Again, For the First Time

Man, oh man. These last few days at Joshua Fest have been incredible!

Thursday night was kind of a bummer, cus some of the bands broke down on the way to the show along with a slew of technical difficulties.

Other than that, the whole fest has been a BLAST. Tons of cool bands and folks.

Yesterday (Friday) morning we had our first ever Slospeak wide meeting. All the bands (minus SONS who’s not here) and staff for Slospeak (minus the lovely Rebecca Cicione who flew halfway here and back to Nashville due to illness) were here. We got to mingle and give high fives and hear the folks in charge talk about what their vision for Slospeak is. So good.

Last night we did an acoustic songwriters circle. All the Slospeak artists played one song each in rounds.
It was a great chance to showcase the community and personality of the label and the bands. We wrapped up the night by singing the old worship song,

“I Love You Lord
And I lift my voice
To worship You, oh my soul rejoice
Take joy my king, in what You hear
May it be a sweet, sweet song in Your ear.”

It was a perfect wrap up to our set. Thanks to everyone that came out at 12:15 AM and shared that with us.

And I can’t forget to mention that Thursday night the AWESOME DUDES from Bleach, along with “fill-in” drummer, Ethan Luck of Relient K did a show for the 10th reunion of my favorite album by them, “Again, For the First Time.”

This album has been a super significant part of my influence the last 10 years. I’ve always looked up to Bleach and will continue to. So humbled to have Davy as my freakin’ manager now?

God really does humble me every day. Reminding me that music is more than just me, more than just a band or a label. It flows out. God uses it to bring people in. And if you don’t like music in church, you’re going to be really surprised when we get to Heaven and there’s a huge concert. And then it’s headlined by Jesus singing to us as Zephaniah 3:17 states,

The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing..”

The range of emotion from Thursday night, hearing these pioneers of Christian music was incredible. If you weren’t there, I am sorry cus it was super duper special:

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In other news, I might be playing once more at JFest today between Pioneer and Blood and Water. So keep your eyes peeled for that. Regardless come out at 3 and hear Golden Youth kick it off on mainstage who are incredible by the way.

Thanks for being my friend y’all.

– OP

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