THE DISSAPPEARING OF DIGITAL DATA

Hello or Konnichiwa,

The dissappearing of digital data is otherwise known as........a hard drive crash. Up until recently, it was only intellectual knowledge for me. But, about two weeks I found out experientially the frustrations and dissappointments that follow such a tragedy. I was recording piano and bass with two excellent musicians when my external hard drive started making "hamster" noises. The hard drive is just "thinking", I assured myself. However, it was more than that as I now know. Makoto-san had just laid down a great bass guitar take (as he always does) when the "hamster" in the hard drive began to go berserk. Trying to listen back to the take we heard nothing but sparadic vocals and acoustic guitar. I looked closer at my digital mixing board and found only blank blue space.Nothing on that hard drive lived through the "crash".

Therefore, the music project I am currently working on has been postponed due to the above incident, the fact that I can't get another hard drive in Japan that fits with my American opperating system and our current transitioning back to America for a year.

I did however learn a couple of important lessons. One, don't assume things are going to turn out how you want them to turn out. James 4:15 says, "Instead, you should say, 'If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.' "Forgive me, Lord." And, two, always back up the information on your computer or hard drive.
"Thank you, Lord for these lessons and I look forward to what You want to do with these songs. May it all be for Your glory."

Thanks for listening,
Kevin

To be continued.......if the Lord wills.

TO DEPART AND BE WITH CHRIST

Please take a moment and read Philippians 1:22-26. I'll wait............

Have you ever felt like this? Your caught between wanting to be with Christ and knowing the importantance of being here to help people understand the message of the gospel.
Those feelings are at the heart of this song titled, "Everywhere I Should Be".

"Everywhere I Should Be" is the song I'm currently recording for a new album that will come out next year (2015). I couldn't wait for you to get a glimpse of what to expect on this new project. It's a rough mix with only guitar, vocals and flute. The flute is played by Nozomi. I will be
recording piano with Yukari this weekend and the bass guitar will hopefully be played by Makoto.

 
Thanks for listening,
 
Kevin
 

YOU ARE CREATIVE!!

Ever wonder why there are so many products, companies, songs, movies or why technology develops so fast. It's because of one thing-CREATIVITY. People were born to create. We can't control it. It's what we do. And that includes you.

Let's start at the beginning. You are a creature. No, no, no, not like that hiddeous thing that comes up from the black lagoon but a creature in the true sense of the word. The dictionary defines creature as anything created, whether animate or inanimate; a person or human being. Since you are reading this, it's safe to say you are a person, a VERY SPECIAL person. You are special, not because of anything you've done, but because of who you are. You are a creature created in the image of the Great Creator-God Himself. Just as we see characteristics of ourselves in our children or (whether you like it or not) see characteristics of our parents in us, God has put His image (characteristics) in you and me when He created us. One of those characteristics is creativity. 

But, "I'm not creative."  I knew you were going to say that.

Okay, let's rewind....."You are a creature created in the image of the Great Creator-God Himself."
Therefore, it follows that YOU ARE CREATIVE. Granted, not every person is a painter, novelist, songwriter, performer, or director, but, you are creative. I was talking to someone recently who told me about how they are enjoying a new way of witnessing. This person noticed that when they were at the gas station the Holy Spirit would prompt them to pay for someone's gas. Doing that has opened up all kinds of possibilities to share Jesus and encourage others. THAT IS CREATIVITY! With no music, dancing or video camaras there was a moment in time when one person shared what they were blessed with to bless another. In other words, there was a moment of creativity. Are you good at giving to others in different ways? Are you good at solving problems or puzzles? Do you enjoying baking or cooking for people? You are creative.

When we create, we experience a sense of joy and fulfillment because we are being like our Creator and that feels good. In a very real way, creativity is an act of worship which glorifies God who gave us what we are sharing. What have you been blessed with that you absolutely love blessing others with? When you can answer that, you've found your creativity (your creative outlet). When you use your creativity to bless others, IT MAKES GOD SMILE because He put that in you to share. And remember, it doen't just have to be one thing. Like our Creator, you are probably creative on multiple levels and in many areas. You were given to give. Spend some time today thinking about all the ways God has put creativity in you. Thank Him for giving you these gifts and go put a smile on His face by using them to bless others.

