Monday, March 30, 2020
Good morning! The painting above is one I did using watercolour. It is called "40 Days" and is about the 40 days Jesus spent praying and fasting in the wilderness. We have not yet recorded the shakers and tambourine for Love is the Answer. We had a technical glitch on Saturday night for our Myztery Live on Facebook concert so we had to delete the video. We will try again this coming Saturday night at 7pm Pacific Standard time. We will also do a Myztery Live on Instagram concert at 6:30 pm every Saturday night! Please tune in if you are on Instagram and spread the news!
We need to buy two power supply cords for our Chauvet 4-Bar LED light units. We will set them up in our studio for our Myztery Live concerts. I will also start giving my ROCK Talks every Wednesday at 9 am Pacific Standard Time on Instagram. It will later be uploaded to Facebook.
I need to get some string cleaner from Neil Douglas music store in New West. This Thursday I am hoping to meet with Scot Buchanan, the manager of the Vancouver Long & McQuade music store, to discuss my book Radical Shifts being sold in L&M stores in Canada.
Have a great day!
Friday, March 27, 2020
Hello! Tonight Cyndie and I will record a shaker and tambourine part for our song Love is the Answer. She will play both instruments. We may end up recording a djembe part as well. I love our new studio setup in our condo. I look towards our front window. We have a large area with grass and trees across the street and we played bocce there yesterday and Cyndie beat me.
I found a solid drummer to record on our album through Len Osanic. Len's studio is in New Westminster. The drummer plays with Paul Rogers of Bad Company sometimes and he does an awesome drum sample on Len's website https://fiascobros.com/
I recently picked up my black Taylor acoustic/electric guitar from Neil Douglas music store in New Westminster. Mark did a great job cleaning it and putting new strings on! I played my song He Must Increase the other day for my ROCK TALK on our Myztery Facebook page. Our next Myztery Live concert on Facebook is tomorrow, Saturday, at 7pm Pacific Standard Time (Vancouver, BC). We will do these cyber concerts every Saturday at 7 pm so tune !
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Hello! I will be meeting soon with Scot from the Vancouver Long & McQuade music store to discuss them selling my memoir Radical Shifts. I am hoping to have it in every Long & McQuade store across Canada. I am also meeting today with Neil Douglas of Neil Douglas music store in New Westminster to pick up my black Taylor acoustic/electric guitar. I left a copy of Radical Shifts with him the other day and he may decide to sell my book in his store as well.
They changed my guitar strings and cleaned the guitar up. I could do it myself but I enjoy having someone else do it for me! :)
Have a good day!
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Queen of Peace
Good morning! Today Cyndie will record a keyboard part for our song that we are doing a music video for in June or July. I am thinking of having the keyboard like a Hammond B3 or some pulsating organ sound. I am taking my black Taylor acoustic/electric guitar to Neil Douglas music store to have new strings put on and cleaned. I bought the strings in Vancouver at Long & McQuade. I have had a few solo gigs cancelled due to the flu pandemic.
Yesterday I recorded an electric guitar part using my blue Gibson Les Paul and I also did kind of a lead solo part, very simple. Our goal is to release this album by December of 2020 so we have lots of time to record the album. I will be looking into a couple of local studios where we can mix and master the album in December.
It's a beautiful sunny day in Burnaby! I went for a brief walk in New Westminster near Neil Douglas music store. They open at 12 noon Monday to Friday. Have an awesome day!
Monday, March 16, 2020
St. Gemma Galgani, Mystic
Hello! We recently discovered a very talented music video producer based out of Vancouver, BC. We hope to have him produce one of our songs as a music video for our next Myztery album. We also have found an awesome venue to record the video in here in Burnaby, about 10 minutes from our place.
My memoir, Radical Shifts, has been selling well. I have received good feedback from some people who bought the book. It is always encouraging, as an author, to get positive feedback from people. What is also happening is that people are sharing my book with their family and friends.
I recently dropped off a copy to our Archbishop, Michael Miller, CSB. I also gave one to my new spiritual director. I have discovered a few small things that need correction, so in the next batch of books we will have these things fixed.
Have an awesome day and don't fret about the flu: trust in Jesus, wash your hands and keep one keepin' on!
You can read about St. Gemma Galgani here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gemma_Galgani
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Hello! I am busy at this time typing my spiritual journal, or diary, going back to 1982 to the present. I was 20 years old in 1982! It is a wonderful experience to read how God has been working in my life from the early days until now. I encourage you to keep a spiritual journal or diary if you are not doing so already. You will grow in your union with Jesus and it will help you to avoid areas of sin and weakness.
St. Faustina kept a diary at the request of her spiritual director, so he could direct her outside of confession. What a gift her Diary is to the world! There we learn about the mercy and love of God. I still have the flu! Ugh! We plan to rent a digital drum set so I can record drums on our next Myztery album. Drums were one of the first instruments I played when I was really young.
We continue to get new people, mainly from Nigeria, who want to join the Missionaries of Merciful Love. I also learned recently that 17 members of the Secular Franciscan Order became founders of new orders. I was a member of the SFO for 22 years until I founded the Missionaries of Merciful Love in 2005. Have a good day!