Bringing Back the Blog

Blogging used to be cool. Or…made you feel cool. You could actually publish the deep wells of wit you just knew were inside of you, for the entire world to read. Of course, the entire world doesn’t read them…having a blog published on the internet is the equivalent of having a science fiction novel published in Barnes & Noble…nobody is ever going to read it. But they could! It’s out there. That’s the magic. I mean, Edge could be reading my blog right now. He’s not……but who’s to say what may happen tonight while I sleep? And therein lies the wonder. Of Edge. (Apologies if you hate U2.)

However, it seems that this magical new (ya I know…I’m about 15 years late) art form by which we can all call ourselves published writers (in our heads…never out loud) who have throngs of devoted followers (my throngs of devoted followers consist of people searching google images for ‘Paul Walker hot’ and ‘Steven Seagal with no shirt on’…which is really gross…he’s old…I did just hear that he is starting his own reality show where he is an actual deputy in an actual town……this may be the best thing to happen since life…or, at least since he came out with his blues cd…yep…he has a blues cd), is slowly being replaced by the giant corporate sellout facebook/twitter…it’s the same company, isn’t it? (Isn’t it funny how when we don’t like something, we automatically refer to it as a big corporate conglomerate whatever? Because wordpress is so small and indie. 😉 hehehe) See, now, people don’t have to blog to get their free self-esteem boost. None of that actual writing and thinking out of an online journal entry! Who needs that? Now we can just say whatever we’re feeling whenever we’re feeling it! Stuck in traffic? The world wants to know! Climbing the stairs to bed? The entire western hemisphere might be hanging in the balance to know what happens at the top of the stairs! Eat a so-so hamburger at a normal restaurant at which you waited in a medium-sized line to order? These are the things the rest of us cannot live another day without knowing!

(And if you don’t like U2……come on! This picture isn’t helping any? 😉 Wow. Normally it’s Bono who’s the frightening one. And still, his hair’s not something that anyone should ever wear…in the history of life…by any means here; but he’s, uh, not the one with his tongue licking his lips in a way that makes me feel violated through the computer screen. And with his shirt cut below what his shirt should ever be cut below. Definitely the most awesome picture of Edge that I have ever seen.)

So I have decided that I miss the old way of mentally fooling ourselves into feeling validated! I’m bringing back the blog! And to do that, I’m listing here the army of my blogging brethren, who defiantly stand against the tyranny of twitbook! Will you stand with me, my brothers! We will never surrender the mother land!

And…uh…just ignore the fact that this blog post will automatically post on facebook, too. I…don’t know how that happens! So weird. 😉

Alright…obviously my tongue has been lodged firmly in my cheek for the beginning of this post. (Why does that sound bad?) To be completely honest, every year or so I try to say some kind words about and send some some traffic towards, the incredible blogs of the incredible people in my blogroll. There’s seriously some great guys and gals over there, and I just want to give a little love their way. But that just sounds so touchy-feely and un-masculine! And if you’ve been reading my blog for any period of time whatsoever, you know that my comments about Edge and Brad Pitt have already thrown said masculinity into serious question on numerous occasions. So I made up the intro to this post about facebook and twitter and all that, to help mask my immense sentimentality.

So, here are the awesome people to whom I’m going to show some sentimental lovin’. And if those words frighten you, then…um…then they’re the last bastions of blogging hope! Ya! Freeeee-doooom! That better? But seriously, these are some awesome people, and you really need to check out their sites:

