I’m sitting at a local coffee shop after finishing some homework for a class that I have tomorrow and talking with a friend. Chad Norman is his name. Dude is legit. He loves Jesus and can play the mess out of a guitar. He isn’t one of those guitar players who needs a lot of effects. Just give him a guitar and watch him tear it up. Impressive guitar player. His love for the Lord overshadows his guitar skills tho. Dude loves the Gospel and it’s evident. my friendship with him is pretty important. That iron sharpening iron is a good thing that we share. I love this dude.
You know when they say that everything can go wrong? That was this morning. My goodness. First, I was awoken by a dog crying at 5:30. You say “Shane, welcome to my world. I get up that early all the time.” My answer is one that is simple…I don’t like your world. I like to sleep and not be woken up by dogs. Well, we find our hero awake at 5:30 trying to go back to sleep and to no avail so I just got up and laid right back down. I finally got up around 7:20 and started to get ready for church. I am a worship leader at a church called Open Door Church so I was getting ready for the day. Yesterday my girlfriends dodge charger broke down. She’s from Winnsboro. (Her name is Kelly and she’s really pretty) She needed to somehow get back to Winnsboro so she took my truck which was perfectly fine. I had to go get some gas in it and everything was good. You say, “Shane, you said that everything that could go wrong went wrong.” I say keep listening to the story. I wanted to make my blonde coffee that I bought in my french press (because that’s what all the good worship leaders do, right?) Well, if you’ve ever done work with a french press you know that it takes a little time for the water to boil and for the coffee to brew. I waited…patiently. Ok not really patiently. I was yelling at the water to boil. I needed to be at church by 8:40 to have enough time to set up the computer so we could have words and the sermon notes. I also had the privilege of teaching the youth this morning so I needed to be a little early to have my lesson ready to go. Well, as I am yelling at the water to boil I notice that it is 8:39. I hurriedly packed up my guitar and my computer and loaded the vehicle to be ready to go when the coffee is ready. Well after the water boils you have to wait 4 minutes while is brews. I waited 3 this morning. Kelly had the truck packed and we ended up leaving at about the same time. I arrived at the church around 9:12 and unloaded my vehicle. I set the computer up and saw that the songs and sermon notes had not saved in pro presenter so I sat down and made sure everything was as it should be. Then panic set in. I could not find the adapter so that the words would show up on the screen. I called my mother (I live at home during breaks from school) and told her the problem. She could not find the adapter anywhere. I searched my backpack and could not find it. I went ahead and taught the youth life group and after it was over I hurried home to see if I could find the adapter. There was no adapter in the inn. I think that’s how that goes. I took my time getting back to the church and by took my time I mean I flew because I had 5 minutes till service started. I get back and I tell the pastor that I don’t have the adapter. He asks what it looks like. I tell him it’s white but its in a box that says rocket fish. He grabs the box from behind the offering plates. To my relief and also to my “man are you for real right now?” The service went great and the sermon was on point for the congregation. What do you have? (Acts 3:1-10) And what are you doing with what you have? Overall, the Lord is still good and once again He is amazing.
Night one! wow. what a night! the worship was great and the message was amazing. You celebrate what you value. God has placed eternity in our hearts and as humans, we are constantly to fill our lives with things that we enjoy but our attempts will always fail. Christ is the only thing that will fill the chasm in our hearts. Celebrate what you value. Value the Gospel. Value Christ.
Mr. Jordan Says!
How are you brother?
I’m pretty darn good man.
We’ve known each other for a long time.
Yes sir. Since back when the mullet was cool.
Guitar. What does it mean to you?
Dude, it’s my favorite thing in the world. I love to just sit and play or jam with friends. It means the most to me though when I can use it as a tool to help lead others in worship.
How old were you when you started playing?
My grandpa randomly gave an old acoustic guitar when I was 15. I think I started banging around on it the first day I got it.
Take me through your gear set up.
The first pedal in my chain is a buffer made by a local friend of mine. Next is my Dyna Comp, then Korg Pitch black tuner. After that is my drive section which, right now, consists of an LPB-1, Helios (tube screamer clone made by a local builder), then my JHS Morning Glory. I run that into an Ernie Ball VP jr. Next is the Ibanez DE-7 into a Keisman modded Nova Delay followed by the glorious RV-5.
