Almost Done!

Hey guys…Alan is finishing up the final mixes for this new disc! We’ve finished a few of them and they sound great. It was such a gift to get to work with Jan Krist and her husband Alan. They are quite a team. 🙂 You can check out some of Jan’s work here, http://www.jankrist.net/

Soooo, it’s called “Let It Go” and is pretty symbolic of the changes going on in my life this past bit. Cancer changes you. It’s changed me.

I’ll be heading out to Redeemer Church at the end of the month and I’ll do a few of the songs on the disc. I’m hoping to get my son, Joshua to join me on banjo, but we’ll see…

Hope to see you out there!

Saturday!

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Hey guys,
Just wanted to touch base about the coffeehouse Saturday night. I’ve got a few friends playing with me. Colleen is still fighting that cold/flu thing that I just got over. 🙁 Scott Ingerson will be playing drums and Dave Coleman will be playing keys. It will be great fun and a journey musically of all the happenings of the past few years with cancer and all. The addy is on my calendar, check it out. The Coffeehouse at SOGF in South Holland, IL.

I’ll be playing some songs from my upcoming release, “Let It Go”, the project I’m producing with Jan Krist and Alan Finkbeiner. I’m so happy with it. Jan invited a friend of hers, Jim Bizer, who’s now my friend too 😉 to play guitar on some of the tracks…Wow, can he play guitar. The first track he finished, “Say Your Name” is fabulous. Hope you guys enjoy it too.

Going back to Saturday, the coolest thing of all is that our son, Joshua, will be opening for me with a short set!!! 🙂 🙂 He started playing Clawhammer Banjo this past fall and how blown my mind with how well he’s playing. Just a couple of weeks ago he asked me to show him a couple of chords on the guitar and now he’s learning songs on the radio! I’m really proud of him to just go for it!!! Thankfully, perhaps he’s learned something that has/is taking me like 44 years to figure out…each day is a gift, live it full on, and take every opportunity you get to love life and love God!

Have a great day, you guys. I just found out a couple of my friends are struggling with cancer again, please pray for strength and encouragement for the day for these guys, Kaddie and Tommy. It’s hard on them and just as hard on their spouses. Tim really went through it with me. He just wanted to make it better and take it away somehow. Please pray for mercy, this day.

peace,
-a

Happy New Year!

Hey guys…
Hope you had a great Christmas time and are filled with vision for the new year! 🙂

I’ll be joining Joe and the ministry of SOGF Coffeehouse in a couple of weeks for a concert. The doors open at 7:00 and we’ll start to play at 7:30. Admission is free and you can have your choice of tasty coffees, teas and snacks.
I’ll bring a few of my friends to fill out the sound a bit and my son may even play a few songs on his banjo before my set. Too cool!

I’ll head over to Jan’s after the concert for another session for the new project, “Let It Go” I got a rough mix back from Alan that had some of Jim Bizer’s guitar work on it…Wow guys, he has a way with that guitar. Can’t wait to get it out there.

At our last session, Jan had started putting some backing vocals on “When the Time Comes” It was amazing! I’m excited to see what we put together next!

It’s super late and I should be in bed! Talk to you soon…

peace,
-a

Cancer…

Well guys a lot of time has flown by. I’ve been finding my new normal with cancer. Sometimes I think I have a grip on it all and then it just kinda unravels, whether it’s physically, spiritually or emotionally. I’m realizing more and more that I really don’t have a grip on too much. I’m thinking that’s a good thing…I always hung on much too tightly to things before. It’s as if the past two years, God has been trying to pry my fingers loose from this death grip of perfectionism and being overly concerned with things that don’t really matter in the end.

Sooooo, I got to attend a conference on Thyroid cancer this past weekend and it stunned me a bit. It was interesting to see that I’m not alone in the unraveling I mentioned before. It’s pretty common in folks living with this cancer. Still, there are many things about my health I belittle, and part of what I need to learn is to take things a little more seriously. No fretting necessary, but I can’t walk around in an oblivious denial either. Anyhow, lots to learn, and there’s much room for growth! 🙂

I’m hoping to finish up “Let It Go”, the project I’m producing with Jan Krist and Alan Finkbeiner this next month. Getting some of the kinks worked out and I’ve been comparing manufacturing options. Super cool!

So this day is a gift, give it all you got!
-a

Update on New Project

Hey guys,
Well things have been moving on this end. I’m up for an ultrasound in a couple of weeks to see what’s going on in my neck. I had a few questionable things floating around in there at my last checkup. It’s funny though, the med staff actually needs some time to see if these little cells start growing. Even if they see something, if they’re unsure, they gotta wait. No fun for me 🙁

I’ve gotten pretty sluggish over the past couple months. A sore throat I can’t kick and some kind of bug or something..not so great. It really takes a toll on me physically.

But, in the midst of all that uncomfortable stuff, the Lord opened up a miraculous door for me.