    • A Passionate Apathy –great blog by a killer bassist. I’ve played with this guy for years, and not only is he an incredible musician, but he’s also a really humble guy, and is a gifted amp and pedal builder.
    • A Small Corner –our church’s Director of Sound, and a really close friend. He’s an amazing sound tech because he actually uses his ears, and listens to how the sound is coming off the stage…as opposed to how the gain structures look on the board. Pretty rockin’ bass player, too!
    • Accidental Academic –this is Cam, who posts here sometimes. Great blog, with some really cool original music that gets uploaded from time to time!
    • Analog Ambience –one of my closest friends, and a fantastic bass player. (Hmm…all my closest friends thus far have been bass players…haha…guitarists are nothing without bassists.) He’s a deep thinker too, and has some great musical thoughts on his blog.
    • Baggas Blog –Baggas posts here quite often, and is a great worship leader. He’s got a killer sense of humour, and some thoughts that really peak your interest. A definite read over here.
    • Bass for Worship –this blog is by Colty, who posts here fairly often. He’s a bass player, so I love him! (Colty, that love is in a completely brother-in-Christ way…just thought I’d clarify…) Great bass musings and effects pedal musings on this one.
    • Behind The Mixer –an incredibly well put-together site with tons and tons of information for both sound techs and musicians alike…Chris really seems to be breaking down the walls between sound techs and musicians with this blog. Definitely go here.
    • Better Than Blank –this is an awesome blog by a very gifted writer. We’ve known each other a long time, and even though we’re now at separate churches, I owe much of my musical tastes (and all of my U2 love) to this guy. He brought me out of metal and into the strange and wondrous world known as, ‘The Edge.’ Great reads.
    • Booze and Blues –tons of awesome gear reviews and effects pedal conversations on this one. Great points of view, and always keeps your interest. Great site!
    • Broken Headstock –one of the best players on the web. Check out his gear review clips…they sound amazing, and then you’ll go everything he plays. And buying more gear is always a good thing. 😉
    • Chris Stout –very gifted, and very humble behind the scenes church guy. Incredibly gifted in all things technical, be it media, sound, computers, etc. He’s got some great info on his site pertaining to that stuff! And he’s a good friend. We’re also at different churches now, but he still helps me out in a second when I’m an idiot and can’t figure something out!
    • Consuming Worship –incredible site with more relevant information regarding worship than you could probably read. Great writing, easy to receive, just a great resource all around.
    • Cool Musings –this is Randy’s site, who posts here fairly often. He’s a great worship leader, with some really, really thought-provoking perspectives. Great stuff here!
    • Dan Byron –great site, with some awesome perspectives on worship. On top of that, he plays some great gear, and is a really funny writer. Great reads over here! And come on, he has an Empress Superdelay.
    • Electric Community –amazing site, written from a worship guitarist’s perspective. Incredible gear demo videos, and great perspective regarding guitar playing from a minimalist, worship mindset. Great guy, really humble, and one of my favorite sites.
    • Elevated Praise –great worship leader, with some great info on his site regarding everything from song choices to worship leading to stage aesthetics. The whole package. Great guy, too!
    • Eric Beeman –my former worship pastor, and one of the nicest and most passionate people you’ll meet. His site is always a great resource, from everything from church leadership, to effects pedals, to recording techniques. A lot of the reason I’m involved in worship today was because this guy took a chance on a long-haired, barefoot, BC Rich Warlock-playing kid about 7 years ago.
    • Erin Wible –great guitarist who is without a doubt the most humble and unassuming guy you’ll ever meet. Now the junior high pastor at his church, his site has great perspectives on ministry, guitar in worship, and of course, Rush. 🙂
    • Everybody Lies –one of the most well-written blogs out there, and from a very real and honest perspective. One of my personal favorite reads. Definitely go here.
    • Feedback is a Joyful Noise –one of the best guitarists I know. And way too humble! If I had his skill, I wouldn’t be as humble as he is. hehe A great site, packed with perspectives and reviews of worship, effects pedals, amps, and guitars. One of my frequent haunts.
    • Fred McKinnon –great worship leader, with one of the pioneer blogs of Christian music, I believe. A lot of the stuff you se on other blogs, he started. Great info, and a great hub to find out what other worship leaders are doing at their churches. Very community-based! Good stuff over here.
    • Greg Jones Music –a great guitarist, and technical magician. He’s got some great perspectives on worship music, as well as some great original tunes. Awesome stuff!
    • Greg Loesch (compulsiveguile) –a tech site from a guitarist. Which means it’s one of the few tech sites I can relate to! Tons of great information here. 🙂
    • Holokinesis –killer original music, all ambient and synth-based. Check this one out!
    • Jefferson Music –one of the bands I guest with quite often. Great band, with more talent and heart than should probably be fair to exist in one band. The vocalist is a good friend, and you should definitely give them a listen. 😉
    • Jon Harrelson –great friend of mine for many years. Jon has since moved on, but God has amazing things in store for Him! One of the most intelligent people I know.
    • Lakeshore Vineyard Worship Team –great worship team here, led by Matt, who posts here sometimes. They have great set lists to check out, and worship videos!
    • Les Paul Player Doctor –great blogger right here. Tons of gear reviews, and pedal setup how-to’s. Great writing style, and some beautiful tone! Definitely a great read for gearheads and worship musicians!
    • Maple Neck –another great guitarist. Beautiful soundscapes, and incredible tone, all from a worship perspective. You’ll love his writing style, too. Not just reviews and opinions, but videos to back them up. A definite must-read, from a killer and humble guitarist!
