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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

'Frequency' Is Out TODAY!

The day has finally arrived!!! Today our new album “FREQUENCY” is released. It’s been a year full of ups and downs for us, so it’s exciting to get our new record out. This record really has been a labor of love for us. We poured a lot into this one. There were a lot of moments this year that made us wonder what would come of of this record, but we believed that God had a purpose in all of it, and now, here we are with the finished product. If not for the support of all of you guys, and if not for the Grace of God the record never would have been finished.

Thanks again to all who have supported us the last couple years, and in particular those who helped us through the process of making this record. You guys know who you are (there are a LOT of you)! We love you. Today is truly a day of celebration. So go out and jump for joy...don't mind the folks that might think you're crazy. Life's too short to worry about that stuff:)

If you haven’t bought “FREQUENCY” yet, head straight to iTunes or Amazon and buy it!!! You won’t be disappointed.
Again, we love you all!!!
S&S

Monday, October 10, 2011

It's So Scary When You're On Your Own

“It’s so scary when you’re on your own...”

 

...is a particularly appropriate lyric from our new song “Tell It”, featured on our upcoming new album “Frequency” (shameless, shameless new record plug...)... Admittedly the lyric was a looot less appropriate to our current situation when our former band mate, and still music collaborator Brandon Owens penned that line. Even so, here we are today,...doing this band thing largely on our own. No more record label, no money to fall back on, this baby is now riding on our own determination and desire to make it succeed. It’s a scary proposition for a band that has only ever existed within the context of having a big record label contract. I think sobering would be an appropriate word here. Sobering. Yes, that’s it. Nothing so extreme that it would cause the world to cave in on itself and turn into instant ash. But sobering...something that would cause you to sit back, take a thorough assessment of things at hand, and then decide what to do... Let’s visit this process, and where it has brought us...

 

First, let me be clear, we firmly believe God does things for a reason. Just as He blessed us with an initial recording contract that jump-started the career arc of this band, he has also blessed us with the opportunity to do a record without any strings attached. We understand the reasons for us not being on our former label, so I want to make it clear that we aren’t bitter...but it did put us in a markedly different position.

 

I’ll tell you about the day we found out that we were losing our record contract. I distinctly remember it. We were riding in our van on the way to one of the many concerts we played last year, when Geoff (our singer) received a call telling him that our label was not going to continue our contract beyond Dec. 2010. I’m going to admit, it felt like a punch to the stomach...in sports they refer to it as a “gut check”. Without trying to be cheesy, or cliché, that’s what it felt like. We’d contemplated many times what it might be like to work on the outskirts of the recording industry, and carve our own path. I just don’t think we were quite expecting to be thrust into that position so soon. I’ll tell you, it wasn’t a good day, but since my time in this band, it was probably the most important day of this band’s life. We knew two things for sure that day...1. We still firmly believed that God was still calling us all to this ministry. As long as we believed that this is where God would have us, then we were going to forge ahead. 2. The next record was going to be ours. Nobody was going to steer us away from the vision we had for the next record. We were going to make a Satellites & Sirens record without any strings attached...this was our Jerry Maguire moment, where we could take the band business into our own hands. And so the new adventure began...

 

With the new year, we started working on what would become our new record. There was really a theme from the beginning of working on the new songs. We wanted it to be “more”. We had visions of it being more rock, more electronic, more of a statement of our faith, as well as it was going to be more personal. We truly believed in our last record, but we believed that the new one, with input from all of our band members and

their varied influences, would ultimately equal a better record from start-to-finish.

In a very short time, we were able to compile roughly 25 songs that we thought were very strong. In the grand scheme of things, that’s not a ton of songs, but we felt very good about all of them...that they all met the “more” mentality both lyrically and musically. We ultimately narrowed it down to about 15 of them that we wanted to track for the record, and from those 15, we would choose 10 for the final record.

 

Knowing that we had very little money, and a budget that really was bigger than we could afford, we set out to raise the extra money through fundraising. You might ask, how would a band go about that? Funny you should ask...we did it through a website called Kickstarter. If you aren’t already familiar with that website, you should learn more about it. It’s incredible. It allows you to do a fundraiser through the internet, so people from all over the world can donate to your cause. Pretty ingenious. Oh...and yes (yay!!!), we were able to raise enough money to do our record. That being said...

 

Even with the fundraising we didn’t have a big budget, yet we wanted to make a record that exceeded the recording quality of our first record. We understood that this would really be a challenge, considering that most producers, mix engineers, and mastering engineers of the quality that we desired, are typically very expensive. We decided that our best bet was to pass around a few demos we had made of our new songs and see what a couple producers might think, and whether they could work within our budget. Well...it had to be an act of God that two such producers were excited enough about our new songs that they agreed to help work within the budget we were able to scrap together. Even still, we couldn’t quite afford to have either of them do the whole record, so we decided that since our demos came out so well, that we would have our very own Geoff Hunker produce part of the record as well...

 

Our intention was to have a 10 song record, but to tell the truth, we really, really loved 12 songs...so we would up with a 12 song record that we believe has met our original vision of being “more”. It’s been a crazy, crazy process, and to tell the whole story might require a short novel....so I might just have to tell more of the story another time. I can definitively say that God’s hand was in the whole process. It really would require a loooong story to tell of all the people who have helped us along the way with this record. If any of you that were involved in this record, from producing, to even donating money to help pay for the record to be done, we owe you a great deal of gratitude. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts. We couldn’t have done it without you!

 

The new album is titled “Frequency” and it’s due out in early November. If you give it a listen, I think you’ll enjoy it. We currently have two songs available from the record. Our first single, “Ready to Save” is already on iTunes, and we have another song called “Tell It” available as a free download on noisetrade.com. noisetrade.com/satellitesandsirens

 

Thanks for reading...and be on the look-out for more blogging from us. We’ll be writing about the road life, about our journeys with God, and our “random stories of domestic life” while we are at home in Nashville. You’ll soon be reading about our recent adventures with spiders. Believe me, you don’t want to miss that one... Additionally, we have started a Tumblr blog that will include pics and videos, etc, etc. You can find it here...http://www.tumblr.com/tumblelog/satsandsirens

 

We love you all!!!

 

David

Satellites & Sirens

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Texas and Transmissions

Ooooh, and so the road adventures continue!!!  It’s been a little too long since we’ve checked in with you guys out on the interwebs.  We’ve been keeping busy with both life on the road and at home.  Buuuut, today’s update is going to revolve around our recent road adventures.  I know...some of you may be looking to hear some more crazy stories from domestic home life (see past posts...), but those are going to have to wait for the moment.  I’ll pull some of those out of the archives at a later date.  For now, we’ll discuss the rigors of the road, and more specifically the rigors of our band van...

 

If you’ve been keeping close tabs on us, you would have seen some Twitter and Facebook postings that mention our van...and boy has this van been a source of adventure.  Here goes the story...

 

About three days before we were to leave for our tour this month, our transmission decided to die on us.  Which, for you out there who know cars, you know that replacing or rebuilding a transmission costs a lot of money.  Well, lucky for us, we have a pretty new van and our transmission repair was covered under warranty.  This was a huge blessing, as otherwise we would have had to shell out some crazy money to get our ride up and running....soooo, our van quite literally got fixed at just about exactly the moment we had to leave for Montana to start our tour.  That’s right, Montana...that’s a long drive from Nashville if you’re counting.  We made it to Montana to play the Downpour Festival (which lived up to its name, fyi.  But it was awesome!!!)... Ok...back to the van.

 

After Montana we drove to Oklahoma to meet up with Decyfer Down to play a handful of dates with them.  On our way down, our “check engine” light turned on.  Of course, this isn’t good...  We immediately took it to a shop to check the engine codes to see what issue would turn up, and sure enough, the onboard engine computer said that we had transmission trouble.  Again.  Well...we didn’t have much choice but to take it to a shop in Oklahoma, who said they thought we’d be okay to get as far as Little Rock, since we had some time there to get it into the shop for a couple days to get fixed.   We then shipped off for Little Rock, and thankfully we made it...and back to the shop it went.  The guys in Little Rock got her all fixed up (so we thought).  Sure enough, by the time we were 70 miles or so outside of Little Rock, we started getting a big “thump!” every time we shifted from first to second gear.  This is bad, folks.  Really bad.  Well...we didn’t have much choice but to try to get as far as the next shop if at all possible.  The next shop was in Beaumont, Texas.  Once again, they said they thought we’d be able to make it.  So, after our last show with Decifer Down, we drove through the night to get to the next shop, and our next show... 