Thanks for reading and thank you to everyone who listens to the songs the Lord gives me.
It is a blessing to wash your feet with music,

Kevin

Switchfoot Protested By Fundamentalists

Switchfoot as a band and as individual believers in the Lord Jesus do so many things right, I was wondering when they would face opposition. Recently, it came. I just never dreamed it would come from those who claim to be followers of Jesus.
If you don't know what I'm talking about, you can read about it, see video footage of the incident and Jon Foreman's (frontman for Switchfoot) reaction.
Click the link below:
http://landofbrokenhearts.org/archive/2014/03/jon-brings-water-to-protestors-thanks-them-for-coming-i-have-but-one-debt-which-is-to-love-them/

I wrote the guys (Switchfoot), recently, to encourage them. Here is what I said:

Hey guys,

      Your music and message is so needed in the world today. My wife and I and our four kids are missionaries in Japan. We keep your music on rotation in our car all the time. My kids (13, 12, 9 and 7 yrs) know your songs by heart. They often ask me, "what does this song mean, Dad?" It is so refreshing to be able to tell them the meaning and what you are singing about with no hesitation. Sharing your song meanings usually allows me to also share life lessons that I want my kids to understand and live out.
I really appreciate your response, Jon, to the recent protest you guys faced. I watched your reaction on Land of the Broken Hearts website today with my two oldest kids. I was able to point to your example of how to handle difficult situations with the Love of Christ. We love you and praise God for your lives, music and message. He is using you in a profound way.

"Love alone is worth the fight",
Kevin


LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT ALL THIS.


Happy New Year!

I wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year and share some of the books, movies and music I most enjoyed in 2013.

Movies: Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed (PG. 2008 release. Ben Stein)
              The Book of Daniel (Released Oct. 2013 and directed by Anna Zielinski
              Devil (PG-13. 2010 release. Story by M. Night Shyamalan )
        You can review all these movies at http://christiananswers.net/spotlight/home.html

Books: Soul Cravings by Erwin McManus
            Darwin On Trial by Phillip E. Johnson
            Out of the Comfort Zone by Ray Comfort

Music: Fiction Family Reunion by Fiction Family (2013 release)
            Absolution by Josh White (2013 release. Free download at www.noisetrade.com )
            Matthew by Michael Card (2013 release)
            Prayer of the Woods by Tony Dekker of Great Lake Swimmers (2013 release.)
            In Focus? by Shugo Tokumaru (2013 release)


Recording is underway for a new release, a full length album, at the end of this year if all goes well. We've tracked vocals, guitar and flute on the first song. I'll be sharing more details as things unfold and even a way you can help this project be the best it can be.

God Bless,

Kevin
      

"Torn Away" performed Sept. 7, 2013 at the 23rd Annual Jozenji Street Jazz Festival

 

             I had a great time playing and sharing testimonies at this years JSJF. I was glad to see many of my friends, some of which I've had since coming to Japan, come to support me.

             I am currently recording songs that have special meaning to me because they document my journey from being called as a missionary in 2004 to the present. I hope and pray they will encourage and minister to all who hear them. Some of my musician friends here in Japan have agreed to play on this album. My last project was mostly a solo project. So, for this album, I'm trying to get more people involved; including having it professionally mixed and mastered. I also desire to have the lyrics and a special message translated into Japanese to give the Holy Spirit every opportunity to use this project in the lives of all who hear it.  I'm embarking on a God-sized task that I can't do by myself and am praying for His provision and recsources to see it through. Thank you for listening and for your prayer support.

                                                                                                                  -Kevin

TRACKING NEW LP

Hey Everyone,

I appreciate the continued interest in what I'm doing musically.
I am beginning a new music project and I wanted to let you know
so that you could be praying with me about it.

As many of you know, I released a self-produced ep last year in
response to the 3/11/11 disaster that devistated Japan. Most of those
songs were written on the heels of that devistating event and were based on
what I had witnessed in the disaster area.
Previous to that time, I had plans to release a full-length album but it was put
on hold in order to release the ep "Come to Me". I have given out physical
CD's of that ep in order to encourage our Japanese friends in our neighborhood
and in the temporary housing. It has been encouraging to hear how the Lord
has used it in people's lives.

The upcoming project will be a kind of chronicle of my journey to the mission
field up to this point. I will begin tracking it this August. I have many Japanese friends
here who are musicians and I want to incorporate them as much as possible on this
project. Many of these people are those whom I have had the privilege of ministering
to and along side of since our 2nd term in Japan. How fitting I thought to get Japanese
people involved in a music project about my mission journey in Japan.
I want this project to sound the best it possibly can. I have been in contact with a
professional mixing engineer who said he would be glad to mix the album and has
given me some pointers as I prepare for tracking.
I ultimately want this project to be an encouragement to all involved and all who
will listen.

Please pray that the tracking will go smoothly, that the people I want to be a part
of this project will have the time to contribute and that the Lord will provide the funds
for mixing and mastering the album.

Sorry this post is so long. I guess I'm just exited about these songs and can't wait to get
this project underway.

Blessings and thanks for listening....well...in this case, reading.

Kevin