Brianna Gaither 'Vanity' CD Release and World Premiere of 'Resonate: A Documentary'

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February 24 at Crestwood Vineyard Church at 7 PM 2515 N.W. 16th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73106

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Brianna Gaither is holding a very special release party for her long-awaited sophomore album Vanity and for the world premiere of her documentary, Resonate at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at Crestwood Vineyard Church, 2515 NW 16th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73107. Gaither created the album Vanity as an experiment, recording 10 songs in 10 months with 10 different producers throughout the Oklahoma City metro area and surrounding towns. This experiment resulted in a wide-ranging collection of styles and moods, all unified by Gaither’s voice and vision. 

Resonate: A Documentary follows the 10 months Gaither spent working on Vanity while exploring the theology of creativity. The film is named for Gaither’s Resonate Campaign, a project Gaither started in September 2016 to empower artists through cooperation and shared belief. She describes it as “an initiative pursuing relationship with God as a Creator in order to develop excellence in our mirroring creativity, that the beauty of God would revive the heart of man.” Gaither initiated Resonate as a road map for musicians and creative people to build communities of artistry and faith in her hometown of Oklahoma City.

#ResonateAdvent -- Week 5: Christ Has Come!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!

Welcome to the final week of the interactive online experience #ResonateAdvent! At the start of each week, from November 27 through December 25, 2016, we will announce a new verse and theme of meditation, along with a weekly devotional. We will then invite the community to respond to each week's theme through art, music, and creativity. Join us for this beautiful time of togetherness and celebration, as we reflect on the gift of Christ's birth! 

Week 5 Theme: Christ Has Come! 
Week 5 Verse: 
Luke 2:15-20

"When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.”

In honor of Christmas, we are providing the "Monday Meditation" a day early!

Christmas Meditation: Christ Has Come!

Today is the day. We get to celebrate and remember the moment that hope, peace, and love from heaven met on earth in the form of Jesus Christ. We have spent Advent processing and leaning into the themes of hope, peace, joy, and love through creativity along the way. How do we go forward from here? Let’s look to Luke’s story of the nativity to see how those first witnesses of Jesus--the shepherds--responded.

"So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. The shepherds did not sit on the news."

They went back to their daily lives and told everyone what they had heard and seen. Let’s follow their lead. As we go forward into a new year, continue to create and share expressions of hope, peace, joy and love, shaping a community of disciples along the way.

Respond

To connect with the community, follow Resonate Campaign on Facebook and/or Instagram (@resonatecmpgn). There you will have the opportunity to see and share creative responses to the weekly themes and can participate in group discussions. 

If you are an artist/musician/poet/writer/etc. who would like to participate in #ResonateAdvent creatively, click here to find out how you can take part!

#RESONATEADVENT -- WEEK 4: LOVE

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Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you, and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.” - 1 Thessalonians 3: 11-13

This piece fascinates me. A stock photo from a huge database; we have no way of knowing the artist’s intent in creating this piece. Despite this, it is amazing how vividly it depicts the transformative power of God’s love in our lives: the anatomically correct heart showcasing the grittiness of reality is pierced by God’s love, unlocking the eyes of our hearts and allowing us to see with the eyes of Christ.

The more I look at it, the more I am moved by God’s love for me. This is the power of creativity; taking a concept as vast as God’s love and filtering it through the fallible mind of a human being with stirring result. Love is a subject that we as human beings, never tire of trying to capture in an image, word, or song. Maybe that’s something that God desires. The Father’s abounding love for us took physical form through Christ’s birth. Many prophecies of old are fulfilled in the Advent season, building to a mind-blowing crescendo with Jesus’ entry in that small, cold stable.

In the verses above, Paul bubbles over with love and affection for his fellow believers, praying that the Lord “make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you” (v.12). This encouragement is something we embrace in this season. Love is not just a feeling. It is an action we must choose to partake in every day. We cannot do this on our own, but only with a heart transformed by God.

We pray for an increase of your love, Father, that we may pour it back into our community through the works of our instruments, brushes, cameras, and voices. As you go through this week, take a moment to meditate on what abounding in love can mean for your creativity. The Father’s abounding love for us took physical form through Christ’s birth.  

Respond

To connect with the community, follow Resonate Campaign on Facebook and/or Instagram (@resonatecmpgn). There you will have the opportunity to see and share creative responses to the weekly themes and can participate in group discussions. 

