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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

THE COUNTDOWN

The time listed below is Eastern Time. The wedding is actually at 6:00 PM Central Time.

2:20 pm est

Saturday, October 13, 2007

ONE MORE DAY!!
Only one more day of production to go before my album is complete! Then it's off to duplication, etc. I hope to have it back by the end of November or beginning of December. Woo hooo!

The final mixes came out really well. It was interesting to go back to the mixes we did nearly two years ago, but we were able to adjust them to bring them up-to-date and in accord with the rest of the CD.

We did have to break "The Puzzle Master" down and totally remix it. One of the other very talented engineers at the studio mixed that one, and though it had a lot to recommend it, the mix didn't really sound cohesive with the rest of the project. But it was a situation in which I really wanted a mix of it (so I could include it in my annual Christmas gift to friends and family) and my producer wasn't available, so I got what I wanted at the time, but it needed to be rebuilt from the ground up in order to fit with the rest of the album material.

And even though we spent more time with the older mixes, every mix was adjusted to one degree or another. I'm not going to repost these songs in their newest form. So, those of you who have been enjoying my songs here can expect even better things when the CD is available. This package will include a 24-page full-color booklet, with background info for each song. Also, there's a lot of interesting connecting material between songs that no one has yet heard. I'm so anxious to hear this project in its fullness, and I only have to wait another week! Yay! You, however, will have to wait a little longer. ;) But not much! Whee!

I'll keep y'all posted!

God's peace,

Steve
4:24 pm edt

Sunday, October 7, 2007

HERE'S WHAT I CAN SAY SO FAR . . .
It's amazing when everything lines up and comes together - when you're ready, when she's ready, when God's ready.

Since my ex announced her impending departure nearly five years ago, I've been through an emotional upheaval. I've been "in love," I've been numb, I've been heart-sick, I've been terrified.

Ironically, good things have come out of all of it. I've learned a lot about myself and experienced a great deal of healing from wounds I didn't even know I had. I've written some pretty decent songs and produced what I think may be a pretty incredible album. (Copies available by late November/early December!) Whee!

So, the music has been a great joy. And I expect that it will become an even greater part of my life in the years to come. But I thought it would be my greatest joy. I think I was wrong.

As of a couple of weeks ago, I was certain I would never be able to love again. I thought that part of me had died. Having not only been through a divorce, but also a couple of near-misses, I described myself as being in emotional hibernation, uncertain as to when - or whether - my heart would ever reawaken.

All that changed about ten days ago, when Liz came ambling up my sidewalk. We had corresponded - only through email - for a little over a year, and had gotten to know each other pretty well. We decided to meet. I thought we'd be good friends, but nothing more. Again, I was wrong.

Almost from the instant our eyes met there was an undeniable chemistry and a resonance between us. I'm just beginning to be able to express the depth of feeling she inspires in me. I'm sure I'll sort it out even more in the coming weeks, months and years. But for now, I'm thanking God for the mysterious working by which He has blessed us.

Don't worry; I'm not gonna get all sappy and maudlin. This is just a really happy time for me, and I'm so glad that God has snapped me out of my emotional coma. Romans 8:28 is still in effect!
9:13 pm edt

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(Philippians 1:21)

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