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Rhapsody in Bluegrass : Annie Moses Band

Interpreting music from a fantastically wide range of American cultural traditions... These fine artists put on one of the best "crossover" appeal shows in the business.  Showmanship,  professionalism and engaging story telling mark the pinnacles of their events and last night's concert in Martinsville, Va was a diamond in the rough for a small town venue after a truly miserable, rainy day...

The Fall colors may not have been on display in this area of the Blue Ridge due to the fog, mist, and generally unwelcoming environment outside... but inside the auditorium at Martinsville HS, the music was fantastic, the colors were stunning, the women were classically beautiful, and the experience left those of us in attendance wishing for more.

How do I explain the feeling leaving an Annie Moses Band concert?  inspired, loved, and smiling ear to ear.   It is their ability to engage the audience on a personal level, yet still demonstrate elite musical skills that reels you into…

I Need Help.

If you want people to help... you have to ask them. Directly. Personally. Passionately. -- Some will, some won't... that is the way of things. 
I'm constantly amazed at how many will help... and I'm not in any way offended by those who don't... Such is the way of personal and practical freedom and liberty. I don't want a world where people are forced to help... by law, or by some standard officiated by a bureaucrat ordaining what the greater good is.... 
We each must choose to be cheerful givers, and desire to share our own blessings... 
When we do that... we set an example for a new way of being.. a better way of being... a Christian way of being. The gift is blessed as it is rooted in love.. not force.

Positive Look Around

My family and I have recently relocated to Henry County in Virginia.  We knew that this is an economically depressed region, and that it is a far far different environment from our cozy suburban home in Midlothian Va.  I've been most surprised at the attitudes of many leaders and even institutions.

There seems to be a pervasive sense of depression everywhere.  I hear, there are no jobs, no opportunity, no hope... but when I look around I see opportunity and beauty.  The internet has changed the world.  Education is at the heart of change.  We the people make the difference in our community. If "We" continually perpetuate the talking point of decline, depression, and hopelessness, we are contributing to the very essence of the problem.

The MHC of 1975 will not be returning. The factories will not be reopening as they once were. The old times were good. Recent times were bad.  The future is what we make of it.
We must support our community and our neighbors. We must lo…

Seek the stars.

Where in Virginia are the Prillamans? you ask.

Not far from you friends.. not so very far...

Seek the STARS and listen for the songs.

Relational Silence is transactional.

I learn the most when I listen to the views of others... particularly those with which I have intense disagreement. Silencing that voice... that narrative... is a tragedy. Ultimately reflecting poorly on all parties. Necessary some times... yes. But the negative consequence must be understood and weighed.

The accountability for that decision is mine and mine alone. Others are free, as am I...
How foolish we are to think that we can control and "manage" relationships.
If they must be managed, they are transactions... and transactional models kill relationships. period.

Living with people is about loving... not just learning and teaching.


Theology: What would Jesus say?

I think Jesus would say: 

Silly men. I made it so simple. Trust me. Love one another. I am. Don't worry. In your arrogance you needed and developed systematic theologies and philosophies and "logic" to try and explain the great mystery. Amusing and creative but only confusing. Your ability to complicate doesn't explain or add value. You are my specific, beloved firstborn children. Go out and tell and love.

Henry County Horse Farm Planning

Tell me a little about yourself… you grew up here.. when did you leave?  I left HC in 1988 as a graduate of Drewry Mason High School, a Piedmont Art Association scholarship winner, went on to a full scholarship as a Lyric Tenor at the Juilliard school, made a Carnegie Hall debut in 1993…. sang a lot… and learned a lot.  I moved into the business world in the late 90s, and I’m now a solutions architect with Cisco systems as well as the founder and President of the Board of Directors for Da Capo Va.    It took me 25 years to fully recognize the value of the region but now I see it.  I work all over the world using technology, with all types of people every day.  That exposure only reinforces my desire to focus on what is important.   Family   Music Community -- teaching, inspiring,  working together...making a difference
Technology seems  like a big part of your life… tell me about that.   Technology and tools like Facebook have allowed me to reconnect with friends in the area and have only re…

We are the music makers. We are the dreamers of dreams.

