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JFH Staff Blog | October 2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Rebuild Your Love Tour Video

Well hey everyone, Tommy here. So I thought some of you might like to see a vid from our most recent tour, the Rebuild Your Love Tour. Here it is, hope you enjoy!

-Tommy

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Rule #32: Enjoy the Little Things

Kelli and I love grocery shopping together. Maybe it's the fact we were both initially so nervous about being the sole shoppers for our new home, with no experienced mothers in the mix to keep things on the rails. Or maybe it's just that we're enjoying getting good at it. Or maybe it's getting to pick out our "one treat" each. Whatever it is, we love going together. We make it fun.

So it was a bummer yesterday when Kelli made a restock trip while I was working. We both expressed a little remorse that it'd worked out that way, but we had some old friends coming over that night, and we wouldn't have time to go after I got home. It really wasn't a big deal, just one of those "well, darn" kind of things. But that was the first time it really struck me that I really enjoy doing that with my wife. It's a little thing, but we treasure doing it together.

Over the weekend, Kelli and I watched a movie where one of the rules was to always "Enjoy the little things" (Even in a nightmarish, post-apocalyptic world where the "little things" include trashing an abandoned gift shop to release some pent up anxiety. Also, Twinkies.). And sure, it's a pretty basic idea, but in the context of this particular film, it was an ironic juxtaposition. You should always be enjoying the little things! It ought to be a rule.

I think it's important to stop every once and a while and completely remove yourself from the moment you're living, and just think about everything that led up to that particular moment. So many little, mundane things become meaningful.

We had a blast with our old friends last night. And it was great to think back on our history with all of these particular people. So much has happened over the years, and it was truly a blessing to have all of them together, goofing off and carrying on in one room, having a great time. It would have been easy to just think of it as another fun game night, but, for me, it was the accumulation of years of history together leading to one great evening. We didn't really talked about it last night, but Kelli touched on my sentiments when she pulled me aside in the kitchen and simply whispered, "I like this." Me too, Keener!

So it may be a simple thing, but it's really and honestly a form of worship, to sit across the table from your wife, laughing about something stupid, and then removing yourself just long enough to think about everything that went into creating this one moment. Your only response is to tip your hat to the Big Man and give him a heartfelt, "Thank You for this. It's wonderful."

(Taken from my blog Taylorville)

The Little Things

Every now and then I need a wake-up call. Life is busy. My schedule is usually filled with everything except for time with God. I work. I go to school. I have a social life. I get consumed with these things and lose my focus. Today I was randomly clicking around on some of the websites in my bookmarks, one of which is the Owl City blog. Being that Adam Young is a role model in my life, and knowing of his faith, I always find it uplifting to read his posts. Like his music, his blog is profound. Today’s post was deeper than ever. Adam had posted a cover of the worship song “In Christ Alone.” And as I sat there reading his post about it and listening to his cover, I couldn’t help but smile and silently thank God for bringing me to his blog. I needed to hear that song. I needed that time to sit there and listen and feel His presence. This is life, and these are the little things.   ~ Logan

Monday, October 25, 2010

Featured Fan - Elena Frye

 Elena (in the yellow SK shirt), her friends Kayla and Sammy and Adam, Brian, Jon, and Jordan of Stellar Kart

Favorite Band/Artist: Stellar Kart
Featured Fan: Elena Frye
Location: Waseca, MN
When/Where Was The Above Photo Taken: Club 3 Degrees, 2/20/10
What About This Artist's Music Speaks To You: Stellar Kart's music makes me smile every time I listen to them, even when I'm having a bad day
Favorite Album by This Artist:  Expect The Impossible
Favorite Song by This Artist: I LOVE THEM ALL!!!!! My faves are "Innocent," "The Right One," "Me and Jesus," "Life is Good," and "All My Heart."
Favorite Live Show Experience: When Brian came into the crowd and played right in front of me!!! and when I talked to Jordan after the show. He was teasing me about having the same shirt as him - I was blushing the whole time!!!!!
Number of Times Seen This Artist Live: I've seen them twice and hope to see them again REALLY SOON!!!!
Favorite Piece Of Merch/Item You Own From This Artist: I own 3 SK shirts (2 of them signed), 3 SK posters, all of their albums (2 of them signed), 3 SK buttons, and 1 SK sticker. My fave is my yellow SK shirt that matches Jordan's.

