Merry Christmas!

I hope this grabs you as much as it does me. Meaning, just tears a hole into your chest and literally beats your heart for you for a couple minutes, so that you can just float on a delay-laden cloud made of melody in sheer ecstasy. Oh ya, and the cloud is glowing with tube warmth. (Wait, Edge’s tone doesn’t do that to everyone? I mean…um…me neither.) But seriously, I hope it inspires you just a little bit. With apologies to Greg Lake, who wrote a beautiful coming-of-age Christmas song. But with a couple subtle lyric changes, the song has changed from slightly hopeless to moreso ‘clinging to Christ’s hope despite the hopelessness around you.’ Meant a lot to me.

And as we reach the end of the year, and my favorite holiday, I just want to say thanks for reading. There’s a community of love, respect, and knowing that none of us has it all figured out, that I’m just stoked on here. Amazingly enough, I’ve never had to delete a comment. Knock on wood. (But only handcrafted Baltic birch with finger joints. And it’s ported.)  So thanks, merry Christmas, and in the next few days, maybe try to make just one person around you feel God’s love from you. I don’t know if that’s actually thinking about what gift would make your wife or kid or family member happy, rather than buying another toiletry pouch with built-in shaving cream dispenser; whether it’s giving a homeless person five bucks; whether it’s taking the time to get the name of and thank the Salvation Army worker who’s been standing in the cold ringing the bell for 8 hours; or whether it’s smiling and saying merry Christmas to the checkout person who has to work on Christmas Eve…even if maybe they’re tired and double-charged you for the pineapple. People are actually receptive to God at this time of year, and a little love or a little hope might go a long way.

Sorry for the sap. God, love, and passion…with music to remind our souls of those things. And if that music is toneful (I’m thinking ’57 tweed Fender Champ with original speaker, a Melancon Tele in alder with quilted maple, and a good old Boss DM2……mmmmm), then all the better. Merry Christmas, my friends.

Splendid.
Karl.

26 thoughts on “Merry Christmas!

  1. Same to you brother. It’s been a pleasure conversing with you this year. You and the wife have a pleasant one. Have a great Happy New Gear!

  2. Yes it’s good, but does it make up for Bono’s hideous “Tonight, thank God it’s them instead of you” line in the awful Do They Know It’s Christmas Time.

  3. Merry Christmas Karl. This blog as been a really good find for me this year and has inspired several gear choices which, I am thankful for.

  4. I’m just imagining a whole album of Christmas songs like that – that beautiful chimey delayed guitar. Now that would be the best Christmas present ever!

    Merry Christmas to Karl and everyone here :)

  5. Merry christmas to the little community here! its been good fun coming to read this before i start my work proper each day!

    May you all enjoy your cold Northen Hemisphere christams days… In Perth Australia, I (…and Baggas I guess…) will be enjoying a nice 35C… and maybe a cold beer!

    Anyway, God Bless, and i hope the christmas eve/day service people are involved in go well!

  6. Ya, merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!
    For those in the States… I miss it. I’m suffering at 82F in Puerto Rico…. (28 C for all the metric type peoples out there!).
    Dios te bendiga a todos!
    :)

  7. Yes Cam I’ll be celebrating a very traditional Christmas this year – the pool is clean and the water is sparkling, ready for the traditional Christmas swim. The fridge is stocked with wine and beer and soft drinks ready to throw in the esky – might even walk down the beach for a bit of a dip if I can drag the kids away from their pressies. Only thing remaining is to get the barbie ready to fire up for some snaggers…

    … and of course let’s not forget the Boxing Day Test :)

  8. Down here in Melbourne might not have as nice weather as the rest of Aussie land, it still beats freezing to death!!

    That being said I really want to experience a white Christmas at least once in my life.

  9. Thanks bro, it’s been a fun year. I’m looking forward to seeing the reviews of your new Christmas presents but I’m just really glad that throughout the whole blog there is such a strong undercurrent of what it really means to be a worship leader and what our place is and where our responsibility lies. You’ve done a great thing in uniting us all here together. Have a really great Christmas with your family and enjoy it!

  10. Karl, this is my first comment on your blog even though I’ve been reading it since the beginning of the year, but I thought since it’s Christmas I’d say this: Thank you so much for this blog. It’s inspired me (and inspired unplanned gear purchases), frequently made me laugh and is always worth reading. I’ve enjoyed your blog hugely, both as a gearhead and as a worshiper. Keep up the great work!
    Merry Christmas from warm (though not quite Australia-warm) and sunny South Africa!

  11. Karl, you are global!! To all who post here thanks for the good reading.

    Merry Christmas to all. Remember to play from the heart and tone really does start with the touch… and a good modeler.

  12. Merry Christmas everyone!

    For everyone playing for Christmas Eve services, may the Lord work through your efforts in a might way! There will no doubt be a number of folks attending who are ‘seeking’ the Lord (along with some who aren’t, but just decided to be at a Christmas eve service). May you and your fellow collaborators be a lens which helps put everything into focus for these folks!

    Thanks! :)

  13. Never got to posting a comment but enjoyed coming to your site for quite some time now. Thanks for the quality posts and all the effort you put into it Karl. Merry Christmas!

  14. Merry Christmas, everyone! I usually respond to everyone, but I’m sure you’d get bored really quickly with 20-some-odd ‘Merry Christmas’s’. hehe :) Thank you all so much for the kind wishes, and I hope you all had a great Christmas as well, whether in the cold northwest, the summery Australia, or the somewhat in-between Southern California where I’m at. Everyone here is awesome.

    Oh, and Honza…the emails must not be coming through, because I was actually wondering what happened to you after I sent you my last response a couple months ago. Sorry about that, brother!

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