Lighting Project

Fall ’12 Lighting Project
Location: Clements High School, Clements, Alabama
Camera: JVC HM Series
Editing: Adobe Premier & Pro Tools 10
*Special Thanks: Michael Reese & Joe Radcliffe


60 Second Shot

Fall ’12 Second Shot

Shot Credit: Michael Reese

Edited: Adobe Premier & Pro Tools 10

Camera: Panasonic HMC150

Note: Green Screen

I Can’t Play Secular Music…

Okay let me explain before you guitar snobs start making fun of me and posting jerk-ish comments. I can play secular music, but it takes me a long time to learn the song. See ever since I picked up a guitar I always been forced to learn Christian music. I’ll be honest I hated it. 11 year old Jeremy learning MercyMe songs. Nothing against MercyMe their just not my cup of tea. I still remember my first song I learned on acoustic. “I Can Only Imagine,” I still won’t listen to that song willingly. My joke to people when they ask how long I’ve been playing is this. “Well I started when I was 11. My mom wanted me to learn Christian music. However, my dad gave me Darkside of the Moon for Christmas and shown me the “darkside.” I usually get a kick out of this but it leaves people confused. I’m weird like that.

But anyways back to what I was saying about secular music. I have never been able to play it well. I love some secular music. Most of my favorite bands are secular bands. I’m not a fan of the bands or artist who swear a lot in every song however. But worship music and Christian music has always come easy to me when learning a part for the band or group. (except Your Grace is Enough [Chad & Grace know what I’m talking about]) Take tonight for example, I was listening to this indie band called Local Natives, their a cool band, cool sound everything. I was listening to their song Wide Eyes and was like I want to learn that. So I sat down and tried to learn it. Eventually I got frustrated and moved on to another song. My churches worship leader is on a Phil Wickham kick and wanted me to learn the lead to “All I Am.” I listened to the song twice maybe and had the lead down perfectly. After that I played through Hillsong United’s Aftermath album with little to no stopping.

I really don’t know what it is. I’ve explained it to a few people and none of them have been able to give me an explanation to me. I really think its a gift from God. I’ve really only played in worship band’s seriously since I picked up the guitar. Maybe a garage band here and there that didn’t go anywhere. But I’ve always been drawn to worship music and love the sound of it. But when it comes to worship music I live by this verse:

“Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals! Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!” – Psalm 150:4-6

Hopefully this isn’t some rambling. I was just sitting at home playing guitar and thought about it, so I decided to blog it.

But anyways here’s what I’ve been listening to:

Kye Kye: Young Love

I saw these guys open up for John Mark McMillian in Birmingham a few months ago and they put on a great show. Check them out. Their remix album is really good as well. 


John Mark McMillian: The Song Inside the Sounds of Breaking Down Rerelease 

This is the rerelease of his second album. Great stuff with two new songs on it, “Hold On & Dancing on the Doors.” BTW the guitar solo at the end of “Dancing on the Doors is ridiculous. James Freakin’ Duke ’nuff said on that subject. 


Pretty much anything Ryan Adams

I’ve been on a Ryan Adams kick lately. 


Jude Moses: Self Titled

These guys also played with JMM in Birmingham. Really good harmonies and story telling. Plus who cannot like a guy who comes out on stage with a big ‘ole longhorn belt buckle, trucker hat, sleeveless shirt and handlebar mustache? 


Jonathan David & Melissa Helser: On the Shores

Stop reading this right now and go buy this album. This man writes some of the most beautiful music I have ever heard. He has this song called “Abba” that will give you goosebumps every time you listen to it. It’s been on repeat on my drives back to Florence from Madison this week. Beautiful, beautiful music.


Well that’s about it for me. Oh I forgot to mention. My big news that I said that I had but wasn’t going to say yet until the paper work had been finalized. Well the paper work has been finalized and I am now the new video tech at my home church. I’m really looking forward to this opportunity and have been really been blessed by God with this job. This was a big prayer that was answered. The only downside is that I will be living out of a suitcase most of the week. But its a great resume builder and I’m doing something that I feel that I’m being called to do which is serve in the church through media.

but anyways have a great weekend


Honorably Mention

So last week I typed my top 20 of favorite artist. But I failed to mention one that I felt should deserve a spot. I absolutely love this guys music and I feel that everyone should give him a listen. Your ears will thank you.


