John loves to entertain

John loves to entertain
No matter how large or small the event

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Today I Am Thankful For

Since it's November, I thought it would be good to jump on the bandwagon and begin to say what I'm thankful for.

The Bible.  That's right!  I'm thankful for the Bible.

Inside the Bible are many scriptures about giving thanks and keeping a thankful heart.

This scripture from Thessalonians, says to give thanks in EVERytHING!

OK, I admit it, I don't give thanks in EVERYTHING!  However, I have heard sermons that explain that this does not mean to give thanks FOR everything, but rather, IN everything.  So, in the midst of heartache, you keep a thankful attitude. You don't necessarily thank God for the heartache.

Instead, you keep your heart thankful and search for the good in all.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Review: 'Arts & Numbers' A Financial Guide For the Creative Class

I received a copy of this amazing book, Arts & Numbers A Financial Guide for Artists, Writers, Performers, and Other Members of the Creative Class, by Elaine Grogan Luttrull.  I received it in exchange only for an honest review.

First, let me say that this review took longer than it should have to post for one pure reason:  I loved the book so much that I wanted to read it cover to cover before posting what I thought.  I literally had trouble putting this book down.

Why did I like it so much?

For starters, this author is the very first person ever to explain a budget for musicians and other creative entrepreneurs.

When we went through other financial courses, I have become very frustrated because all of the suggest a budget that is based on a regular paycheck where taxes are withheld automatically and there is often an option of a 401(k).  As a self-employed musician, my family never has a regular paycheck.  It fluctuates, and we are solely responsible for not only managing the irregular paycheck, but for drumming up business, filing taxes and record keeping.

This book is written in a way that is understandable for anyone who usually hates even the word "finances" and those who don't do well with numbers.

It is available on the Agate Publishing B2 Books for $16, or less in e-book form.

It is worth every penny.  It has several charts that you can use to fill in or as a guideline for making your own.

It tells the story of several fictitious artistic entrepreneurs that makes it interesting to follow and apply to your own lifestyle.  These sections are in gray boxes, so they are easy to spot.  In between are tons of charts and forms and explanations of how the creative class really can make it, and even become numbers and financial literate in the process.  At least, become competent at managing and knowing how the financial end of the business works.

Monday, February 4, 2013

The Best Shock Proof Microphone Clip

Making sure your  microphone has a solid place to rest when performing is something that should not be taken too lightly.

I ran across these lately:

Shock Proof Microphone Clip MY300 on Stage Stands Gear 25mm for Wired Mics BNIP | eBay

Clothespin Style

Sleek European Style

Have you ever used any of them?

If so, what did you think?

Were they sturdy - Or, were they as sturdy as they imply that they are?

They certainly have a nice look to them if nothing else.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Music and the Bible

Of course, in the Bible, the Book of Psalms is made up of songs of worship to God.  But, as a musician, I am fascinated with musical worship and wondered what other references to music is found in the scriptures.

I found this site that links to all of the musical references:

One of my favorite things to do is to take scripture and turn it into a song.  One such scripture I turned into a song years ago was not found in Psalms, but in Deuteronomy.

It goes like this:

The Lord Himself goes before you
And, He will be with you.

The Lord Himself goes before you
And, He will be with you.
He will never leave you, nor forsake you.
So, do not be discouraged
For the Lord Himself goes before
The Lord Himself goes before you...

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Moving the Music to an iPad

So excited!  We have moved into the new year and the new century of technology.

I no have an iPad which I plan to use to replace my mounds of music lyric and chord sheets I use when performing.

It's going to be a massive project of transferring my marked-up, highlighted lyric sheets onto the iPad.  However, once it's done it will be well worth it.

And, it will hopefully lessen how much gear I have to transport with me in one van which is filled with 3 children and my wife when I'm on tour.  Maybe my wife will actually get some foot room this next trip when our iPad transferring project is complete.

I'm hoping this streamlined, sleek way of reading music will not only look professional but save me hours of thumbing through paper.