Recording #6, Ardent Sessions, Day Six

Well, the guys might have worked this weekend but I’ve been at home. I’m about to take off for the airport now. It’s 4:15AM. Yes, AM. Ridiculous. But it means I get to work a whole week and be home with my family. Today will be a hard one. Both kids are sick, one throwing up, one with a high fever. Please be praying for them, and for my wife who also has to work today. I’m very grateful this morning for a mother-in-law who was willing to drive down last night to be with the kids today.

However, when I do get to work today, I believe we’ll be doing guitars and vocals. So you can pray for Sadler and I. And of course, Paul and Scott who are running the show. And Denton, the drummer, is heading home today so you can pray for his safe travel as well.

I’ve got to head to the airport and to the studio.


Recording #6, Ardent Sessions, Day Five

Well, it’s the last day of week one. We got some great work done yesterday. Tracked three songs. We started with You Are Good. It’s a worship song I wrote to use at church for communion. Then we recorded a tune called Loved that I wrote with Michael Farren from Pocket Full of Rocks and Tony Wood. We finished the day with Give What’s In Your Hand. It’s about how God just asks us to give what He has given us. Song turned out really cool, if I do say so myself.

Today we’re moving on to guitars. It’s pretty crazy that we’ve recorded the drums for the whole record already. I’m really excited about how this is turning out. Be praying for Sadler today as we work on guitars. Then you can pray about me getting home safely tonight. Definitely ready to be home.


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.


Recording #6, Ardent Sessions, Day Two

Well, we’re off to a good start. Got some good work done yesterday. Today we’re starting with “Don’t You Think”, a song I wrote with Andrew Osenga. He’s really an amazing writer. I’ve just been floored recently by his songs “Arms of Love” and “Too Far To Walk”. Check them out when you have time. Today we have the same crew: Paul, Scott, Denton, and Sadler. Please keep us in your prayers.


Recording #6, Ardent Sessions, Day One

Its a little weird doing a record in two pieces. But here we are. We are back in Memphis at ardent, starting the main part of the record. Its really exciting. Paul Ebersold is producing. Scott is engineering. Denton is playing drums. Sadler is playing guitar. One song down already. Its called Letting Go. It has the lyrics from “I Surrender All” in the verses. It turned out really great. I wasn’t sure how good it was. But Paul really believed in it. And it turned out great. An awesome start to this project. Please be praying for us. Thanks. Looking forward to sharing it with you.


New Record, Day Two

Well, yesterday went great. We finished drums, bass, and guitar on two songs. One of them is a new one I wrote a couple of weeks ago with Jason Ingram called “The One You Want”. I think it’s really going to be special. It’s just about how shocked I am most of the time that God can love me. But that’s when I look at me, and focus on my infirmities and iniquities. But when we look solely at Him, it is difficult to doubt anything about Him. Maybe I should write a song about that too. How our focus determines how we see God. Anyway…

Today I’m working with Jason and Rusty again. It’s vocal day. So we’ll be singing a lot today. I’d appreciate your prayers. I haven’t been singing very well lately. I don’t know if it’s been the weather or if my voice is out of shape or what. But I really want to nail these songs. I think you guys deserve that. More so, I think God deserves it. So I’d really appreciate your prayers for Rusty, Jason and I as we work today. Thanks.


P.S. After today, we leave off working on the record until after the new year. So you won’t see any updates for a while.

New Record, Day One

Well, here we are again. Day one of a record. It seems like such a daunting task at this end. But daunting or not, we are tracking the first two songs here in Nashville today and tomorrow. I’m working with Jason Ingram and Rusty Varenkamp. We have Adam, Will, and Matt playing today. They are doing incredible stuff so far. Please be praying for us as we start putting this record together. I’m really excited about what God wants to do with this project. Got to get back to work.