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We Recommend - Further Seems Forever, 'Hide Nothing'

Further Seems Forever was arguably one of the most well-loved emo-ish Tooth & Nail bands in the early 2000's.  Despite their constant lineup changes (most notably the fact that they had a different vocalist with each new studio album), people stuck by their side as they continued to release quality rock music.  Recently, it was announced that the original vocalist Chris Carabba (who, after leaving, headed up the mainstream band Dashboard Confessional and had a fairly successful run) has teamed up with FSF once again.  In anticipation for whatever they're going to do next year, I thought I'd recommend what is my favorite FSF album, Hide Nothing.  Most fans prefer The Moon Is Down, and while it's definitely a good album, Hide Nothing speaks a lot more to me personally.  The songs are hopeful and powerful, and Jon Bunch's vocals compliment the intricate musicianship near-perfectly... even if the entire album is less than a half hour long.  If you haven't heard Hide Nothing (or any other FSF music), do yourself a favor and listen to it, and get ready for something new from the reunited group pretty soon. ~ Scott Fryberger

Further Seems Forever
Hide Nothing (2004)

Click here for the JFH Review.

Our synopsis: "FSF's triumphant return and final run (or so we thought)." (Recommended by JFH's Scott Fryberger)
Perfect For: Grace, being yourself, faith
Song Highlights: "Light Up Ahead," "Hide Nothing," "Like Someone You Know," "Make It A Part," Call on the Life," "For All We Know"

So, what are your thoughts on and experiences with the album Hide Nothing? Do you recommend it? If so, why?

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Rebuild Your Love Tour Days 11 - 14

Hello everyone! My apologies for the slight layoff on these. Thursday evening during the second song of our set in Monroe, GA, I suffered a twisted/severe knee sprain. I jumped up, and didn't quite land the way I should have. The show ended pretty quickly, and I was taken to the local ER. If you all could continue to pray for me on this, that would be amazing! I thank you all so much for the prayers and kind words already, I love you all very much! It's quite painful, and honestly not much fun when all I can do for the next few shows in just stand there, on one leg really, but I praise God that no surgery will be needed and that it will heal. And I'm also thankful for the best bandmates and friends I could ask for. Also, I'd love to make a quick shout out to the Forman family in Monroe, GA for helping out with everything during that situation.

Friday, we spent most of the day at gorgeous Pensacola Beach in Florida. I've stated this many times on this tour, but God's creation is so breath-taking, and it was a blessing to finally see the gulf! Just amazing. We then had the great fortune of taking part in a Rock For Life rally that night, and it really did rock! Thanks to the amazing crowd for gathering to support the importance and sanctity of life, celebrating God's creation!

Last night, we played in Franklin, TN, as part of a pre halloween show, and there was a jar of mustard shredding some great guitar riffs. There is nothing quite like seeing that in person! Great to see some old friends and eat some amazing Italian beef subs! However, it was sad to part with the Temple Veil guys. We loved every second of touring with them, and be on the lookout for them in your town soon, as they are going to be everywhere in our nation through the end of 2010. Thanks guys for an awesome tour!

Tonight, we end things in Dayton, OH. I praise God for allowing us to make it through another tour, despite some injuries and blown trailer tires, this is going to be one to remember for seeing people's hearts become transformed for His love! Keep rebuliding love, and let's change this world for Him! God bless you, and see you all again soon!

love always,

Miah & TgT

Friday, October 22, 2010

Rebuild Your Love Tour Day 10

Good evening, everyone, and welcome to another edition of the Rebuild Your Love Tour blog. Last night and tonight, our tour has been in the great city of Lake City, Florida, the native home of one of the NFL's greatest voices, Pat Summerall. I must say that I can't get enough of southern hospitality. Not only is this a beautiful area this time of year, we've been so blessed to have met and hung out with some of the nicest people around. I thank God that He continues to surround us with amazing people while we're always out and about!

Earlier today, our band had an amazing experience, something we'll never forget. We had the opportunity to canoe along the Ichetucknee River, one of the nation's clearest and cleanest bodies of water, as well as swim in the Blue Hole Spring in Ichetcuknee Springs State Park. The canoe trip was so peaceful, and was such an awesome display of God's creation. While swimming in the spring, we discovered what was the entrance to an underwater cave, and it blew us away! I highly reccommend visiting this area, it's just beautiful.

If you haven't checked out our tour mates in Temple Veil, you need to. It's been an awesome blessing getting to hear those guys night after night, and it's been so great hanging out with them. When they part ways with us, they're headed west, so please check out what they have coming up! It's great stuff!

In my next blog, I'll be sharing a few thoughts I've been having about honesty, and what God has been moving upon my heart lately. God bless you all!

love always,

Miah & TgT

 

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Rebuild Your Love Tour Day 9

Let this be known: TgT loves the south!! We're hanging out in one of our favorite cities, Greenville, SC, and played the wonderful Channel venue here in downtown. As stated in the day 8 blog, when this venue first opened it's doors in August 2007, TgT was the first band to ever play there. Now, they have relocated to a new building in the center of the bustling downtown area, and it's such a blessing to see an amazing ministry growing in such a way. Be sure to check them out at www.myspace.com/thechannelvenue, as they have alot of sweet events coming up! They also have some of the best food in Greenville, and some of the best coffee and smoothies!

