At of this writing (Friday, April 17th), I’ve essentially been on home lockdown since March 12th. At that time, it was self-imposed and not as widespread as it is now. This has given rise to weekly Facebook Live outings, rotating between Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. After each week is done, I then pick one of those three days for the next session and announce it on FB, Instagram, and Twitter. IF you subscribe to my Concert Email Notifications (link is at the top of Concerts Page and is separate from my Email List), you’ll get an email when I post new announcements. What is this Facebook Live thing? I’ve been at it for a couple years now. With this new era of the Coronavirus Quarantine, many artist are understandably following suit. Here’s a little extra info about how it usually works:
I tidy up my home office. Then I plant myself in front my now-long-in-the-tooth 2012 iMac. I plug in a “ring light”, fire up my condenser mic, grab my Ryan Cathedral or Mission guitar … and take to Facebook Live. I always “officially” schedule these things for an hour or so. But I always have so much fun, that it goes on longer, sometimes up to ninety minutes. The trick, of course, is to sing to a small green light at the top of the computer display and keep my mind on the music … while I’m also occasionally looking at the stream of comments/questions/requests scrolling in real-time as we go. Can’t join us in real-time? Not to worry. Unless something goes very wrong, the whole shebang will remain on Facebook on the Timelines of my Personal and Music pages … and I often post an archive copy to YouTube as well. Shortly after I upload to YouTube, I often make a “road map” of the the entire set so folks can scroll back and forth to what interests them if they aren’t able to commit to watching a full set. So, click over and join the hearty, enthusiastic band of folks who always seem to turn up. We’ll be happy to have along!
My “sponsor” is actually me. There’s not a ticket price or suggested donation amount … but some people do click over to the Digital Tip Jar to toss a little something in there to support me. I can’t tell you how much this has meant, both in terms of this being my job and that people are still interested and listening. The other way to contribute is to check out my new Download/CD Store. If you see a little something there, you can download selected titles right away and/or order CDs. Okay, end of novella!
CANCELLED, TO BE RESCHEDULED
This is going to be a blast. A couple decades or more ago, I worked with Dan Adler at Church of the Open Door in the Twin Cities. He is the founder/director of Heart of the City Ministries in Anoka, MN. I’ll be doing two sets and likely taking requests along the way. I haven’t been to the area in years and I am really looking forward to being back there again to sing. (And, if I’m being honest here, I’m also giddy at the opportunity to possible grab some Red’s Savoy Pizza during my visit!) … Oh, okay, where was I? Oh yeah. From the website, here is a great summary of Heart of the City’s mission and work. Who wouldn’t want to be a part if this?!?
MUSIC WITH A MISSION: USING MUSIC AS A TOOL TO UNITE
Since 1996, Heart of the City Ministries – a non-profit, Christian, multi-ethnic music ministry, has been sharing the Gospel and bringing a message, model and experience of multi-ethnic worship and Biblical unity through the amazing talents of the Heart of the City Worship Band! Now, since 2018, they are continuing this mission through hosting stylistically and ethnically diverse quality concerts at the Heart of the City Music Factory in Anoka, Minnesota.In a time when divisions are increasing and becoming more entrenched, the need is great in every big and small way to build bridges in the name of Jesus.The Heart of the City Band has 11 different ethnicities represented in it with it’s members coming from many different congregations of various Christian denominations.Their music reflects that diversity in style including Native American, East Indian, Gospel, Urban Contemporary, Reggae, Salsa, Bossa Nova, Modern Worship, Hymn styles and others.
Advance tickets are $25.00 through Eventbrite. Tickets at the door are $35.00. (Please note this venue is not currently handicapped accessible. There are stairs involved for getting to and from the second-floor performance area.)