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Cowboy in the Badlands

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Hi Friends,

As I sense the current season of my life changing, I’m excited about what the future holds. Those of you who know me well, know that I embrace change and find it ever inspiring. I’ve been based in the Mid-Atlantic region for most of my life and am now entering a new season where a beautiful barrier island in south Florida will be called home for seven to eight months a year. Though the change is a pleasant one, it comes with an enormous amount of balancing as there are endless loose ends to tie up. I rest in the knowledge that He shepherds me, and I never am, or will be, in a place of want (Psalm 23:1).

So join me in opening my arms to the future, to all that the summer holds, and to all the blessings that await us.

Call me, text me, tweet me, message me, email me, write me… we’ve been brought together by God for a reason.

As always, remember you can send an anonymous email to prayer@eddymann.com for prayers and encouragement.

Pray on,
Eddy

 June Notebook

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In August we’ll be stopping in at Leesta Vall Sound Recordings to do some direct-to-disk recordings. You can pre-order here! Each recording will be a one-of-a-kind and include a personal message. Check out the link and choose your song(s)!

You can hear what they’ve been saying about Simple Things right here at JamSphere, BeachSloth, No Depression and Mid TN Music.

 

Song of the Month

June Schedule

More info at eddymann.com

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Create In His Name

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So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. (Gen 1:27 ESV)

I’m currently the owner of a clear mind and I’m loving it. It’s a mind that’s free from darkness, it’s free from obscurity, and it’s even free from cloudiness. It’s dictionary clear. There’s no discoloration, no defects, not even a blemish. It’s a gift that’s been lovingly given to me, and graciously received.

It’s with this new found clear mind that I’ve become truly inspired to create again. As I was walking through my previous season of servanthood, I neglected to keep a balance in my life, and I wandered away from the God given gifts that were there to feed and strengthen me.

I wasn’t aware of it at the time, but by not having symmetry in my life, I was missing some deep emotional opportunities to be creative.

But I’m now experiencing a heightened sense of harmony. I’m beginning to explore other areas of expression. Some of these I haven’t visited before, and a few others are outlets I’ve long left behind.

And he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, with intelligence, with knowledge, and with all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold and silver and bronze, (Ex35:3-32 ESV)

I’m not sure where any of this will lead, but that doesn’t seem to matter at the moment as the journey itself seems to be the most important thing right now.

Embracing the process is a luxury that sometimes gets lost when we find ourselves being enslaved to deadlines.

While in the studio I’ve had to remind myself on more than a few occasions to remember that this is fun. That’s how and why I fell in love with it in the first place. I create for that exciting moment when a mistake becomes the catalyst for something beautiful and new. I wonder for the stream of conscious work that seems to have been created by someone else when experienced the following morning. I have to be more mindful of not letting go of that.

And so that’s where I find myself at the moment. I’m filled with this childlike enthusiasm, and I can’t wait to open my new box of crayons… whatever that may be. And that in itself is motivating me to see, hear and think about things differently.

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men. (Col 3:23 ESV)

This place that I dwell in right now has been provided by Him. The surrounding expressions of love and wonder have been produced by Him. The gifts have been bought and strategically placed are by Him.

So one thing’s for sure, I’m wholly inspired by the Author of all things, I’m encouraged by the love that He lavishly expresses over my life, and I’m honored to be given the opportunity to create in His name.

Pray on,

Eddy

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