Tomorrow, we return to the great state of Florida for the first time in a few years, with back to back shows in beautiful Lake City. We'll be hitting the beach for sure, and will have some sweet video footage of our adventures at sea for all of you to laugh at. It's also my understanding that Jameson and Tommy are on a quest to see and possibly make friends with an alligator. Not sure how that will turn out, but rest assured, I will keep you posted. They still haven't found big foot, but I think that's more of a summer thing.

We'll see you tomorrow in sunny Florida, so be safe and have a pleasent evening!

love always,

Miah & TgT

Monday, October 18, 2010

Rebuild Your Love Tour Day 8

My how time flies! We're in Greensboro, NC, birthplace of the one and only Spencer Chamberlin of Underoath. I type to you from the massive church we played at earlier tonight, as we're staying the night here. This church is bigger than some of the towns we've played in over the years. First of all, there's five floors, and what I estimate to be a three hundred rooms, all prime spots for hide and seek. Yes folks, we're all nine years old. But, let's be honest, when your on tour, hide and seek should always be tops on your list of priorities, just ahead of booking and blogging. Oh, to be young again!

Tonight's show was such a great time. Tonight kicked off what will be seven days in a row with our good friends in Temple Veil. These guys, formerly of Post Mortum, are playing some amazing music right now, and you all need to check them out. Just really pretty stuff, very soothing for the soul. We were once again blessed to share in a time of praise and worship with the audience, such a blessing to join our voices together in praise! We had church tonight, and it was just awesome. Praise God!

We're headed for Greenville, SC tomorrow, as we'll be playing at The Channel, one of the nation's finest Christian music venues, and one that will always have a special place in our bands collective heart. Just over three years ago, at The Channel's previous building, we were the first band that ever played that stage. In fact, the paint on the stage was still drying when we began sound check that afternoon. Now, this amazing ministry has a new location, and we're excited to be rocking that stage for the first time tomorrow evening. Be blessed my dear friends, we'll see you tomorrow night!

love always,

Miah & TgT

 

Featured Fan - Mark and Star Hanson

Mark and Star with their TFK and FM Static Collections

Favorite Band/Artist: Trevor McNevan (FM Static [Star's] / Thousand Foot Krutch [Mark's])
Featured Fan: Mark and Star Hanson
Location: Wisconsin
When/Where Was The Above Photo Taken: 10/10/10 :D
What About This Artist's Music Speaks To You: Star: "The songs are so catchy. You hear them once and know all the words!" Mark: "It get's me pumped before football games"
Favorite Album by This Artist:  Star: Dear Diary / Mark: Welcome To The Masquerade
Favorite Song by This Artist: Star: "Definitely Maybe" or "Hold Me Twice" / Mark: "Smackdown"
Favorite Live Show Experience: We'll be seeing TFK next month for the first time!
Number of Times Seen This Artist Live: Zero, for now...
Favorite Piece Of Merch/Item You Own From This Artist: Star: The diary inside the CD cover of Dear Diary / Mark: Deja Vu, the TFK Trilogy
Your Website (Facebook/Twitter/Blog): N/A

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Rebuild Your Love Tour Day 7

I hear more and more these days from people and news sources that God is not real. I always hear or read about how creation just sort of happened, and that is that. We travel quite a bit in this band, and one of the most rewarding blessings we encounter is getting to see God's creation at it's finest through the mountains, the rivers, the sunrise and sunset, and something we get to enjoy bu maybe once or twice a year: the ocean. We're here in gorgeous Virginia Beach, one of the nation's most frequented vacation spots at any time of year, and after our show with Philmont last night, TgT made it's way to the Atlantic coast, and there's nothing more amazing, and not a more obvious statement of God's hand at work, than the ocean crashing it's waves on the coast under a massive blanket of night sky and stars. As the guys ran down the coast, challenging the waves to come after them (a funny site to see Chris shouting at the ocean lol), I took a moment to pray silently, for my wife and baby daughter back home, for everyone we've met on this and every tour, and for the exeperiences that lie ahead for all of us. I also prayed that people would truly recognize that God is the creator of all things. I took a long look at the stars. I love stars. I was immideietly taken to the song by Switchfoot entitled Stars. It was just an awesome moment, and my heart was full.

