Dixon, Chicago Gigs Report

Well a week of blues sets at Sturgis is comin’ soon… meanwhile back here in Illinois…

  

Another short Illinois city tour in the books. Dixon Correctional w. my friend and friends Todd Anthony Joos and the Revelators was a rockin’ show before a couple hundred men and officers, just an amazing time. We were truly received by the residents and we hope to get back there in the future! That was Friday.

On Saturday I opened the Vendetta’s Motorcycle Club 20180728_151746.jpg stage in Dixon with several of my guitars, 20180728_125923 a Hohner Special 20 harmonica and a brand new gift from Shawn (aka Skinny) who surprised me with a very special 3 string slide guitar he made for me- calls it the “Traveling Blues Stick”  

DO click on that pic of the entire git to enlarge and really see the detail. Blew me away…

And I must say it inspired a whole ‘nother take on the old Robert Johnson’s “Crossroads Blues” yesterday. 

Have a look at his site: www.facebook.com/cigarboxskinny/

Then back to Chicago, and today (Sunday) I played Uptown Church’s Foster Beach (on Lake Michigan) picnic with a couple of these gits and a cookin’ new 100 watt battery/a.c. powered amp and wireless mic system. Sweet weather, super cool peeps and very kind to the ol’ dude (me). Nice!

Monday I’m booked for another Cook Country Jail visit with residents needing some hope.

So -tomorrow I’ll post my August tour schedule. A LOT of shows goin’ on!

For now, it’s just so good to be home with Wendi and sleepin’ in my own bed 🙂

As always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn

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Love or Propaganda?

In one of my morning devos a couple days ago this verse jumped out:

“Be kind and helpful to one another, tender-hearted [compassionate, understanding], forgiving one another [readily and freely], just as God in Christ also forgave you.” -Paul in his letter to the Ephesian church, Eph. 4.32 (AMP)

Simply, convicting-ly, I ask myself what I think the Holy Spirit asks us all who claim to love and follow Jesus- is this really my heart toward others or not?!

I think in our times this is surely one certain scriptural benchmark of Christ-likeness in His true disciples.

Such attitude of heart is quite the opposite of what is served up as “truth” via cheap, empty and immature, quasi-spiritual propagandists.

When “control” and “the win” is more important than loving our neighbor we’ve already broken fully half of the actual commands of Jesus Christ.

Help us Lord!

As always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn

Tennesee Music Box

Kudos to several counties in Tennesee!

Yep, a kind friend (Pat!) in Peoria reminded me of an instrument I’d read about some years ago. Though I’ve owned and used dulcimers (have a 6 string dulcimer now) for years, even back in Resurrection Band’s first album on Irish Garden, the TMB is actually a variation or even a simpler backwoods/simple music-maker that I think has perhaps even greater potential re. core tone. Why?

The standard build consists of a much larger body, therefore cavity, therefore tonal fullness, at least in theory. My research and study found a lot of people talking about the richness and depth of tone quite often regardless of kind of wood, thickness of the sides and top, neck/fretboard and such.

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So on our brief (for myself and Wendi due to gigs) vacation this next week, besides hanging out and playing with family and grandkids, I’m planning on taking all the elements to build one along -and also creating a variation, a bit smaller in size to make it suitable for flying.

I also plan to install a decent quality pickup and likely won’t bother w. the little frets or using a “noter”, so either a 3 or 4 stringer slide-only for me. I can easily mark spots to finger the first string in-between where the frets would normally be placed, so could still play it as a fretless TMB if I’m in the mood. The copper 3 way plumber’s connector I often use or even an empty hot sauce bottle will work perfectly for a slide.

You can learn a lot about Tennesee Music Boxes online, and here are just a few of the sites I found very interesting on the subject.

https://www.artsinmcnairy.com/tennessee-music-boxes.html

http://home.usit.net/~sandyc/mb.html

http://gibsondulcimers.com/tennessee_music_box.html

If you head to http://www.cigarboxnation.com and type in Tennesee Music Box in the search area you can find the TMB pic I posted here above as well as some chatter about building one.

Can ya play blues on one of these? Absolutely NO Problem… errr… well blues does deal w. problems -but you get my drift.

So this is part of what I plan to do on my summer vacation 🙂 !

Hope you’re enjoying your summer and as always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn

Thoughts on Power Sharing

If you search my posts you’ll find I speak about authority issues in several places. I’m convinced who gets their way/calls the “shots” is often THE actual issue.

Certainly “the opposition” comes with an agenda, and as you and yours are the one/s they oppose, much discussion, compromise, lack of compromise, splits and even all-out (and at times actual) war happens due to quite differing views. Common ground isn’t the main concern, rather who controls the field and therefore wins the battle, maybe even war, that’s THE QUEST. “Blessed are the peacemakers”? Sometimes they end up martyrs too.