For over a year, I've been tossing around the term KWOL Kingdom Way of Living in my teaching and seeking it in my life.  For me, it means that every moment of every day becomes an act of ministry.  going to grocery store,  waving at a neighbor, saying hello to a stranger, giving a kid a ride to or from school,  and parenting....  that is a never ending cornucopia of opportunity.

The question began to arise as to where we can best serve.  God's voice calls us.  The issue of comfort and community is central.  Where and how can we best serve? Are we listening and acting in accordance with God's direction, or our own?

We can serve in the upper class suburbs, in the schools, and in our big SUVs in the city...
We can serve in our churches, as teachers, worshippers, musicians, and dancers.
We can serve as we teach lessons, songs, and poetry... teaching students to seize the day.
We can serve as we honor our fathers and mothers and devote our lives to family.
We can serve as mi…


There is simply no place for human superiority in authentic ministry. Mature Christians understand how incompetent they are.

We as Christians must revere exceptionalism, education... While pursuing excellence, embracing art and beauty, we stand in awe as we see God's blessing revealed to the world through others and ourselves.

Abilities and skills honor God, they do not signify the worth of the individual in comparison to other men.

The things of this world. Materials, money, more more more....

They destroy.

1 John 3:18-24When We Practice Real Love
18-20 My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love. This is the only way we’ll know we’re living truly, living in God’s reality. It’s also the way to shut down debilitating self-criticism, even when there is something to it. For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves.
21-24 And friends, once that’s taken care of and we’re no longer accusing or condemning ourselves,…

Rolling Ridges Assembly

Vision for new "local church" -- Parachurch

Rolling Ridges Assembly may yet become a reality. Education, and sharing life experiences... at the core... of the rolling and the ridges.

EducationPerforming ArtsTransitional HousingFood ServicesHealthcareWorship through serviceService in WorshipSponsored by traditional institutional churches $$$??? Is Scale important for a local ministry?
How to avoid internal focus at scale.. that is the question.
How to remain focused on individual not collective goals.

Enduring Legacy of Leaders

The great legacy of our last three Presidents is the utter destruction of trust in leadership.

Lies and manipulation, epic mistakes and misuse of power...

No hope no change, yes we can, mission accomplished.

Malevolent intention and incompetence often have same result.

Classically trained singers are superior.

Classically trained singing IS a superior form of singing. 

We use our entire instrument, relying our our skill and soul rather than amplification effects and technology. Our style is... well that is a great question.. from Pavarotti to Mariah Carey, from James Taylor and Barry Manilow to... list goes on and on..

It is the ability to create a story and connect with a voice that is valuable and artistic. We use color and nuance and language and subtlety along with passion and showmanship and appearance.

It is never about blasting  out vibrato or volume, it is about connecting... and it is NOT about how many people like it. That said, I would love it if more people came to my next concert. Wink.

Great voices, great singers, and great artists aren't the same thing. When they come together they become very special indeed. 

Go Broncos

UPDATE: 2/3/14 AFTER the Superbowl

I'm a life long fan. The thrashing that we took in the game was hard to watch but a reality of life. As I sat at the breakfast table with my children I explained an important lesson to them.  We must choose our allegiances carefully, and allegiance is most often defined by how we handled the difficult times, not simply the good times.

Bronco fans have now endured 4 epic defeats in the SuperBowl. I am not happy about this, but it strengthens me.  I am proud of what they accomplished in reaching the game.  Let me be clear. A win would be preferable, and I am intensely proud of the back to back wins with Elway.  Next season begins today.  All of the other NFL teams have multi week headstarts on the Broncos and Seahawks.

Time to Ride  #UnitedInOrange

&... GO BRONCOS !!!