He truly is the God of wonders beyond our galaxy. The Lord of all creation! On this Sunday morning, and all days/nights, may He be praised as we think about and marvel at this perfect picture He's created. Be blessed today guys, and come see us on the road! We're headed for Greensboro, NC tonight, a city rich in pro-wrestling history, and that is something that I (and only me lol) am very excited about! See you at the shows, everyone!

love always,

Miah & TgT

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Rebuild Your Love Tour Day 6

Freaks...geeks...and rousties! Greetings from the mountains of Elkton, VA! Last night, Day 6 was transformed into "The Greatest Show On Earth", and we were reunited with some of our most dear friends and past tourmates in White Collar Sideshow, as well as current tourmates Temple Veil. A special thanks to everyone who came out and enjoyed what I still believe to be one of the most powerful ministries in the world today in White Collar. I've said this many times, but if you haven't seen them yet, and if you haven't experienced the sheer power of that story and it's presentation, then you really need to soon. TD, Veronica, and Phill are just awesome people, and their story is truly one of a kind. So, last night was for sure a family reunion, and it was quite fun, including when TD transformed Tommy into the "nerdy pig". To see that, head over to www.twitter.com/tgtband. It's funny, and honestly kinda frightening. But then again, that's Tommy everyday, so you won't be too surprised.

One thing that has been so exciting for us over the past week is to see alot of you singing along to our newest song, and the titles of our tour, "Rebuild Your Love". We are so blessed to see the response to the message behind it, and it's exciting to see you all singing along, even though you've never heard it before. That pretty much let's us know it's a keeper! Thank you all for being the most amazing fans, it's quite nice!

We are now off to sunny Virginia Beach, and we'll be playing tonight with Philmont, and band that I've not seen yet, but am quite excited to do so. If you're in the area, come and rock with us! Even though it's a little chilly, we're still going to give the ocean a try, and see if we can't get ourselves into some aquatic hijinks. Have a great day everyone, and see you tonight in VA Beach!

love always,

Miah & TgT

 

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Rebuild Your Love Tour Day 5

The date is July 4th, 1896. 39 year-old inventor Elwood Haynes successfully test drives the first ever internal combustion engine, essentially making it the first car ever driven. On October 6, 1886, natural gas was first discovered. In late 1928, Walter Kemp perfected the first ever canned tomato juice.

Why am I listing off all of these firsts? Well that's because I come to you tonight from America's official "city of firsts"...and the city all of those things were discovered in; Kokomo, Indiana.

This is not the first time we've played around this area, but tonight was amazing. We had the great fortune of being a part of an FCA rally at a local high school here in town, and it was a treat! Amidst leading worship, and playing some TgT rock & roll for them, these folks proved to be some of the kindest and most energietic we've encountered yet. The virtual heart of Indiana has raised the bar for sure, America ;).

One funny quote from tonight though would have to be this: before the show, we had been hanging out with some of the students of the school's FCA group, and one young person said they had never been to a concert before, and was jealous of their friend who had recently seen great bands such as Skillet and Relient K. I overheard this and said "well, you'll get to see one tonight!" "No, I mean a real concert." retorted the young person. What's even greater is that I'm almost certain they had no idea I was in the band playing for the evening. During the show, I did see that particular person jumping and clapping along like crazy, so I'm thinking they figured out they were in fact at a "real" show. I mean let's face it, TgT does nothing but "keep it real".

Well, I'm off to bed now, but keep this fun fact in mind: Kokomo, Indiana is native to several professianl athletes, but perhaps none greater than Don Johnson (no, not Nash Bridges), Professinal Bowlers Association Hall-Of-Famer, and 3 time national champion. He is also only one of two bolwers to ever appear on a Wheaties box.

For what it's worth, all of the fun Kokomo facts are dedicated to my good friend Alan Howe, Kokomo's favorite son. Have a great night, everyone, and we'll see you next time from the picturesque valleys of Elkton, Virginia!

love always,

Miah & TgT

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Rebuild Your Love Tour Day 4

Tonight, I come to you from the Hoosier state. We're in the Indianapolis, Indiana, birthplace to the legendary king f late night David Letterman. It's always a good time when we pass through Indy, in particular when we get to spend time with the Wilhite family, one of Christian rock's most supportive families. Such great friends and fans of ours, and so good to be at their home. Thank God for amazing people!!

Tonight's show was such a good time. A big thanks to a great young Indy-area band called Blank Pages for opening for us tonight, as their high-energy pop punk got the crowd fired up, and what a fine crowd these folks were. Anyone who hangs on to Tommy Clinagn's every word deserves a high five. Also, it's always fun when we find our there's a birthday in the house, and we can bring that person up on stage and make them feel super awkward, but then reward them with a sticker for being good sports. :) The night closed out, and we now look ahead to Kokomo, Indiana for day number five. It never fails that every time we pass through Kokomo, one of, if not all of us, in TgT will sing that Beach Boys song, though I don't believe this was the Kokomo they were referring to, although I could be wrong. If anyone out there knows which one they are singing about, let me know, and I'll totally be your best friend. For real.