Ryan Adams. The guy is the essence of Americana music. He writes some of the best sad songs. James Duke once said, “sad Ryan is the best Ryan” and truthfully he’s right. Just listen to “Two” off Easy Tiger. The song is about a problem with sleeping pills but it’s a beautiful song with a beautiful pre-chorus. “And I’m fractured, from the fall. And I just want to go home.” He has a number of albums under his belt. My suggestion to start would be Easy Tiger or Rock N Roll. But if your looking for something a little more rocking by him check out his band The Cardinals. Not a lot of people care for him with the band but I really like them. Cardiology is an awesome album in my opinion. “Cobwebs” is a beautifully written song and “Born into the Light” is great as well.

I would seriously consider checking him out. For some reason I’ve been really into the whole singer songwriter Americana feel lately. DBT, Jason Isbell, Old Crowe Medicine Show, Justin Townes Earle, & Jakob Dylan. It’s kinda weird considering I usually listen to NYC indie scene more than most styles.

But anyways it’s Friday and I’m glad cause it’s been along week.


My Top 20

So its been a few weeks since I last posted. School has started and I’ve been busy and just haven’t had time to. That whole try to blog everyday or once a week is out the window (haha) But anyways, its my last semester and I graduate in December. I’m pretty excited and terrified at the same time, but I’m looking forward to see what God has for me in the future. I have some exciting news that I’m not going to tell y’all just yet. I’m going to wait till all the paperwork and signatures get finalized before I say. But it’s pretty exciting to me. But anyways, lets get this started shall we?

I’ve been meaning to do this post for some time now and never had gotten around to do it. So tonight I’ve decided to sit down and actually tell y’all who my top favorite artist/bands are. Maybe you’ll discover someone you have never heard of and check them out and enjoy them as much as I have. Or if you know the artist let me know if you like them or hate them and maybe we can discuss. I like to talk music and bands with people. So here we go…

1. The Gaslight Anthem

2. John Mark McMillan

3. The National

4. Bon Iver

5. Drive-By Truckers

6. The Black Keys

7. Manchester Orchestra

8. mewithoutYou

9. Radiohead

10. Pink Floyd

11. The Strokes

12. The Killers

13. Explosions in the Sky

14. Death Cab For Cutie

15. Hillsong United

16. David Crowder*Band

17. The Jezabels

18. All The Bright Lights 

19. My Morning Jacket

20. U2

FullTone Full-Drive Mosfet 2

New gear! I love getting new gear. I’m a pedal addict. I honestly think I rely on pedals way to much in my playing. But honestly I don’t care or care what people think. Everyone has their own style. But anyways enough rambling.

On Tuesday I ventured down to my local Guitar Center, a place that I don’t really care for, for the most part. But anyways I walked in and was greeted by a sales staff. He asked what I was looking for and I told him expecting a blank stare and being clueless. He wasn’t which was a nice change. He actually knew exactly what I wanted and took me right to it.

I ended up buying a Fulltone Full-Drive 2 Mosfet. I had done a lot of research on the pedal and was really looking forward to it. I used it for the first time this past Wednesday night for Capshaw Connect. I loved it. Its clear, smooth, and it has some crazy sustain to it.

For those who don’t know what a Fulltone Full-Drive 2 Mosfet is, I’ll explain. It’s an overdrive pedal, it’s also classified as a boutique pedal. (you wouldn’t know that from the price) But it has four knobs. Volume, Tone, Overdrive, and Boost. Also there are two switches between the knobs. These switches give you a variety of options to tweak your tone. For example you can get that standard overdrive or flip it to mosfet setting for a bit of crunch. Also you can pick vintage, FM, or CompCut setting. I honestly can’t tell you which I like the best because I’m still messing around with it. But so far I love this pedal. I took my tube screamer and boost pedal off the board. I kept the blues driver and turned the gain down to where it’s like a tube screamer. I’m really looking forward to what this pedal has to bring.


It’s been a week or so….