If you are an artist/musician/poet/writer/etc. who would like to participate in #ResonateAdvent creatively, click here to find out how you can take part!

 

Welcome to week 4, where we will be focusing on Love in Christ's coming!

Verse of the week: 1 Thessalonians 3: 11-13

"Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you, and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.”

In order to connect with the community, follow Resonate Campaign on Facebook and/or Instagram (@resonatecmpgn). There you will find Monday Meditations, have the opportunity to see and share creative responses to the weekly themes, and can participate in group discussions. For additional devotional content throughout the five weeks, join the Resonate mailing list here!

If you are an artist/musician/poet/writer/etc. who would like to participate in #ResonateAdvent creatively, click here to find out how you can take part!

#ResonateAdvent -- Week 3 Monday Meditation: Joy


"And immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, blessing God.” - Luke 1:64

I don't know about you, but I love a good back story. The ground work of an epic adventure hinges on how well the prologue draws you in, and before the trek to Bethlehem and choirs of angels bursting into song out of the night sky there is the story of Zechariah.

He and his wife, Elizabeth, had been unable to have children for many years until God told them otherwise. Zechariah was going about his business as a priest when Gabriel appeared before him with the good news that Elizabeth was to bear a child. I don’t know if I would stay conscious if Gabriel landed in front of me, but Zechariah even managed to argue. He insisted that his age precluded the possibility of a baby. Gabriel responded “I stand in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you good news. And behold, you will be silent and unable to speak until the day that these things take place” (v.20).

Zechariah spends months in complete silence. There are so many calls for celebration during his months of silence.The birth of Jesus was prophesied, John the Baptist leapt for joy in his mother’s womb upon meeting a pregnant Mary. Filled with the Holy Spirit, Mary sang her magnificent song of praise, and Zechariah couldn’t speak a word! It was not until John was born that the joy inside Zechariah could be unlocked and set loose.

That joy was a gift from the Holy Spirit, and when it burst out, Zechariah began to sing God’s praises and prophesy about the fulfillment of God’s promises. When God unlocks something inside you, there is no shutting it down. What creative work is God unlocking in you? May your heart be filled with the joy of His coming and be released into the world through the expression of your creativity.

Respond

To connect with the community, follow Resonate Campaign on Facebook and/or Instagram (@resonatecmpgn). There you will have the opportunity to see and share creative responses to the weekly themes and can participate in group discussions. 

If you are an artist/musician/poet/writer/etc. who would like to participate in #ResonateAdvent creatively, click here to find out how you can take part!

#ResonateAdvent -- Week 3: Joy

Welcome to week 3, where we will be focusing on Joy in Christ's coming!

Verse of the week: Luke 1:64

"And immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, blessing God.”

In order to connect with the community, follow Resonate Campaign on Facebook and/orInstagram (@resonatecmpgn). There you will find Monday Meditations, have the opportunity to see and share creative responses to the weekly themes, and can participate in group discussions. For additional devotional content throughout the five weeks, join the Resonate mailing list here!

If you are an artist/musician/poet/writer/etc. who would like to participate in #ResonateAdvent creatively, click here to find out how you can take part!

#ResonateAdvent -- Week 2 Monday Meditation: Peace

"How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.” - Isaiah 52:7

If we try to define peace through the world’s lens, we might arrive at a concept that seems to equate with passivity, but this passage tells us that God’s peace has agency. Peace is not synonymous with silence. Isaiah prophesies, “how beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “your God reigns!”” (v.7). We are invited to publish God’s peace.

In many liturgical calendars, this week of advent is referred to as Preparation of Peace. As we light this candle we are preparing our hearts for the coming of Jesus. As creative beings, we are made agents of God’s peace. We have been formed in the image of the Father that shaped the universe in which we live. This is a beautiful calling He has extended to all of us!

One of my favorite children’s books, A Wrinkle in Time, captures this idea beautifully. As the children in the story are watching earth become shrouded by shifting cloud of darkness, advancing and retreating in turn, they ask their guides how to fight the spreading evil. This is where their eyes are opened: the battle has already been waged over generations; by musicians, authors, artists, dancers and other creative thinkers.

Isaiah invites us to join in this fight, bringing the good news of Jesus into our communities through the working of our artisanship. Spreading the beauty of God’s nature carries peace into the world. So, prepare your hearts to be carriers of peace. Keep pushing back the darkness.

