay is a mean mandolin player.
My favorite Christmas present this year was from my brother Jason. He was the only person that used my Christmas Wishlist post in selecting a gift for me. He is hooking me up with a new WordPress blog that he is going to host on his server. And he bought me my own domain – www.mandoron.com! I’ve got some work to do to get things up and running over there, so look for the big switch in the next week or two.
We are looking forward to watching the OSU Cowboys play Oregon tomorrow in the Holiday Bowl. Unfortunately, a trip to San Diego wasn’t in the Burgess budget. Did you know that the Oregon ducks have 384 possible uniform variations? That’s crazy!
On Wednesday, Andrea and I will be celebrating our 14th Anniversary. I’m trying to figure out where to take her for dinner.
On Friday, we’ll be attending a funeral. We got a call on the day after Christmas that my step-mother’s middle son, Jay, had passed away in the night. He was only 24. It was unexpected and they still aren’t sure what happened. As you can imagine, the family is in a great deal of shock. Please pray for my step-mom Jana, and the rest of the family.
Please also pray for my brother Jason and his wife Chevy. Chevy had a miscarriage the same day that Jay passed away. That’s really got to suck… It was a sad day.