Day 5 at Noble Street – “It’s a Wrap!”

Day 5 at Noble Street Studios saw us work on some bass, piano and guitar overdubs/edits and record an “interlude” full band song clip called “Where Two Oceans Meet”  that will appear somewhere on the New World CD as joining material.

Everyone on the team were exhausted by the end of the week but exhilarated. As we listened through the “keepers” during the editing sessions I think it really began to sink in how much had been accomplished over the week and the great playing that had been captured off the Noble Street floor. This is going to be a special album – a “New World” of music for us and our audiences.

A big thank you to everyone on the team who worked so hard made this week happen so smoothly: The Technical Crew – Richard Cleaver (Recording Engineer), Josh Cleaver (Session Administrator “Minute-taker”), Kevin O’Leary (Noble Street Assistant Recording Engineer) and Trevor Anderson (Studio Session Assistant).   The Band – Steve Heathcote (Drums), Will Jarvis (Bass), Brad Toews (Piano) and Tony Lind (Guitar). I would also like to thank Noble Street Studios for making us feel so at home in their world-class facility. It was truly a wonderful, warm sounding space to record and be creative. Here is a group shot of the full team!

The New World “Dream Team” (from left to right): Trevor Anderson (Noble Street Session Assistant), Kevin O’Leary (Noble Street Assistant Recording Engineer), Steve Heathcote (Drums), Brad Toews (Piano),  Richard Cleaver (Recording Engineer), Trevor Dick (Violin), Will Jarvis (Bass), Tony Lind (Guitar) and Josh Cleaver (Session Administrator “Minute-taker”)

Concert Bookings and Events in December 2012

Saturday, Dec. 1/12 at 7:30 p.m.

Bracelet of Hope :: World AIDS Day Celebration
“Glory & Peace” Appearance – Trevor Dick and Band with Tina Newlove (painter) and Hannah Briggs (dancer)
River Run Centre, Guelph, ON
Details: Flyingbow artists, Trevor Dick, Band (Rob Brown, Will Jarvis, Tony Lind, Brad Toews) and guests (Tina Newlove and Hannah Briggs) perform at this Bracelet of Hope event with MC, Jian Ghomeshi.   More details and tickets here.


Wednesday, Dec. 5/12 at 7:00 p.m.

“Glory & Peace” Concert Tour
Kelowna Bible Chapel
1423 Vineland Street, Kelowna, BC.
Details: Flyingbow artists, Trevor Dick, Brad Toews and Tony Lind are guest music artists for this Gideons sponsored “Glory & Peace” Christmas Concert event. Free Admission.
For more information call Fred Wollin: 250.470.0955.

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Thursday, Dec. 6/12 at 7:00 p.m.

“Glory & Peace” Concert Tour
Bethel Church
945 Main St., Penticton, B.C.
Details: Flyingbow artists, Trevor Dick, Brad Toews and Tony Lind are guest music artists for thisGideons sponsored “Glory & Peace” Christmas Concert event. Free Admission.
For more information call Tom Mearns: 250.492.4557.

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Friday, Dec. 7/12 at 7 p.m.

“Glory & Peace” Concert Tour
Seven Oaks Alliance Church
2575 Gladwin Road, Abbotsford, BC
Details: Flyingbow artists, Trevor Dick and Band (Rob Brown, Will Jarvis, Tony Lind and Brad Toews) and guests (Tina Newlove, painter and Hannah Briggs, dancer) perform in this Compassion sponsored “Glory & Peace” Christmas Concert event. Tickets $15. Dessert: $5
For more information call 604-853-0757.

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Saturday, Dec. 8/12 at 2 p.m.

“Glory & Peace” Concert Tour
West Vancouver Baptist Church
450 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver B.C.
Details: Flyingbow artists, Trevor Dick and Band (Rob Brown, Will Jarvis, Tony Lind and Brad Toews) and guests (Tina Newlove, painter and Hannah Briggs, dancer) perform in this Gideons sponsored “Glory & Peace” Christmas Concert event. Free Admission.
For more information call 604.922.0911.

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Sunday, Dec. 9/12  at 10 a.m.