Respond:

To connect with the community, follow Resonate Campaign on Facebook and/or Instagram (@resonatecmpgn). There you will have the opportunity to see and share creative responses to the weekly themes and can participate in group discussions. 

If you are an artist/musician/poet/writer/etc. who would like to participate in #ResonateAdvent creatively, click here to find out how you can take part!

#ResonateAdvent -- Week 2

Welcome to Week 2 of the interactive online experience #ResonateAdvent! At the start of each week, from November 27 through December 25, 2016, we will announce a new verse and theme of meditation, along with a weekly devotional. We will then invite the community to respond to each week's theme through art, music, and creativity. Join us for this beautiful time of togetherness and celebration, as we reflect on the gift of Christ's birth! 

>>>CLICK HERE to see the gallery from last week's theme: Hope<<<

Week 2 Theme: Peace
Week 2 Verse: Isaiah 52:7

"How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”

To connect with the community, follow Resonate Campaign on Facebook and/or Instagram (@resonatecmpgn). There you will have the opportunity to see and share creative responses to the weekly themes and can participate in group discussions. 

If you are an artist/musician/poet/writer/etc. who would like to participate in #ResonateAdvent creatively, click here to find out how you can take part!

WE DID IT!!!! The 10-10-10 project is complete!

Let me step away from #ResonateAdvent for one minute and say WE DID IT!!! We have completed the 10th month of the “10-10-10 project,” and it was a massive success!!! Every goal has been accomplished within the scope of these 10 months!! Wow, God is so faithful and kind!!

It’s been a minute, so in case you need reminding of what all we “did,” allow me to recap! 

On February 1, 2016, an ambitious fundraising goal of $20,000 had just been met, and a 10-month journey began. I and a solo videographer traveled all throughout central Oklahoma with a mission to record 10 songs, in 10 months, with 10 different Christian, small town music producers in order to make a documentary on what God can do in a small city through people who are faithful to His calling. The film explores the theology of art and creativity, while expressing the need for faith-based community in the Arts. 

The music portion (10-10-10) is COMPLETE, and you can expect both the album and documentary to release in Spring 2017!!! 

To those of you who supported financially or through encouragement and prayers, I say thank you, thank you, thank you -- WE did this. You and I did this. To those who are just now joining, welcome! We hope you'll become part of the family. :)

The next three months are certain to be busy ones, as we work on packaging the album, editing the documentary, and preparing to get everything into your hands. I’ll be sending you updates and sneak previews throughout that time!

Stay tuned! You can find out more about Resonate: A Documentary at resonatecampaign.com

All my love, 

Brianna Gaither

 

#ResonateAdvent -- Week 1 Monday Meditation: Hope

Hope is a powerful starting point for the Advent experience. If I imagine my faith as a ship, I think hope is at the helm. Jesus came into this world to make it possible for us to share eternity with him! While I know that this is true, it is hard to hold onto when faced with the crushing disappointments of life in a fallen world. Pain, loneliness, loss, and other struggles make the hope of heaven seem very far away. Hope feels small and faint like the flicker of a candle or the moon surrounded by the vastness of the night sky. So, how do we maintain our hope and expectation that the promise of Christ will be kept?

Most importantly, we rely on the Holy Spirit. He lives and works in our hearts drawing us closer to the Father. In the book of Romans, Paul references Isaiah as he reminds the young church of all the promises God made to his children which have been fulfilled in Christ. “The root of Jesse will come, even he who arises to rule the Gentiles, in him will the Gentiles hope” (v.12).

We need reminders! Paul closes his letter with this prayer; “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” (v.13). What does “abounding” in hope look like? Songs, dances, symphonies, sculptures and every other effusion of creativity has the capacity to carry hope in God’s promises to us. Everything from Handel’s Messiah to “Jesus Loves Me” can harness and spread hope.

As we move together through this creative experience of Advent, meditate on the works of creativity that serve as reminders of your hope in Christ. We light this candle of expectation. May it remind us of his great promise to us. May it stir our hearts to create for the sake of hope.

Respond:

To connect with the community, follow Resonate Campaign on Facebook and/or Instagram (@resonatecmpgn). There you will find Monday Meditations, have the opportunity to see and share creative responses to the weekly themes, and can participate in group discussions. For additional devotional content throughout the five weeks, join the Resonate mailing list here!

