End of April Update

April showers bring May flowers for sure!

Last week Wendi and I had an amazing time at our ECC Central Conference Celebration 2019, I got to share and do a music set, attend several very inspired message and fellowship meetings with old and new friends. Thankful!

GKB is about to play Motorcycle Sunday in Aurora, Illinois with more old friends and tomorrow I fly to North Carolina for a cigarbox guitar building workshop and a show.

Then next Tuesday I’m bringing a concert to Joliet Treatment Center (an Illinois prison where inmates diagnosed with mental health issues are), my second visit there.

Just look through my posts in my site here and you can find my entire May schedule. I’ll be adding my whole June schedule in a few days also.

As per earlier post/s, my tracking is done on “Ain’t No Bars” (Around My Heart) project, and my tracking on the protest project which will follow is maybe 1/5th finished so hopefully I’ll get more of that recorded over the next month.

Loving the rain in Chicago today, truly dig being in it when dressed for it. If you’re homeless and the wind blows near the lake as it often does, not so nice. Perspective.

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As I age to really listen and understand “the other’s” perspective is more and more important to me. I think it’s always been like that for God as He loves and cares deeply for everyone whether a full-on lout or a (seemingly) “respectable” person. He makes His sun shine on the righteous and unrighteous, and His rain falls on the just and unjust.

Lord help me be just in Your justice and not “just US”!

I hope your Spring (in the northern hemisphere) is a good one. For the other half of the world, may your autumn be blessed.

As always, thanks for stopping by! -Glenn

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Desire!

One huge funnel-down issue is that of DESIRE. Ohhh yeah, like how many regular or just occasional desires might you consider in your own life? Then there are those in the lives of your spouse, kids, loved ones, friends, foes. And finally you might even think about whether there is a God and if so, what God’s desire is. I list this last for several reasons.

First, definition of the English word “Desire”:

From Latin: desiderare- to long for, wish for; demand, expect

From (circa 1200) Old French desirrer- wish, desire, long for, to express a wish to obtain

Here are just a few of the many Old Testament and New Testament examples of the term in use there:

Psalm 51.6 directs us to of one of God’s desires for us

Isaiah 53.2 speaks of our lack of desire for the Messiah

1 Peter 2.2 talks about a right desire for God’s Word

James 4.2 mentions attitudes and actions manifesting from selfish, destructive desires

So of course there are excellent and good as well as rotten and damning desires in terms of what The Bible has to say about such matters.

All desire isn’t sinful nor hurtful to yourself, others, nor causing a breach in relationship to Jesus Christ -but some desire/s indeed corrode that relationship. The same goes for relationships between ourselves and people.

There are times we are comfortable with others merely due to shared desire, and other moments when we move into “fight or flight” mode due to not sharing the same desire/s.

If you’re a sinner like me (you are) and need God’s mercy (like me) you will eventually have to reconcile with Him, then others, and all the while your (like mine) desires are a major issue that must be faced. This isn’t always easy nor do we love to think, weigh, consider the life or death giving stuff of desire, but I am convinced it’s part of mature faith in Jesus and even outside of that, how we interact with people on the planet whether with grace or brutality.

Things to consider along the journey?

As always, thanks for stopping by! -Glenn

GK May 2019 Appearances

Here’s my tour schedule for May. Mountains, biker events, behind bars, cigarbox guitars… looking forward to each stop! Hope to see some of you on the road :

As always, thanks for stopping by my site 🙂 -Glenn

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THU MAY 2 @ 7PM -BANNER ELK, NC
Evans Auditorium
191 Main Street, Banner Elk, NC 28604
Glenn will perform solo blues at Evans Auditorium in Banner Elk, NC (191 Main St. W) on Thursday, May 2. All proceeds will benefit Catalyst Sports (www.teamcatalyst.org/boone.html), an organization dedicated to providing the highest quality of adaptive sports to individuals with physical disabilities. Doors open 6:00 PM, show starts at 7:00 PM. Ticket price $11.50. For more information, contact:
Email: stewarth@lmc.edu   Web: https://hawk-empire.ticketleap.com
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SUN MAY 5 AURORA, IL  12 Noon- GKB (the entire event runs 9:30am-4:30pm)

Glenn Kaiser Band

3 Piece Blues/Rock @ Motorcycle Sunday Aurora, IL

Philips Park 901 Moses Drive Aurora, IL 60504   More info.: 630.898.5296

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TUE MAY 7 GK SOLO BLUES @ Joliet Correctional Center, Joliet, IL

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MON MAY 13 GK @ COOK CO. JAIL, CHICAGO
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MON MAY 20 GK @ COOK CO. JAIL, CHICAGO
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SAT MAY 25 CHANNAHON, IL  GK BLUES, JAMMIN’ W. FRIENDS
Cookin’ BBQ, Blues and cool people w. sweet bikes. GK and music appx. 12:30ish
24466 W. Eames Street, Channahon
Info.: Michael Kratochvil at 708.821.3181

Easter 2019 Lyric

The song melody is in my head. I’ll record it in good time…

May you know and follow the One and Only Risen Savior: Jesus Christ!

