He Left

This morning Carl left to go on tour. They are driving to St. Petersburg, FL for their first stop on the tour.

Carl and the band opening for Sum 41 at the Filmore in Charlotte, NC

Carl and the band opening for Sum 41 at the Filmore in Charlotte, NC

It’s weird to finally be here. It’s not at all what we thought it would be. But isn’t that always the case?

The very first night I met Carl I thought he already had a tour bus. Shows how much I knew about the music business. When we talked about goals and envisioned the next five years, we pictured record deals, tour buses, and a paycheck.

Reality is: Most of the time you don’t want a record deal. You end up not benefiting from your hard work, someone else does. A tour bus is a long way off. Most of the successful musicians we know are still driving themselves in their own SUVs from show to show. And paying to go on tour. That was news to us.

But the benefits we never imagined: our friends and family and fans and all their amazing support. The satisfaction of producing your own album. The amazing musicians you meet and the friends they become. The blessings that God has poured out to bring about His plan.

That was the other thing that was a surprise to me. When I first met Carl it was hard to see how a life of music would be God’s plan. Carl has known this all along, that’s why he took the leap of faith. But to me, it didn’t make sense. Now, I can’t look at the past 7 1/2 years of Carl’s career and not see God’s hand in everything.

Today is the beginning of a new chapter in Carl’s career. But it is just another step in obedience.

 

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I’m going to get hate mail for this one…

I don’t know why, but people have rules about Christmas music. Most people wait until Thanksgiving to start getting into the Christmas spirit, but I start to yearn for Bing Crosby’s White Christmas in July.

To those of you who are passionate about Christmas being confined to December, allow me to appeal to your Scrooge heart.

Christmas has the most beautiful, peaceful music, heart-warming decorations, and the best food! What’s not to love? I love peppermint mochas, decorating the tree, and the anticipation of Christmas Eve. But more than that:

“It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”
How the Grinch Stole Christmas – Dr. Suess

It is! It’s family, it’s friends, it’s a time to celebrate the year and begin a new one. It’s a time of wonder and miracles. It’s a spirit that brings with it life, joy, and hope. All across the world, people celebrate the birth of salvation. It’s a time of sharing the love that God blessed us with on that Christmas morning.

I think this is why in July, I have to watch Muppet Christmas Carol and remind myself of the spirit of Christmas.

I love the sentiment in Charles Dickens’ quote:

“I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year.” – A Christmas Carol

I hope that you will as well.

How do you keep Christmas all the year?