If you are an artist/musician/poet/writer/etc. who would like to participate in #ResonateAdvent creatively, click here to find out how you can take part!

#ResonateAdvent -- Week 1: Hope

#ResonateAdvent has begun!! Welcome to week 1, where we will be focusing on Hope in Christ's coming!

Verse of the week: Romans 15:12-13

"And again, Isaiah says,“The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; in him the Gentiles will hope.” May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."

In order to connect with the community, follow Resonate Campaign on Facebook and/or Instagram (@resonatecmpgn). There you will find Monday Meditations, have the opportunity to see and share creative responses to the weekly themes, and can participate in group discussions. For additional devotional content throughout the five weeks, join the Resonate mailing list here!

If you are an artist/musician/poet/writer/etc. who would like to participate in #ResonateAdvent creatively, click here to find out how you can take part!

#ResonateAdvent Online Experience

We are thrilled to announce that this year Resonate Campaign is hosting an interactive online Christmas Advent experience!

#ResonateAdvent will begin this Sunday, November 27, and continue throughout the season of Advent. At the start of each week, from November 27 through December 25, 2016, we will announce a new verse and theme of meditation, along with a weekly devotional. We will then invite the community to respond to each week's theme through art, music, and creativity.

This will be a beautiful time of togetherness and celebration, as we reflect on the gift of Christ's birth! In order to connect with the community, follow Resonate Campaign on Facebook and/or Instagram (@resonatecmpgn). There you will find Monday Meditations, have the opportunity to see and share creative responses to the weekly themes, and can participate in group discussions. For additional devotional content throughout the five weeks, join the Resonate mailing list here!

If you are an artist/musician/poet/writer/etc. who would like to participate in #ResonateAdvent creatively, click here to find out how you can take part!

We hope you'll partner with us in this rich time of meditation and reflection -- we can't wait to see what God will do!

MONTH TEN!!!

Hey guys!

Wow!! I can't believe we are now in the TENTH month of the 10-month album project! Whaaat?? This has been an AMAZING adventure. 

I've taken a moment to record a quick video giving an update on the progress of the upcoming album and documentary. (Note: this was recorded in late October, so if at some point I say it's the "nineth" month, know that we have now progressed to 10!)

RESONATE PROJECT UPDATE

For more updates on the project and sneak previews of the music, you can follow us on social media:


Instagram: @ResonateCmpgn | @BriannaGaither

Facebook: Resonate Campaign | Brianna Gaither

Twitter @ResonateCmpgn | @BriannaGaither

Love y'all! Have a great day!

- Brianna

Between the Lines: Finding the Balance for Art, within Motherhood, Employment, and Marriage

So there I was, a first time mom with disheveled hair, a two-day-old nursing shirt, unshaved legs, and a sink full of dishes. I was holding my newborn baby girl in one arm and a checklist full of to-dos and would-like-to-dos in the other hand. And, as my morning turned to afternoon and my afternoon to evening, my checklist still sat empty. The next day, my checklist turned into merely three items: sleep, eat, shower.

As a full-time employee and mother, I feel the pressure. The pressure to be it all, do it all, and have both feet in both worlds at the same time. Come home early to be with my child and also stay late at work to show dedication and drive. Check my phone regularly for client emails, and stay off my phone completely to dedicate my attention fully to my daughter. On top of this, I do (really, I do) have hobbies. Well at least I think I do, somewhere between the routine of the day and the pull of being wife, mother, employee, and friend.

In the rush of things, we can’t help but to wonder, “Have I sacrificed my dream for these things?” We wonder if we’ve laid aside our long-awaited titles of “Musician,” “Artist,” or “Writer” for “Changer-of-Diapers,” “Doer-of-Dishes,” “Fit... Fit-ish Mom,” and “Dedicated-Employee.” So, what do we do? Where do we go from here when we are at our max and feel we have nothing more to sacrifice? How can we pursue art within the strong current of routine and responsibility?

Well, fortunately, I do have a few tips to help you pursue art and continue to grow as an artist amongst the busyness of life: 

 

1.    Carry a Notepad/Sketchpad/Music Pad

This could be physical or digital. NEVER pass up a fleeting thought of inspiration! You never know when inspiration will strike, and in the busyness of the day we can’t rely on “Oh, I’ll remember that!” Write/Sketch down your ideas as soon as they hit! (I will even sometimes create voice memos on my commute to work to remember ideas I want to write about.) Even if it’s just one word that inspired you, write it down. Then, when you have an unexpected 30-minute window to practice your art, you will have a whole notepad of ideas to get you started and act as the springboard into productivity.

