A Good Friday

I’ve had some fantastic days in the studio the past few weeks. My goal is always to spend some part of Friday recording and working on music, but for all sorts of reasons if often doesn’t work out. One reason, of course, was not having my guitar for about a year. And ever since it’s been back, it seems like the songs are pouring out. Three new new, mostly-baked demos in three weeks.

Today, I had the longest studio day I’ve had in months. Today, I went back and re-recorded “Walk With Me.”

The reason I had to re-record is that, last year, my computer got stolen straight off my desk at home. The master files of several songs I’d been working were forever lost. I had some in-process demos burned, burned but they weren’t fully baked and were never intended to be “final.”

So, today helped redeem last year’s stolen computer. And it sounds great. Even better than the stolen versions. thich is great and exciting, given that I was worried about whether it’d be worth it to redo it. I’ll put it up soon for yall to give a listen to. What’s most exciting is that it’s gonna be a much better recording for my CD.

So, a good Friday.

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He has been Senior Pastor of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas since 2001. During his tenure, church membership has grown almost 30 percent, and a completely new church facility (sanctuary and education building) has been constructed. Northaven is a leading progressive Christian congregation in the Southwest. Northaven is an eclectic collection of gay and straight families, artists, musicians, theater folks, academic theologians, lawyers and judges (go figure), socially conscious community activists, people who don't "check their brain at the door," and a wide array of others who either see it as their "last chance" inside the "institutional church," or their first trip back in decades. Eric is an avid blogger and published author.  Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's an engaging live performer whose first CD was released in 2000. His songs have won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He's a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named "best judge" by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. (As always, if you like this post, then "like" this on Facebook by clicking the box below, so others can see too...)

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