Tubes, Family, and Christmas

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Merry Christmas everyone!

I do hope you’ve been having a wonderful time in between two of my favorite holidays (Thanksgiving and Christmas, obviously). It’s been a busy time for me and my family, and I see no signs of a slow-down any time soon – even over school break.

Tonight, my family is going to see the tree lighting in downtown Geneva. It’s the kick-off of the annual Santa Lucia Festival. Apparently, she’s a Swedish saint who gives out cookies. Awesome. We’re gonna try to score a few sweets and watch Santa (not a saint) light this big tree outside the Courthouse on Third Street. (If I ever have another daughter, I might pull for the name Lucy.)

Next up…

What happened last week:

Eleanor, my 15-month-old, got tubes put in her ears. If you’re not familiar with the procedure, it’s fairly simple, but for a *musician* dad, it’s intense. Read about it HERE. It’s called a “myringotomy”. I’m emotionally drained right now and kinda depressed. Hoping tonight will help.

And what’s coming this week:

Two huge recording projects from some friends – one new, one old. Gonna be a lot of work – probably 4-5 full, 8-hour days in the studio before Christmas, but well worth it. I’ll be doing tracking and mixing for both recordings.

And last of all:

I’ve had the weight of the next Restoration Project album on my shoulders for a few months now, with little forward progress. I’ve started tracking, but haven’t really felt “right” about any of what I’ve done so far. I plan to bring in a couple of friends from Redeemer Fellowship to kind of get some fresh energy and perspective on things.

Gonna be interesting. Gonna be hard work. But I was just reminded again of a belief that I have long held to:

I want to be known as an individual who, by God’s grace, has pushed the limits of human capacity – to live, to love, to create.

I look forward to the release of the next Restoration Project album in Spring 2013 and hope it breathes new life into our world.

Merry, Merry, What is Christmas?

It’s almost time for my annual new year resolutions post. I’ll get to that soon. I’m still thinking about those…

But today, I want to ask you a simple question:

After the Christmas lights turn off and everybody goes back to work on a gray, overcast day in December, what are you left with? What was the point? What does Christmas mean?

Here’s an interesting read if you’re looking for a good answer to my question:

My guess is that if we really examine our own hearts, we’ll find that the meaning of Christmas – for us – has been hi-jacked a little bit by our culture: good feelings, spending time with loved ones, presents, “peace on earth”, “Jingle Bells”, eating awesome food…