Be safe out there everyone, and may you continue to enjoy this amazing time of year. Early autumn is just the best, and get out there and enjoy it while you can! See you on the road, everyone!

love always,

Miah & TgT

 

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

That Our Home May Be a Praise

I absolutely love my parents' home.

It was mine too for eighteen or so years. Let me tell you a little about it.

The home actually starts on the front lawn. Back in the day, that's where all the neighborhood kids knew the best game of touch football could be found most every summer day.

As long as there's someone awake in the house, the door is always unlocked, and friends knew they never had to knock. Who wants to be greeted at the door anyway. Come on in, plop down, and tell me about your day. There's always someone at the house. Usually multiple someones. I think I can count the number of times I was alone in that home on two hands. In eighteen years.

If there's something good on TV, everyone knew where the party would be. "The Office Season Premiere" and "The Taylor House" became synonymous for a long time. The house was so packed one year that multiple rooms with different TVs turned on were filled to capacity to accommodate.

And there's always something delicious going on in the kitchen. My mom is always cooking something tasty for anyone at the house, and she knows everyone's favorite meals. She'll bribe you with her world famous quesadillas if it means you'll come over to the house. She loves having people over.

And it shows. That place has always felt like home to a whole lot of people. If ever anyone was in need of a place to crash for a day or a week or a month, my parents were always more than willing to oblige. There's always someone staying the night.

You always walk out of that house feeling better than when you walked into it- I guess that's the main point. I always loved that. I always loved how safe everyone- my family, my friends, and anyone else who happened to enter- felt there. We grew up wondering why so many neighborhood kids wanted to spend so much time at our house. When we entered the world outside our doorstep for ourselves, we understood.

Some good friends got married this past weekend, and among the many promises they made that day was this gem: "...that our home may be a praise to Him." What a beautiful way to illustrate that point!

My parents' home is praise. Ask anyone who has been there. Go ahead, ask! It's not presumptive- It's a fact! My parents' home is praise to Yahweh.

One of the first things I told Kelli about our new home was that I want everyone to feel at home here. I want the door to always be opened for anyone in need of an open door. I want this place to be a safe house- a Trust. Anyone entering our door is to feel completely wrapped in love, and when they leave, I want them to feel better than when they arrived.

Just last night we had three of our dearest friends over (two of whom happened to be my siblings), and already I see this place being praise. Obviously it takes time to establish a trust in a new place, but I believe the groundwork has been laid by the hard work of my parents at their home. They taught us well.

So, here's to the prayer that as long as Kelli and I occupy this place, that it may be a praise to Him.

(Taken from my blog Taylorville.)

Help Sons of God

So another Come&Live! band has started a Kickstarter project, and they need your help.  The band is Sons of God, and they make some terrific music.  It ends on November 8, and they need a total of $7,000.  As of the time I posted this, they were sitting at $2,214.  If you have some money you can give them on November 8, or you can save some for then (if you're unfamiliar with Kickstarter, you can make your pledge anytime before November 8, but your credit/debit card won't be charged anything at all until November 8, and that's IF the project is completely funded), then definitely consider and pray about helping them out.  This album has been a long long time coming, and I'm ready for it to be made.  If you're not familiar with the band, you can read my review of their EP, The Genesis Prologue HERE, and you can download their EP for free HERE.  Check them out.  It won't cost you anything more than some of your time.  And if you like what you hear, help them out.  It will be an amazing album.  (As an incentive, if you do pledge, you'll get some cool prizes based on the amount of your pledge, like free copies of their albums, a phone call, exclusive shirts and hoodies, etc.)

For Those Who Wait Tour Blog 2

Well, since the last blog, we had something awesome happen that's never happened in the history of Fireflight.  We had our first sell out show. It was pretty surreal. We played in Greeley, CO 3 nights ago and all 900+ tickets got sold.  They even had to get a few of our comp (tickets we get to give to friends and family) tickets back that we weren't using so more people could come.  I have to say, it was pretty weird seeing a line stretching through the entire parking lot full of people like an hour or two before the doors opened. 

Even cooler, is that the night before in Wichita, we played to around 900 people as well, and before that around 500, and then like 500 last night and the night before as well.  I know that's not much considering the amount of people that go to say, a skillet show, but for us, it's pretty awesome.  Despite the fact we say we're from Orlando, we're actually from a small town outside of Orlando called Eustis.  That's pronounced YOO-STISS.  The neighboring cities called us Useless when there were football games and stuff in high school.  Just a random fact for you there.  Anyways, the fact that all those people came to see us was extremely humbling and awesome.  It still IS extremely humbling and awesome.  You guys and girls reading this are the people that make our shows what they are.  You give us energy when we're really tired.  Like today.  Today is our 6th show in a row, so, needless to say, we're pretty tired. :)

 We're currently setting up here in Paris, TX for a show tonight.  We have a day off tomorrow and then we go back at it again, so tomorrow will definitely be a day of rest.  If you guys are anywhere near the tour, please come out and see us.  For those of you who get the VIP/Meet & Greet tickets, those are USUALLY not just a big awkward "let's sit in the same room together and look at each other until someone gets the nerve to ask a question or say 'hi'" type situation.  We've been doing a Heart of the Artist type thing where we do a couple of acoustic songs in addition to hanging out for a bit. So don't feel like you're wasting your money, you're pretty much getting something no one else is getting, which is Fireflight unplugged.

