Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Ode To The 90's

I may have been born in the 80's but I cant really call myself and 80's kid because I didn't really experience that decade.  What I did live through was the 90's.  *Sigh*

I read an article from Relevant today that had me in stitches by the end of it.  It kind of left me wondering what the heck happened in the 90's.  I know that the current decade we're riding has its fair share of oddities and flat out strange people (Gaga), and things (Selfie Stick), but oh man did the 90's kick the weird up a level.  And the thing is, I don't think we knew we were being weird at the time.  Maybe that's what makes the 90's great.  Ignorance is bliss after all.

On the other hand, we did have some pretty rad things come out of the 90's.  Lets take a look at my top 10 list of 90's awesomeness... Well maybe awesome is a strong word for some of these... Anyway:


I can remember when this show was launched.  I think I got so excited I literally started doing ninja kicks around the living room.  There's nothing quite as awesome as a giant, white, floating head kidnapping 5 unsuspecting teens and thrusting them in to a fight for the fate of the universe.  They did get to drive giant dino robots though.  Pretty sick if you ask me.

9. POGs

Every 90's kid remembers these little things.  I have no idea how they became so popular.  Then again, I recently saw a new children's collectible toy that is literally just tiny versions of various food related items with faces painted on them.  While I never actually figured out how the game of POGs worked, I had a butt ton of those little guys stacked up in their fancy little plastic tubes.

8. Tamagotchi

Mine always starved or pooped itself to death.

7. Discman

Lets be honest.  Anti-skip wasn't actually a thing.  It was just an extra button on your discman.  Kind of like a placebo.  Just flip the switch and "Oh man! That makes such a difference." Riiiiiiiight.

6. Gak

The snot like substance marketed to children so they could stick it to everything and make fart noises in class.

5. No words needed here.

4. N'Sync

I will be the first to admit that I was a huge N'Sync fan.  Yep.  Actually, some of their music influenced me early on as I began diving further in to music.  Justin's hair made me want noodles all the time.  My sodium levels were probably through the roof.

3.  Roller blades.

While I agree that Brink may deserve a spot on this list, Mr. Von Detten isn't quite as cool as the skates with which he bladed.
I used to create some magic on the street with my old blades, while jam'n to "Space Cowboy".

2.  N64

Um, 4 player Goldeneye battle royal anyone?  Pfff!  Yeah!  Now hand me my can of Surge!  We're going golden guns!

1.  DBZ

This was my single most favorite show of the 90's.  Possibly ever, in the history of anything.
I've taught my daughter how to kameha-meha.  She also goes super saiyan.  You gotta raise them right.

If you're in need of a good, solid, laugh, you absolutely need to check out Relevant's article!  It served as my inspiration for this post.

11 Christian Videos That Will Make You Glad the ’90s Are Over

Thursday, November 19, 2015


I am excited to announce that my single, What You Do To My Heart, will be included in the Pandora rotation!  Things have not gone live yet but will be soon!  Thanks for all your support yall and keep on listening!!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

What You Do To My Heart

So I do this thing where I go back and listen to a bunch of my old songs, pouring over each one, borderline obsessively.  I don't do this because I'm in love with myself (Kanye. DOWN BOY.) but because my creative mind is almost always hearing new things each time I listen to the tune.  New ideas form, or old ones get cut.  It's truly one of my favorite parts of the creative process!
I wrote this a while back and released it as a single.  I hope you enjoy it!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

I Give Myself

Growth is good.  It's essential actually, but that doesn't change the fact that the process absolutely sucks sometimes.  I've found myself in one of those seasons.  I'm completely surrounded by so many amazing things, but in the midst of these blessings I am growing.  Some of this growth feels like fire burning my skin, when in fact it is burning away that which needs not be there.
This song is just a little peace of the process I'm in.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Love is Not a Fight (a Warren Barfield Cover)

I wrote a post a little while back about songs that just punch you in the heart, in a good way.  This happens to be one of those, for me.
Love is Not a Fight is absolute poetry that paints a picture of what love truly is.  It's not something we fall in and out of.  Love is not something that just happens because love, at it's core, is God.  God is a purposeful, creative Father, so why would we think love to be any different?  Love is not simply emotion, but an action that is demonstrated through peace, and pain, and joy, and sadness, and hurt, and healing, and so many other things.  Love is not something meant to be left behind.
I love this song and just had to do a cover of it, though I actually recorded it quite a while ago.  Time to revisit and share the fun!

Here is Warren Barfield's "Love is Not a Fight".

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

It's Not You and Them

I used to play gigs all over Seattle and have experienced some of the coolest venues and people I've ever visited or met during that season of my life.  But the memories that I cherish most are those that were created "with" people.

I had a band for a while, the Zach Trandum Music Project, and those guys not only brought the music to life but created an atmosphere that made playing the music truly memorable and special.  It was the team that made it happen.  My name may have been in the band title, but we were effective because we worked as a unit, prayed together, and encouraged each other.  If I had acted as though it were "Zach and those other guys" I would have killed the impact the band was having.  I'd even wager that our sound wouldn't have been anything close to what it was.
The bottom line is that many of you work with a team.  You lead them but you're not separate from them.  You are one unit, tied together by the common goal of creating sound that glorifies God.  If you've been acting as if it's them and you, then you're missing out on the whole point and joy of being a worship "team".

I recently had the honor to worship alongside two of my colleagues at World Vision for our weekly chapel service.  Aaron and Julieanne both demonstrate and incredible heart that's truly hungry for God.  We managed to capture a bit of this session on audio and I just had to share it.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Get Out of the Green Room

I watched a fantastic video via The Verge Network this morning.  It was a talk surrounding the fact, yes FACT, that worship leaders need to get off their butts, get out of the green room, and go connect with people!  I'm wrapping myself in here as well because I have absolutely been one of those leaders who goes and does his thing, and then gets a coffee, plops down on the couch and proceeds to "listen" to the sermon via the web stream.

Jesse Stone, of Austin Stone Worship, lays this out so perfectly and it fires me up!  Do you realize that you have an incredible platform?  You have the opportunity as a worship leader to connect with, love on, lift up, encourage, teach, and so many other things, the people in the congregation you serve.  Listen to the word I just used one more time... "Serve".

I'll be the first to admit that I used to use my platform as a spotlight for my gifts.  I was in college, playing professionally all over the Seattle area and saw it as an opportunity to do more music.  I was squandering the abilities God gave me and was incredibly fortunate to have leaders over me who recognized the potential in me and took time out of their own lives to mentor and teach. 

The bottom line here is this,
the green room is not a lounge, it's a place a preparation and prayer.  Use it as that, and then get out so you can connect with the amazing people around you!  Pray with them, encourage them.  Maybe God has a mentor opportunity just waiting for you.

Watch Jesse Stone's video via The Verge Network here! I loved it and I think you will too.