 

Now Beaumont is where things got interesting, and quite cool.  The guys in Beaumont said that it would take at least two days to fix the transmission, so that left us with needing a ride to our next show in Santa Fe, Texas, which was 90 minutes away.  Let me just say....the Santa Fe folks are really second to none.  Two of them actually drove their van up to Beaumont and picked us and our trailer up, and drove us to Santa Fe so we could play our concert.  While at the concert, they offered to drive us to the rest of our shows around Texas!!!  Granted, we only had two more after Santa Fe...but they included driving to Corpus Christi, and then to Petersburg, which is 10 hours from Corpus.  Sooooo, that’s a lot of driving, and these fella’s were completely game to help us out.  We went from feeling quite defeated, to feeling like a million bucks within a single day.  Justin and Pat....you guys rock!!!  We not only made it to all of our Texas shows, but we even managed to get back to Beaumont to pick up our newly fixed van.  So far so good, it’s still working.  And that’s a great sign.   

 

This whole adventure is a perfect example of how God has been providing for us out on the road.  We had to get our transmission fixed three times within about 3 weeks and our warranty has covered all the expenses...and then a couple of new friends graciously drove us all over Texas.  The timing of all of this is amazing.  We were within 8,000 miles of our 100,000 mile warranty running out.  It’s a good thing our transmission went bad now, rather than later.  God has definitely been watching out for us not only right now in the immediate, but also for our future endeavors as well.  We aren’t completely broke because of the van, and we’ve built lasting friends all over Texas because of our awesome new Santa Fe friends.  

 

As difficult and stressful as our August has been, God has provided in so many ways.  Sometimes it seems easy to over-look what God is doing in our lives, other times it’s quite obvious.  Right now, it’s obvious God is here with us helping us along the way.  The difficult thing is knowing that God is always there.  We’re never on our own.  This month has been a lesson on how closely He watches over us.  

 

Be Well,

 

David

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

The Tennessee Heat

Now the Tennessee heat isn’t really something to mess with.  I understand that it’s hotter elsewhere.  Don’t worry, I know, I’ve been there.  And yes, it’s not pleasant.  That said, I’ll again say that the Tennessee heat really isn’t something to mess with.  I grew up in Northern Indiana which has hot summers, but I’m not sure I was really prepared for the intense humidity of Tennessee when I moved here.  Don’t worry, I’m glad I moved, as Nashville has proven to be a place that I’ve grown to love and to call home.  It’s just that as I’m driving my car in a traffic jam on one of the main highways in Nashville, I realize I can’t escape the heat.  The AC in my car doesn’t work real well unless I’m driving at a pretty good speed, and then the air moves well enough to cool me down.  For this reason, I try and stay off the main roads during rush hour.  I’d rather not bake in my car while I’m waiting 45 minutes to go half a mile.  It’s a hot one this year!!!

 

I don’t believe I’ve given you guys a big band update in a bit, so I’m going to break down some of the fun that we having coming up in August.  We have a pretty busy month coming, and we’re all excited about it.  We’re traveling to Montana for the Downpour Festival, which will be the first time that our band has had the opportunity to play in Montana.  We’ve heard a lot of great things about this festival, and we’ll be playing alongside some great bands who will be playing that weekend; including Pillar, KJ-52, and Newsboys.  After Montana we’re touring back through Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.  A handful of those dates we’ll be playing with our good friends Decyfer Down.  We haven’t played a show with them since we both got done touring with Disciple back in March and April, so we’re really looking forward to hanging out and playing some shows.  Keep checking our website for tour updates, and to see if we’re playing near you.  www.satellitesandsirens.com/tour   As I’ve said before, we love meeting new people and hanging out.  We’re traveling to some new cities this coming month, so we’ll be meeting a lot of new folks, and we’re all excited about it!

 

Last week we spent the week at a Lifeway Camp leading worship.  We’ve done a few 2-3 day youth conferences, but this is the first time that we’ve led for an entire week, and twice a day at that.  It was definitely a new experience for our band, as we haven’t really done that yet.  We loved it.  We are definitely more of a performance band, but we all got our start playing music in worship bands.  It was really refreshing to spend the week in one place, and to spend the week worshipping God with 500 youth.  We also really enjoyed the Lifeway staff, and the staff at Union University where the camp was held.  Good times.  We’re already booked to lead worship there again next year, and we’re certainly looking forward to it.

 

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about where I’ve been spending my time.  This past week the pastor at my church challenged us to take a look at our lives and identify where we might have built up idols.  Now granted, there isn’t a single person I know that actually bows down to a physical object, however, it’s easy to spend all of our time, emotions, finances, etc. on things that God didn’t intend for us to be “worshiping”.  Granted, we are called to excellence in everything we do, and to be diligent with our gifts, but God really desires our hearts be turned to Him.  It’s easy to let our jobs, or money, or relationships to garner all of our attention, when God’s desire is that we spend time with Him when we are looking at these areas of our lives.  

 

It often does go back to faith and trust, and whether we truly give Him our hearts and our lives.  If I don’t trust Him with my finances, I definitely spend too much time obsessing about how I’m going to pay my bills, or how I’m going to spend my money.  Rather, He truly desires that we spend our time seeking Him regarding those areas.  Can I really trust Him with my finances?  Or my relationships?  Or the things that I own?  Man, if we’re honest, that’s no easy task.  In Philippians 4:6-7 it says “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God, and the God of peace will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  If we really believe that, then we won’t spend our time worrying, but giving God room to move in all areas of our life.  How freeing is that?  Pretty amazing as far as I’m concerned.  

 

Now, what if it isn’t worry that drives us to idolize certain areas of our lives?  What if we just simply choose spend our time elsewhere?  That’s a whole other area, and certainly an area where we have to take a hard look at our lives.  There isn’t anything wrong with spending a lot of time at work, but there is something wrong with it being more important than God or our families.  What if we made a real effort to spend those extra minutes with God every day?  Where would that lead us?  Does that scare us even more?  Will he ask me to become a missionary?  Don’t lie...that last question pops into a lot your minds when you’re thinking about pursuing God.  “God, I’ll do anything...but please don’t ask me to do ____.”  I know I’ve been there, as most have.  It’s scary letting God into those areas, but God is good.  And there is a peace that “transcends all understanding” when you really allow Him into your life.  

 

 

David

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Traveling Thru Colorado

Hey everyone, this week finds us traveling through beautiful Colorado.  I have to say, it has to be one of the prettiest states of them all.  If you've been here, you know what I'm talking about.  When you're driving into the state from the east you see rolling green hills transform into stunning mountains with whitecaps, and crazy rock formations.  This landscape never ceases to amaze me.  How much more can we say about God's creation?  It reminds me of how big God is, and how little my problems really are in the grand scheme of things. So awesome.  

I should let you all in on what brings us to Colorado.  We just finished doing two nights of concerts for WayFM.  I have to say that they were some of the most fun we've had in a while.  Everyone was amazing at these shows.  The churches, their staffs, the WayFM folks (Michelle, you rock), and the opening band were all fantastic.  Now, let me tell you the back story behind this opening band.  WayFM did a contest to decide who would be the opener for both shows.  Local praise bands that wanted to be the opener had to submit a video of themselves playing.  WayFM then uploaded the videos to Facebook and had people vote for their favorite band. The winner ended up being a band called Wires Crossed...  

Believe it or not, Wires Crossed is made up of 10 and 12 year old kids.  I almost hesitate in referring to them as kids, because of how impressed we are with how good they can play.  Either way, these kids are going to be fantastic musicians. I wasn't nearly as cool as them at that age. I'm pretty sure that at that age I was focused on picking my nose and playing video games. These kids are already playing music using in-ear monitors and playing to a click track. There aren't a lot of bands doing either of those things, let alone kids at that age. Not only were they great musicians, but they were fantastic kids. We were blessed more than they know by being able to play two shows with them. Their parents should be proud...I know we were very proud of them, and we barely know them.    

Today we had the privilege of stopping by WayFM's corporate offices.  We were able to sit down with the staff there and get to know them a bit better. They were seriously such a great group of folks to meet and hang out with for a little while. It's such an honor to meet the folks behind the radio stations that are playing our music.  It's a blessing to do what we're doing, and we love being able to meet the people behind the scenes that are helping us get our message out there.  God is so good, and He's using them and their ministry in great and awesome ways.  We love that we are now able to partner with them and learn about their ministry, as well as be able to share ours.  A big thanks to WayFM, you guys are awesome!  

And now my food for thought for the day....I was thinking recently about how I have such a tendency to be impatient.  I want to have things turn out exactly as I hope, exactly when I want it to happen.  How often does that work out?  I think I can confidently say that things rarely work out as I would envision them...but yet, things always seem to work out in ways I could never imagine, and in a much better way than I could have planned.  I don't know how many times that has to happen for me to realize that I just need to have patience and to let God's plan unfold.  Now, granted, I have to do my part in all of this and do my due diligence, but sometimes I just have to let go, and let God do his thing.  I love this verse in Psalms 27:13-14, ÒI am still confident in this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.  Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. It's so simple, yet it's so powerful.  My prayer today, is that I can give over my worries and concerns to Him, because He already has an awesome plan unfolding.