2.    Wake up Early

Let me emphasize that sleep is incredibly important. But sometimes, the still of the morning (while everyone is asleep) is exactly the peace I need for ideas to flow. Not everyone is a morning person, sure. Then perhaps this set-aside time for you is on a lunch break, arriving twenty minutes early to work and sitting in your car, or taking an extra long shower to think (the only almost-guaranteed place us moms have to ourselves!)

3.    Take Yourself on a Date

We schedule time with friends, with family, for birthday parties, for meetings. A friend wants to have a coffee date and we can almost ALWAYS find somewhere in our schedule to take an hour window. Now, find the same sense of priority in you! Schedule time with yourself. Turn off your phone. Take yourself on a date. Truly. Write it on the calendar, and tell people you’re busy.

4.    Find Like-Minded Community

There’s nothing more inspiring than finding someone anxious to hear/read/see your next piece of work and find mutual joy in creative energy. Find or create a local group to exchange your creative pieces with for valuable critique and praise. Sharing the excitement of creativity and someone appreciating your talent couldn’t be more encouraging.

5.    Attend Community Events

You’d be surprised how many creative communities there are in your neighborhood. There are food festivals, art festivals, music festivals, writing groups, reading groups, community orchestras, theater, and more ALL around you! You don’t have to feel like you’re sacrificing family time for your art, go WITH your family! Let them experience what you love. When going to a bookstore, grocery store, or restaurant, look for local magazines at the door that tell you about and promote community events. Also, colleges are a hub of creativity! Check their websites for events too!

6.    Break Up

Break up with the apps that steal your time and energy, that don’t contribute to your growth or joy. Just as you can’t sustain 20 best friends, neither can you sustain 10 apps and hobbies. Sometimes we must sacrifice little time suckers here and there to devote more time to our art.

7.    Surround Yourself with Inspiration

Surround yourself in that which promotes inspiration and creativity! Perhaps it’s making a cozy nook in your house, painting one wall red, keeping a garden, or writing your favorite lines from books on the mirror. Whatever it is, surround yourself with inspiration.

8.    Take a Hiatus

Take breaks from your art, and don’t feel guilty. Sometimes we need to refocus our energies on other projects, duties, or our own heath. Don’t feel guilty. It’s okay. Really.

9.    Be with the Lord

Pursue the Lord and your outpouring of worship, adoration, and joy will inspire you to pursue the specific gift of art that the Lord has given you to worship Him with.

 

At the end of the day though, the best answer I have for you may not be particularly “sexy” or be fit to write on your bathroom mirror in your favorite color dry-erase marker. Here it is. Ready for it? Sometimes you can’t do it all. But, let me offer you something more optimistic than this. Something comforting. Something true. Something beautiful.

Life IS Art. Art happens in the wee hours of the night when your child comes to you scared of the monster under the bed, and you sit there holding him in your arms. His little body relaxes, his breathing slows, his chest rises and falls against yours, and the world is quiet and simply watches. Art happens when you’re rushing out the door and your child decides instead to pick a flower. In the rush, your little girl gleefully shoves the flower in front of your nose and declares, “LOOK, ma! Look at how many colors the petals have! I always just thought it was red!” It happens the moment the tension breaks with your spouse, they let down their guard, and with a tear in their eye walk toward you and embrace you. For these things, there is only art.

These moments shape us as an artist. They shape our art, become our muse, become the emotions that make our art breathe! These moments may not have yet found permanence on a piece of paper, but they are etched on our hearts waiting to find expression. Be FULLY in these moments, as these moments pass too fast.  And, more importantly, trust the Lord. Trust the season He’s placed you in as an artist. Open your eyes, your ears, your heart to the moment you’re in. The Lord hasn’t made a mistake. He hasn’t made a mistake even when He’s blessed you with the ability to be a songwriter and each time you pick up a pencil, you fall fast asleep.

Redefine your definition of success as an artist. Our goal here on earth as artists of the Master is to reflect his beauty, to bring through our art a little piece of Heaven on Earth, and be molded into His likeness, revealing glimpses of His majesty.

Our life is an act of worship, and our art a reflection of life, the very life we accuse of getting in the way of our art.

