I am thrilled to announce that my new album Death In Reverse is nearing completion. Stay tuned for release date and details coming very soon!
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If you are the praying kind, please keep me and this project in your prayers. I’ve finally got a follow up to Recovery and this new record has stretched me and challenged me in more ways than any record I’ve ever made. I’m THRILLED with how it is coming along and will post updates so stay tuned. Thank you and Grace & Peace!
When The Kings Come Marching In (Mouw)
King’s Cross (Keller)
A Long Obedience (Peterson)
The Bible & The Future (Hoekema)
How God Became King (Wright)
He Shines In All That’s Fair (Mouw)
John Coltrane: Blue Train
REM: Collapse Into Now
Arcade Fire : Funeral
I have no idea what I’m doing.
Being totally honest and serious here. I’ve decided to start journaling again in an effort to keep track of the progress I make as I fight my way through a new collection of songs.
It’s obviously been a while since my Recovery (RCVRY) album and I’m finally of the conviction that I need to record again.
So much has happened in my life in recent years that I hardly recognize the landscape. Marriage, parenthood, booking and touring for concerts, producing in the studio for other artists and engaging with our church in leading some of the music…lots of shifts and turns. Loads of exhaustion and hard work… mostly good just really challenging and stretching.
Then the songwriting fits and starts… vision then darkness. Flickers of creative light. There and then it’s gone.
That’s been the rhythm of life around here and I’ve found it hard to follow all the chord changes.
I can only speak for myself, so here goes:
It’s very difficult to make honest, compelling art that moves people because you basically have to die over and over and over again. You have to surrender yourself to the process while simultaneously facing yourself. The best art (I think) is the most honest. The most human. And getting down to the core of being human is very difficult because we cover ourselves with all sorts of things that need to be ejected and removed in order to see what is really going on beneath the surface of the world we live in. It’s kind of a simple thing I guess but everything in your nature fights against the simplicity of it.
For a number of years now, I have been fixed on themes of renewal, restoration, redemption…resurrection.
So that is where I am headed creatively. Walking straight into the belly of the beast!
Headlong into my own heart with a searchlight and a satchel.
Who knows what I’ll find but I’ll know it when I see it. The older I get, the more I realize how deeply confusing and disorienting the creative process can be. You wander around for a long time before you know where you are going.
So other than these trail markers, I don’t really know what I’m doing.
So I’m doing what I always do… which is not knowing what I’m doing.
The only thing I know is that I have to do it.
We’ve posted the tour dates for this Winter 2011. Jeremy will be in Vermont, Indiana and Florida. We’re currently booking Spring, Summer & Fall concerts as well so drop us a line!
We’re thrilled to be touring again this Fall and wanted to let you know that we’ve updated the Tour Dates page with a slew of upcoming concerts. Jeremy will be performing solo on guitar and piano for most of these shows.
Look for Jeremy in NC, SC, MO, KY, IN, VA, and TX. Come on out for an acoustic evening of songs and stories!
Note: We’ll be adding more dates as they confirm. Most likely in the next couple weeks. See you on the road!
Had a bit of a health scare today. Upon investigation and after making a few phones calls, I was advised to see a doctor immediately.
While driving to the doctor’s office I found myself stressed out, anxious and full of uncertainty.
At one point, I turned off the radio and started praying.
“Lord, it would be great if you healed me of whatever this is but if you don’t end up doing that would you just hold my hand through this? I can make it through if you are with me.”
And the funny thing– as I prayed those words in silence and total privacy while driving my car through winding country roads– I found myself amazed that I actually believed what I was saying to my Maker.
Ever had a thought like that? Or a moment where you caught yourself off guard by the honesty of your own words?
What looked like potential melanoma ended up being a nasty spider bite. It’ll be an ugly few days but I’ll be fine.
I’m thankful for today. While I don’t wish any illness upon myself, I am happy for the reminder that my Maker is my shepherd, brother, friend. My prophet, priest and King.
I don’t usually share so bluntly here about my faith. But there you have it.
Truth bares out its weight and glory over time and Jesus, as it turns out– is everything.
I am His. I could be sick or healthy. Rich or poor. I am always His.
We’ve updated & upgraded the look and ease of use for the tour page. Check it out! See you on the road friends!
Jeremy was interviewed recently by Daryl Smith of Saving The Setlist. The conversation focuses on his new music, community and insights into the creative process.Part One.Part Two.
February and March tour dates have been posted. Check them out here.
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