Be Well,
David

Thursday, July 08, 2010

A Fun Story -- Part 2

I hope everyone is doing well this week.  We’ve continued to enjoy our 2 weeks off, as it’s been a while since we've had that long of a time to relax and reenergize.  This week we’re back out on the road (as of today).  The adventures continue, as we were only a few hours from home when our van started to shake violently.  We immediately pulled over to check it out.  We thought it was either a flat tire, or some crazy sudden alignment issue.  We inspected the tires, and we couldn't visibly see anything wrong, but we knew that something was up, or the van wouldn't be shaking that way.  We promptly looked up the closest tire place, and headed that direction.  A few minutes later we had arrived at a local brake/tire shop, and sure enough, one of our van’s rear tires was engorged (the exact diagnosis from the local tire guru).  From the moment we had initially stopped, to the time we pulled up to the shop, one of our tires had swollen up almost to the point of exploding.  If we had driven much longer on that tire, it would have blown, and we probably would have wrecked, since the weight of the trailer would have pulled the back of the van to the ground.  Bad news.  We know God was looking out for us, because we are safe and sound, our van is safe, and we got a good deal on a new tire.  Yay!

This week’s installment of David Troyer’s relatively boring, but astonishingly interesting stories from domestic home life is a continuation of last week’s story.  If you didn’t read last week's blog, you need to go read it first, as the rest of this story will make little sense to you otherwise.  Trust me, you’ll want to read Part 1 first...then the rest of this will bring more joy to your life.

Ok...I believe we left off with a trapped raccoon in my bedroom...

You can imagine that as I sprinted out of my room, that my mind was racing with all kinds of questions.  The one most obvious question, How did a raccoon get into the house?!?!  Additionally, two things occurred to me at that point. 1: I ran out of my room without any clothes other than what I wore to bed, and 2; my phone and keys were still in my bedroom.  So, if I wanted to leave the house, or call anyone, I had to go back into my bedroom.......with the trapped raccoon.  Not good.

Ok, back to the “How did a raccoon get into the house?” question.  It didn’t take but a few seconds for me to realize that the door to my bedroom had been closed all night, so either the raccoon was already in my room when I went to bed, or it somehow got into my room during the night.  One background detail to this story is that neither of my two housemates were home that week.  So, it was just me to fight the raccoon battle.  Another important detail, both of their bedroom doors had been shut all week.  Soooo, knowing this, I knew that if the raccoon had been in the house earlier the previous day and got into my room, that it would have been roaming around the house, and it was likely that it would leave some sort of clue that it had been there.  So, other than the other two bedrooms (because, how could it have gotten in there if the doors were shut?), I checked the whole house.  No signs of a raccoon anywhere.
 
This is where it gets interesting.  I knew that if the raccoon had gotten into my bedroom during the night, there was only one way in...through the floor vent.  If it got into my room, then it was possible that it had also gotten into the other bedrooms as well.  Soooo, I went to the bedroom across the hall, and inspected that bedroom.  I found that it was empty; no raccoons.  But, the vent had been pushed up out of the floor.  Aha!!! The raccoon had been here!!! And there was my answer as to how he got into the house.  Now all I needed to do was check the last bedroom to make sure it was ok...

I giggle every time I think about this inspection.  The last bedroom is the master bedroom of the house.  I cautiously walked into the room, and I immediately saw evidence of an intrusion.  One of his vents was pushed out of the floor as well.  Not only that, but there were little piles of raccoon poop on the floor, which was both repulsive and hilarious at the same time.  I’m thinking at this moment, “Oh man, Tim (roommate) is going to flip when he hears about this.” Then I walked into the master bathroom, and it turns out the fun had only just begun. The first thing I see in the bathroom is that the raccoon had knocked the toothpaste bottle and toothbrush holder(including toothbrush) into the sink.  Apparently the raccoon then thought it would be a good idea to poo all over the items in the sink!!!  Not just a little...a lot!!!  Once again, completely disgusting and hilarious at the same time...

By this time, I realized that when the raccoon had sprinted towards me and then run under my bed, he was really making his way to the vent in my room.  The vent is at the foot of my bed.  I knew at that point that there was no way he was still in the house.  I got brave enough to go back into my room, and of course, I found that the raccoon was long gone.  Cue huge sigh of relief... ahhhhhhhh....

In the aftermath of that event we found how the raccoon had gotten into the ventilation system in the house, and sealed it off.  I also want to say that when I called my roommate Tim about what happened in his bedroom, he laughed hysterically.  Since he was going to be gone for a while, I had the joy of cleaning up the raccoon poo, but frankly, the whole thing was so funny I didn't really mind.  Good times.

That my friends, is a another chapter in “David Troyer’s relatively boring, but astonishingly interesting stories from domestic home life.”

Again, I hope you’re all doing well... and I’ll be back again next week.

Luke 10:27
David

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A Fun Story

Hey everyone, the life and journey that is Satellites and Sirens continues.  Although, that journey at the moment has taken on a relatively domestic flare, as we’re currently on a nice 2 week break from the road.  It’s hard to imagine, but we’ve barely been home for the last four months.  It almost seems foreign anymore to drive back into Nashville, our home.  It’s a good feeling, but a strange one nonetheless when you realize that you spend less time at home than you do elsewhere.  This, however, is exactly what we signed up for, so you won’t hear any complaining from us.  Rather, when we’re home we enjoy our time with family and loved ones while we can.  

 

If you tuned into the blog last week, than you know I had a small battle with a rogue crew of ants that had gotten into my kitchen.  Falling into a similar line...This week’s edition of “David Troyer’s relatively boring, but astonishingly interesting stories from domestic home life,” once again revolves around the adventures of me and my home.  I’ll say this in advance, my home is very neat and tidy!  Ok, now it’s in italics and I’ve thrown an exclamation into the mix, so it must mean I’m serious.  I say this because I fear that between last week’s story, and this week’s, you might get the impression that I live in a dump.  Rather, envision this all happening in a nice, tidy home.  Personally, it makes the stories that much more funny, as most of us don’t generally have strange nature encounters within our nice, tidy homes...apparently, I do.....in a neighborhood far removed from what we would commonly refer to as, “nature”.  

 

Ok, we’re going to jump into the “Way Back” machine, and go back in time.  About a year ago, it was a sunny beautiful morning, the birds were chirping, the sun was out, and I was waking up at 6:30am to a strange sound.  Do you know that sound?  The one where you wake up, and you swear you heard someone in your home? Your ears prick up, the hair on your neck is standing at attention, and you have gone from deep sleep to wide awake in only a split second?  Yep, that was me at 6:30am.  I lay in bed very still, as I just knew I heard an intruder.  I probably laid there for a good 30 seconds to a minute, listening as intently as I’d ever listened.  In that 30-60 seconds I think I came up with 9 ways to go Jason Bourne all over this intruder.  He wasn’t going to know what hit him...I was going to pummel this guy into oblivion...

 

Another 30 seconds go by....and....nothing.  Well, the so-called intruder would live another day.  I felt confident that I must have dreamt the noise, and I had a date with sleep, so I let myself doze off again.  I couldn’t have been asleep long before I was awakened yet again to that noise.  This time my “intruder alert” was going crazy, and I was Jason Bourne all over again.  Additionally, this time I was certain that the noise was coming from inside my bedroom!!!  Now, let’s be honest, my heart rate was really going.  I knew without a shadow of a doubt that either someone else was in my room or I was going crazy.  As I opened my eyes, I surveyed the room (while laying motionless, mind you.  I’m surprisingly good at that ninja skill).  Due to where my bed is in relation to my room, I could see the whole room, save for under my bed.  As far as I could tell, there was no one else in my room.  I was baffled... As I could still hear the sounds of the intruder...

 

Well, by this time my “Intruder Alert” had dropped a notch or two, but I still needed to get up and figure out what the deal was.  As I sat up in my bed, I surveyed the room yet again...and there he was...the intruder...  To say I was stunned, would be the understatement of the century.  There I was. In my bed. In my tidy house.  The world felt like it was going to end... I had now locked eyes with a raccoon that was standing about 6 feet from my bed.  You read that right.  A raccoon!  You might have had the same reaction I did, “How in the world did a raccoon get into my bedroom?!?!?!”  I can tell you with great certainty, as that thing not only stared at me, but then sprinted directly at me, that I thought I would maybe lose my bladder simply in disbelief as to what was happening.  That’s right...It sprinted directly at me(!!!) with great speed and fury.... only to run under my bed.  At that moment, I was no longer Jason Bourne, but a supremely confused David Troyer.  I quickly hopped out of bed and ran like a school girl out of my bedroom.  There was zero part of me that wanted anything to do with a trapped raccoon in my bedroom.  

 

....And the story gets better...but I’ll leave it for next week’s edition of “David Troyer’s relatively boring, but astonishingly interesting stories from domestic home life”. 