What bands do you play with?
All of them.
Nah, I Am Third is the main one. I’ve played here and there, you know, whoever needs a fill in guitarist.
Where do you draw your influence?
Well, I’m actually reading Jeffrey Kunde’s blog as we speak, so obviously him. I love what he does for Jesus Culture and Bethel Live. I’d be lying if I didn’t say Philip Zachary had a big influence on my playing style early on. I also love any blues guitarist.
How do you use their influence along with your own sound to write guitar parts for I am third?
Anytime I write a guitar hook or anything really, it just kind of happens. That influence just kind of comes out in anything I write.
What are some of your favorite bands?
I’ve been on a big Jesus Culture/Bethel Live kick lately. Switchfoot is probably my favorite band of all time. Safety Suit is a pretty sweet band. And you can’t go wrong with anything John Mayer.
Favorite event you’ve played?
Oh man. I absolutely love leading worship for Refuge at the BCM, but that goes on all semester so it’s not technically an event I guess.
Favorite song to jam to?
Deep Cries Out by Bethel Live is probably my favorite song to play live. I love to just sit and jam to some good blues though.
What has the Lord been showing you lately?
That my plans will disappoint me and that instead, I have to depend on Him to direct my life and decisions.
Catch you on the flip side, Jordan.
Later man, it’s been fun.
What’s new? Working on an ep with the church (World Redemption Center)
When did you start playing music?
Hmmm, like when I was 12 or 13, I started playing to impress the ladies…I was wrong. It doesn’t work like that
What’s the direction you’re going in?
I really feel like I’ve discovered my sound so now I’m trying to hone in that sound and incorporate it into the overall sound.
Speaking of your sound, what is your gear?
I’m a little unorthodox. We’ll start off with my guitars, i use an upgraded Epiphone Les Paul and a tele and strat that are being worked on now, I run into a tu2, a nobles clone, a modded ds1, a vp jr, a dd20, and a painted Behringer time machine because they’re ugly as heck. All the pedals are wired with George L’s. I run into a Peavy classic 30. I’m thinking about changing the speaker to a vintage 30.
Biggest lesson you have learned when it comes to your sound?
Uhm, no matter what you plug into, you will always sound like yourself. You don’t need 20 pedals. I went from a Pedaltrain pt pro all the way down to a pedaltrain jr. Yea, that’s about it.
What guitar players do you draw influence from?
James duke and Seth Davis.
Why is that?
Becuase James has the tone of a prince and Seth just sounds different than any other worship guitarist that I’ve heard before.
When you’re writing guitar parts what do you usually do?
I usually stay away from dotted 8ths because everybody uses that. I try to write something that doesn’t sound like other worship guitar players. I try to write things that are tasteful but out of the ordinary while at the same time not wanting to take away from the worship. I just want to sound like me, you know?
Any investments in gear in the near future?
Yeah, I’m looking at some new pickups for a guitar, I wouldn’t mind a JHS mini foot fuzz. I want a tap. I’ll order that in a minute.
What does a normal day look like in your life?
1. wake up
2. turn on the tv
3. make some coffee
4. School related things
5. Go to work
6. Go to my lady friends
7. Come home and sleep
Man, that sounds fun..so, other than the band at WRC, what other bands are you in?
Well, I play with you in To Those Without Hope and I’ve been a fill in bass player for I Am Third.
With To Those Without Hope, what has been your favorite experience?
Uhm, I would say my favorite part has been just hanging out with the guys in the band and going to IHOP and Texas Roadhouse. As far as events we’ve played it would have to be the Adoration Worship night in Sulphur.
Why was that your favorite?
I feel like it was the most spirit filled event we’ve played. The feeling that you get when your leading in worship and people are worshiping with you is amazing.
When it comes to your relationship with the Lord, what is the most important thing to you?
Really just staying in the word and keeping communication. I find that in my darkest times is usually when I’m not in my word and I’m not communicating with Him.
What has been the one thing that the Lord has been showing you lately?
Grace. I’ve been understanding grace more. Grace is somebody doing something that is terrible and they deserve punishment for that but instead of punishment they receive love, forgiveness, and mercy.