As always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn

EASTER IN A BOTTLE -glenn kaiser

How many days
How many nights
Tears, pain, shame
You know every drop that falls
Listen to the rain

How we cling to the vapor
Dust to dust return
The same sun that brings us light
Surely melts and burns
Here no continuing city
We seek one to come
In Your deepest suffering
Blood poured out for us

First the darkest hour
Then came the dawn
That stone rolled away
Then death could not be found
Our tears in a bottle
Daybreak comin’ ’round
Our cryin’ will be tears of joy
Drops of love come down

Drops of love come down

Restorative or Punitive Justice?

A dear friend and colleague in mission shared this with me today, and this due to another friend sharing it with him (THANK YOU Ryan and Jeremy!). It is under 14 mins. long, fully relevant in 2019.

FYI, I rarely share video clips or promote books so when I do it’s because I believe they are truly solid and important for wider consideration.

Too many people have looked the other way as well as “sideways” at anyone behind bars. The issue for me is not “them” but rather me. Where is my heart, what are my values, what is my judgment toward and for that matter, service for those Jesus called “the least of these”?

I highly recommend this Christian Kiwi Bible professor’s video clip for your consideration. His book is certainly of interest and in my case, I agree with his every word in this short lecture given in the U.S..

He has several books in Amazon, but this is the one he alludes to in the clip:

As always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn

Beloit, Pontiac, EASTER!

Had a Sweet weekend gig at Beloit at the O.C/Josiah’s Place Anniversary (45th!!!). Love Dave and family and a great and enjoyed a full, kind crowd on the night too. Wendi was able to make it which was so cool after this last knee replacement surgery. What a sweet gift to me and old friends who’d not seen her for some time due to the medical work and rehab for it. And then the weather on Sunday driving home to Chicago- HA!!

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Illinois Tollway Oasis
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Sideyard Garden Close-Up April 14

The old “If you don’t like the weather just hang around for a few hours and it’ll change” happened. Took a couple of days but as I type it’s 68f warm and sunny. Spring may be hanging around for a while -we hope 🙂

Had to rise early to head through rush hour (why do they call it that?<smile>) and journey a couple hours to Pontiac Correctional Center (prison here in Illinois) for a set. It was a good thing I got there a bit more than an hour ahead of time as things got complicated re. a few items of my gear (which I’ve brought into maximum security prisons around Illinois and several other states in the U.S. plenty with zero issues), but all good. “Blessed are the flexible” came to mind 🙂 so I went in with just a few needed items for the gig. They had a great p.a. and bleachers set up in the gym, the men came in and we moved through the set and some very, very good chat time with ease and grace. These men were SO appreciative as I know they are when any event like this can take place for them. I prayed a bit driving back to Chicago as I was pretty exhausted, but just beat the afternoon rush hour to arrive home for dinner and crashed right after some chores as I was fried by then!

But SUCH a great couple days.

And now comes Good Friday, Easter –RESURRECTION– Sunday!

Time to deeply focus on what Jesus went through as we sometimes lick our own wounds, and not even to minimize those often deep and very real hurts, but He took upon Himself the sins of all in the entire world -though He never once did anything to deserve what He suffered… and did so with you and I in His mind. Wow… Worship-time. HE IS WORTHY. And yet, still knowing each of us as He fully does -WE ARE VALUED. He offers us forgiveness and eternal life. Whew. GRACE!

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April 16 Sideyard Garden

I sometimes look at the daily plight of incarcerated people, one which none of us would choose for ourselves or those we care about, then I look at Jesus on the cross and next I wonder what so many of us bellyache about. Perspective indeed.

Well may your Easter BE Easter, and if you don’t walk in faith with Jesus may you risk establishing a relationship with Him sooner than later!! It’s the one most-of-my-lifetime-now thing for which I have absolutely ZERO regrets.

As always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn

Shoebox Diddey Bow

Why? Lotta reasons. Proof of concept. Fun. Nearly free. Wendi got a new pair for walking and here was the box. I knew with a D bass guitar string it’d sound cool, just knew it. Yup!

Shoebox Diddley Bow

Not cool to leave out in the rain of course, but hey, inspired, and in part as we both sing Shoo Fly Don’t Bother Me to our sweet grand daughter.

So I decided to build this and then write a song to play on it.

I used a 3 dollar dowel rod from Joanne Fabrics on one of Wendi’s yarn trips, and the wood “bridge” was left over from a house construction project, had an eyebolt and wingnut, a screw for a string guide, drilled a little hole at bottom of neck, larger for the “tuner” at the top.

I plan to glue the cardboard tight, also glue the bridge in place. Easy enough to add a pickup if I desire, right now diggin’ the acoustic sound.

Scale bridge to string guide: 32 inches

D bass string tuned to: F

Played with whatever “slide” I happen to feel like using at the time.

SHOO FLY REVISITED

Shoo fly don’t bother me (3x) Cuz I belong to Somebody

Shoo box don’t bother me (3x) Cuz I belong to Somebody

Devil don’t bother me (3x) Cuz I belong to Somebody

Jesus my Lord and King (3x) Thank You for what You’ve done for me

As always, thanks for stopping by my site 🙂 -Glenn