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(I don't know about you) But I'm Feeling 62! (Pt 2: TECHNOLOGY and HUMILITY) 

It always startles me when I search YouTube for some help with something tech related, when a voice is coming out of my speakers that sounds about 10 years old!  Yikes!!!  These little kids know more than I ever will about this stuff.  But I am grateful for every one of them, especially when I'm wrestling my recording software (ProTools) and one of them (or their 20 something counterpart) has the answer to my problem.  Humility is a good thing when you're 62.

Just this morning, I was transferring some large files to a young guy who is working on a gospel project I am doing.  I shut my eyes and imagined the music flying through the air, wireless, up to some server in the sky and then flying back down into his studio over a thousand miles away.  Totally awesome!!!

I know I am waaaaaaay slower than most but I am determined because giving up is not an option. I hear the ticking of the clock (yes we have a wind-up one that chimes, very low tech!).  It is saying, "make-the-most-of-ev-ery-mi-nute."  Here is what helps me:
  • Be patient.  It's a cinch by the inch but hard by the yard.  Keep plugging away.  Sleep on a problem and try again the next morning.
  • Seek.  Look for help under every rock.  Google your question--that is the best search method I have found
  • Have faith.  I pray, usually after I have pulled some hair out.  It would be better to pray first!
  • Remember why.  Why are you doing this?  Technology is a means to an end, not the end itself
  • Find a community.  I've found some online friends who are doing much the same thing I am.  Big help!  And while I'm on that subject, please leave any tidbits that help you with technology in the comments!
Bottom line: we either approach technology with the humility of children or we fight it and deprive ourselves of the amazing things we can do because of it.

 

(I don't know about you) But I'm Feeling 62! (Part 1)  

Good morning friends!

I got some good advice at a music seminar in Nashville two weekends ago.  Age is not something to run from, but to embrace.  Of course Nashville (or LA or New York) totally does NOT do this!   But I can implement the advice anyway.  

Truth is, the young feel they own the music, but they don't.  They own the popular music, but for me there's freedom having that door shut.  There is no lure in wondering what a label might want, and no being anxious about being prettier than the multitudes of gorgeous young  women trying to do the same thing I'm doing.

In my heart, my songwriting can belong to God as never before.  I know that I would not write or sing the songs I am working on if I were, like in the Taylor Swift song, 22! My husband Jack and I have raised children and buried our parents.  The responsibilities are now less and the urgency is greater.  With age comes the knowing you won't be here that long, and it adds an additional drive to get the songs that are in my heart written, recorded, and out there!  

It's pretty cool.  I'm thinking, going forward, I am going to write a series of blogs about being "62" and doing music.  Stay tuned if this is of interest!

The song I chose to accompany this blog is "When I Call to You".  It is a love song to my husband Jack.  It's about a mature love. I would not have written it at 22. 

Thanks for reading!

Love you all in Christ,
Charlotte

Soli Deo Gloria--For the glory of God alone!

 

Do you have a Red Paper Box? 

Do you have a box of trinkets that make sense to you but probably wouldn't make sense to others? Sometimes my trinkets don't even make sense to me!  In fact, sometimes life feels like one of those follow-the-dots pictures.  The dots don't seem to connect into anything that looks like anything.  Isn't it wonderful that we can trust God to make sense of it?  Awhile ago I wrote a song, using the souvenirs of a life and put them in a figurative red paper box to illustrate this.  

I also made a lyric video so you can clearly see the words.  

Hope you like it!  If you like, in the comments below, tell me about your trinket box and maybe something about the meaning of your souvenirs!

God bless you with more of Him!

Charlotte Ryerson