    • Media Reviewed –brand new site from Blogsology, who posts here sometimes. Reviews of music, both secular and Christian, from a worship leader’s perspective. Quickly becoming one of my favorite sites! And a really humble guy, too.
    • Mike Dalton –the nicest guy you’ll ever meet. Yep. Amazing bass player, a great friend, and a very gifted writer and thinker. Lots of information here; not just on bass playing for worship, but also on sound, band leading, and worship in general. Go here.
    • My Worship Revolution –awesome worship leader who’s site ranges from worship perspectives all the way to taking action in our communities and showing God’s love. Amazing site, with lots of resources for Christian growth.
    • Nikao –just go here. I promise, there will be perspectives you’ve never thought about before. One of the best thinkers I’ve ever met, and hilarious as well. All coming from a perspective of just simply loving God in the world we’re put in.
    • Pamparo in Toronto –great site, from a great guy. Original recordings, pedal, amp, and guitar reviews, and original poetry. Very talented writer, and a site that’s got tons of resources geared towards worship guitarists. Definitely read it.
    • Refill –awesome blog with perspectives ranging from tone, to worship, to Hillsong concert reviews. Lots of great info, from a very talented worship leader.
    • Reflection Today –very deep thoughts, looking at Christianity from a perspective different than most you’ve read before. Great blog, and a regular read for me.
    • Renovate –great blog from one of the most gifted writers and thinkers I know. And not afraid to say what needs to be said. You’ll gain some great stuff from this site.
    • Rich Kirkpatrick –worship leader at Sunridge Community, here in Southern California. Very gifted blogger who starts great conversations, and has very intuitive perspectives. Another great community-based blog, with tons of resources, and great writing. Also an amazing worship leader.
    • Scream the Prayer –great blog, with very real perspectives on worship and worship music. Another great read!
    • Sound of the World –gotta translate this one, but Ben is an amazing guitarist, with great tone, and one of the best blogs out there. Gear reviews, how-to videos, just a great resource for worship guitarists! And really humble, too.
    • Spiritual Regurgitations–Re/New –awesome perspectives here. This is by Robin, who posts here fairly often. Very deep thinking, and out-of-the-box views on God, life, and Christianity. A great resource for guitarists and Christians. Go here!
    • Stompbox Blog –great blog on all things guitar effects. Awesome articles, and reviews and discussions on sweet, sweet gear! Good times.
    • Synthesizerz –really cool music perspectives, basing around…yep. Synth. Awesome stuff, especially for those of us ambient-lovers.
    • The Busy Pixel –awesome blog, by Kenrick who posts here fairly often, pertaining to worship, guitar, and life. Incredible guitarist, and very knowledgeable in all things sound. Also very out-of-the-box church perspectives that will really make you think. Great stuff here!
    • The Resistance –awesome worship leader from Virginia who I’ve played with a few times. Very passionate perspectives! Very inspiring. 🙂
    • The Sophisticated Arkansan –great blog. All things music, guitar, and Christianity. Great reads, and the guy has awesome writing skills.
    • The Worship Forum –awesome perspectives here on worship music. Definitely an encouraging read.
    • Travis Tingley –one of the most technically proficient guitarists I know. But yet soulful and tasteful. Lots to learn from this guy, on both guitar and worship. Check his site out! Also a great friend…even though I’m jealous of his skills. 😉
    • Warnbro Worship Team –awesome perspectives from a worship leader’s point of view. Great reads, and a great resource. Also written by Baggas, who posts here fairly often. Great site!
    • Whether a Tree Falls to the South… –awesome blog with lots of stuff on U2! hehe 😉 But great worship perspectives, and original tunes. Written by Samuel, who posts here sometimes. Awesome blog!
    • Worship City –great blog from a worship leader, and youth leader, who really seems to understand ministry. Tons of great resources here!
    • Worship Guitar Guy –more resources than you could ever read. Just an awesome site, written by a really humble and selfless guy. It’s got everything from chord voicings, to tone discussions, to set list forming. Great stuff!
    • Worship with Guitar –one of the best worship guitar blogs out there. Great perspectives, awesome reviews, well-written, and some very cool original ideas. Written by Jed, who posts here sometimes. Definitely a must-read!
    • Amp Crazy –my amp tech’s site. This man is a genius. If you are in the Southern California area and need any repairs or mods, this is the guy to go to. Even original, homemade, or boutique circuits. I’ve got a feeling he’d even look at a Dumble and see right through the goup into the crystal lattice. 😉
    • CGP Audio –recording site of Mike Oliver, who posts here fairly often. Awesome music at this site! Definitely check it out. Gifted guy.
    • DIY Guitarist –resources galore. For building, fixing, inventing…effects pedals, amps, etc. You gotta go to this site.
    • Frequency Worship –Chris Tomlin’s site. Very cool for a famous worship leader to actually care to show the rest of us how the songs are written, how the tones are made, etc.
    • Guitar Bites –so much guitar resource stuff…you just have to go there to get it. Awesome site!
    • Guitarmann Lessons –great and humble worship guitarist, who also gives online lessons. Very cool resource!
    • Life Church –my home church.
    • Music Academy –lots of worship info. Great site! Extremely resourceful, and written from many different perspectives from worship leaders. Go here!
    • The Gear Page —if you don’t know…just go there and search ‘Axe-FX nails Trainwreck tone.’ You’ll know. This site is the be all end all of all things tone, and the reason for probably millions of dollars spent on sweet, sweet gear.
    And there you have it. Please go read these people’s blogs. So much incredible information from some very gifted and humble people. And again, if that’s too sentimental for you, then…let’s go, fellow blogging brethren! Facebook shall be conquered. (Unless, of course, you’re reading this on facebook…… Obviously my convictions only run as deep as sounds cool in a blog…or on facebook. 😉
    P.S. If you’d like your blog or site listed here, just let me know. 🙂 We can rock together. (Don’t worry about it. Makes sense in my mind.)