What problems often arise at the very thought of power SHARING?

The lack of trust and at times, lack of knowledge (solid, verifiable information), wisdom (what to do with/how to apply that actual knowledge).

Personal insecurities, selfish ambition, the desire for individual gain, profit, and again, over-all control.

Individual and shared agendas may come from personal whims, agenda-fulfillment schemes, the baggage of one’s youth, family and other life experiences. For instance “I WILL NOT PERMIT THAT TO HAPPEN TO ME/US AGAIN!!!”. This stuff may lead to bloodletting on a number of levels -even to actual loss of life.

It’s happening daily in this broken world.

So what about power sharing in such a mish-mosh of issues, and note I’m only listing a few specifics above, right?

I would ask the reader to truly consider not only what hills are worth dying on (in God’s view if you claim to follow Jesus Christ and truly respect and apply The Bible’s clear teachings to your life and relationships)… but what hills you are willing to kill others on?

I’ve shot, target-shot and hunted with actual firearms, bows, airguns and such most of my life. Triggers of whatever sort when pulled (or when the string is let go of) often produce a certain recoil, “kick”, or “blowback”.

The more “hot-button” an issue is the more you’ll get heat regardless of how careful you are, no matter how accurate your aim may be.

“Pushback” is the current term in culture.

To the degree sharing power with others costs us personally -or likely costs someone we love, the “taking it personally gear” engages. Defensiveness is almost automatic for many if not most of us.

Here’s another matter regarding power sharing: if you’re gut-honest, you… yep… YOU don’t want to be in close fellowship with any number of people for any number of reasons. It’s exactly the same for them.

The personalities, vision/mission, methodology, personal desires to acquire X, Y or Z may not coincide with one another.

Don’t think by merely playing the “unity card” and harping (especially as Christians) on God’s clear desire and indeed commands that speak to unity will somehow automatically fix the rift. Unity is a two-way street.

We may be sound or quite in error deciding “They’re just plain WRONG and I cannot be part of sharing power with them in this season”.

It’s not automatic that each of us always seeks, establishes nor rightly defends truth and what’s best in every moment!

My challenge (and yours) is at very least to prayerfully and truly LISTEN and study the opposing viewpoint. Even then, what I think is often lacking is deep integrity as to our own actual motives for sharing or for being unwilling to share power and decision-making with others.

The problem often has to do with personal ambition or a very different interpretation of what is “fact” and what is “opinion”, what is continually true and what is a shifting, perhaps even merely cultural, subcultural or “comfortable” (to either  person/group) position regardless of the issue in question.

Another twist in disputes: I have often found myself very much “in the middle” of these person vs. person or group vs. group arguments. Or I might reason 60-40 or 40-60 percent re. my own viewpoint. Sometimes it’s about theology or doctrine, but most often it’s disputes over methods where relationships hit quicksand.

Ethically, my conscience before God and to the best of my ability in careful, contextual search and interpretation of scripture plus both parties’ views may put me in a difficult spot. Do they want my honest input or simply another advocate for a view I cannot support? Am I now on their “bad guy” list if I don’t help them attain “a win”? I have to live my convictions and “let the chips fall where they fall” regardless.

Not always fun but I have to live with myself every moment, so in the end integrity is a huge, core issue for me re. friend or foe.

There have been times I could not fully side with either person or group in totality.

When you love or at least care deeply about truth but also work to be a peacemaker you may well get shot at from either side. “No man’s land” if you will!

Apostle Paul wrote “We do not fight against flesh and blood but powers, principalities…” and so on. Of course he is talking about fallen angels (demons) and the devil. I fully believe in these and get it. But when you look at human beings even within spiritual, Christian circles you’ll sometimes wonder if we do not indeed fight against flesh and blood!!

“How can two walk together unless they’re in agreement” comes to mind.

Sadly, full separation is often the result. Sometimes, it’s the only result possible due to either or both seeking some measure of integrity.

Sometimes indeed, negatives such as human lust, greed and demand for The Win results in discord and divide.

In any case, I’m convinced that whenever possible, sharing, even divesting one’s self of power is both the example of the Lord Jesus Christ and best practice of a mature church in an often self-destructive world. Part of that world enters a congregation with its very members.

I love “team” but am equally happy to hand others “the keys” and sit in the back seat or even on the curb -as long as I’m convinced the Lord has called me to it.

Lust for power and influence is one of the truly disgusting, ungodly character flaws that promotes the varied “trail of tears” we see in general culture and sadly at times, the culture of the local church regardless of faith or affiliation.

Being one spiritually is a reality. Being one when both we and those around us are divided from one another and at times God Himself… that’s a painful while-on-earth reality also.

Don’t be surprised at the elements, difficulties as well as absolute blessings in power-sharing. Also, do understand sharing is an essential, massive need among human beings.