 

I hope you’re all doing well, and that you are constantly learning and growing in faith and love for others and for Christ.  

 

Be well,

 

David

 

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Ants and MTV

Hello ladies and gentlemen of the internet.  It’s good to find you here for another week’s installment of “The random musings of one of the dudes in Satellites and Sirens”.  Maybe that should be the real title of these blogs...or maybe not.  In my head it sounds like a fun title, but I’ll have to talk that out with the powers that be.  I should also talk to the powers that be about my house’s air conditioning.  As of right now, it’s about 98 outside here in Nashville, and it’s almost 90 in my house.  The AC is set for 70, but apparently 70 sounds a lot like 90 to the thermostat in my house.  I had a little pep talk with him, and verified that this sort of behavior isn’t exactly what I would call “ideal”.  I made some calls, and someone with a little more sway is coming to take care of the problem tomorrow.  Sorry AC unit, but you’re about to have surgery.  

 

I’m not sure what the deal is, but that isn’t the only other drama in my house today.  I also had to conquer a small army of ants that decided to invade my house.  I’m thankful that ants are remarkably well organized, because I had a pretty easy time figuring out where their point of entry, and their point of destination was.  While talking on the phone with a friend today, I randomly noticed quite a crowd of tiny ants milling about on my kitchen floor.  They were pretty localized. Meaning, they weren’t everywhere.  So, I got my Inspector Gadget hat on and started snooping around.  I found that they had somehow entered the house from under my back door, which is quite a feet in and of itself, and they were making their way to the trash can in the kitchen.  Thank goodness that the trash is relatively close to the back door.  There was literally a parade of ants marching from under the back door, right to the trash can.  My house is pretty darn clean, so this was a bit of a shock.  I can’t remember the last time I saw a bug in the house, which is a minor miracle of its own accord.  I couldn’t remember if I had bug spray anywhere, but I was suspicious that I did....and sure enough, I found it.  And that stuff is amazing.  Armed with my bug spray, the Parade ‘O Ants was halted, and my day would resume as usual (save for the AC part).  Whew. 

 

On to other news...We were recently informed that we’re going to be spotlighted by MTV as one of their “Needle in a Haystack” artists.  They’re putting us right on the front of their mtvmusic.com page, and they’re also making our single “Anchor” available as a free download to the masses.  We’ll be spotlighted on their site June 22-27.  This is yet another fantastic opportunity to get our music out there.  The spotlight on MTV will go up in the afternoon on June 22nd.  We would greatly appreciate your support by visiting us on there, and downloading “Anchor”.  You guys rock.

 

On a more thoughtful note, I spent a lot of time lately thinking about the “greatest” commandment of the Bible, Luke 10:27.  He answered: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.”  

 

I’ve been thinking mostly about whether I really live that out every day.  I can say with some pretty strong certainty that I don’t.   I can think of many times where I have barely said Grace before a meal, let alone spent any real time with God.  Now, granted, that doesn’t mean I don’t love Him, or that somehow means that I’m not a Christian (right now it just means I’m honest).  As I’ve been thinking over that passage, I’m reminded that God’s grace and forgiveness is really pretty simple.  The circumstances might not be, but at the heart of it, our relationship with God is relatively simple.  We are to love Him with everything we have.  We first have to know and believe that He loves us, and then...the next step is just jumping in and loving Him.  When you love someone, you want to do nothing but do what’s best for them.  It doesn’t mean things will be perfect, but you love them all the same.  When you love someone, you also take to heart the guidance that they give you, and I sure know God’s good at that.  I certainly don’t have all the answers, but I know He loves me and I know I love Him.  I just think sometimes that I could do a better job of it.  Then again...maybe I’m doing better than I think.  I hope so. 

 

Be Blessed,

David

 

Thursday, June 17, 2010

A Little Slice of Paradise

In previous posts I've mentioned some fun places from which I've been able to sit and write blogs. I have to say that today has been the clear winner thus far. We played in Fort Myers, FL and thanks to The Call 91.9 and Faith United Methodist Church, we stayed the overnight at a condo on Fort Myers Beach. Both us and House of Heroes are staying in the same building, so last night we were able to hang out on the beach and wade into the ocean as far as we were brave enough to wade(once again, at night!) considering our fears of sharks and other things of the sea. The water was so warm and nice. Here we were, two bands and crews hanging out, standing in the water and enjoying the view. You could seemingly see for miles across the water and the stars were about as bright as I've ever seen. It's in those moments that I truly appreciate being in a band with great friends, and to have the opportunity to hang out and build new friendships with other bands and folks from all over the country. God is good.

 

Speaking of House of Heroes, we had the opportunity the last two nights to play shows with them in Miami and Fort Myers. We only got to play two shows with them, but we are already looking forward to the opportunity to play with them again. We love their music and they are fun guys. That's a win-win folks. Go check them out if you haven't heard their music.

Given that this is my main writing day, and I'm short on time, I'll now leave you with a little something about faith from Hebrews. Faith is something that right now our band is basically living on. We have truly jumped into this music thing with everything we have, giving this ministry into God's hands, that he would do with it as He sees fit. We are going to continue to work hard and believe in His provision. On another point, we believe that we are to be like brothers, and encourage each other and support each other, rather than tear each other down. I encourage all of you to take these verses in, and see how they can be applied to where you're at right now in your life circumstances. Be Blessed.
 
Hebrews 10:22-25
22let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.24And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.  

Thursday, June 10, 2010

'Take Note Of This...'

I’m currently watching a heated game of Halo right now...  Our drummer Jonathan, and our merch guy Tim (aka Justin Bieber) are facing off for the third time.  Let’s just say that Jonathan can’t quite overtake Tim... Tim has won each game by one, that’s a tough way to lose.  I’m personally not partaking in the action, as I’m just about the worst Halo player I know.  If you’re reading this and you’re familiar with the game, I’m what you’d call a sitting duck when I play that game.  

 

We’re coming off of a much needed 5 days off.  We hadn’t had any real time off in a couple months.  We’ve been a part of two successive tours that came right at the heals of each other, which didn’t afford us much rest and relaxation before we hit the road again.  So, to us, five days feels like an eternity to be home.  It was glorious.  I think my highlight was sitting on my back deck and grilling out with a bunch of my friends.  I don’t get to see them real often anymore, so it’s great to catch up after being gone for so long.  

 

My second highlight while being home was doing some real mechanic work on my car.  I wouldn’t exactly call myself handy in the world of mechanics, but I commissioned the help of Jonathan, who is a little bit of a mechanic.  My car has been giving me trouble for months, but due to the fact that we haven’t been home, I haven’t really been able to get it properly fixed.  Well, I took it to a shop, who told me that my radiator was pretty much shot, and I need a new one.  Well...I didn’t want to spend the money to have them fix it, so Jonathan and I made it our mission to put in a new radiator by ourselves.  Let’s just say we successfully changed it, and I saved a couple hundred dollars by doing so.  Pretty amazing if I do say so myself.  We just won’t mention the fact that I only did about 10% of the work.  I’m still proud of my 10%, don’t get me wrong...

 

Now we are back out on the road for about two weeks.  We’re spending a week in Florida, before we head back up to the Midwest to play another week’s worth of dates.  We’re really looking forward to hanging out and seeing some of our great friends on this trip.  Check out our website (satellitesandsirens.com) to check out our tour dates to see if we’re going to be playing near you.  We’re always looking to meet new and fun folks, and to be able to share our hearts.  

 

During the last week or so, I’ve felt like God’s been leading me to spend time in the book of James and to really ingest it.  I’ve spent a lot of time and study in that book in the past, but I wouldn’t say that I ever cease to learn something new whenever I’m reading or studying it.  The verses that are jumping out at as we’re heading out on tour are James 1:19-20.  19My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. We’ve learned on the road to be gracious to each other, as it’s easy to be frustrated and stressed, rather than hearing each other out.  So it’s always a good reminder to be “slow to speak, and slow to become angry” as nothing good really comes from speaking out of anger.  I know that this goes for really any walk of life, but today, right now...I know that in order to be as good of a friend, brother, husband (one day...I’m still not married) or son as I’d like to be, that I need to be gracious and to speak in peace and wisdom, rather than in anger.  

 

David

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Parable of the Talents

Right now we’re cruising through the countryside of Oklahoma.  For a state that seemingly has only a few large cities, their attendance at shows is striking.  We’ve probably played in Oklahoma five times in the last few months, and we’ve been impressed with the turnout each of those shows.  Kudos to you Oklahoma! 

 

It really is a sad that day on a tour that you realize that it’s soon coming to a close.  We’re obviously at that point, as we only have one show left this time around.  We’ve bonded so well with the bands on this tour, that we’re going to dearly miss them once we go our separate ways.  We live in Nashville, The Wrecking lives in Portland, Maine, The Red Airplanes live in Beumont, Texas, and Manic Drive lives in Toronto.  That kind of makes it difficult to meet up for coffee every now and again.  I’m sure in time we’ll all see each other again, and God willing we’ll have the opportunity to tour again.  