Alright folks.  I'm gonna go do something involving guitars now.

justin

Rebuild Your Love Tour Day 3

Hello again, faithful friends! Day 3 was as busy a day we've ever had in TgT. We kicked it off in Columbus, Ohio, finishing the vocals for our upcoming Christmas song, of which we are VERY excited about! We can't wait for you all to hear it! From there, and after a delectable Taco Bell lunch, we were off to Bluffton, OH, which is where legendary news broadcaster Hugh Downs began his broadcasting career over 60 years ago. It's also home to Bluffton University, which served as host to our show last night. A big thank you to our good friend Kevin White, a fine student in his own right at Bluffton U, for putting on the event.

This was a special night because we got to play with an amazing up and coming band called Twenty One Pilots. These guys are doing some incredible things, mixing hip-hop and piano based indie rock, and are going to make some waves very soon in the industry. Be sure to look them up if you get the chance! After the show, we were blessed to help lead an acoustic worship set, filled with great worship and sharing of testimonies. It tuly was an awesome experience, and God definitly moved in such a great way!

According to our guitarist Tommy, tour doesn't really start until we're out of Ohio for awhile, which is what happens tomorrow. Indianapolis, IN, we're coming for ya, so get ready! I'm looking forward to spending some time in the Hoosier State again, so you should join us! As always, all our dates are at www.myspace.com/thegreattransparency! Be blessed, friends, and see you on the road!

love always,

Miah & TgT

 

Monday, October 11, 2010

We Recommend - Third Day, 'Southern Tracks'

As Third Day gets ready to release a new album next week (titled Move -- we recommend it as well!), it's tough not to look back over what the band has created since their 1996 debut. But in 1999, the band released a more rootsy album titled Time, leaving behind a lot of the rock elements from their first two records (their second one, Conspiracy No. 5 especially). But that's where the exclusive bonus disc Southern Tracks came in. As a bonus disc packaged with certain copies of Time, the Southern Tracks EP was more or less the rockier side of the band that wasn't quite as represented on Time. While some fans might be tempted to dismiss it as a "b-sides" release or a collection of subpar 3D songs, it couldn't be further from the truth. The four songs do stand well on their own, especially the edgier souther rockers "Long Time Comin'" and "Underwater." It's pretty tough to find this project for purchase under $20 these days, but no true "Gomer" should be without this one. - John DiBiase

Third Day
Southern Tracks (1999)

Click here for a JFH Staff Review.

Our synopsis: "A rare collection of Third Day gems that represents the band's southern rock talents quite well." (Recommended by JFH's John DiBiase)
Perfect For: Encouragement, surrender
Song Highlights: All four songs.

So, what are your thoughts on and experiences with the album Southern Tracks? Do you recommend it? If so, why?

 

Featured Fan - Suzianne Raquel

Suzianne Raquel with her TobyMac and dc Talk collection in her room

Favorite Band/Artist: TobyMac
Featured Fan: Suzianne Raquel
Location: Brasília, Brazil
When/Where Was The Above Photo Taken: My room in 10/09/10
What About This Artist's Music Speaks To You: I do not know how to say. God speaks through his songs. It's so perfect!
Favorite Album by This Artist:  It's so hard to choose! But Portable Sounds is preferred.
Favorite Song by This Artist: My favorite song changes every month, but usually 'Made to Love ',' Boomin' and 'Irene' remain in play!
Favorite Live Show Experience: 'Alive and Transported' The best songs on one DVD! That is wonderful! It was my first DVD of him.
Number of Times Seen This Artist Live: I never saw him live :\  But I still want to! I believe! (: TobyMac come to Brazil please!
Favorite Piece Of Merch/Item You Own From This Artist: My T-shirt that I bought with the CD. It's beautiful. It's my favorite!
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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Rebuild Your Love Tour Day 2

Hello, hello from Marysville, Ohio! Not only was it the site of a rockin show tonight, but it's also the birthplace of the founder/inventor of Mircale-Grow. Nice to know that great gardening comes from Ohio!