41 thoughts on “Bringing Back the Blog

  1. All that information! We need some kind of Brain-to-Blog cable so it can all just stream in. My blog isn’t really worth mentioning. Let’s see, I posted twice to it, nope only once I think.

    Much easier mucking around on yours 🙂


  2. Wow. More linkage love. Thanks bro!
    Guess now that Christmas break is coming, I’ll have to update the blog a bit more?!

    Again, thanks for the pads…

  3. Every time I read this, I think “Hey, I should start a blog.” But then I realize in all likelihood, few people would read it. And I would just tell everyone “I don’t write this for everyone else, I write for me.” But that would be a lie. I want people to read it. After all, what good are words if they aren’t used to communicate with another being? So, rather than be secretly disappointed in the inevitable rejection, I post long useless comments here. Aren’t you all glad?

    On a serious note, how often do you visit Frequency? Are you a paid member? I used to be on there all the time, and I loved the community forums, free resources, etc. But now it’s $20/month that I don’t have. When they switched over to the new format, there was a group of us that starting questioning why the high charge? The answer: they kicked us out, and locked the forum. So, therein is my why-did-Chris-Tomlin-reject me story. And I still think it’s bogus to charge as much as I pay for internet, just to learn how Tomlin writes songs. I like him, but not that much.

  4. Randy–haha Sorry about that! Ya, once I posted it, I realized how many blogs there were. haha And I’m still waiting for more updates from you! I like your blog, and would love to read more. But I am glad you hang out here! hehe

    Matt–no worries. Every year or so, I just figure it’s time to show some love and respect for my colleagues. 🙂

    Larry–my pleasure. There’s a lot of good people in this little worship guitar community, and just thought I’d throw some links your guys’ ways! Can’t wait to read some more from your blog, my friend! And no worries on the pads. Just glad they can be of a small help in other people’s worship experiences.

    Joel–lol Actually, I am glad you hang here! You bring a really cool perspective! That being said though, if you ever started a blog, I’d read it. There you go. You got a reader! And I promise to hit ‘refresh’ at least 25 times every time I visit. haha

    As for Frequency…uh-oh. To be honest, I haven’t been there in probably over a year, but just assumed it was how it used to be. That’s really unfortunate, and no…I’m don’t feel it’d be worth it to pay for that either. Well, at least from someone like Tomlin who makes a decent living. If that was his only source of income, then I’d absolutely support it! But it’s, uh…not; at least as far as I know. 😉

    I guess I’ll just choose to assume that the costs of maintaining the site became large enough that they needed to start charging money, and that it was the site administrators and not Tomlin himself who kicked you and everyone else out. Yikes.

  5. Dude, you are too kind. However, I think that I may use your quote (“one of the best players on the web”) as my new signature on the gear page.

    Oh yeah – I’m currently updating the firmware on my spanking new M13. As soon as it finishes (and once I get my pedalboard to look properly cool, of course) the magic will commence.

