Monday, July 12, 2010

Allow me to introduce myself

Hey, it's Ross. You know, the guy that used to blog here.

Sorry for the long absence. I have no excuse, other than the fact that I've been working, mainly writing songs. Despite what you may think from reading my brilliance and wit on this page, I don't make any money when I blog, at least not directly. Songwriting pays the bills. So when I am faced with limited time, and choices have to be made about how to spend it, songwriting always wins.

Hence, my absence.

I have a couple of upcoming shows, and I hope to post about those this week. Either way, I wanted you to see this. It's a video of me and Sam (my 6-year-old son) playing music together. This video marks the first time he's ever actually played with me at a gig. I've been hesitant to put him on stage, especially when leading worship. I have lots of reasons for my hesitation. First of all, putting children on stage and trying to make them into stars seems to be a highly dangerous game, even when it's highly profitable. Second, I -- rightfully, I think -- take worship leading pretty seriously. I don't want to turn it into a gimic or a talent show. Putting your child on stage with you could probably do that.

On and on.

The point is that I haven't been eager to do this kind of thing.

However, I had the pleasure of doing a children's camp this summer, and since many of the kids at the camp were Sam's age, I figured it was a good time to give it a go. I did worship every day and night for the kids, but Sam just joined me for one session. Baby steps and all.

Anyway, here tis, below. Enjoy. There's nothing fancy, but he does a fantastic job of keeping time and he doesn't show off. Those of you who are musicians will notice how adeptly he handles the interesting time aspects of the pre-chorus of this tune. Lots of drummers try too hard to do something cool with it, when it often works just as well just to play right thru it. I was proud of him for (well, lots of things, but specifically for) keeping his head in the game, so to speak, thru the difficult parts.


kathryn said...

He did great! You should be very proud. What a sweet time.

Mendi said...