BAND SPOTLIGHT: PREPARE HIM ROOM

We’re just a few days from Prepare Him Room at Bethel Bible Church on December 15, so I thought it might be fun to profile some of the musicians that we’ll be featuring at the concert!

Screen shot 2013-12-09 at 3.54.28 AMIs there anything more Christmasy than piano? I mean, you can’t really have something at church without a piano! That’s why I’m glad we’ve got Karen Hudson.

But this isn’t your traditional church piano playing – in the musical Sunday night, the piano is used more like a voice than an instrument. Instead of pounding away or trying to keep the song under control, the piano parts are more like call-and-response: a melody here echoes a particularly plaintive lyric or a trio of notes there accents words like “angels” or “light.”

Karen Hudson is the master of this. She plays piano like a singer – finding those pockets of space where she make the most musical impact. Karen is a smart player because she picks the best moments to play. She’s there to improve and beautify what we’re doing and I think it works big time.

PREPARE HIM ROOM will be Sunday, December 15 at 6pm at Bethel Bible Church. (17121 Hwy 69 South; Tyler, Texas.) Admission is free.

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PREPARE HIM ROOM: BAND SPOTLIGHT

We’re just a few days from Prepare Him Room at Bethel Bible Church on December 15, so I thought it might be fun to profile some of the musicians that we’ll be featuring at the concert!

Screen shot 2013-12-09 at 3.31.02 AMThe songs of Prepare Him Room live in a strange musical setting – primarily, it’s a pop record, but it’s layered with lots of “auxiliary percussion.” Because we didn’t have a lot of room on our stage, I knew we’d need a drummer who could create those parts while still on a traditional drum kit.

I knew that Gabe Balltzglier was the guy for this. Gabe’s been helping us at Bethel off-and-on for the past few months and I knew he would be the perfect drummer for these songs. On Sunday night, you’ll hear Gabe playing very precise parts. Whereas some drum parts are just straight-ahead beats, the songs in this concert are much more complicated. You’ll hear Gabe moving from shakers and percussion equipment to big washy cymbals to driving pop grooves. Drums for this show isn’t easy, but we’re blessed to have one of the best young drummers in Tyler, Texas helping us out. Come see Gabe!

PREPARE HIM ROOM will be Sunday, December 15 at 6pm at Bethel Bible Church. (17121 Hwy 69 South; Tyler, Texas.) Admission is free.

PREPARE HIM ROOM: BAND SPOTLIGHT

We’re just a few days from Prepare Him Room at Bethel Bible Church on December 15, so I thought it might be fun to profile some of the musicians that we’ll be featuring at the concert!

Screen shot 2013-12-09 at 3.39.44 AMBack in the summer, there was one aspect of the Christmas concert that was a concern: bass guitar.

Bass is one of the most important instruments in any musical setting, but this material in particular posed some serious challenges. We would need somebody with enough skill and experience to find spaces within the groove but someone who could also learn a ton of very specific material (in a short amount of time.)

If Chad Riddle doesn’t sound familiar, that’s because you rarely see him. Chad plays for our downtown team every Sunday and is one of my favorite bass players in Tyler. On Sunday night, you’ll see just how good he is – bass guitar for this concert is orchestral and precise and Chad has it down.

PREPARE HIM ROOM will be Sunday, December 15 at 6pm at Bethel Bible Church. (17121 Hwy 69 South; Tyler, Texas.) Admission is free.

PREPARE HIM ROOM: BAND SPOTLIGHT

We’re just a few days from Prepare Him Room at Bethel Bible Church on December 15, so I thought it might be fun to profile some of the musicians that we’ll be featuring at the concert!

Screen shot 2013-12-09 at 3.25.54 AMBeing an electric guitar player is hard work. You’ve got this loud, awesome instrument that can do so many things and yet you spend most of your time hearing people say, “turn that down” or “that’s too weird-sounding!”

But on Sunday night, we’re gonna’ let Ray Wilson cut loose. I can’t wait for you to hear all the different tones and textures that he’s providing for the songs. In fact, you’ll probably be surprised at how many different sounds are coming from this guy’s guitar! Since our concert focuses on so many different characters in the Christmas story, Ray has worked to build parts and atmospheres that fit each one of those songs – from celebration to sobriety.

If you like electric guitar, you will LOVE what Ray will be doing at the concert.

PREPARE HIM ROOM will be Sunday, December 15 at 6pm at Bethel Bible Church. (17121 Hwy 69 South; Tyler, Texas.) Admission is free.

BOOKMARKS: SET 18

Tin_foil_hat_2MIND BLOWN.

-Hey look. Amazon’s building drones. Great.

-Maybe I’m just hopped up on cold medicine, but Kyle Kinane’s salsa controversy made me very happy.

-Although I’m a conservative guy, I don’t tend to go in for too much sky-is-falling. But a guy who so quickly and cleverly cuts to the heart of media hypocrisy deserves to be linked. (Slight language warning.)

-Ever wish that VEGAN/HIPPIE/BROS were a real thing? Yeah, me too.

-Oh, look. A long blog post about Batman logo design. I guess I’ll take a look…

BOOKMARKS: SET 17

act_of_killing_031-Been fascinated of late by the new documentary, Act Of Killing. There are tons of blog posts about the premise, but here’s the director giving the background. Sounds like a bold, but depressing, film.

-The Steven Furtick controversy was here and gone (like most of us expected,) but I think this article highlights on some of the more nuanced issues involving transparency among Christian leaders.

-I promise I’m not harping on megachurches (at least, intentionally,) but this may be a thing.

-I’m impressed by what Joel Klampert and Ember Church did for Thanksgiving outreach.

-How observant are you? Colgate thinks NOT SO MUCH.

-Finally finished Double Cross. It was a slow read, but I’m glad I did it. Impressed with how much research went into the book. (It could easily be an espionage film if you focused on one or two of the principal  players instead of the whole “team.”

-RELATED: Now that I’m done with that, I’ve got two “church” books to read. One for our staff reading list and one for myself. Have a feeling they’re going to move a bit slower than the spy book.

-I may hijack a few upcoming Bookmark posts for just plain ol’ blogging. Or maybe something more…

BOOKMARKS: SET 16

Screen shot 2013-11-27 at 9.28.46 PM-This post from Musicademy about what a congregation needs to hear in worship. Good reminders!

-I’m all about the BINGEWATCH. Here’s a list of shows that can be binged in 9 hours. Pretty manageable, I’d say!

-Oh, man. Please let this be real. PLEASE LET THIS BE REAL.

-Just added a funny, interesting podcast called James Bonding. In their first episode, they referenced this video revealing the man responsible for Bond using the Walther PPK.

-I’m almost finished with Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies. It’s a massive story and starts a little slow, but it’s a great book.

-Not only is this a sweet article, but it reinforces how important color can be in any artistic endeavor.

True – but gross – ways to wish someone a happy birthday.

*Since I love Batman, I’ve decided to have at least one Batman-themed link in each post. I think I can do it. Here.