Being Indie feels somewhat reminiscent of the classic children’s story The Tortoise and the Hare. I bet you remember the story. A rabbit scoffs at the idea that a tortoise could ever beat him in a race, but the slow, hard shelled creature challenges the boastful hopper to a race-against all odds. In the end, the tortoise proclaims; “Slowly does it every time!”
Making music without a label is also against the odds. You set out on a course, a calling perhaps, to do something great, but there are no guarantees. Many people sit on the sidelines and scoff, others sail past you with mush success, and still others never attempt to get in the race at all. Likening a creative endeavor such as making music to a race may seem a stretch, but I think an argument could be made that we are all in a race of sorts. We all want to reach the finish line in something. Whether it be raising a family, excelling at our jobs, or accomplishing some grand dream, we all want to succeed.
Many Bible verses, in fact, encourage us to run the race well: 1 Corinthians 9:24, Philippians 3:14, and perhaps the most well known; “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith,” 2 Timothy 4:7. Of course these verses are about salvation, but the application can be made to all worthy endeavors for Christ.
So Time to Change, our tortoise of an album, crawls along to many wonderful places. 2014 has seen several radio stations routinely keep our songs in their rotation. I never would have thought the Urban Gospel crowd would jive with our sound, but a couple of stations regularly play Time to Change (Live-Acoustic) and Apology. A few indie stations have added I Will Wait and Another Day to their rotations. Because I Know was selected as a semi finalist in a worldwide music competition, and appears to be our most popular track on Spotify. One of the DJ’s at 95.9, The Fish in Los Angeles, claims to have memorized the words to three of our songs, and he has our CD in position 7 of his car’s CD player.
Our video of Like a Baby (Mom’s Song) is quickly approaching 4,000 views on YouTube. We have also had a few memorable live performances over the last year. I often get people walking up to me at church telling me how much they love one of our songs-Don’t Listen to Me being the most recent. I suppose the bottom line is that I would like to thank God for being faithful and honoring the work that so many people put into this album. I don’t know God’s plan for Time to Change. I just pray and hope it touches the hearts of anyone who might need to hear our testimony, a bit of encouragement, or our witness to the love of Jesus Christ.
“The sun started to sink, below the horizon, and the tortoise, who had been plodding towards the winning post since morning, was scarcely a yard from the finish.” (The Tortoise and the Hare). Thank you Lord for all of the opportunities to run the race, and no matter how slow or encumbered we might be, you see us through to the very end, at just the right place that You want to meet us. And to the people we have met along the way, the prayers, the smiles, the encouragement and support, thank you!