“Glory & Peace” Concert Tour
The Bridge Church
The North Shore Credit Union Performing Arts Theatre
Capilano University
2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver, B.C.
Details: Flyingbow artists, Trevor Dick and Band (Rob Brown, Will Jarvis, Tony Lind and Brad Toews) and guests (Tina Newlove, painter and Hannah Briggs, dancer) perform in this Gideons sponsored “Glory & Peace” Christmas Concert event. Free Admission.
For more information call 604.985.4011

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Sunday, Dec. 23/12 – 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

“Glory & Peace” Concert Tour
Broadway Church
2700 East Broadway, Vancouver, B.C.
Details: Flyingbow artists, Trevor Dick and Band (Rob Brown, Will Jarvis, Tony Lind and Brad Toews) perform in this Gideons sponsored “Glory & Peace” Christmas Concert event. Free Admission.
For more information call 604.253.2700

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“Glory & Peace” :: Victoria, B.C. – December 10, 2011

Last weekend, December 10, 2011 wrapped up our final “Glory & Peace” Concert of the Christmas season with full band and Tina Newlove (painter) in beautiful Victoria, B.C.  It was a fantastic evening!

Ron Michalski, Luke Stones, Marita Salokari and their team did a wonderful job hosting us all at Glad Tidings Church. It sure was great to be back on “home soil” with many of my family and friends at this concert. Dale Clyne did a great job on sound in one of the nicest venues in Canada. I’ll let these photos taken by Michelle Dick tell the rest of the story …

A full band shot at the start of the concert.

With Brad Toews (keys) and Tony Lind (guitar).

Reaching for a high note …

A fantastic audience of 650 + at Glad Tidings Church.

“Dueling” with Tony Lind on Guitar … Tina Newlove (artist) in the background.

Steve Heathcote’s drum solo in “Iyale”.

Brad Toews lights candles during the “Peace” set.

With Will Jarvis on Bass during “Sojourn of the Kings”.

Tina Newlove’s beautiful “live performance painting” of the evening.

Final bows …

“O my soul, bless God! God, my God, how great you are! Beautifully, gloriously robed, dressed up in sunshine, and all heaven stretched out for your tent” … “what a wildly wonderful world God! You made it all, with wisdom at your side, made earth overflow with your wonderful creations ….” “The GLORY of God – let it last forever!” Let God enjoy His creation!” (Psalm 104:1-3, 24, 31 -Message)

Jesus said, “I give you PEACE, the kind of PEACE that only I can give. It isn’t like the PEACE that this world can give. So don’t be worried or afraid.”  (John 14:27 – Message)

At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God’s praises: “GLORY to God in the heavenly heights, PEACE to all men and women on earth who please him.” (Luke 2:13-14 – Message)

Launch of the YAHWEH East Coast CANADA DAY WEEKEND Tour

Happy Canada Day!

I must admit, blogging has been a bit hit and miss over the last few months, but I have decided to start up again as we launch the YAHWEH CANADA DAY WEEKEND Tour to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia … so hope you are able to follow along.

Yesterday was a full day … started at 5:15 a.m. (too early) with a Red Car taxi pickup to take Brad and I to the airport. The taxi driver was surprised at all my bags – 6 in total! (he muttered under his breath about Red Car’s luggage policy). I explained to him that Brad was going to check in two of my bags … perhaps he had missed his morning coffee?


A direct flight to Fredericton on Air Canada Jazz was really nice – no stop overs … gave us lot’s of time on the other end to pick up our Budget rental car which happens to be a fully loaded Dodge Charger muscle car (sky light, heated seats etc). Brad couldn’t wipe the smile off his face. “This is all they have”, I said … “I guess it will have to do”,  he replied (grin, grin). We both agreed today that we still prefer the 2011 Ford Fusion (our regular pick with Enterprise when we are doing local Ontario concerts). More fuel efficient and lot’s of room for all our gear …

Brad gets rid of an over- sized carry on before we embark on our AC Jazz flight to Fredericton

I must admit, it makes for a long day to travel and do a concert on the same day. We had the one-hour time difference on our side (not as possible if we were traveling west), but still … by the time we arrived to the venue, I was dragging a little. It was a good call to check in to our Inn around 15 minutes outside of Hartland where we unloaded, ironed a few cloths and caught a little “cat-nap” before driving to Harland Wesleyan Church. Pastor Mel (an amazing, warm, caring guy) met us with a hug and a smile. He was worried about the numbers for the evening on the start of the Canada Day weekend … I told him that he had done all he could do … it was now in God’s hands!


