Brandon Bee is a hard man to pin down. As a world traveler and dad of several kids, I caught him while he was in the car en route to renew his 16-year-old son’s passport for a trip to Italy. Raised by parents who were in a band, Brandon knew life on the road, and it seems his kids will grow up in what was normal to him. There is nothing ordinary about a guy who has 300 albums to his producer credits. More than a prolific musician and dad, he is also a minister of the gospel, serving in a local church in Eastern Washington state and leading a worship music movement in Italy. On top of all of the accomplishments in ministry and music, Brandon is a singer-songwriter, creating music from his unique perspective of Pacific Northwestern folksy blend. If you have heard his past solo projects or time with Stomptown Revival, the pop sensibilities are a fresh expression from his broad musical palette–from indie folk to rock. Of course, folk-leaning music can be arranged in any instrumentation. In this case, his new release washes us with synth textures and electronic landscapes underneath vintage guitar tones. Masterfully, it weaves together Brandon’s various inspirations. From the Sky is as polished as an experienced artist and producer would create while feeling vulnerable and fresh. Filled…
The power of collaboration has been evident throughout the ages. And I feel like more and more I’m experiencing how dynamic collaboration with kindred creative’s can be. And when you connect at the core with another gifted artist, and God provides the spark…there’s no ceiling.
I have known Staci Frenes for years as an amazing singer-songwriter for Christian contemporary music and have heard about her TV and film efforts and credits but never had a chance to demo those–until now! She has recently released projected titled “Snapshots” which is available here on iTunes. She is truly a “culture creator” who as a follower of Jesus is salt and light in her ventures beyond the Christian audience. Staci says: I wanted to gather together in one place some of my favorite songwriting demos written over the past few years for film, television, and other niche projects with some of my favorite people. I hope you enjoy them! Go check her Facebook page to listen to some of the tracks. Buy the CD and create your own groovin-around-town soundtrack.
I love these guys and think you should, too. Go see The Myriad on tour. The story of Randy Miller, their drummer and friend of mine, is amazing. He is battling cancer and finally has a green light to tour Here is an article about them on Hard Music: The Myriad To Tour THE MYRIAD TO PARTICIPATE IN THE HUMANE SOCIETY’S ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL CAMPAIGN, TOURING WITH TYRONE WELLS, MATT HIRES. IN THE MIDST OF DRUMMER RANDY MILLER’S BATTLE WITH CANCER, DOCTORS APPROVE THE BAND’S RETURN TO THE ROAD [Read More]
Church Tech Camp in Pasadena, CA this past Friday was an example of the unconference–a user created and collaborative learning experience. My cranium was filled with some interesting ideas. The conversation about reaching and touching real people with the gospel through technology inspires and motivates me to think even further outside of the box of our church structure and culture to see how we can be effective today and in the future. The bottom line: things are changing. Tony Steward spearheaded Church Tech Camp and some of the people I met that attended were pioneers into the new media’s entrance into our faith and practice. Here are some links to catch you up to speed. Church Tech Camp website with blog and feeds, serving as the hub for the information Church Tech Camp LIVE feed where the discussion was captured on video and live blogging! The wiki created for this event is located here. Some people I met and enjoyed being with at and after this event with there respective sites: Cynthia Ware, Matt Singley, Robert Yang (Kindle Joy prayer site), Vince Marotte, Dawn Carter, Matt Phillips, Greg Atkinson. And, for the geeks in us all, we made the twitter blog! with the #churchtechcamp tag!! Is the church culture ready to be salt and light in the new media technology or are we still looking…
Dear RKWL Readers, I am beginning what I hope will be an occasional series highlighting how Christ-following creatives and creative leaders are creating culture. I have one post about the www.fiftythousandshirts.com campaign (go here), but you will be further inspired to hear how any of us can make a difference. Here is an interview with a Steve Paterson, a creative professional who is a culture creator. [RKWL] Tell my readers about what you do for a living? [STEVE] I’m a husband and father… better make that a NEW father, my daughter Avery is just over 2 months old. So when I’m not busy changing diapers or trying to catch up on sleep, I’m a Designer/Creative Director/Co-owner of Clear.