More Like You
I am a worship pastor at Hope Foursquare Church in Snohomish, Washington. This is my first recording project, and it wouldn't have been possible without the help of many talented friends. The following has been copied from the CD liner notes: This has been an amazing journey and at times an overwhelming experience. I thought this would be a fun hobbyist project, but it was more like taking a college course on my days off. If I had realized the audacity of what I was about to take on with this project, I may never have begun. I did the whole thing by myself with no prior experience. (I do not recommend this.) The project took over four years because of the steep learning curve I faced through the whole process, and I seemed to run into trouble of some kind at every turn. (Software bugs, hardware conflicts, I'm a little slow, etc.) I re-recorded several parts more than once, and while many things are not perfect, there comes a point when you have to just move on. There are small glitches scattered throughout the album, but it wouldn't be a proper first project without them, right? My hope for this project is that you will be ministered to, and that it brings you into the presence of God. My first instrument was violin at six years old. I played until I was 13 or 14, but never really learned to read music. I somehow managed to pass auditions and play in the Everett Youth Symphony for two years before it became clear that I was in over my head. We got a piano when I was ten, and I learned the basic kid songs, plus a blues tune that I practiced avidly and can still play to this day. I began to play with the church youth group when I was in Jr. High, (the sound was horrific I'm sure) and continued with worship in that group until I was in college. As I went through High School and College age, I continued helping in worship and learned from anyone I could. Somewhere in there I also began seriously practicing guitar, and even had a grunge band in the early 90's for a couple years with some friends. I took music theory and jazz improv classes and finally learned to read music. (Sort of). In 1997 I came on staff at New Life Center Foursquare Church in Everett to facilitate music and eventually began leading worship services there. In 2002 I moved to Hope Foursquare Church in Snohomish as the worship pastor, where I now sit at my computer, pleading with God to help me finish this project quickly.
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