Electrical Guitar Company - Aluminum Flying V

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I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world.
- Thomas A. Edison

Patrick James Eggle Guitars - Mmmmmyrtlewood!

Patrick James Eggle Guitars - Mmmmmyrtlewood!

Try Wait…

For us, so far 2012 has been a year of radical changes.

Already we’ve been blessed with news of  a new addition to our family, a new locale, an upcoming change in career, a new church home…

For a guy who’s supposedly quitting his job, I feel awfully busy.

For the first time in ages I feel the stirrings of hope in my life. God has already blessed us so completely with a loving family, it almost seems too much to believe that it He’s actually going to make it even better.

Our God is an awesome God!

I’m really looking forward to having this summer to spend so much time with my family.  This will be the last summer before Leila starts school and her last summer as an only child. Getting to hang at the beach and play in the pool on an almost daily basis together is going to be a time I will cherish for the rest of my life.

The hard part for me is waiting patiently for the changes to come.  I’m always trying to live in the future and stir things up to produce the outcome that I’m hoping for.

Now that the change is right there on the horizon it’s time for me to go against my nature, slow down and live for the moment. I really feel that my Lord is trying to teach me this lesson.

Try wait…each day is an amazing gift that our Lord wants to unfold for us if we’ll only take the time to visit with Him, watch and listen.

That’s why God invented music. He knew we had to have a good time.
- Tommy Emmanuel

Praise God…this man can bring it! This is what should be in the dictionary under “Guitar Player”.

Something Worth Your Time…

I know this is obvious, but if you’re going to spend 6-8 hours of most every day doing something, wouldn’t it be great to do something worth your time?

Something that gives glory to God?

Something that your kids can look up to?

Something that makes the world a little better?

Something that helps, heals or enriches others?

Something that will be a source of satisfaction when you reach a ripe old age and look back on your time in this body?

Considering this might be worth my time?

This almost makes a lot of sense.
I would be very surprised if this is an actual quote from Einstein.  Wouldn’t a fish think I was stupid for thinking it should climb a tree in the first place?
I mean…assuming fish think about me at all.

This almost makes a lot of sense.

I would be very surprised if this is an actual quote from Einstein.  Wouldn’t a fish think I was stupid for thinking it should climb a tree in the first place?

I mean…assuming fish think about me at all.

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Tommy Emmanuel - One of the best guitarists on the planet

Tommy Emmanuel - One of the best guitarists on the planet

I’m born to Rock ‘n’ Roll
I’m here to stay…
Yeah!
- Ozzy Osbourne

Staying Focused Takes Staying Focused…

Learning a difficult song takes tremendous focus and stamina.  I find it particularly hard to stay focused once I reach about the 75% mark.  At that point I usually know that I am physically capable of achieving my goal and the last 25% is where my mind really wanders.

I will find any distraction (such as writing a blog) to avoid finishing my work.

Yes, I’m at the 75% mark now and I have to go back to the tedium and grind out the last few days of work.  

Tonight is the night I am not going to let this lifetime habit beat me down.  This is the night that I face down whatever weird psychobabble horse$#!t hang-ups I have and finish what I’ve started. This is the night that I’m going to claim the talent that God has entrusted with me and become a musician.

This night and every night after.

This is what my dreams look like: 1962 Surf Green Fender Stratocaster

This is what my dreams look like: 1962 Surf Green Fender Stratocaster

Many times, during a show or after a show, I’ll look at my little guitar and I’ll think, “Wow. How did this little box made of wood with some wires on it, how did it get me here?
- Tommy Emmanuel

Chuck Moore Ukulele - 3 Mermaids/Rosette Detail

Chuck Moore Ukulele - 3 Mermaids/Rosette Detail