It’s been a week or so since my last post. I told myself I was gonna at least update what I’ve been listening to for the past week but never got around to doing it. But for those of you who are interested, (I know you all are) this is what has been happening in my life. I moved back to Madison, I think I mentioned that in my last post. I started playing again at my church, Capshaw Baptist. And I’ve been getting fatter, but I can still fit into my skinny jeans so we’re good. (that kinda sounds like a double negative, fat kid skinny jeans)

But anyways, probably the most exciting thing that has happened to me lately is that I went on an Emmaus Walk. For those of you who have never heard of an Emmaus Walk this is what it is. It’s kinda hard to explain what it is because I don’t want to call it a retreat. Basically you spend 72 hours without a phone or watch. (This was very hard for me because I like having a schedule and knowing when and where) But anyways you sit through 15 talks given by different people whether that be lay people or pastors of various churches from North Alabama. You also partake in communion every day which I really enjoyed. There is also a lot of worship. That took some getting use to because I’m use to pretty contemporary worship and they were singing old hymns and songs that I hadn’t sang since I was a kid.  The weekend was overall great. There was a lot more stuff that went on but I’m going to leave that out because there very special moments and there meant to be special. They say try not to be secretive about it but do. (its hard to explain you just have to go and see what I’m talking about)

God spoke to me this weekend. I’ve been praying for brokenness for a long time and I finally broke this weekend. I’ve never been a crier but this weekend I defiantly had my share of tears. Tears of brokenness and tears of happiness. He showed me that I need to be more selfless and humble especially in my worship. I had become the guy trying to look cool playing guitar. Also, that I’m loved. Christ’s love was defiantly shown this weekend with everyone. People you don’t even know giving you a hug and telling you that they love you. I may never see them people again till heaven but it’s amazing feeling when a complete stranger tell you they love you and shows you Christ’s love.

There is one moment that I’m going to mention because it was my favorite part of the walk. I received 12 letters on the last day of the walk from various people that I didn’t know, my friends, my family, and some kids from the youth group that I lead worship at. This was another crier for me (haha) when I read letters from my parents, sister, grandfather, and friends. But the one that really brought me to tears was the letters I got from two of the youth guys. When a kid that in high school tells you that your his hero or role model it does something to you. I broke down and cried. That’s when I realized how selfish I had been and non-humbled for the blessing that God has given me. God shown me a lot through this weekend and I feel as if I’m rediscovering myself. I looking forward to my growing relationship with HIM and I have a thirst for the word and just digging deeper. I bought a few books while I was there, two John Piper books The Roots of Endurance and Future Grace. Also, I bought and Oswald Chambers book, My Utmost For His Highest. I started The Roots of Endurance and used My Utmost for His Highest tonight during my quiet time. So far I’m enjoying both.

One thing that that they told us during Emmaus was our Fourth Day. See Emmaus can be that camp experience that you get. That spiritual high that you get when you leave from having an awesome time at a camp or retreat and your looking to take on the world. Right now I’m still on that high and I just made it through my first Fourth day. But they say right now your flame is on fire because your still on the mountain but what about when you hit the valley. Those Fourth Day’s are going to be your hardest. Just trust in the Lord and you will get through anything. Don’t lose the faith, anything is possible with Christ.

I’m going to end this post with a verse that I read tonight that really stuck out to me. It’s from Hebrews,

“My Son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him.” -Hebrews 12:5

This verse stuck out to me tonight. I have been praying a lot about my future and what God wants from me. For those who don’t know what I want to do with my future, I’m looking to work in a church full time mixing FOH audio and editing video’s, sermons, and audio. I’ve been getting discouraged because every where I was researching was looking for experience and I have had very little. But I some news today that I’m not going to talk about just yet cause nothing is set in stone. But it’s defiantly been an answered prayer. I’m learning to be patient and let God work instead of trying to do everything in my timing.

But that is what has been going on in my life. I’ll post a tunes list as well so if you want some new tunes to check out. Also look up a good friend of mines blog. This guy is one of the most theological guys I know and has a heart for missions and church planting. He is about to move to Chicago at the end of this month to work with a church up there and do urban mission work. His name is Jacob Fowler. Here is the link to his blog:



Tunes To Check Out From This Week

Here’s what I’ve been listening to this week.

The Gaslight Anthem: Handwritten

     The Antlers: Undersea E.P.

