Sleepless in Fishers…

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The 2009 Keynote Summer Project is in full swing, and I am once again taking on the role of Music Director for a band called 'Young Isaac'.During the year, I am one of the directors for a band called 'blue sky nine'. For that role, I deal with running the band from a tactical and strategic standpoint, personally tracking with people in the band from a leadership standpoint, interfacing with the other directors within Keynote, being the person who shares the 'message' during our concerts, and oh yeah, I almost forgot - I play guitar.But now, for the Summer Project, I am a strange combination of personal discipler, guitar instructor, band conductor, Paul Shaffer/Randy Jackson, and whoever thought up 'New Kids on the Block'.Seriously. My job is literally to take…
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They became Young Isaac…

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Well, it's all over but the shouting. Keynote's Summer Project 2008 is over - it was two very busy months for me, and a life-changing experience for the 70 or so students on the project. The band I directed musically and helped coach, 'Young Isaac' (below), had a great time, and bonded really well as a team. In seven weeks, they went from being complete strangers to being a band on tour with great stage presence, a relevant spiritual message - and they sounded GREAT! I suppose that I am a bit biased. But they had a really cool pop/rock acoustic vibe, and were very flexible musically (and personally). Which was good, because they had to adapt to playing gigs with a full drum kit (more on the 'rock' side)…
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Young Isaac hits the road!

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So, I mentioned that I'm off the road this summer. All of us at Keynote are working on Keynote's "Summer Project", a 7-week internship of sorts where we bring in students and train them to do the sort of ministry we do. This year, as part of our project, 7 bands will hit the road next week for a 3-week tour. My job is to be music director for one of the bands, 'Young Isaac'. It has been a blast to put together music and write or arrange parts for the musicians - and have them come up with some on their own as well. I run their rehearsals and decide artistically how they'll work with the songs they play and how they sound overall. But the most fun has…
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