 

I do need to make sure that we thank Air1, Compassion International, and Extreme Faith as we’ve been really impressed how well they’ve come together to run the tour.  We’ve seriously been honored to be on a tour that was supported, organized, and run by all of those fine folks.  Speaking of Compassion International...the amount of support that we’ve seen on this tour for Compassion has been amazing.  Over the last few weeks we’ve literally seen hundreds of folks sign up to support kids through Compassion International, which has made all of the bands extremely happy.  If you aren’t familiar with their organization, you owe it to yourself to go to their website and find out what their ministry is all about.  They really have something special going on there.  

 

Something that I’ve had on my heart to write about the last couple months has to do with the gifts and talents that God has given us, what we are doing with them.  Now, I have, in short, touched on it a little bit before, but I want to continue to encourage you guys in your talents.  I’ve met a lot of kids on this tour and I’ve managed to chat with a few about life.  One thing that has struck me is how few of them have really been encouraged in their strengths.  Most of these kids are at that age where they are really starting to grow into adult-hood and they’re looking to the future and to what they might be doing with their lives.  It saddens me to think that a lot of them are just settling for what’s easiest and right in front of them, all the while they are wishing that they could be doing something else.  I recognize that not everyone can do what they dream of, but most do have the opportunity, if they’re looking for it, to grow their strengths and gifts in such a way that at some point they will be able to take advantage of those gifts.  God has given us those gifts, and he wants us to use them.  Look no further than the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-29.

 

“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them.  To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talen, each according to his ability.  Then he went on his journey.  The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more.  So also, the one with the two talents gained two more.  But the man who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.  After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them.  The man who had received the five talents brought the other five.  ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five talents.  See, I have fained five more.’  His master replied, ‘ well done, good and faithful servant!  You have been faithful with a few things; I will puyt you in charge of many things. come and share your master’s happiness!’

 

The man with the two talents also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two talents; see, I  have gained two more.’  His master replied, ‘Well done good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.  Come and share your master’s happiness.’  Then the man who had received the one talent came.  ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard mand, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed.  So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground.  See, here is what belongs to you. His master replied, ‘You lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed?  Well then, you shoud have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.  Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents.  For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have na abundance.  Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.”  

 

God wants to use your gifts and talents.  That’s why you have them!!!  Don’t be afraid to tell people where you feel like your gifted, even if it isn’t well developed at this point.  I couldn’t have just told someone, “I think I could be a guitarist, put me in a band!”  That couldn’t work.  I had to practice and work at it, and earn my way into a position to possibly be able to do what I’m doing now.  Just as the parable shows, God wants to see us working and improving our talents, and for us to not let them go to waste.  Sometimes, all it takes is a small step in the direction of sharing with someone that you would like to learn more about writing books, or about arts and crafts, or how to play piano, or any number of things.  You might be surprised where that small step leads you.  Sometimes the most simple of decisions can change the course of our lives in a big way.  What if one of those decisions changed it for the better?

 

 

David

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Satellites and Sirens VLOG 8 - Air 1 Appreciation Tour

 

 

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

This Is Why We Do It

The thing I love about driving through the west is that the terrain is so varied.  One minute you’re driving through rolling hills that just have grass and the next thing you know, those hills have turned into mountains with very little foliage, but, rather, they’re made up of large boulders and rock.  By the time you’re getting sick of climbing and winding through the mountains, the land flattens out and you’re out in the middle of the desert.  I grew up in Northern Indiana, which has to be one of the flattest, most boring landscapes in all of the United States.  Don’t get me wrong, I love it there, but when I’m driving through Colorado, California, and Arizona I wonder how I grew up only knowing corn fields and Dutch apple pie (Note: Dutch apple pie is better than your apple pie,  just sayin’).  It reminds me that I’m extremely lucky to see God’s creation every day.  I mean, some of the sights we’ve seen look like they’re straight out of a painting.  They almost don’t even seem real.  I’m inclined to think that God had a pretty good idea of what He was doing when He created this earth.  I can only hope that I take it all in, and not take it for granted.  

 

I don’t think I can write this blog without sharing an experience that we had this last week out on the tour.  Being that we are a new band, our fan interactions are somewhat limited.  We’ve been extremely blessed by the outpouring of support for our band and our ministry by the fans attending the shows here on the Air1 Appreciation tour.  One thing that many folks don’t realize, is how much they bless the bands by their actions and their words of encouragement.  

 

One such example happened this last week.  After our show, as we were at our merch table signing autographs, a woman pulled me aside.  She told me about how her 20 year old son had died this last year, that our music was now an inspiration to her as she continues to struggle through the loss of her son.  I was completely speechless.  I stood there for a second, and just asked her if I could give her a hug and she proceeded to give me one of the biggest hugs I’ve ever received.  I told her I was sorry for her loss and that she has blessed us more than she knows by letting us know that God was using our music in her life.  She was so happy to share it all with us and she walked away with a giant smile on her face.  Just as she was leaving our table, a gentlemen that witnessed the whole thing said, “Is that why you guys do this?”  My immediate response was, “That’s exactly why we do this.”  

 

It was a humbling experience to know that God is using our ministry.  I know that I sometimes doubt my ability to make a difference, but I remember that throughout the bible God used lots of people that didn’t seem worthy.  Every day people, even criminals.  He used Paul, someone who made his living persecuting Christians.  In spite of that, God revealed Himself to Paul and Paul was transformed.  He then became one of the key authors of the New Testament.  Just as He used Paul, He can use all of us...even though we might believe that we aren’t gifted enough, or smart enough, or that we are too much of a sinner.  God desires to put us in position to show people that He loves us.  God is good.  It’s such an amazing thought to know that an all powerful omnipotent God would still desire to use imperfect people to carry out His will.  Amazing.


David

Friday, May 14, 2010

Satellites and Sirens VLOG 7 - Tim the Merch Guy

 

 

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Grace

Hey everyone:) I'm writing you from sunny Los Angeles. I have to admit, I've always wanted to go to L.A. and now that wish is fulfilled. Granted, we haven't really spent much time in the city, but mostly in the suburbs. For all intents and purposes, I'll take that as my first time in L.A. I can thank Air1 for the opportunity to tour through California. We're out on the Air1 Appreciation Tour with The Wrecking, The Red Airplanes, and Manic Drive. So far we've done two shows on the tour, and they've both been fantastic. It's always fun to be out on tour and to get to know other bands, and thus far we've been having a great time getting to know all the bands. It's going to be a fun tour.

Now, we did have quite the adventure in getting to California. We drove from Chicago to Denver, Denver to Reno, and then Reno to Sacramento for the first show. That's a lot of gasoline and caffeine folks. I think we've now figured out which gas stations and rest stops have the best coffee. It's always a treat when you find that one place that makes some exceptional Joe. For instance, we stopped at a random gas station in beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah that had maybe the best white chocolate caramel mocha I've ever had. We also stopped at a gas station outside L.A. where the gas station attendent was also a barista!!! Yes...we appreciate the little things.

Whereas in previous blogs, I've focused on faith and trust, I'm currently doing a lot of thinking about grace. Truth be told, it's nearly impossible to not think about grace when you basically live in a van with three, sometimes four (band plus merch guy) other guys. We each have our own little quirks and sometimes those quirks don't jive with one or all the guys. You get thrown into this situation and it's very much like a family. So we have to learn to be a family and to get along as smoothly as possible. Sooo, we have to learn to have a lot of grace for each other.

A very valuable lesson that we've learned is that most times when someone isn't in a great mood, it most likely has to do with some outside circumstance. It'd be easy to just get frustrated, but we've begun to find a nice balance of knowing that it's a good idea to ask what's on the mind of the offending person. Nine times out of ten, we find out that there is something on their mind that has nothing to do with the band. Granted, that's not an excuse to be a jerk, but sometimes things end up on your mind, and you just aren't your normal self.

Personally, every time I read the story in John 4 about the woman at the well, I'm reminded about God's grace for us. There Jesus was, with a woman, whom He knew was deep into sin, but rather than condemn her, he spoke to her with respect, and pointed her in the right direction. He was still firm and made His point, but He had no interest in degrading her, or demeaning her. This is one of many examples Jesus left for us during His time on earth, and this is one that rings very true for me personally. I'm not an overly critical person by nature, but I think we all have a tendency to want to be right, to want to prove to someone else that they're being dumb. Sometimes we don't need to do that. We just need to find out what's on their mind, and gently remind them that they are loved, and that we are for them, not against them.

