Recording #6, Ardent Sessions, Day Sixteen

Day 15 was yesterday but I didn’t blog. It’s been an eventful week. On the home front, we had Valentine’s Day, our anniversary, and a trip to see my family in Pennsylvania. My sister has opened a new cupcake store, Pink Champagne Cupcakerie, to much success and critical acclaim. Well, there’s not much criticism in the world of cupcakes. It was awesome to see their new venture, and of course, to try all the cupcakes. You should stop by if you’re in NW PA.

On the work front, Ellie Holcomb sang on the record last week. She is part of Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors. She did an incredible job on my songs, and she sang wonderfully on their new record, Chasing Someday, which I highly recommend. Go check it out on iTunes. You can go right now. This blog will till be here when you get back.

Today we’re mixing. By ‘we’, I mean, Scott is mixing and I’m sitting on the couch. Every once I a while, i make a suggestion, and then they tell me why we don’t really need to do that. But it’s going well. We’re finishing a song called Letting Go. I’ll write a ‘Story Behind the Song’ blog about that one soon.


Recording #6, Ardent Sessions, Day Four

Well, yesterday was a good day. A stressful day with a lot of hard work, but a good day. We started on the Love Your Neighbor song. It was a bit unwieldy but I think we did a good job. Then we spent the second half of the day on a song called There Is Coming A Day. Paul thinks it’s a smash. I don’t really know what that means anymore, but I was pleased with how it came out. This has been a really neat experience. Two songs that I had a very simple minimalistic view of, Paul has seen greatness in them. Honestly I thought There Is Coming A Day would be a Patty Griffin, acoustic guitar over background keyboards, honest, thoughtful last song on the record. Instead it’s pretty massive. I’m really looking forward to how it turns out. It’s taken out of Isaiah 25 if anyone wants to spend some time there before the record comes out. In half a year. That’s a lot of good time to study it.

Today I think we’re going to take a crack at You Are Good. So all you home folks from the Austin Stone will have a song on here. honestly, in all my preparation, I had forgotten it. But when I led at church a few weeks ago, one of our pastors walked up and said, “This one’s going to be on there, right?” So we’re going to record it. I actually wrote it because we needed a song for communion one Sunday. We don’t really have any songs for communion any more. Well, hopefully we will after today.

Please be praying for us today. It’s the same team: Paul, Scott, Sadler, and Denton. Thanks.