  6. Man I love that photo for so many reasons. Not just the disturbing gaze of The Edge, but also for Bono’s awesome goofy grin (like he’s so completely clueless), and the fact that Adam Clayton even back then had the same bored expression he’s maintained steadfastly for the last 30 years! To use a good English phrase “That’s Bril !”)

    Thanks for the linkage, and for the list of links – it will give me plenty of material to keep me occupied during these long days of summer when not enough people are getting sick any more…

    also thanks for motivating me to try and update my blog more. let’s keep this magical thing called blogging alive!

    “Blogging hard since before 2003….”

    PS – I’ve added you on facetwitbook – I really need to know how that burger was, and what was at the top of the stairs… the suspense is killing me! 😛

  7. Hey Karl, since all your friends seem to be bass players can we have a bass rig post? Maybe we could talk about using pedals for the bass in worship.
    My rig: Fender road worn Jazz bass into TC Electronics rebel head 450 with two 2×10 cabs. Occasionally I stick a volume pedal in there.
    Thanks for all the links. Now I’ll never get any work done!!!

  8. Phillip–seriously, bro, your clips are rad. hehe Although I think there’s probably already about 700 Gear Pager’s who have already quoted that about themselves. 😉 lol Ah, Gear Page.

    And looking forward to the M13 clips.

    Baggas–no problem on the link! 🙂 And awesome call on Adam! You’re so right! Long live the blog!

    Mark Colvin–he is wearing a t-shirt! Wow! You just saved my life right there!

    And a bass post is a great idea! I’ll try to get on that.

    Nate–thanks, bro. And can’t wait for your blogging to recommence!

    Rhoy–no worries, brother. Your blog is awesome! The last post about ‘greediness’ was fantastic. haha

    Bobby–lol Comment of the day. Hope all is well with you too, bro!

    Mike–it absolutely does. 😉 I love your blog. Is your guitar break over yet?

    Vince–no worries. Your blog is seriously one of the most hilarious things I’ve found! So awesome. And ya, the list is a bit daunting. Some good people out there!

    • thanks again. yup, that was definitely a post to remember! lol

      btw, I also update my FB notes with my blog entries cause most of my friends would rather read there than going directly to the site. it’s amazing how much more comments i get in FB than in the actual site because of this. it really makes it all the more worthwhile to write something 🙂

  9. Bro, you’re totally right. For a while though, I didn’t even know how my posts were automatically going to facebook. I guess I just kind of thought facebook was magic. Months later, I found out that my wife had linked my blog to facebook for me. lol She’s always so way more up on the cool technology trends then I am.

  10. Thanks for the mention! Thanks for keeping this blog up as I’m sure it takes a lot of time to write the posts/shoot videos and keep up with all of the comments…especially the comments where people don’t appreciate your sense of humor in regards to a skinny guitar player with spikey hair. 🙂

  11. Thanks for the kind words. Been a busy season so haven’t had time to comment here – but I’m still reading.

    Now about your fascination with bass players…

  12. Absolutely, 100%, thanks for the link! It’s sort of motivated me to post, so you’ve succeeded in bringing it back!

    Side note, that U2 picture is ridiculous. It looks like they’re 14, and they just said, hey guys, we’re going to grow up and be famous, so let’s get a sweet picture as if we already ARE famous! And yeah, what the hell is Edge doing?

  13. Dan–no problem, bro. And thanks for the encouragement…ya, it gets lonely out there being one of I think 7 people who don’t like him. haha

    Chris–lol at the bass players thing. And you’ve got a great site, my friend!

    Ben (first one)–no worries! 🙂

    Ben (second one)–lol Seriously. Such an awkward picture!!

    Jesse–which Jason? 🙂 Not sure who you’re referring to, hehe, but your site is killer!

  14. Don’t know how I missed this earlier “None of that actual writing and thinking out of an online journal entry! Who needs that? Now we can just say whatever we’re feeling whenever we’re feeling it! Stuck in traffic? The world wants to know! Climbing the stairs to bed? The entire western hemisphere might be hanging in the balance to know what happens at the top of the stairs!” LOL, priceless. That is now my Facebook status message.

  15. Rich–same to you, my friend. 🙂 Cheers!

    Randy–haha Thanks. The fact that you’re making that your facebook status is classic. Good form, brother!

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  17. Hey Karl, thanks for the link love and the gracious comment. Miss working with you every week but stoked that we are co-laborers for the Kingdom of Christ. You’re an increadible person – keep up the good work!

  18. Thanks, Alex! I miss working with you as well. I hope all is just amazing over there, as you share God’s love with all those people. 🙂 We should get lunch sometime.

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