With all the best wishes, you got this.

Kaley

 
Read more from Kaley Field at https://tuckerandkaley.wordpress.com/

Read more from Kaley Field at https://tuckerandkaley.wordpress.com/

I Will Always Be On Our Side

Our Side is one of my "middle children"...poor thing. Your first child gets all the photographs, documentation, "My First Year" albums and journals. My "first children" are my Love Is Patient babies. They got a LOT of love and attention. They were suuper spoiled actually.

Then there's New Baby Syndrome for everything written in the past year or two (the majority of the new album). And although only a handful of other people are familiar with my newest songs, they have the majority of my own personal, current affection. 

But my dear Our Side, as well as one or two other tracks going this new album are my middle children, written in the gap between then and now. They were born in 2012 and 2013, but have barely left the house. No photo albums, no memory books. 

So this is it. I'm bringing them out, dusting them off, and this will be their time to shine. I think they're gonna do a darn fine job chillin' in the lime light. 

Check out the 2012 acoustic version of Our Side. But know that I can NOT wait to show you the revised 2017 version! I'm so pumped about it!! Dustin Ragland is doing an amazing job!!

Gallery from the recording session with Dustin for 2017 Our Side: 

Both Day 74 and Day 1

Thursday April 14 began Day 1 of the recording/filming process for the Resonate: A Documentary 10-10-10 album project. Although February 1 was the first day of the project's 10-month timeline, 73 days prior, this day marked the beginning of a new phase. We are now transitioning out of of the meticulous planning, scheduling, mapping, writing portion of the project (which granted, will never be quite over...). But regardless, this is BIG; we are now entering the DO-ing phase. 

I realized this week that it has been almost exactly one year since I conceived of and began planning this project. It is beautiful and energizing to watch a dream materialize -- to see this past year of effort, determination, and hard, hard work begin to unfold and actualize. More than that, it is inspiring and humbling to be doing something that I would have at one point considered impossible. 

The most important, most influential question I asked myself last year was this: what would I do if I could do anything? What would I do if I actually believed that God was backing my dreams? 

At that point, on that day, I could have never imagined living out so grand an adventure. It is God alone that can make the impossible possible, and each step of this journey relies solely on Him. 

Psalm 57

The recording process is taking off with a song I wrote alongside Logan Rine of The Notionaries out of Psalm 57:2 for #TakeTheNextVerse, a social media experiment that Resonate launched in Fall 2015. If you’re unfamiliar with this experiment, please check it out here. You can also see works submitted for the experiment when you scroll through the archive of our Instagram feed (@resonatecmpgn), or find Resonate Campaign on Facebook and click on Videos

The talented Nathan Holliday, my producer for the track. 

The talented Nathan Holliday, my producer for the track. 

This song is unique for me in that it explores the power of simplicity. The song revolves around some very real, personal, and complex concepts for me spiritually and emotionally, but musically it clings to that which is simple and repetitious. Check out the clip below for a sneak peek of the song!

Honest Psalms

When I was a small, innocent child, my favorite book of the Bible was Psalms. I liked that whether King David was victorious, anxious, frustrated, or terrified, he always clung to the Lord and gave him ultimate glory.

And embarrassingly enough, I started writing my own psalms as a six year-old. My parents have the cassette tapes to prove it.

Twelve years later, I started writing psalms again. I was definitely channeling a “brooding-freaked-out-King-David” vibe, because at the time, I held deep anger against God that I could only articulate by writing.

As my theology and understanding of God deepened, these accusatory scribblings soaked with hot tears were reshaped into honest praise. Slowly, my writing focused less on my emotional outbursts, and more on the consistent Grace and overwhelming kindness of Abba God.

After battling clinical depression, anxiety, addiction, and suicidal tendencies for years, the Lord has graciously given me a desire to communicate the Grace shown to me in my darkest times to other brothers and sisters who still dwell in the shadows.

My hands still shake with fear when I write sometimes. Other times, my fists curl up into balls, white-knuckling their way through a poem. I hope that in all seasons, I can still hold up my trembling hands in worship to the God who enables me to create.

For the glory of God and the good of his Kingdom,
Hannah

 

 

 

Resonate: A Documentary

Wow wow wow wow wow wow, what a week! I have been BLOWN AWAY by the generosity and support of those who value this cause and desire to see revival within the Arts community. 