Plans for today?
Work from 1 to 5:30 then if your still in town I’ll hang out with you!
That sounds like fun.
What game are you playing?
Hungry Shark Evolution.
It is very fun.
I’ll leave you to that.
What do we adore? What do we long for? What are our desires? The band got to play at a night of worship tonight that was called “adoration night of worship” and that word just stood out to me. What do I adore? Is it Christ? If not, the why? And if I do then why do I? The set we did was all about Gods love for us and He used that to show me how amazing He is! That his love never fails and that it came to rescue me! That it paid a debt that I could not pay! Man, God is good! Night kiddos!
So here it is at 1:03 on thursday morning that I cannot sleep. At all. To Those Without Hope is playing at a night of worship tomorrow night and we have the “day before routine” tomorrow and I’m so excited because I know that God is going to do something HUGE Friday night and not only Friday night but in the sound checks and run throughs! God is great. I just killed a wasp in my bed. Goodnight
I’m in a small worship band named To Those Without Hope (yea its kinda long) that is made up of 4 people…myself (Shane longoria), Grant Keel, Phillip George, and Taylor Moore. We formed in early January of 2012 and have played at various d-nows, lock in’s and Wednesday night worship services. This is in no way a plug to make ourselves know or an attempt at publicity. It is an opportunity that I have to share us with you. Well if you don’t know me my name is Shane Longoria I am currently 20 and I am a student at Louisiana College on a beautiful hill in Pineville, Louisiana. Back to the band. I play rhythm electric guitar and sing lead vocals. Grant plays lead guitar. Phillip plays bass and Taylor plays drums. In the first post I made I expounded upon Gods faithfulness and how He is faithful to us if we are faithful to Him. Here is the process that led me to
The band is in the process of rewriting hymns for an upcoming cd. In working through hymns and praying that God would show us what hymns to rewrite the song Great is Thy Faithfulness was a song that God showed me that we were supposed to work on. I sat down and worked on an arrangement and finished in a short amount of time and said basically “thanks for another hymn God” but God had more in store than just a hymn. The next week I was reading through Hebrews chapter 11 and I saw the faithfulness of biblical characters like Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Moses and many others and God’s faithfulness to them. After reading this chapter 1 of 2 responses laid before me: 1) I can say “these were very sound people that were very close to God so God was faithful to them. 2) I can say “the same God that was faithful to all of these people is still the same God who can and will be faithful to me. Needless to say I went with choice number 2. God began to show me that His faithfulness is like no others and this was something that He was showing me in my life as well as the life of the band. I stared to see that God was going to take care of us no matter what and that He would provide everything we need to continue to play. Through prayer and the dwelling on scripture as well as conversations with each other we decided to move to a non profit worship band because we all felt that this was the direction God was leading us in. We know that God is faithful and that He will take care of us.
To even start to think about the faithfulness of God is a challenging thing. To step out on faith and say “God, I know that you will provide even when I feel like i can’t see you or feel you” is a scary thought. Our human nature tells us “You need a 2 car garage with expensive cars filling them with a 2 story house with flat screens for everyone. Xbox 360’s and ps3’s for all the children and a man cave for dad and a walk in closet for mom.” I say no. Actually, the bible shows us that as christians this should not be our thought process.Psalm 37:4 says “delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart” If we are taking in Jesus. If we are completely saturated with Christ then the desire of our heart should be Christ and Christ alone. “My heart will sing no other name. Jesus, Jesus!” this should be more than a worship song it should be our hearts cry! Notice that the song doesn’t say “My heart will sing Jesus on sunday and money, cars, and the american dream every other day” Am i saying go out and sell everything you have and live under a bridge and have a lifestyle that would make John the Baptist look like a light weight? No. I’m saying let God prove His faithfulness to you! Read Hebrews chapter 11 and see the faithfulness of God to His children. Psalm 37:25 says “I have been young, and now am old. yet i have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread” God’s promise to us is that if we are faithful to Him, He will be faithful to us. “The steps of a man are established by the Lord, WHEN he delights in His way.” Psalm 37:23. When we delight ourselves in the Lord our steps will be established by Him. God bless