I have been singing as long as I can remember. I sing Christian songs that stress redemption through Christ Jesus and the hope of being with Him eternally in heaven.
I make the backing tracks that I sing to with Band in a Box and Realband from PGmusic.Com and my wife often augments them with either a keyboard or piano.
I do play guitar and keyboard, but the backing tracks sound better.
I maintain a website, listed below, which has a good sized collection of gospel hymns in MP3 format as well as weekly devotionals.
I haven't done anything on the street. How about jail? We used to do jail ministry back in Michigan.
Once while our group was playing "I'll Fly Away" at a nursing home an old gentleman and a lady friend did a spirited two step as we were playing.
My wife and I went to a particular jail for the first time to provide music for a Sunday meeting, which was held in the jail garage. I had a guitar and my wife was playing a keyboard. When a large group of inmates came shuffling in, I almost lost my nerve. I stood in the corner and about beat the old guitar to death.
After that, I made many trips back there to minister and really enjoyed it. Hopefully we were able to help someone.
My first guitar was a Harmony which I had strung left handed. I started playing in church, knowing only 3 chords. My friend would call out the changes to me. I don't remember what happened to it. I had it for a year and perhaps I traded it for my 1952 0018 Martin in 1953. I still have that one, and unfortunately it shows a lot of character from misuse.
I also have a Fender Duo Sonic and a Chet Atkins Tennessean both of which I picked up in Nashville from down on their luck musicians.
Recently, my name was drawn in a sweepstakes and I won a Fender American Stratocaster .
“You made my heart sing.”
“Thanks for playing my song.”
“I bow to your Godliness.”
“I love and support your charity.”
“Your fans adore you.”
“On my couch, saving the world.”