Friday, April 24, 2009

Show tonight

Like the title says.

I'm playing tonight at the Palace Theater (more details in the previous post, below). It's one of those "lots of bands/artists play" things, so the whole deal goes from 6 until 10. The plan is for me to be on around 8. See you there.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Things of Interest

This will be quick. I fly to California tomorrow for a gig. I'm flying out of Houston at 8 am, which means I need to be at the airport by 7 am, which means I have to leave my house around 5:00 because Houston traffic is some nasty, unpredictable stuff. So I can't write long, because I have to go to bed at like 9:30 tonight, which is going to be extremely weird. But I need to give you a couple of vital pieces of rosskingworldtour info before I retire (for the evening, not for life; I won't retire for life until I can get Gwen Stefani and Willie Nelson to record a duet "Why Me Lord," which could totally happen).

Firstly: go here and check out my new "under construction" website. Since I got into a habit of hardly ever utilizing my relatively fancy (and expensive) website, I've decided to go simple and functional with the new one. It still needs tons of work, but the main thing I wanted you to know is that you can now purchase my CD's there. One of the areas that needs work is that a couple of my CD's are out-of-print, and we haven't fixed that on the site yet. So despite what you will see there on the "stuff you can buy" page, you still can't get Too Much Free Time anywhere, and you still have to use iTunes or another download service to get Sullivan's Flaw. I know it's going to be hard for you to resist clicking those links and longing for some nasal-singing, cheesy-drama-songwriting, pre-computer-tricks RK action, and some pre-world-famous, still-mullet-ish-working Chris Tomlin, but you've got to be strong, cuz you can't get those CD's. We'll do our best to have the site fixed in a jif, so that there won't be a mass outcry of angry fans, which could totally happen.

An if you have things that you'd like to see on the new site, let me know. I'm open.

B: I'm doing a concert at the Palace Theater in Downtown Bryan Friday April 24. Some of you remember that I did a concert there a little over a year ago. It's a really cool venue. This should be a great show. It's basically a fund-raising/awareness show for International Justice Mission, which is an organization that is so Kingdom-minded and important that I feel like a bonehead even representing them just a little bit. But I'm also honored, so there's that. In addition to a performance by ME, there will also be some song-playing and general stage-domination by Clairmont and Ian Nelson, among others. You've probably never heard of Ian, but I just finished recording/producing his debut project, and it's ridiculously good. I'm serious. All local-ish folk gotta be there.

That's all for now. Enjoy your weekends. I'm going back to Cali, where I may just get discovered by a talent scout who's looking for a late-30's, not-really-in-shape dude who used to work with pre-famous Tomlin, which could totally happen.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Boo Hoo

I don't really know how to set this up without sounding preachy, so I'll just jump right into it. Below is a conversation I had with Sam, my 5-year-old son, yesterday.

The backstory is that, for reasons indiscernible to an imagination-choked grown-up like me, Sam loves to play in my car. I have a 1995 Toyota 4Runner that is on it's last legs. It runs, but only barely. However, it has a sunroof and a tailgate and it's messed-up enough that I don't care if he plays in it. So he does. Yesterday we were sitting on the tailgate messing with a busted-up plastic toolkit that he had found under one of the seats. It was missing some stuff, and wasn't that great to start with, so I said he could have it, which thrilled him to no end. But some of the plastic was coming off, and Sam decided that all of the plastic needed to come off (he likes things consistent and tidy, like his mommy). Only he wasn't strong enough to break the plastic off, so he asked me to do it.

The resulting conversation ended in Daddy trying to hide the fact that he was crying his eyes out right there on the tailgate.

Behold the great blessing of children:

Sam: Daddy, can you break this? Cause you’re the strongest.

Me: Sure. Someday you’ll be stronger than me, buddy. Did you know that?

Sam: What? When?

Me: When I get old. We’ll both be grown-ups at the same time, only you’ll be a young grown-up and I’ll be an old grown-up, and you’ll be stronger than me.

Sam: Oh.

Me: And someday you probably won’t want to play with me anymore.

Sam: Huh? Why?

Me: Well, when kids get older, sometimes they don’t want to play with their parents.

Sam: That’s not nice.

Me: I know, but it’s just the way it is.

Sam: I’ll play with you forever. Until you die. And then when I die and go to heaven, I’ll still play with you forever.

I'm not sure what I said after that, but I know it was all choked up and weepy.
Also, this is Sam on top of the car. Yeah, the Kings be some strict parents.