Behind The Songs – A Still and Quiet Night

Christmas Single – A Still and Quiet Night One of the biggest (and I think), most difficult places to show the love of Christ is to our spouse: in which we have many opportunities to practice grace, allowing iron to sharpen iron to mature and prepare us for future glory. In marriage, many couples face an unintentional drift as they prepare for the Empty Nest. For many years the focus of the union has been…
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Honorable Mention

I was so blessed to receive an Honorable Mention for my new Christmas single “A Still and Quiet Night” for the Cindy Wilt Colville Excellence in Songwriting Award last night at the Christian Musician Summit NW! What made it even more special, was to see Bruce Colville, Cindy’s widower, who was there to present the main award. I went to Cindy’s first Songwriting Intensive Retreat in 2012 and she also mentored me as a songwriter…
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Where I Am Tour 2014 in Review – Part I

What makes a good tour? There is no way that I could re-cap every detail from the tour, but I thought I would at least share some thoughts and pictures from my time out there on the road. To say the least…it was WONDERFUL! And God led me every step of the way, keeping me safe. I drove my Toyota Prius, loaded down with all my gear, merchandise and necessities for 5 weeks, out of…
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Behind the Songs: The In-Between

9 more days til the release of Where I Am! Track 2. The In-Between I started working on this song in the Fall of 2012 with Cindy Wilt-Colville. I had hired her to work with me on writer development and I really had a desire to dig deeper into myself and pull out the thoughts and experiences of my heart in the hidden places. In the beginning of this early writing career and in developing…
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Cindy’s Songwriting Intensive Retreat Part III

(continued from Part II) That night we stayed up late and we all gathered around the campfire. We worshiped our hearts out under the dark night sky to our Heavenly Father above and it was so beautiful. We thought surely God was glorified in His creation that night by us. After we worshiped we each shared a song we had written. It was incredible to hear all the talent that came from each songwriter. I…
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Cindy’s Songwriting Intensive Retreat Part II

(continued from Part I) Our longest day was Saturday. We talked about the Big Idea and saying 1 thing and 1 thing only in our songs. We experienced two more opportunities of songwriting in groups of 3 or 4 to focus and write within a select amount of time around a theme. Probably the most grueling (and possibly because it was our third time that weekend) was the afternoon/evening session with special guest and gifted…
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Cindy’s Songwriting Intensive Retreat 2012 Part I

I thought I would share about my weekend as I have finally recovered from it. There really aren’t a lot of words to describe it as it was beyond describable at times. But this last weekend 24 songwriters gathered from all over the country, including Canada, to attend a Cindy Wilt Colville Songwriting Intensive Retreat at Deer Run Retreat Center south of Nashville. Even though we all willingly went it was as if we were…
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