Be Blessed,

David

Thursday, May 06, 2010

The Nashville Flood

Hey, hey, hey, Jesus Freak Hideout-land.  Here we are, back out on the road again.  We had a nice break after the Blood, Sweat, and Rock ‘n Roll Tour.  It was barely a week, but it was nice to be in Nashville for a few days.  We hit the road yet again this last week for a few days of gigs in Wisconsin.  We’ve been lucky enough to spend the last two days in Chicago with some great friends of ours.  Although, we’ve had to fix the van on this trip, it’s been great thus far.  Tomorrow, it’s off to Denver, and then we’re off to California for the start of the Air1 Appreciation tour.  We’re excited to be on that tour with a few great bands...Manic Drive, The Wrecking, and The Red Airplanes.  We’ll be reporting back to JFH throughout that tour, so we’re excited to be on that ride with you all.  

 

If you don’t know, right now Nashville is more or less completely under water.  We left right before Nashville was hit with rain of epic proportions.  Apparently Nashville got two months worth of rain within 48 hours.  The rivers, levees, and general drainage couldn’t handle all the water, and it spilled out into much of the city.   Please be praying for the residents of Nashville, and the surrounding areas.  There have been a number of folks who have lost their lives, and hundreds, if not thousands have lost their homes.  

 

As far as the band is concerned, Jonathan our drummer, was the hit the worst by the floods.  Some great, great friends of ours went over to his place to assess the damage and found that he had standing water throughout his place.  Thankfully, many of his valuables went unscathed, but his furniture is going to be a loss.  We are very thankful that his situation isn’t worse than it could have been...and it goes without saying that we are most thankful for the safety of our friends and family, and that they’re all safe.  Our belongings can be replaced.  

 

What’s strange about all the events in Nashville, is that despite it being our home, it feels distant since we are on the road.  It’s so easy to feel distanced from tragedy when we don’t see it with our own eyes.  I know I’m as guilty as anyone.  I’ve seen and been a part of a tragedy up close and personal, yet as time has passed since that event, it’s been easy once again to feel detached from those situations.  I’m sure something could be said about the human condition in all of this...I don’t know what that is exactly, but it makes me sad to think about it.  Whatever it is, it’s the same thing that keeps us on the sidelines when we see the recent tragedy in Haiti, or the famine in a number of African nations.  It makes me think a lot about where my priorities lie.  What do I really value in this life?  What do I do with my time and money?  Where does God fit into all of this, and how is He shaping who I am, and my life? Although, those things cross my mind, as I’m sure it does with many of us, it seemingly passes right through until the next time I really sit down and think about what’s important in this life.  Truth be told, I wish I had a magic answer for all of this, but all I know is that it always reminds me that this is yet another reason why I need Jesus.  It’s yet another reminder that I’m not proud of my humanity, and that daily I need to lay down my pride and come to Jesus.  He’s my redemption, my comforter, my rock.  In the light of the Nashville floods of 2010, I’m reminded that what really matters is God, family, and friends.

 

David

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Tour Pranks and Gooood Times

SATELLITES AND SIRENS "Blood, Sweat, and Rock ‘n Roll Tour" BLOG 9:

Hello again to everyone in JFH world.  We’ve officially wrapped up the Blood, Sweat, and Rock ‘n Roll tour.  To say it was a good time, would be a gross understatement.  It has been a fantastic honor for us to tour with Disciple and Decyfer Down.  Both bands are not only amazing musicians, but amazing individuals as well.  It was not only a pleasure to hear them play every day, but to also talk shop with them, as both bands have been around longer than us.  They have both helped us in more ways than I think they even know.  I can barely express our gratitude enough.  

 

We have had so much gratitude, in fact.......that we thought they both earned our love in the form of a couple pranks:)  A few weeks ago we hatched a couple of prank ideas that we believed just might work...  

 

Mission 1:  Disciple’s very own Kevin Young.  We knew our prank would require that we bring the rest of the band and crew into the fold and to make sure everyone was on board with the idea.  Within’ the last week, we made our way to each band and crew member to make certain everyone would go for it....and boy o boy did they.  And this is how it worked; Right before Disciple plays every night, the stage and room goes black, and from out of nowhere the band starts playing.  Kevin is usually at the very front of the stage going crazy and not really paying attention to what’s going on around him.  We decided that while he was going crazy at the front of the stage, that our band could sneak out on stage with him, rather than his band, and that it was likely that it would be mid way through that first song before he realized that it wasn’t his band up there with him.  We figured that the best way to make it work was to have their guitarists and bassist play the song back stage while we went crazy on stage pretending like we were actually playing the song.  To make it really convincing, we actually had our drummer play the song, and Disciple’s drummer video’d the whole thing from about the third row of the crowd.  And let me say....it went exactly as planned.  Kevin could barely keep from laughing throughout the whole song.  And apparently we were pretty convincing, as a lot of people in the crowd thought we’d actually played the song.  Pretty amazing.  The video is priceless...and I hope that at some point it will surface so you can all enjoy the fun.  

 

Mission 2: Decyfer Down.  This one was pretty simple, but nonetheless fun.  They travel in a tour bus, while hauling a large trailer to carry their gear and production gear.  Well, to put it simply, our trailer is a toy in comparison.  So, while they were playing their set, we went and opened up their trailer, and parked our little trailer inside.  We knew that after the show they would be opening the trailer to load all their gear, so we made sure that we would be within sight of when they opened the trailer.  Sure enough, they went to open the trailer and lo and behold, they found our trailer.  A lot of laughter ensued.  Mmmm, more good times.  

 

As I sound off on this tour blog, I want to continue to encourage you to seek God out and to be willing to hear His voice.  I’ve written a lot in these blogs about our trust, or lack thereof, in whatever and wherever it is that God has us.  Trust doesn’t come easy, and too often it’s lost too easy.  When I’m disappointed in someone that I love, I don’t instantly write them off as being someone who doesn’t love me and care about me.  I encourage you to not lose hope in what God has for you, and not to write off what you know about Him and what He has called you to.  He is excited about you, and who you are:)

 

Philippians: 4:6-7

6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

In Love,

David

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Satellites and Sirens VLOG 6 - New Tour Announcement

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We've got a brand new tour coming up! Check out the latest video blog for info on it as well as some live footage of us!
 
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Satellites & Sirens April 16 VLog from Jesusfreakhideout on Vimeo.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

On The Road Again

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"On the road again..."  The Blood, Sweat, and Rock ‘n Roll tour continues to roll on.  After a crazy previous week that saw us go 48 hours without sleep at one point, we’ve managed this week to stay fairly rested and fairly sane.  It’s been a lot of fun as usual, as we’re continuing to meet more and more folks at each venue.  It’s been a little surreal for us as we’re starting to see people coming out that already know the songs and that are singing them from the crowd.  For a new band like us, that’s pretty rad, especially when it happens at shows that are far, far away from home.  God has been good.

 

It’s been interesting this year to be out traveling while the seasons have changed from Winter into Spring.  Seeing everything go from being barren, to being green and full of bloom is always refreshing to see.  It’s been a while since I really took much notice of that change, but it’s really hard to ignore as you’re driving down the interstate day after day.  Right now I’m looking out at the rolling hills of East Tennessee, and everything is a perfect green under a cloudless sky.  Perfect.  In a weird way, I never feel like the new year is here until  everything is green again.  I don’t really think that I could ever live anywhere that doesn’t get green for at least part of the year.  I’m not sure where all I’m ruling out as far as a potential stomping ground goes, but I know I need to see green grass and green leaves at some point in the year.  

 

Right now we are on a detour from the Blood, Sweat, and Rock ‘n roll tour, and tonight we started a three-day youth event in Dalton, Georgia playing original material as well as leading worship.  All four of us got our start in music by playing worship at church, so this is something we’ve all been looking forward to.  Of course, the first night proved to be a good time, and a huge blessing to us.  We all have a heart for teenagers and young adults, so this event is perfect for us.  The speaker for the event is one of the most outgoing, fun guys you’ll meet.  Tonight, while on stage, he made this crazy-awesome mural with chalk.  I had to take a picture of this work of art, because not only is it beautiful, but he did it in such a short time.  It was pretty unbelievable.  

I was reminded of a scripture tonight as we were worshiping. 

 

Psalm 33:1-4. 1 Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. 2 Praise the LORD with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. 3 Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy. 4 For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.

 

We will be back to the Blood Sweat and Rock ‘n Roll tour shortly.  We’ll be wrapping up the tour in the next week.  We’ll be sad to be done, but we’re excited about what God has in store for us in the future.  We have some great opportunities coming our way.  We hope to see all your beautiful faces soon.  Have a great week!!!

 

David

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Watching God's Hand at Work

So, the second half of the Blood, Sweat & Rock & Roll tour started off with a bang.  We left Nashville at 6 am on Saturday morning and drove 9 hours to Tulsa. After a great show in Tulsa we drove 3 hours to Kansas City, threw all our merch in our bags, and got on plane heading to Raleigh, NC.  After a long delay in Baltimore we finally got to NC. Then after a 2 hour drive we finally arrived in Wilmington late and played the show on gear that we weren't familiar with. It is only by Gods grace that we made it and were able to play a show after being awake for a day and a half straight. Needless to say we slept for 13 hours straight and got to spend a beautifull day at the beach.