The concert went very well … a few little technical issues with the operator getting used to our Pro Presenter program, which drives all our sound and visuals … but nothing that was too distracting. Although the audience was smaller than we are used to (around 70-80), their warmth and energy more than made up for their size. We had a great time … due to my tiredness, I perhaps “rambled” and “yarned” a little more than normal, but the friendly audience were “egging me on”! Five children were sponsored through Compassion Canada, which was a good response on the evening.


On the drive back to Fredericton this morning after a much needed sleep in, Brad mused while we admired the beautiful New Brunswick landscape: “God’s favorite colours must be Green and Blue.”  I agreed. “We need these colours … they are colours of peaceful tranquility that feed the soul,” I said …


We are checked in at the Crowne Plaza hotel, only a stone’s throw from the historic “Officer’s Square” where we will be performing in 1.5 hours. Really looking forward to celebrating Canada Day in music and with my fellow Canadians in downtown Fredericton, NB. It is a wonderful, festive atmosphere. I’ll take lot’s of pictures!

Until tomorrow.


LIGHTS OUT! (the true Power Source)

Lights out!

What happens when just seconds before performing on a concert stage, the power goes out, all music, sound and media equipment shuts down and the large auditorium is plunged into complete darkness?  … maybe a little bit awkward?

No, this is not some crazy re-occurring “musician’s nightmare” (like the “flash-backs” to our childhood when we dream of not being able to find our locker at high-school) but a real-life scenario that happened to Brad Toews and I in Welland, Ontario at Wellspring Community Church. We were booked to do a Compassion Sunday morning service. This became a church service I will never forget – with some important lessons I want to remember!

Marc Brule, the senior pastor of Wellspring had just finished introducing us after a vibrant time of worship led by Andrew Thompson and the Wellspring’s Worship Band, when the lights in the auditorium (and the whole town of Welland as we quickly learned in the hour that followed) was plunged into complete darkness. The power outage rendered my electric violin and Brad’s  electric keyboards completely useless – not to mention all the media and visuals we had meticulously pulled together for the morning event!

Powerless and in the dark, pastor Marc (now on a megaphone that was quickly scrounged up from the children’s ministry), asked for the doors to be propped open to let in some light, then encouraged the congregation (who were sitting at round cafe style tables – representing the relaxed “community feel” of the church) to share among themselves how God had been at work in their lives that week. Marc, Brad and I then discussed our options  …

1) Wait for 15 minutes and cancel the service if power was not returned.
2) Plan to do the concert later that afternoon if/when power was restored
… or … we were quickly running out of ideas.

After praying with Brad about what we should do, I felt a strong sense that we should go ahead with the service … in the dark. With no acoustic piano in the building, I was on my own – solo. I honestly had no idea how it would work out, but just proceeded in faith. I decided to start by playing and improvising on my acoustic violin while walking through the congregation between the tables in the dark … “Amazing Grace” came to my mind and I played that and a few other spontaneous, unplanned songs … then speaking through the megaphone to candlelight, I shared my story of God’s grace and healing in my life. I remember thinking that it was remarkable how quiet and attentive the congregation was  – even the young children with their parents. I then led the congregation in singing Tommy Walker’s classic worship song:  “He Knows My Name” joined by Marc (guitar) and Andrew (vocals) who had pulled the lyrics up on his iPhone.  As a trio we led the congregation in these words:

I have a Maker, He formed my heart
Before even time began, my life was in his hands

He knows my name, He knows my every thought
He sees each tear that falls, and He hears me when I call

I have a Father, He calls me His own
He’ll never leave me, no matter where I go

He knows my name, He knows my every thought
He sees each tear that falls, and He hears me when I call

It was a beautiful, intimate moment – that even in that darkness, God, our Father was there … knowing all and in absolute control.

Getting the message of Compassion out on a megaphone in the dark! (iPhone photo – Andrew Thompson)

I closed the service by sharing about the amazing work of Compassion to children and families in poverty and in need around the world. At the end of the service exactly one hour later, just as we were packing up our unused gear, the power turned back on in the building! In my heart I knew that God wanted that one hour in Welland to be free of regular power so he could show HIS POWER.

