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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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!

Happy New Year!

Hey guys…
Hope you had a great Christmas time and are filled with vision for the new year! ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Tapestry and Cornerstone

Wow, the Tapestry went really well. A great turnout and just a gift to share the evening with Glenn Kaiser, a mentor and friend.

The set went great. ย I hope I’ve communicated how much of a gift it was to share that night and to share those songs. It was quite a blessing for me…”a party inside” is actually what I said as I shared my story. Remember, I was unsure whether I’d be able to sing at all…God continues to floor me. ย I had several guests come up and join me..Hilde Bialach from the Crossing, Tom Cameron, my pastor and longtime friend, Colleen Davick from the Seeds days and another friend who checked on me just about everyday while I was in treatment for the cancer…Thanks for the harmony, Laura! ย Our visuals guy captured a great vid of Tom and I playing one of the songs..check it out here…http://youtu.be/peep6ZKMQmM

I’m out at the Fest grounds now and doing a lot of weeding down in our community garden and in my own heart ๐Ÿ˜‰

I get the opportunity to read and pray a lot right now. I’m asking God to open my heart up to receive more fully who He really is. If any of you have known me for any amount of time, you know of my struggles with fear. Unbelievable, isn’t it? His mercies new each day, unbelievable grace, immeasurable love and still yet, the “record” in my mind skips each time an uneasy scenario plays out. Forgive me, Lord.

That reflex reaction has been changing for some time now. It may not ever be perfect because I am part of an imperfect world, but I know it continues to change and I am more free in Christ. That skip in my mind that plays over and over, is being filled by His Holy Spirit even as we speak. Thy will on earth as it is in heaven…free and full of His light.
peace to you,
-Aracely
ps…see you at Cornerstone ๐Ÿ™‚

pps…I’ll be playing at Silvie’s Lounge on July 18 from about 9:20-9:55 right after I get back from the Fest…Hope you can make it!

A Gig! :-)

Hey guys…I’m playing my first gig since my surgery back in November…I’m just floored. I’ve had some incredible time with the Lord this past bit. A lot of soul searching and listening. He knows exactly what we need, when we need it! ๐Ÿ™‚ I wish I would’ve kept you guys more aware of all that was going on, but God knows, maybe I’ll get a chance to share with you in person. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’ll be opening up for Glenn at the Tapestry Fellowship on Irving Park this next Friday…doors open at 7:30 with a $5 donation…I’ll play for a bit, then Glenn will play and share from his new release, “Cardboard Box” Hope you can be there..

Songs from the Deep: An Urban Blues Narrative
Tapestry
3824 W. Irving Park
Chicago, IL
Friday, June 17 ยท 7:30pm – 10:00pm