We started the morning visiting the sites of Mount Vernon, OH, namely, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, which as some of you know is where TgT was launched. Tommy and I were once students there...a long time ago, so needless to say we felt somewhat out of place there today. So many new things, so much had changed, but it was almost like we were back home. It was an afternoon of great weather, and great memories. After our trip down memory lane, we made our way to Marysville for a show with our dear friends in The Promise Estate (www.myspace.com/thepromiseestate), who are honestly one of the most underrated bands we play with. Those guys are just so good, and recently released a new EP that will make your ears happy. I must say also that we tried a bacon pizza from Monarch Pizza, and it was truly amazing. That was more bacon than I've had all year lol. We had alot of fun, so good to see some of our most die hard fans, a few gals who saw us for the sixth time tonight. That was really cool, honestly. We're so blessed with the best fans a band could ever want. And it's also great to be playing new music for all of you!

Well, I'll sign off for now as a trip to Waffle House is in order. Bluffton, Ohio, your on the docket next. Let's rock it! Goodnight, everyone!

love always,

Miah & TgT

Rebuild Your Love Tour Day 1

Good morning, everyone!! I type to you today from the legendary Curtis Inn in Mount Vernon, OH. Not only is this town the birthplace of TgT, but this hotel also used to be frequented by one Paul Newman. Pretty cool, I must say. It's good to be "home". Just down the road from here at Mount Vernon Nazarene University nearly five years ago, I met our guitarist Tommy, and the rest is as they say, "history". Ah, memories :).

Anyway, the Rebuild Your Love Tour kicked off last night in the small but rockin town of Croton, OH. We played a fifth quarter event, and there is nothing like seeing not only the teens, but the adults creating a mosh pit to TgT music. I ask them to jump with me, and they start slam dancing. Talk about taking the ball and running with it, eh? But their energy was so amazing, and the show was such a great time, including the debut of some new music, which is always exciting. Tonight, we roll into Marysville, OH, another town deep-rooted in the background of TgT. So excited to see many familiar faces, and of course, hopefully make some new friends. And be sure to check out our good friends in Temple Veil (www.myspace.com/templeveil) who are joining us for the second half of this tour. We love you guys and can't wait to see you out on the road! Be blessed, my friends!

love always,

Miah & TgT

 

 

Thursday, October 07, 2010

I don't provide for my wife.

It was 5:45PM, and I wasn't happy. Friday had been stressful.

I was pulled into another department for most of the day at work, and by the time I was done with my duties there, I had about three hours of my work left to do, and two hours to get it all done. I kept thinking I was making good time as I feverishly worked through it all, only to keep remembering different things I hadn't gotten to that week, that had to be done before the weekend started. The day moved so quickly, with so many duties to attend to, that I hadn't even been able to eat lunch.

Somehow I managed to get out of there only 45 minutes late. Frustrated, I drove home, contemplating how my job had stolen 45 minutes from my much cherished weekend, and I'd never get them back. To top it all off, I had been nervous ever since I found out that a large package I had been expecting from UPS would be arriving that day. I was hoping I'd be able to get home before they showed up, because Kelli was working that day and evening, and no one would be there to receive it. I knew my chances were slim from the get go, but arriving home after 6, my chances went from slim to none. So who knew where my huge, expensive package was going to end up.

It wasn't even my job's fault that I was frustrated with my job. But I was frustrated nonetheless. I was just tired of being stressed out there. Feeling like I had to do a good job so I could provide for my wife. I was just tired of it that day. And now work had taken away from my weekend, if only a little bit, and in turn, its return would arrive even sooner. I was annoyed, stressed, and tired. What was the point?

I was nearly home when it hit me... I'm not supposed to provide for my wife.

It's almost like Yahweh reached down and said "You think I have you there to make money? I'm providing for you guys. You are responsible only to be where I have you and to act in Love."

That changes your whole outlook. In the Kingdom of Heaven, a man doesn't go to work so he can make money and keep a roof over his wife's head. A man lives in the world of men, but subscribes to the principles of the Kingdom. If you work, you work to serve. Not to make money. Not to provide for your wife. Yahweh provides. He calls His to love.

And there isn't a corny way for me to say that the last part of the story is about how I looked in my rear view mirror, and there was a UPS truck right behind me, but that's what happened.

(Taken from my blog Taylorville. Follow me and I'll return the favor!)

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Fireflight 'For Those Who Wait' Tour Blog

Hey everyone!  We're a week and a half in to the For Those Who Wait tour and are currently enjoying some nice downtime in beautiful Olathe, KS.  What is there to do in Olathe? Well, there is a Panera with free internet that is currently allowing me to type this blog, so that's good.  There's also a Red Robin, and some other stuff, but as of right now, Panera is the highlight.