I think I shared with you guys a bit back that Jan Krist has become my mentor and a dear friend over these past couple years. She was one of my heroes back in the day. I’m sure she’d cringe if she heard that..Anyway, I’ve finally grown up a bit and singing and songwriting are a gracious gift from God to be used for His glory, not mine. I’m responsible to develop these gifts and serve Him, and serve the work He’s put before me.

So I had this little cluster of songs that began as tools for womens’ ministries. We see a lot of broken women here at our shelter, Cornerstone Community Outreach. You can read more about them here: http://www.ccolife.org/

Abuse, addictions and despair are common stories with these ladies. So many of us can relate to addictions and bad relationships, whether or not we’ve ever set foot in a shelter though. So hopefully these songs can get people thinking and hoping for more than the things that we settle for so much of the time.

Anyhoo, she’s offered to help me record this cluster of songs. We had our first session a couple of weeks ago. I was able to do put down 6 guitar tracks and five vox! Yahoo! Though I’d planned on just getting an ep together, it looks like we’re gonna go for a full length project!!! 🙂 amazing…

A few years back a dear friend was trying to encourage me and he said, “You know, sometimes we face some pretty difficult things, but sometimes, God also gives us “a little sugar to help the medicine go down” 😉 It’s stuck with me for all these years, and it’s really resonating deep in my soul right now. God is merciful.

Have a great weekend. My honey and my son are gone for a guys weekend, so I’m having a retreat here at home. Lots of prayer and seeking God about a few things.

peace to you,
-Aracely

Cancellation

Hey guys..sorry to say, the event in Peoria this weekend was cancelled by the pastoral staff. I do ask your prayers for these guys, for peace, comfort and power of the Holy Spirit to bring restoration. God is sovereign and faithful, always.

peace to you today,
-Aracely

What A Weekend!

Hey guys!
Just back from a great weekend in St Louis. I was able to partner with the Church of God at Baden in North St Louis for their annual “Jesus In The Streets” Fest they host each year.

Pastors Don and Deb Sharpe and their whole crew there hosted a wonderful event with free food, a cake walk, games for the kids, free clothes, free toiletries and free music too. 😉 It felt like the whole neighborhood came out. There were so many kids there. It was just beautiful. They had a drawing for a free girls’ and boys’ bike that they gave away at the end of the event.

It was amazing. Pastor Don gave me the chance to share that afternoon before I played my set. It was easy to share on the hope for the kids I saw playing games and running around in that church playground. I actually began my speaking session by playing “Imagine Me” by Kirk Franklin as loud as we could through that sound system. I ran off from behind the mic to go dance with a couple of the ladies that were really enjoying that song! The whole point in it was to imagine what each of these kids could be if they were given the chance to fly, to develop the gifts God’s given each one of them. I think it went well.

I finished my set and followed up with a couple of kids worship songs for the little ones that gathered eagerly for the bike drawing…that was really fun.

The next morning, we ran late, took a couple of turns we were unsure of and got to church after the service started 🙁 Not a way to start for the one leading worship and giving the message..that was me 😉

We sang a few songs and then I shared. These guys are already so active in serving each other and serving their community. I hope that my words simply brought encouragement.

I sang a couple songs from the “Purple Flowers” project Ed Bialach remastered for me and met some really sweet folks. One of the gals I met had gone through Lymphoma just 5 years ago herself. We connected straight away and she offered to take a family portrait of Tim, Josh and I for a website she’s developing on folks who are living with and walking in their cancer healing….it was just wonderful.

It was quite a gift to have my husband Tim there and my son Joshua. They jumped in to help tear down the tents and clean up, and really, they are just a blast to be with! Joshue is growing to be more and more like his Dad, patient, kind and giving..that is a gift, my friends.

Till next time..
-a

The concert in the park…

Hey guys, my bad. I haven’t updated all summer. It was a busy one. Stayed on our fest grounds with Joshue for almost a month, came home for a week, went out to the Guild with Jan and some new folks too, home for a week and a half, and off for vacation in Bushnell.

Well today, I went out to Palmer Park in Janesville, WI to join some really sweet folks who really love Jesus in an outreach they had there. Free food and music from noon to five. I had the 3-4 slot and Colleen Davick from back in the Seeds days joined me to play some flute, whistle, some bgv’s and a djembe. Great, great fun.

I had the opportunity to share about our community, Jesus People USA and two of our larger outreaches, Cornerstone Community Outreach, and our fest, Cornerstone Festival. Just a wonderful time of celebrating with our Lord.

This is also Thyroid Cancer awareness month so I was able to share about my journey with it and hopefully, bring more awareness of it. More folks are being diagnosed with thyroid cancer over every other type of cancer right now.

To see the hope of Christ bringing so many things to life….Living with cancer, instead of feeling threatened by it. The chance to see people with broken lives being rebuilt by the Love of God at our shelters…unbelievable blessings, you guys.

Going in for my scans and possible treatment this next week, so today, was a celebration of God’s love and mercy not just for me, but for us all..
peace,
-a