It's amazing to see God's hand at work in this ministry. We feel fortunate to be here doing what we love. Remember, God is so faithful, so compassionate, and so steadfast that nothing shakes His love for us. This life was meant to be given away, be encouraged and stand by God!!

Hopefully we will get to see you soon at a show, thank you!!

Brandon

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Satellites and Sirens VLOG 5 - Get something FREE!

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Thursday, April 08, 2010

Refreshing

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Hey everyone:)


 If you've been following this blog, you also know that I planned on sitting outside to write last week, only to have my computer battery wimp out on me, and force me to sit indoors.  Well, this week I planned ahead a little better, and I'm sitting out in the sun (well...me in the shade, my feet in the sun, haha, and an iced coffee in hand).  You would also know from last week that I have been diagnosed with two ear infections and a sinus infection.  Earlier this morning I actually had a follow-up with my ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat) specialist, and it looks like I'm going to be okay. I still have temporary hearing loss, but that will heal up as the infection continues to clear and my right ear heals from having been ruptured, due to pressure from the infection.  I'm also cleared to be back playing music, which will resume at the Blood, Sweat, and Rock 'n Roll Tour on Thursday April, 8 in Owensboro, Kentucky.  Yeah!!! I'm excited to get back on the road.  Come find us and say "Hello".

 As you might have gathered from previous posts I've lately been pondering faith and trust these days, and why it is that we find it so difficult. Truth be told, it's part of what makes us human, but no less frustrating.  I had lunch a couple days ago with a good friend of mine who has recently had some revelations about life now that he has a daughter, who is now three, and who is ridiculously cute.  Granted, his revelations weren't anything new, but I found what he had to say... "refreshing", as he so acutely put it.  As we were eating, my friend more or less started to think out loud about how his child doesn't really have a care in the world, and that she doesn't have any preconceived notions about life.  He recalled stories of her running into rooms and yelling "surprise", and about her unconditional love.  You could see it in his face, that he was completely genuine about the way he has observed his daughter and the impact that it has had on him. He said it was refreshing to come home from a frustrating day at work and look into the face of someone who wasn't burdened with worry, and with the things that so easily drag us down.  You could tell that "refreshing" was the perfect word for what he was describing.  We talked about how different it would be if we could still live our lives that way, without that worry, without that frustration.  (Cue cheesy symphony music, and a bright picture of the sunset rolling over the oceans waters....)  What if we *could*, in some sense, live that out?

God really did say that He wanted us to love Him, and trust Him as if we were a child.  When you put it in those terms, it seems like it should be easy, but I'm pretty sure most of us have forgotten what it was like to be a child...and maybe for good reason.  Which doesn't make it easy.  I'd love to be able to run through the grass without the fear that I'll be cut or stung by a scorpion (yep...that happened to me:), or to be able to rock out to whatever music tickles my fancy in the moment.  But it's too easy to be fearful of our well being, or what someone else thinks of us.  God tells us that fear of man is basically ridiculous.  We should have no fear there, it shouldn't matter if you really dig that old Backstreet Boys tune, even if it's an abomination to all things artsy.  So go ahead, and feel free to dance at a concert and to sing along to your music in your car with the windows down.  Because, honestly, that's one step towards a freedom that includes laying your trust at God's feet, to not being afraid to fail, and to not being afraid to disappoint yourself or those around you.

*(Matthew 6:25-34 NIV) "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? {26} Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? {27} Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life ? {28} "And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. {29} Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. {30} If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? {31} So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' {32} For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. {33} But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. {34} Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."* 

*****
Peace,

David

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Satellites and Sirens VLOG 4 - Mischief on the Road!

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Break Time

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We’re currently in the middle of a break from the Blood, Sweat, and Rock ‘n Roll Tour, and I’m sitting here enjoying the beautiful weather at my kitchen table in Nashville, TN.  Yep, I’m currently enjoying the weather by simply observing the cloudless sky, sunshine, and the mild temperature.  You can thank my handy laptop battery for being nearly empty of charge just as I was going to go out onto my backyard deck to actually enjoy the weather outside.  Instead, I’m tethered by a power cord to my laptop.  It’s just as well, though, as I’m actually very sick right now.  Yesterday, rather than attend church, I spent the morning in an Urgent Care Clinic getting checked out for some serious ear pain that started gradually on Saturday during the day, and then overnight, proceeded to become the most excruciating ear pain I can remember ever having.  I did a little detective work Saturday night on webMD and determined that I must have an ear infection.  Well, I was even more correct than I could have bargained for, as I’ve been diagnosed with not only one ear infection, but two ear infections and a sinus infection.  Soooo,  now I’m on a multitude of drugs that are going to help get me back into fighting (or, more accurately, performing) shape very soon.  

 

I’m not so much annoyed as I am amused at my situation right now.  I wouldn’t say I was amused early Sunday morning at 4am...but I kind of have to look back and just chuckle at it all.  Frankly, I feel blessed that I’m sick during a break in the tour, rather than it happening while we’re out driving from city to city.  That would present a whole different challenge to our touring experience.  I guess I can say that in the last 24 hours I’ve managed to get a positive frame of mind on this whole situation.  

 

I’ll admit that I was pretty ticked at God at 4am on Sunday for me being sick on what I believed was going to be a fantastic day off.  I mean, my ear hurt so bad.  It felt like someone was sticking a knife in my ear.  I’ve had some pretty serious accidents/injuries in the past, and this one ranks right up there with some of the worst pain I’ve ever felt.  Either way, even during the pain, I realized how dumb I was being for telling God that I thought it was ridiculous that I had to be up at 4am surfing the internet to try to figure out what in the world was wrong with me.  It reminded me that our ways are not His ways.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not starting some debate on whether He caused me to be sick or not, but it reminded me that sometimes I really do get frustrated at situations that I don’t understand...Some more serious than others, but I’m known to get frustrated if things aren’t going as I had planned.  My guess is that I’m not the only one out there that is guilty of this.  I’ve talked before on blogs about trusting God, and I’m starting to see a theme of trust in what God is teaching me these days, and this latest incident has further reminded me that God really does want us to come to Him in times of frustration.  I firmly believe that He won’t leave us out in the dark, and that He does have our best interests in mind.  I’m constantly reminded of this verse in Matthew 11:28-29 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls.”    

 

As we’ve wrapped up the first half of the tour, I want to say that it’s been a privilege sharing the stage every night with Disciple and Decyfer Down.  Both bands are full of guys that are not only passionate about their art, but about Jesus and spreading His word.  Definitely check out both bands if you haven’t yet.  

 

Here are a few photo highlights of the tour thus far... and yes...wearing shorts is a highlight.

 


 

Friday, March 26, 2010

Satellites and Sirens VLOG 3 - Heading Home

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Grand Canyon

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One of the great advantages of being on tour is that on days off we can take in the sights if our hearts so desire.  Welp, this week we had an off day between a couple of dates and while we were mozying our way along to Phoenix, it occurred to us that the Grand Canyon wasn’t so far out of our way.  Out of all of us in the van (four band guys, and Marty, our merch guy), only Jonathan and I had ever actually laid our eyes on that crazy natural wonder.  We did a little math in our meager heads and found that it would only set us back a few hours, and that it would be worth it.  However, I will say it was pretty funny that Jonathan and I were like, “Guys, you’ve never seen anything like this.  No picture does it justice.”  You could see it in their tired faces that they were going to go along with it, but that they weren’t completely convinced that it would be worth our time.  Given the fact that we really didn’t have much else to do, they went along with it, and we went for it.  If you’ve ever been there, you know that the drive up to it from Flagstaff isn’t the most stimulating drive.  Granted, it’s much more fun to look at than your standard Tennessee terrain, but it certainly doesn’t leave you with the impression that you’re about to drive upon the largest chasm in the US.  At any rate, we pull into the parking lot and I’m just waiting to see the faces of the rest of the guys when they actually see the Canyon.  It’s a bit of a walk from the parking lot, but as we made our way to the edge you slowly, but surely, began to see the width, depth, and breadth of it all.  It really is breathtaking, and sure enough each of the guys pretty much had their jaw on the ground looking out across it all.  If you’ve never been there, you owe it to yourself to make the trip if you’re ever in Arizona.  You really will not be disappointed.  Make sure you bring your cameras and video cameras with you.  It’s amazing.  We were lucky enough to get there about an hour before sunset, so we got to see all the colors of the sunset out across the Grand Canyon, and it truly has to be one of the most beautiful sights one can see on this fine planet.