This is Brianna by the way. Ashley (see previous blog post) and I share this blog. It may end up being a shared blog between several individuals. For now it’s just us, and you will quickly identify our differences. Ashley’s words will flow like liquid gold through your eyeballs and into your soul, forcibly subjecting you to the stirrings of deep inspiration. 

Her words are her art. My words are a necessary form of communication. 

I write more like a golden retriever who just wants to play fetch. I probably live life that way a bit as well. “You wanna play? No? You wanna play? Yes? Throw something at me!” I also write the way I speak. So hopefully in this process, you will get used to my voice to that point where this interaction will be more like us sitting down for tea and less like a message in a bottle shipped out to sea. Not an intentional rhyme there in that last sentence, but I’ll take it. 

WOW WOW WOW WOW!!!!! WHAT A WEEK!!!!!!

January 31 we accomplished an extremely ambitious fundraising endeavor, raising OVER $20,000. Unbelievable!!! It was so incredible to see so many people of different backgrounds in life and faith come together to patron the Arts in this way. It was beautiful, and humbling. 

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For those of you who don’t know, crowdfunding is a fundraising method that requires you to raise the entirely of your goal within a predetermined amount of time. If you are not at 100% by the end of that period, you receive nothing. Honestly, it’s a really stressful thing to do. 

It took months to prepare, sleepless weeks to launch, every ounce of energy to promote, and possibly shaved years off of my life…. but, of course, I am SO GLAD I went this route. And it would not be the same if I hadn’t! I am deeply thankful for the love and support I have received in lavished quantity. The combination of funds, energy, personal/emotional support, prayer support, and artistic connections that have resulted from this fundraising campaign have made this experience a springboard for the project. 

NOT only that...I needed my faith to be tested in this way. I wish I could tell you that I launched the thing, sat back, ate some nachos, didn’t activate a single sweat gland...not so. It was roughly January 2 when panic set in. The Holy Spirit kept asking me “Do you trust me?” over and over. And I couldn’t deny that my answer was “Yes Lord, but…”

Yes but...Is that what Peter said when he stepped out of the boat to walk on water? He clearly trusted the Lord enough to make the leap, but...where was that same faith whenever the wind and waves drew near? I needed this to be revealed to my heart. I am leading a campaign asking people to place their identity in God, and not in their gifting, not in their circumstances. But was MY identity in the Lord and not in the success of this fundraising? Not at first.

The Lord is constantly wanting to do a deeper work. Not only did he want to lavish the project with various resources, he also wanted to refine me as a leader, and remind me who I am as his kid. 

I am thankful to no end for the Lord’s kindness throughout the past five months of Resonate’s existence. I LOVE this community. I have testimony upon testimony of what God has done to get us to this point. And now we are moving into a season of grand adventure! 

Please join us along the way — the best is yet to be!!

Love, 

Brianna

PS. For anyone who missed it, here is the fundraising video explaining where we’ve been and where we’re headed! 


The Art of First Impressions

I wrote my first novel in the seventh grade. 
 
Eleven double-spaced pages became the home of Sage Isolde Wolff, Princess of Arelia. They outlined the tragic loss of her family and the mysterious appearance of a map shaped scar on her right hand. I believe at one point there was a dragon, and I can ensure there was a plot twist involving Legolas.
 
I wrote this story during my lunch breaks in the library, and would print out drafts to share with my peers, teachers, and family. Tragically, my masterpiece was met with mixed reviews. My Grandmother found it to be on par with my beloved Ms. Rowling. Yet, my friends were less enthused.
 
“There’s already a million books in the world,” my friend Savannah stated with the authority of a twelve-year-old. “Why can’t we just eat lunch and be normal?”

“Don’t you want to know how the story ends?” I replied. 

“Not really,” she said.

“Well, I do.”
 
My introduction to becoming a writer was discouraging, but not limiting. 
 
But enough about me, let’s talk about you. 

Welcome to the Resonate Blog.
 
Whether you’re the artist hanging paintings in rooms with no windows. The soprano holding back the power in her voice, because power is often feared. The late night culinary craftsman who is looking for mouths to feed. Or the psalmist writing ancient prayers on dirty napkins. 

This blog is for you. 

Our desire is to facilitate ingenuity, inspire action, and resurrect the oxford comma (this may be a part of my personal agenda).
 
Let’s see how the story ends. 

 

- Ashley