God help us be about HIS business: love and sharing by HIS power!

As always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn

Oddball Outsiders

I’d normally post this in my http://www.gkarts.wordpress.com site but think this may call for a wider read.

Art, artists and heart? So many reasons to go there for me!

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The title of this post is the phrase a good friend used in a description of a film he hosted. As a longtime members of the intentional JPUSA community in which he and I have lived most of our lives he used that phrase to describe the plot re. our shared community experience. It fits!

As I allude, there are LOTS of reasons to consider, enjoy and affirm art and artists, especially when they produce work where passion (theirs and ours) is popping out, stirring, perhaps moving our hearts toward others.

I’d say one core reason of mine and many (though they/you may not always be conscious of it) is that often, artists are indeed “characters”, yep, “oddball outsiders”. Why would anybody celebrate that?!

Because we’ve all experienced it.

We’ve all been the proverbial “bull in the china shop”, experienced “Do I belong, might I fit, be accepted here amongst these people?” True?

Not “whatever” and anything is cool, but rather “Hey, you’re ACCEPTED” and truly valued even when all involved are not fully on “the same page”.

Artists are rarely penguins all wearing the exact same suit.

They not always but often stand out in a crowd unless it’s… well… a crowd of other characters. This is why “tribes” among non-native as well as native people link and stay linked up when they can. This planet is an all-too-often rock of harsh judgement for “oddballs and outsiders” and when you finally land someplace where people celebrate your uniqueness (and in other ways they are also unique but nobody excludes them/you/me because of differences), well I find that trait quite common among artistic, creative people.

In larger culture such oddballs are often rejected, even publicly vilified due to their “abnormal” dress, music, etc..

When you find and link up with people who share this common sense of “oddball/outsider” stuff you’ve likely found a place to actually live and not merely exist.

Friends rather than mere acquaintances.

That’s been true of me and my friends for years.

The mature trick -and I’d say part of God’s call to professing Christ followers is to take that attitude towards others who are considered societies’ “oddballs and outsiders”, to extend it toward those who are outsiders to YOUR particular comfort group.

You don’t have to agree with everything someone thinks, says and does to invite someone to the table, to show them care if not actual love and service. Jesus did and does it all the time. He did it and does it with you and me. Is He and His example not the primary one for us re. those we come into contact with?

If you’re unwilling to be kind, to offer core respect for them, they’ll pick up on that too.

Something to think about as we journey along the path…

As always, thanks fo r stopping by! -Glenn

Next up: GK Blues -Peoria, IL

SAT JULY 14  Peoria, IL Unite Fest 2018
Glen Oak Park Ampitheater NOON- Free!
2218 North Prospect Road, Peoria
Proceeds: Food Drive for the Midwest Food Bank
My Solo Blues and jammin’ electric w. local friends is scheduled for 7-8pm:)

Unite Fest is in partnership with WCIC and the Peoria Police Department, gates open at 11:30 a.m., first act starts at noon. Includes hip-hop artist Derek Minor, contemporary artist Micah Tyler, Glenn Kaiser, Josiah Williams, The Awakening and others. Activities include: music, knockerball, speaker tent, ministry booths, face painting, balloon art, etc.

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Hope to see some of you in Peoria this coming weekend!

As always, thanks for stopping by 🙂 -Glenn

Audio Feed Fest Report

Well it only took 28 years of Cornerstone Festivals and appx. 5 of AFeed for me to finally experience a fest camping in a little tent on site right through!

No a.c., trailer or hotel. I loved camping as a kid and love the woods to this day -regardless of weather. But hey, sweet folks, kickin’ bands and a great time even though mega-hot, storms and then we had perfect weather with beautiful sun, bit of cloud and cool breeze blowing! So good!

This year when AF had me doing 3 diff. music sets and due to heat and her knee replacement rehab knowing Wendi would not be coming I camped as well as hung out w. amazing peeps indeed.

Ben and folks at Asylum tent and all the staff were so kind, really gifts to me and all there! It really is a “welcome home” for us. BIG kudos to Jim, Jen, Luke and the AF crew, all the volunteers serving around the grounds, the techs at the stages I and GKB played -and my friend Harry Gore for a sweet chat and good rockin’ time Sat. busking!

There are a load of video clips online as well… and of course the joy of hanging out a bit with many old Cornerstone Festival friends, meeting lots of new folks and seeing some artists for the first time that blew me away… all very cool.

So many great bands, solo artists, speakers, family/kids and film events, worship. Next year, if you’ve not attended or have not in a while you really should consider making it in 2019. http://www.audiofeed.com

So here you see a very few of my pics from Audio Feed 2018.

As always thanks for stopping by my site here, hope you’re enjoying your summer! -Glenn