Good morning! I’m sitting at Tyler’s parents’ kitchen table in DE enjoying my first cup of coffee. It is beautiful here today. This house has lots of natural light. I love it. Living in a basement makes me miss natural light. But I do love our cozy little apartment.
I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving. We spent the day in Avalon, NJ (where we were married) with Ty’s parents. The weather was insanely beautiful. So warm and clear.
Our dinner was pretty good. I put too much salt in the stuffing…oh well. The pies were delicious.
I do love apple pie.
Last night we had the privilege of playing some songs for the Baptist Student Ministry at the University of Delaware. Some of you may know this, but Tyler and I met at UD about 7 years ago and really bonded while leading worship for BSM. It was a little surreal to be back. Some things were really different while other things hadn’t changed at all.
Those are the inputs on the snake they use for sound. That is literally Tyler’s handwriting on the masking tape. I love that nearly everything has been crossed out and replaced, but they haven’t actually replaced the tape itself. So lazy. And I love it.
Vision, one of the a cappella groups on campus recently arranged Faint Not. They were rehearsing in the student center last night and performed it for us. As you may have gathered, I love, love, love a cappella. I’ve always hoped that a group would arrange one of our songs, but seeing as no one really knows our music I didn’t think it would happen. It was so cool hearing them perform Faint Not. Tyler was able to get a video of the performance.
Vision Sings Faint Not
Anyway, we’re off to Messiah College for a show this evening. We’ve been practicing Christmas songs for our shows this week! Woohoo!
Well I certainly have been lazy when it comes to blogging. Life has been a little crazy lately. I feel like I’ve been saying that over and over, but it really is true. We finished tracking our new record and we’re really pleased with it. I’m not sure when we’ll release it, but we’ll keep you posted.
We spent a week in WA visiting my sister and touring with the Groves. I knew WA is beautiful, but I hadn’t really been anywhere outside of Seattle. On Tuesday we had to wake up at 4:30am to get on the road by 5am. The 5 hour drive between Spokane and Seattle was absolutely STUNNING. I feel like the early start was worth it just to see the beauty.
I thought I’d post a few photos for you:
Driving into Seattle:
Desert in Pasco, WA:
Sara performing in Spokan, WA:
Sunrise somewhere between Spokane and Seattle:
Group shot at 7am. We’re a bit tired. And cold:
Snow on the way to Seattle:
Really tired in the snow:
Overall a beautiful trip with such sweet people.
We’ve got a few shows coming up in South Carolina and the Northeast. Check out the tour page for details: http://jennyandtyler.com
Have a lovely day, friends!
We’ve been in the studio for 2 weeks working hard on this new record. Only 2 more tracking days! I can’t believe how fast this process has been. When we make records ourselves it takes about 3 months to track everything. This probably has something to do with the fact that we don’t actually have a studio. We recorded Faint Not by lugging our gear from living room to living room (or basement or attic) and setting up for a few days (until we over stayed our welcome). It’s been amazing working with a producer in a real studio.
We’re struggling to find a title for this record. The theme of the record is abiding in Christ and finding rest in Him. We didn’t know that it would be when we began writing the songs. We tend to process our feelings and emotions through songwriting. It’s funny, it’s almost as if we write a record and then figure out what we’ve been dealing with for the past year or so. That was definitely the case with Faint Not, and it seems to be with this record too.
It’s been a busy year. We traipsed across the country sharing songs from Faint Not and telling stories. Many of the families we met and the friends we made are beginning to feel like true family. Our music career (if you can call it that) has been all about relationships. 2 1/2 years ago we reached out to our tiny mailing list and asked for help in booking our first tour. Some of you probably thought we were weird. Fortunately, many of you didn’t. We played shows in tiny coffee houses to audiences of 5 people. At one of those shows we met a couple that opened their home to us and fed us. We’ve since played shows with their son and have been invited to and attended their kids’ weddings. We call them our Mississippi family. Another friend emailed us rather last minute and asked us to make a stop at her place for a house show. We’ve since become close friends and she’s connected us with 3 colleges in Mississippi. We’re even talking about visiting her in Africa. And there are so many stories like these. It’s amazing to see the Lord provide.
I’m not sure when we’ll release the record. Probably in the Spring. We’d like to bring it to our shows in February. We shall see.