So far, this tour is shaping up to be one of the more intense, or possibly the most intense, headlining tour we've ever done.  We've played 9 shows in the last week and a half and still have 25 more to go.  That's 25 shows in the next 5 weeks.  To put it in perspective, Winter Jam this year did 44 shows in 3 months.  We will have played 34 shows in 6 and a half weeks by the end of this tour.  Needless to say, the next 3 days off we have will be much utilized to sleep, be on the interweb, and possibly go see a movie or two. We might (which means we will probably) come back to Panera to be online more, and also just to get out of the bus into a much more open space.

On this tour, Group1Crew is riding on our bus, so, without counting the driver, we have 13 people on our bus.  Our bus has 12 bunks, so that means someone's sleeping on a couch.  Now, I know the bus looks big (if you've seen it) but if you put 13 people in there all at the same time, you're definitely praying that someone will go lay down in their bunk so there's just a little bit more room. ha.  Thankfully, everyone gets along (which is important) and so far it's been really cool to get to know the G1C's. 

Manic Drive is the other band on the tour and they are driving themselves along with the sound equipment in their van and trailer. If you see them, they've probably not slept much, but somehow they all still have great attitudes and are a great hang. Mike (guitar) and I have this ongoing joke about being involved in some sort of, or a series of Gladiator battles.  If you get a chance to talk to him, ask him how many legions he's defeated in the last week.  He may or may not get it. Either way, it'll be a fun conversation starter.

I put up a new short video blog/fun fact Friday the other day and will try and do several on this tour, but i'm not promising anything, so make sure you keep an eye on our facebook/myspace/twitter updates to see when we do.  By the way, why are there so many social networking sites?

Take care, and make sure you go check out the tour dates to see if we're coming near you!

Justin / Fireflight

Monday, October 04, 2010

Featured Fan - Haley Witcher

Haley Witcher with her Audio Adrenaline collection in her room

Favorite Band/Artist: Audio Adrenaline
Featured Fan: Haley Witcher
Location: Tennessee
When/Where Was The Above Photo Taken: My room on 9/21/10
What About This Artist's Music Speaks To You: It encourages me to get out, get dirty and be Jesus' hands and feet here on Earth.
Favorite Album by This Artist:  Worldwide
Favorite Song by This Artist: Kinda hard to choose when you know about 100 songs, but I'd say "Will Not Fade", "Church Punks" and "Worldwide: One" top the list.
Favorite Live Show Experience: Wayfest 2003 Nashville, TN
Number of Times Seen This Artist Live: Once, but I don't really remember :'(
Favorite Piece Of Merch/Item You Own From This Artist: The hat that my BFF made for me, even though it ain't official.
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Sunday, October 03, 2010

Forgiving as Christ Forgave

By Dr. Charles Stanley

They beat Him unjustly, tortured Him, humiliated Him, stripped Him of His garments, and raised the cross so the Lord Jesus would suffocate to death by crucifixion. The Messiah—the Son of the Living God—came to save the world from its sin. Although His mission was the most wonderful, the most noble in all of history, how did the people repay Him? They falsely accused Him and sentenced Him to die the most horrible death known to humanity.

 It was absolutely unjust. Yet Christ’s response shows us the nature of godly love: “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34). Do you know how Jesus was able to forgive through such intense pain? Hebrews 12:2 tells us that “for the joy set before Him, [Christ] endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Jesus was able to forgive those who crucified Him because He was focused on obeying the Father and saving us—that was His joy.

 Christ’s forgiveness is like His love for us—unconditional. It’s not based on anything any of us can do; rather, it’s based on Himself. Jesus loves and forgives us because He provided for our forgiveness—not because we can earn it in any way. We can either accept this truth by faith or we can reject it outright through our unbelief.

With that being said, understand the enemy will try to convince you that the love you experience comes from somewhere else—from something or someone other than God. However, when you go looking for acceptance in the wrong places—expecting others to fulfill the needs that only Christ can provide for—you’ll find yourself empty, broken, and unfulfilled. It’s not the fault of others that your needs have not been met—no human being could ever meet all your needs. However, you may hold them responsible for hurting you just the same.

So much of the hurt we feel is because we either won’t listen to God or we ignore the fact that only He can truly satisfy our deepest longings of acceptance, belonging, and competency. But as believers, we always have the option of handling our hurt and pain in the right way—seeing everything we experience as either coming from the Father’s hand or being allowed in our lives for His eternal purposes. Of course, we may not feel like being caring and merciful. But we act in faith and obedience to the true source of love and forgiveness—the Lord Jesus Christ—knowing that He will produce them in us.

Can you do so? If so, then the next time someone wounds you, turn to the Lord for His comfort and wisdom, overcoming your angry emotions, and focusing on His will—which is to reconcile others to Him. Imitate the focus and passion that Christ demonstrated on the cross, which counted everything secondary and inconsequential to doing God’s will. And through your obedience, He will change the world.

You know that God is committed to forgiving you; therefore, be His faithful representative by doing likewise.  

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