Passion Pit: Gossamer

The National: High Violet

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes: Self Titled

Arcade Fire: The Suburbs

The Flaming Lips: Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots


So Thursday was my last day of interning. I’m going to miss it. I loved every minute of it and was getting use to the daily routine of editing and mixing. But, it was only for my summer class. However, when I was leaving Thursday the worship pastor offered me spot in the FOH mixing rotation on Sunday’s because he thought someone might be stepping down here in a few weeks. I told him that I was very interested and that we would be in contact. I’m amazed of how God has opened up doors for me even in a small town like Florence. For those who don’t know, I feel like I’m being called into the ministry doing media for churches. I thought about being a worship pastor but I can’t sing and I hear that’s a pretty important thing. (bad joke I know) The part of the internship was to network with people. I never really had a chance to network with many people but being offered that opportunity to be put in the rotation is pretty awesome. (well to me at least) Also it gives me experience that is needed.

Now that I’m done interning and moved back home for the rest of the summer I hope to blog a little more than I have. Also, I want to start to work out again and get back into decent shape. (I’m a fat kid in skinny jeans) Also, get back into a normal diet instead of eating out so much. I’m hoping living back at home will do that with my mom’s cooking.

Also I want to give a shout out and thanks to my friend Grace for giving me a shout out on her blog. She’s big into working out, running, and dieting. Check out her blog It’s different than mine but if you want some healthy recipes or just see some tips to get healthy check it out.

I finished Ephesians last night and actually started Philippians this morning. I read a verse that really stuck out to me especially right now in my life.

“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better.” Philippians 1:21-23 
This really stuck out to me because me and like millions of others have lived in the flesh and at times I still do. But I’m glad that I can cry out to God for forgiveness when I fail. 
Lastly I usually end my blogs with what I have been listening to for the past few days but I’m gonna change that up. I’m gonna start a post that I’ll do weekly of what I’ve been listening to. So if y’all want y’all can check that out. 
Thanks for reading and have a great day/night and also USA!!! #LONDON2012


I’ve been meaning to finally blog about this album since it came out Tuesday but I haven’t had the time until now. So here it is, my review of The Gaslight Anthem’s Handwritten. First off let me warn you, I may come off geeky in this review. The Gaslight Anthem are my favorite band. I think Brian Fallon is the greatest front man in rock right now. Also he is one of the greatest songwriters of my generation. But anyways lets get this thing going.

The new album is called Handwritten. This is Gaslight’s first album on their new label Mercury. When I heard their first single ’45 I gonna be honest I didn’t care for it. I actually tried lying to myself saying that I did. But now that I look back at it I didn’t care for it. Brian had said that he was having a hard time writing material for it. But after hearing the entire thing through I love the album. My first take after listening to the album the first time is that its a lot fuller than their last three albums and e.p. It’s a nice to see them transform over the years since I started listening to them 5 years ago. The band came into my life during a time where I was searching for something new with music. I heard “We Came to Dance” and have been hooked ever since. But anyways enough of talking the about past.

Like I said this album sounds a lot fuller than their last three albums. Brian’s voice has aged as well. But in a good way. I look at him like a young Tom Waits with his growl and howl. Also, Alex Rosmilia and Alex Levine can be heard in the background as well. The guitars are perfect with Rosmilia’s solo work. Also a third guitar is added with the help of Ian Perkins (touring guitarist and lead guitarist of The Horrible Crowes).

The album is by Brendan O’Brien. He’s produced a few Pearl Jam records and Bruce Springsteen records (If you know anything about the band that’s a couple of their favorites.) (Also on a side note he’s producing The Killers Battle Born that I’m also super pumped about) In my opinion he has done a great job capturing the energy of the band. He also has added little things to the band that has been absent in previous recordings. For example, a mandolin (Here Comes My Man). 

I gave it some thought and I decided I’m not gonna give a track by track review of this album because I feel like I wouldn’t be giving it justice. Plus there is probably enough of those out there. But anyways here are my favorite tracks that I’ve grown to like off the album.


Here Comes My Man

Also check out Mullholland Drive & Mae. But in my opinion buy the the entire album because all of the songs are awesome. They also have a couple of covers at the end of the album. Nirvana’s Silver & Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers You Got Lucky. I don’t really care for Nirvana but Brian and the boys did a great job covering it. Also You Got Lucky is spot on.

Anyways buy this album you will love it. I’m glad I discovered them 5 years ago and I’m looking forward to what else they have in store for everyone.

“And still this city pumps its aching heart for one more drop of blood. We work our fingers down to dust, while we wait for kingdom come. With the radio on.” -Mae 

Have a great day and night


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