Category Archives: Songwriting

ALL CREATION

I grew up in Northern California, where my family attended a small church that met Sunday mornings, Sunday evenings and even Wednesday nights. If the church doors were open, we were there. First to arrive – and typically the last to leave.

And at every service, we sang hymns. These hymns were the first songs I ever knew, and they shaped a lot of my ideas about music and singing. Continue reading

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WAKING UP

Hey friends! Isn’t it Spring yet? Unfortunately, the answer is “no.” At least, not for another few days (March 20, to be precise). It has definitely been an unusual winter here at the Riggan Ranch in Idaho – and probably wherever you … Continue reading

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MEMORIAL DAY

In honor of Memorial Day (today only – May 30 2016), I’d like to give you guys a free download of “Mrs. Taylor” from my CD “Act of Surrender.” **NOTE: this free MP3 is no longer available** “Mrs. Taylor” is not really … Continue reading

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“HEAL ME”

I wrote the song “Heal Me” with my good friends and songwriting partners Ben Bauman and Randy Thomas. When I was putting out my first solo project, an industry insider advised me to not include the song on my CD; he … Continue reading

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NOT EXACTLY A SABBATICAL…

Back in January I made a decision. I made up my mind that 2013 would be a lighter year for my music career. Of course, next year I’ll be back with a new record and a lot more touring, but for … Continue reading

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SONGWRITING SEMINAR

Hey guys, just a quick note about the Songwriting Seminar that I’m participating in this coming Saturday, April 6 at Boise Bible College. My good friends and fellow songwriters Ryan Stevenson, Ben Bauman and Staci Frenes will all be on … Continue reading

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TAKE COURAGE

In addition to my songwriting/recording career, I’m a worship pastor, and each week I pray through dozens of requests that come in to the church. Sometimes I’m just floored by what a truly broken world we live in. I read … Continue reading

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THE “LEAST FAVORITE” CHRISTMAS SONG POLL!

A couple of years ago I posed the question “what is your LEAST favorite Christmas song?” For some reason, that blog post has disappeared from my website, so I figured I should ask again. Here’s the poll – what horrible … Continue reading

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TEN YEARS

Ten years ago, I hung out my shingle as a solo artist (after several great years with my indie band “the nobodys”). 2002 was a big year for me; I released my first solo CD, my son Josiah was born … Continue reading

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VOTE FOR YOUR FAVS (AND WIN A CD OR DVD)

(NOTE: CONTEST ENDED SEPT 4th. THANKS EVERYONE!) Okay people of Earth, I have an assignment for you! Of all the songs I’ve written and recorded, what are your favorites? While it may come across as a little needy, I can’t … Continue reading

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