I’m doing a free concert at Cherry Festival in my town (Emmett, Idaho) on Thursday at 7:00 pm. This is our town’s week-long community festival, and it’s a really fun family event. But I have to admit that I’m a little nervous about it because of what happened several years ago, the last time I played at Cherry Festival.
Things started off fine, but sometime during my first song, a few people began drifting off. By the second song, people were actually running away. Yes, running. So we all looked at each other wondering what we were doing wrong.
(My strategy in those kinds of situations is to glare at the sound man, so that if we sound bad everyone assumes it’s his fault…)
But anyway, people were actually running away from my concert. This could shake one’s confidence; it’s the kind of thing that makes a singer question if he’s in the right line of work.
So when I saw the smoke from the big building that was burning down the street (corner of Main and Washington), I have to say that I was relieved. It’s an ugly thing to admit … but I was really glad things weren’t what they seemed. Continue reading
A few years ago, my wife Julie and I (along with Ben and Jackie, our good friends) moved to Nashville so that Ben and I could pursue a career in songwriting and music ministry. We left our home in the Northwest without really having any idea what we were getting into … no jobs, no place to live … and no clue how to get our songs heard.
Looking back, it’s clear that we were truly, profoundly dumb. What kind of idiots move 2000 miles across country without a plan for income and housing? Did we think that the music industry would announce our arrival with red carpet and trumpet fanfare? Continue reading
The fact that I really love goofy slang words will come as no surprise to anyone who knows me well. For example, I don’t think we use the word “groovy” quite enough. There’s just something so satisfyingly silly about saying something is “groovy.”
My favorite expression lately has been “jinkies” – which of course I learned from Scooby Doo cartoons when I was a kid. It’s an expression of astonishment, and I can’t tell you how frequently it seems to be just the right word for the occasion.
You might be as surprised as I was to learn that the first known use of the word “bodacious” was way back in 1832 (instead of, say, 1982). It’s probably a blend of “bold” and “audacious,” and I think that’s kind of awesome.
Someone introduced me to the word “snickersneeze” the other day, and apparently it’s a vague, humorous threat that a parent might use with a child (“Spill your milk again and I’ll have to snickersneeze you!”). I’ve decided to try to use “snickersneeze” as often as possible.
So I’d love to know some of your favorite silly slang words. Leave a comment. If I get a good response, I may create a poll and have people vote for an overall favorite.
Or, if all I get is the sound of crickets I will know that I’m a complete dork…
**NOTE: THIS OFFER EXPIRED ON MAY 31 2012 – but the song is available on iTunes!**
In honor of Mother’s Day (this coming Sunday) and Memorial Day (May 28), I’m giving away a free MP3 of my song “Mrs. Taylor” from my “Act of Surrender” EP.
To get your “MP-Free”, all you do is go to http://www.volummonster.com and then enter this code: SCOTTFREE4MAY (you’ll be asked for your email and zip). Please feel free to download the song and share the link and code with anyone you think would be moved by the song. Read on for the lyrics to “Mrs. Taylor.” Continue reading
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I had the privilege of singing at a funeral not long ago.
Although I wasn’t really well acquainted with the man or his family, I was fascinated by how those who knew and loved him remembered his life and character.
Over and over, he was described as an upbeat, courageous guy. Someone who always saw the positive side of things. An optimist.
As he was lying in his hospital bed near the end, whenever anyone asked how he was doing his reply was always “it’s all good.” Evidently this had always been his catchphrase – “it’s all good” – and it was his way of expressing optimism and hopefulness.
As I sang “It Is Well With My Soul,” I thought about the stories his family and friends had just shared, and the words of the song felt suddenly fresh and significant:
When peace like a river attendeth my way
When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot, You have taught me to say . . . it’s all good.
Is that something that I can say – in good times or bad? “It is well with my soul” or “it’s all good”…? I have to admit it; I’m a whiner when faced with frustration or difficulty. It doesn’t take much adversity for me to start complaining.
So today I’m thinking about that funeral and wondering if I can start to say “it’s all good” a little more often.
There are worse catchphrases.
An exchange in my kitchen on Saturday morning:
Julie: “Who’s ready for a muffin?”
Josiah: “I was born ready… except I wouldn’t have had teeth I guess.”
Joey is still at the age when he says really funny things with complete seriousness. Do your kids say things like this? Comments, please!
Christians have sometimes been guilty of the old “bait and switch” when it comes to telling people about Christ. It’s like we’re marketing a cool new product that everybody should have. If you have that product, you’ll feel good, you’ll be happy and your messy life will be all fixed up.
The problem is that we don’t have confidence in the actual Gospel message and we think we need to “nice it up” to make it palatable and attractive.
But let’s not forget: God’s Word tells us that the reason we need Jesus is basically this:
- God is completely HOLY and perfectly JUST (or “fair”).
- As a completely holy and just God, He is going to hold each of us accountable for our lives – and His perfection is the standard by which we will be measured.
- He requires from each of us moral perfection and flawless obedience.
This is all GOOD NEWS for anybody who is completely perfect. These people don’t need Jesus. But for the rest of us … Continue reading
I just stumbled upon this article I wrote several years ago and thought I would share it with you guys.
It was turning into one of those days when nothing could go right. It had started with some minor car trouble and a couple of frustrating phone calls followed by a long, pointless meeting. I had just taken a sip of coffee (noticing too late the bug floating in the mug) when the phone rang.
I hesitated. It had been nothing but bad news all morning, so maybe, I thought, it would be better to just let it go to voice mail. But I answered anyway, and it was my four-year-old, Emily. She was shouting into the phone and talking so fast that it took me a moment to figure out that she was saying: “Daddy! The baby smiled at me!” And this made my day.
It wasn’t just that baby Josiah had finally smiled – although, to be honest, he was three months old and it was getting to the point where his very survival might be threatened if he didn’t turn up the “cuteness” a bit. Any sleep-deprived parent of an infant Continue reading
I love touring. I really do. But when you’re based in a place like, say, Idaho, there are some inherent challenges… For example, my April tour (2 weeks in North Carolina, Tennessee and Illinois). Check out my “TOUR” page to see if I’ll be near you.
This Sunday at 7:00 pm, my Church in Idaho is hosting the simulcast of the new film “Love Costs Everything.” TWO HUNDRED MILLION Christians face real persecution worldwide. Incredible to consider, isn’t it? Francis Chan is the host of the film. If you’re in the Boise area, come join us!
“Love Costs Every Thing” Trailer from CIY Move on Vimeo.