 

While we were looking out across the Grand Canyon I was reminded of how ridiculously big God is.  Despite how amazing of a site that is, God has made it clear that we are his most precious creation, we are His love.  If that is the case, why do we find it so hard to trust Him?  I mean, really, we all have areas in our lives where we find it so difficult to trust in where He is leading us.  Whether it’s work, finances, relationships, really anything...we continue to stumble in our trust.  In Matthew 17 Jesus says, “Because you have so little faith.  I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move.  Nothing will be impossible for you.”  We don’t have to have faith the size of the Grand Canyon, or even the size of your car, God says that if our faith is even the size of a mustard seed, than we’re getting somewhere.  It’s hard to comprehend really.  It reminded me that it’s not how hard I try, but how much I’m willing to give myself up for Him, how much I’m willing to sacrifice my short-lived desires for His guidance that won’t lead me astray.  When I looked down into the depths of the Grand Canyon and out at the Arizona sunset as it cast its shadows across the canyon, I knew that my faith in Him grew just in seeing the beauty of His design.  

 

In love,

David

 

Some photos taken with my phone...

 

 

 

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Satellites and Sirens VLOG 2 - Live Footage!

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

A Challenge For You

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Sometimes being on tour brings about tragedies and uncontrollable laughter.  They seem on the surface like they could never be involved together in the same incident.  Well, ladies and gentleman, we managed to live through such an incident this last week.  It provided both the most fear and the most humor that any of us have endured yet on tour.  The story goes as follows....

 

Setting: Dodge City, Kansas.    

 

It seemed like an innocent enough turn onto such an unsuspecting road.  We were only on said road for about a 1/4 mile when we realized that we had turned the wrong direction.  Thanks to our sometimesunreliable GPS (aptly named Hannah), we were headed in the wrong direction.  We went ahead and drove until we found a place that had enough space for us to turn around our van and trailer.  We found such a place and headed back in the direction we were supposed to be going (we’re looking at you Hannah).  As we’re cruising along at a leisurely, and legal pace of 30mph, we see our destination in the distance...how could Hannah have been so wrong?  Just as we were all talking about how close we were.........we were suddenly airborn!!!  That’s completely off the pavement folks, in a full-size van and trailer, no less.  We didn’t see it coming at all.  It was the most unassuming intersection you’ve ever seen, but apparently it has the BIGGEST dip in all of the United States, because it sent us completely airborn.It was the craziest feeling, realizing that somehow we were flying through the air (cue up image of Harry and his dog van flying through the air in “Dumb and Dumber”).  When we landed, we all started screaming like little girls, and were laughing hysterically.  Only then did Jonathan look back and realize that our trailer was now somehow pointed directly towards the ground, rather than riding horizontally to the ground.  Problem, big problem.  That brought the laughter to a halt very quickly.  So, we pulled over to the side of the road to inspect what we figured was just an unhitched trailer, only to find that it 

wasn’t unhitched at all.  As it turns out, it was still hitched, but the metal piece that hitches to the trailer was completely bent (see picture below).  Our trailer was basically dragging on the ground.  Now picture the four of us surveying the damage, and looking at each other amazed...and then bursting into laughter yet again.  How in the world did that whole scene just happen?  Our trailer is not only busted in Dodge City, Kansas, but only a quarter mile from our destination!  What are we going to do for the rest of the tour?!?! Despite the busted nature of the trailer, we did manage to limp our way along to the church.  As we pulled in, we were immediately spotted by other band members, crew members, and church volunteers alike...and more uncontrollable laughter ensued...  When out of nowhere the youth pastor walks up and says, “Oh, I can take that to my parents farm and have that fixed up better than new, and I’ll have it back to you within a couple hours.”  Of course we accepted, and sure enough, two hours later it was back to us fixed up better than new.  Apparently, it can now handle more moments of being completely airborn, and it’ll likely be able to handle the trauma.  We are now indebted to you Dodge City, Kansas and Dodge City Church of the Nazarene.  You have a place in our hearts for as long as we live, because this story is going to live on and be spoken about for generations to come :)    

 

Besides that amazing story, I have a challenge for you guys out in Jesus Freak Hideout land.  I was reading in Ephesians and I found a verse that I feel needs to be applied more and more in our lives.  Eph. 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their eeds, that it may benefit those who listen.  Why is it so much easier to cut each other down, rather than encourage each other?  I know it’s easy to poke fun rather than build each other up.  But what if we started making a choice to build each other up instead of poking fun?  Granted, sometimes a little ribbing is in order...but why is it so difficult to tell someone how much you appreciate them and their gifts?  Let’s make it a challenge, both for you, and for me, to be an encouragement for those around us, even when we don’t feel like it. We all deserve to be built up not only in our walk with God, but in our relationships with each other. We love you guys, and if any of you get a chance to come out to the Blood, Sweat and Rock ‘n Roll tour with us, Disciple and Decyfer Down, make sure you come and say “hi” to us.  We’d love to chat:)


Peace,
David

 

Our sad trailer before she was fixed by the amazing folks of Dodge City, Kansas....

 

Friday, March 12, 2010

Satellites and Sirens VLOG

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Here is our first Vlog, exclusive for Jesus Freak Hideout fans! We've been having a blast out on the road with the guys from Disciple & Decyfer Down and look forward to each night of the tour. Keep checking back for more blogs and vlogs from us!
 
Until next time!
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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Greetings from San Antonio, TX

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It’s 11am, and I’m sitting in the lobby of our hotel here in San Antonio, TX and I can’t help but feel truly blessed to be able to play music and share God’s love to people every night.  Each night we meet new and amazing people that also bless us much more than we feel like we could do for them.  As an example, three young men came up to us after our show last night and asked us if they could pray for us.  They asked us each what we would like prayer for, and they proceeded to pray into each of those needs.  I can’t quite explain the feeling of being truly loved by complete strangers in such a genuine and Godly way.  Their honesty and encouragement struck me, as I don’t doubt one bit that God set them in our path last night.  These young men are on the front lines here in San Antonio, ministering to gang members and drug dealers, those that most folks would be wary of approaching.  The fact that they would also come and take the time to minister and pray for a bunch of rag-tag musicians really struck a chord with me.  It says in Matthew 18:19-20, “Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”  In that moment in prayer with those men, I know God heard us, and heard our needs, and our hearts...and I know he is blessing each of those guys in ways that they don’t even know yet.  Thank you San Antonio.

 

As for the tour thus far, we couldn’t be happier getting to know the guys in Disciple and Decyfer Down, and all the guys in the stage crew.  Though, learning everyone’s names has proven to be a bit of a challenge.  We’ve been having fun riding in our van quizzing ourselves on who is who.  I’ve already been calling people by the wrong name, which has thankfully been more funny than awkward.  I think for the time being I’ll stick with token “Hey Dude” or “Hey Man”, versus making myself look ridiculous (I’m really quite good at that).  Although, I could just give everyone nicknames...hmmm.  I’ll think on that one.

 

Thanks to everyone for tuning in to our tour blog again.  Be blessed, and know that God loves you more than you can even know...which is a really difficult concept to grasp sometimes, myself included.  He is faithful, He is true, and He’s excited to be a part of your life.

 

In Christ.

David

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Greetings from Satellites and Sirens!

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Hey everyone, welcome to the Jesus Freak Hideout edition of our Blood, Sweat, and Rock ‘n Roll Tour Blog.  We’re super excited to be sharing our travels on the road with all of you.  It’s going to be a fun tour with a couple of great bands, Disciple, Decypher Down, and of course us.  We’re here in Longview, TX for the first show of the tour and Disciple is doing their soundcheck, and they sound great...and loud, haha.  Which we all love for a good concert.  

 

As far as Satellites and Sirens, we’re looking forward to the chance to spend the next two months doing what we love.  On the surface, it would seem that it’s as simple as just being able to show up and play a rock concert for lots of fun young people.  But, for us it’s definitely more than that.  Each one of us has a heart for each of those kids that comes to our shows.  Those kids have a story, and sometimes they don’t have a chance to share it with anyone.  It’s an honor to any one of us to be that person for a kid at a show.  After our shows we make a pointed effort to be at our merch table and to meet as many kids as possible.  Being a band that carries the flag of Christ, we believe that God has a plan for each of those kids, and if we have the opportunity to encourage them, we need to take that seriously, and frankly, we enjoy it.

 

On an unrelated note...we have officially started bringing a Wii out on tour with us.  Why we haven’t done this before, is beyond me.  I think we’ve learned from the error of our ways, and we’ll now be bringing that amazing piece of technology everywhere with us.  Look for us to not only give tour updates, but Wii updates as well.  We’re going to beat the game Punch Out on this tour, we promise.

 

We look forward to sharing our journey with you, thanks for checking us out.  Remember, the grace that covers anything is available through the love of Christ, He cares for you, loves you, and wants the best for every part of your life!  We hope to see you soon!

- David
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