whether or not Your lips move

You speak to me

life fermatas August 20, 2013

fer·ma·ta noun \fer-ˈmä-tə\: a prolongation at the discretion of the performer of a musical note, chord, or rest beyond its given time value; also: the sign denoting such a prolongation —called also hold

In the musical world, fermatas designate to hold the note or rest longer than usual. The definition above says that it is at the performer’s discretion, which is often true. But in a chorus the length the fermata is held is up to the director. The chorus singers watch the director for that moment when he or she releases them from holding the note or rest and signals that it is time to move on.

Life is full of fermatas, isn’t it?

There are times when we are watching God… just holding on… waiting for Him to signal that it is time to move on. What do we do during those prolongations?

We keep singing the last thing we knew to sing. It can be tempting to move on to the next part of the music when it feels right or when we just get too tired of holding the same note. But if we do that, we will miss out on the beauty of experiencing the music the way it was meant to be sung. If we take things into our own hands instead of being faithful in the most recent thing to which we were called, we could miss out on experiencing the fullness of what God had planned.

We keep our eyes on the Director. Contrary to popular opinion, sometimes God does give us more than we can handle. There are many reasons for this but I believe the primary reason is to reveal to us that He is an endless supply of strength from which we can draw. So when you think you’re out of breath from holding that note, know that He is there offering for you to breathe in deep from His Spirit. (Cool fact: in the New Testament, the Greek word for spirit and breath is the same.)

We trust that whatever comes next will be worth the wait. Sometimes in choruses we sight-read, meaning we perform without having previously rehearsed or sometimes without having even seen the music beforehand. We watch the director even more closely in those times. The same is true during life fermatas–even though we don’t always know what the next part looks or sounds like, we can trust God that it will be magnificent and what is best for us.

So… hang on. Keep breathing. Keep leaning on Him. And know that whatever is coming, one way or another it is going to end up beautiful.


Harmonious Relationships July 27, 2010

Just now I was reading 1 Peter 3:8, which says followers of Christ are supposed to have unity of mind, or as some translations put it, be “harmonious.” I don’t know about you, but a lot of times it can feel like we’re not even singing off the same page of music, let alone singing in harmony!

I struggle a lot when I realize I have a difference of opinion, taste, or thought than a friend. I like peace and really dislike arguments. I struggle even more when I realize that there is someone in my life that just doesn’t like me and isn’t all that interested in being friends.

This verse helps me feel a little better, though. Harmony is all about complementary notes and often what notes aren’t played are just as important as the ones that are. It doesn’t mean you hate the other notes. It just means they don’t need to be played at this moment in time.

I wonder what life would be like if I applied this to my everyday relationships. I could take some stress off myself with trying to “play every note” all at once–that probably ends up sounding like a great big mess. Instead I can focus on this chord here, and this one here. So these individuals aren’t interested in interacting with me on this. That’s OK. Maybe next time. So this person doesn’t want to hear my thoughts on this subject. No problem; maybe just bad timing.There might be certain topics or people that I just need to let take a rest.

So maybe it’s OK when we don’t all agree on something. As long as we are being sympathetic, loving each other, and being kind and humble, maybe we can work out the significant differences and just let the rest fade.

Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.
1 Peter 3:8 (NIV)

To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit…
1 Peter 3:8 (NASB)


Fun Fridays: uh, it’s actually Monday edition January 26, 2009

Filed under: fun,music — Ashley @ 1:29 pm

Sorry I slacked off Friday, everybody. It was just too busy of a day to post. I know, I know. Excuses, excuses.

In the meantime, help me make this incredible composer famous:

“Moogie X. Fashbaw”

Find some of his videos on YouTube; his screen name is jimlapbap if I’m not mistaken (and I can’t get on YouTube from work, so someone comment if it’s not right).

And that’s about all the time we have for today, kids. See you next time.


help a victim of domestic violence August 4, 2008

Filed under: domestic violence,music — Ashley @ 10:21 am

This is a note that just came through my email this morning. Please take a look and consider helping this family.

Hi everyone, this is Brad, this message is not a forward, but I sincerely hope it becomes one because there is a huge opportunity to make a difference in a friend’s life… so please be encouraged to send this to everyone you know…

On Tuesday June 17th, 2008 around 11 AM, a man entered the Tip Top Hair Salon on Lebanon Rd in Hermitage, TN and fired 5 shots from a .22 caliber pistol into the body of a 24 year old stylist and mother of two as she pleaded for her life. Then, after ignoring her cries for mercy and believing his mission to kill her had been accomplished, the gunman turned the pistol on himself and ended his own life.

Alicia Garcia had been working at Tip Top for about 6 months as a stylist. My stylist, Nancy, works in the chair right next to her. Fortunately Nancy was off that day. Since Nancy and Alicia were friends and worked so closely together, I got to know Alicia a little bit. Every few weeks when I would get my hair cut, we would all catch up on life through the typical casual salon chit-chat.

The last time I went in was about 1 week before the incident. I noticed Alicia was not working that day and when I asked, Nancy let me know that she was off because she was getting an ‘order of protection’ against her husband. One week later we found out how badly she needed it.

Alicia miraculously survived the gunshot wounds…despite getting hit in the chest and neck. She was in critical condition for a few days but has since been released and is making an amazing recovery. However being a self employed stylist, she has no insurance for herself or her two young sons.

Here is how we can help…
A few years ago I wrote a song with my friend Jamie Prosser and my brother Matt Reynolds called ‘The Diary’. This song is based on a woman who is trapped in an abusive relationship and it is written as though the woman’s diary is telling the story. Alicia’s incident brings this very real issue close to home and gives this song renewed meaning as an important reminder regarding the dangers of domestic violence in our society.

In an effort to help raise some funds for Alicia Garcia and her kids, I spoke with some very talented friends in the music industry about a week after the incident. They didn’t ask for any money or any recognition. Together we have made a fully produced recording of ‘The Diary’. The song is now posted on my Indieheaven page and is available for download.
Downloads are $3 and are available here http://www.indieheaven.com/artists/bradreynolds .

Every dime earned from the digital downloads of ‘The Diary’ will be donated to The Alicia Garcia & Children’s Trust Fund sponsored by Pinnacle Bank in TN. If you would like to donate directly to Pinnacle Bank for The Alicia Garcia & Children’s Trust Fund, donations can be made in person at any Middle TN Pinnacle Bank location or sent via US postal service, there is currently no online access to do this. To find a location visit http://www.pnfp.com/about_pinnacle/locations/default.aspx .

If you wish to mail a check directly to Pinnacle Bank please send it to the following address:

Pinnacle Bank
211 Commerce St
Suite 300
Nashville, TN 37201

Make checks payable to ‘The Alicia Garcia and Children’s Trust Fund’

Please help me get the word out and let’s raise enough money for Alicia and her 2 sons to ‘start a new page’ in their lives. Once enough money has been raised to help the family get back on their feet, any additional funds will be given to a reputable organization (to be named later) that supports victims of domestic violence.

I would ask that you also pray for the family of Chris Garcia, the husband. Even though his actions were dreadful, there are still family members, including his two sons, that lost someone they loved very much.

Here are a couple of the news links related to the story…

Brad Reynolds