In an email to Marc and Andrew the next day, I wrote:

A great day yesterday – one we will never forget … God worked despite the circumstances – He was THE LIGHT in the darkness! 15 children were sponsored and saved from poverty – only eternity will tell the spin off from this for the Kingdom …. not to mention the brother who gave his life to Jesus yesterday during the service! … Brad and I felt we met some true “kindred spirits” yesterday … as challenging as it was, I left refreshed and greatly encouraged that God is truly in control and will work despite us and all our plans or ideas. In our weakness, He is strong!

Andrew wrote back with these words:

… we were really blessed by what occurred in the midst of yesterday’s circumstances. We all ‘say’ we trust God and His word when it says that He works all things together for good, for those that love Him…but yesterday we witnessed that. God did not restore the power (hydro), but He demonstrated the (restorative) power of His Spirit in our midst yesterday. People were blessed and challenged…by the music played and by the words that were spoken, lives were touched and saved…in the midst of darkness, someone came to the light and the light of God’s love was focused on our hearts as to how we might help to ‘save’ others…and people responded.

Thanks Trevor and Brad for being able to work outside of your comfort zone, not to ‘save’ the service but to allow God to work through you…period. Glad to know that it was a blessing to you as well…many blessings on you as you continue to serve Christ the Light of the world!

Two verses comes to mind when I think of the lessons I learned from that Sunday morning in Welland:

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways”, declares the LORD. (Isaiah 55:8).

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. (2 Cor. 12:9)

The lessons?

1) God is at work – despite us and all our efforts. Everything that happens is in His perfect will. He does not need technology, fancy visuals or human power to reveal Himself and to do His work.
2) Prayer is critical and powerful. Through prayer with Brad and others and the prayers of Flyingbow Partners who regularly hold these events up in prayer, I was able to discern God’s will and plan for the morning and run with that plan. As I ventured forward in faith, God gave me his words and an incredible sense of peace.
3) God likes to take us out of our comfort zone to show His strength and power in our weakness. This is “the great adventure” of following in the steps of Jesus! There is nothing like it!

Until next time …


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Today’s Final Two Free Christmas Downloads :: “Little Drummer Boy” and “O Holy Night”

Happy Christmas Eve!

On this eve of Christmas 2010, I leave you with two final complementary downloads – one from each of the double Glory & Peace CD set: O Holy Night from PEACE and Little Drummer Boy from GLORY. As I post these, I have been reflecting on the words of these classic carols and a few verses from the Bible that I encourage you to read and apply to your lives where you are at today:

She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). (Matt. 1:20-23 – NIV)

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2 -NIV)

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 – NIV)

Glory to God in the heavenly heights, Peace to all men and women on earth who please him” (Luke 2:14 – Message)

When we celebrate the birth of Jesus, we must not forget the real reason why Jesus came. He did not come to create a nice Christian holiday called Christmas for us to give and receive presents and drink eggnog- although this is all really nice. He came to live a radical, counter cultural, anti-religious life of love and servant hood. This was displayed in every part of His time on earth from His humble, quiet birth into poverty to his scandalous life as a leader of a group of misfit disciples, to His constant challenges of the “religious leaders” of His day. The reality is, He WAS Immanuel “God with us” and we passed Him by and nailed Him on a cross. This Christmas and this coming New Year I have resolved to know this Jesus better: the one that would show such love and grace that He would go to the cross for me. I admire this man. I want to pattern my life after Him. I want to take His “yoke upon me” and “learn from Him”. I believe He was who He claimed to be: the Son the living God: The “King of Glory” and bringer of true Peace! I want to “fix my eyes on Him” and make Him my focus each day.

Little Drummer Boy
Come they told me … Our newborn King to see … Our finest gifts we bringTo lay before the King … So to honor Him … When we come …

Little Baby … I am a poor boy too … I have no gift to bring … To lay before the King … Shall I play for you … On my drum?…

Mary nodded … The ox and lamb kept time … I played my drum for Him … I played my best for Him Then He smiled at me … Me and my drum…

O Holy Night
O holy night, the stars are brightly shining; it is the night of the dear Savior’s birth! Long lay the world in sin and error pining, till He appeared and the soul felt its worth. A thrill of hope, the weary soul rejoices, for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming, with glowing hearts by His cradle we stand. So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming, here came the wise men from Orient land. The King of kings lay thus in lowly manger, in all our trials born to be our friend!

Truly He taught us to love one another; His law is love and His Gospel is peace. Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother and in His Name all oppression shall cease. Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we, let all within us praise His holy name!

Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices! O night divine, O night when Christ was born! O night, O holy night, O night divine!

HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY TOMORROW!  Take some time away from the busyness of the day to thank Jesus for what He has done. May we all truly experience the reality of His  Glory & Peace this Christmas and into 2011. May we give Him our all!


GLORY :: “Little Drummer Boy”
PEACE  :: “O Holy Night”

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Corrado Giaquinto – Adoration of the Magi

I want to gratefully acknowledge the amazing work of the following people who enabled the Glory & Peace project to become a reality:

The 5th String Blvd. Band :: Brad Toews, Corey Lacey, Will Jarvis and Steve Heathcote for their beautiful artistry and friendship

Richard Cleaver – Whisper Wood Studios :: Engineering and Mixing

Inaam Haq – Cherry Beach Sound :: Mastering

Russ Salamon – Salamon Photo Works :: Photography

John McDonald – Compassion Canada :: Artwork, Layout and Design

“Peace” :: Today’s Free Download

Today’s free download, “Peace“, is the title track from the PEACE album. It is an original composition for viola and piano. While you listen, reflect on these words:

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God”.  (Matthew 5:9)

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid”. (John 14:27)

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ ” (Romans 5:1)

“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you”. (Isaiah 26:3)

PEACE :: “Peace”

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The Free Download of the Day :: “Jesu In A Manger (Medley)” from PEACE

This arrangement for acoustic viola and piano from the Peace CD combines Bach’s “Jesu Joy” and the classic children’s carol, “Away in a Manger”.

PEACE :: “Jesu In A Manger (Medley)”

Jesu,  Joy
Jesu, joy of man’s desiring, holy wisdom, love most bright;
Drawn by Thee, our souls aspiring, soar to uncreated light.
Word of God, our flesh that fashioned, with the fire of life impassioned,
Striving still to truth unknown, soaring, dying round Thy throne.

Through the way where hope is guiding, hark, what peaceful music rings;
Where the flock, in Thee confiding, drink of joy from deathless springs.
Theirs is beauty’s fairest pleasure; theirs is wisdom’s holiest treasure.
Thou dost ever lead Thine own in the love of joys unknown.

Away In A Manger
Away in a manger, no crib for His bed,
The little Lord Jesus lay down his sweet head.
The stars in the sky looked down where He lay
The little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay.

The cattle are lowing, the poor Baby wakes,
But little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes;
I love Thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky
And stay by my cradle till morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay,
Close by me forever, and love me, I pray!
Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care
And take us to heaven, to Live with Thee there.

J. H. Fragonard – Adoration of the Shepherds

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“Coventry Carol (The Lament)” from PEACE :: Today’s Free Download

It was a turbulent time in the history of Israel when Jesus was born. When King Herod learned of the birth of the “king of the Jews” from a group of traveling scholars (the wise men), he decided to massacre all the male children aged two and under in the region of Bethlehem. “Coventry Carol (The Lament)” describes this terrible infanticide. The lyrics of this haunting 16th Century Christmas Carol represent a mother’s lament for her doomed child:

Herod, the king, in his raging,
Charged he hath this day

His men of might, in his own sight,

All children young to slay.

That woe is me, poor Child for Thee!
And ever mourn and sigh,

For thy parting neither say nor sing,

Bye, bye, lully, lullay.

Here is the historical account in Matthew 2:16-18 (NIV):

16 When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. 17 Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:

18 “A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.”

As I reflect on this, I can’t help but fast forward to another turbulent time in history when the same “king of the Jews” was crucified on a Cross. It was for this reason Jesus came … he was born into poverty (a stark contrast to the perfect Christmas cards give and receive), lived a life helping and serving others and then went to the Cross for us. “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich (2 Cor. 8:9)”.  This is today’s free download. Spend some time reflecting on what Jesus has done for you.

PEACE :: “Coventry Carol (The Lament)”

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