Thursday, November 15, 2007

A Good Friend

A good friend is the kind that, no matter how often you see each other or how long it has been since you last spoke, you pick right back up where you left off. The kind of friend that speaks life into your heart, makes your dreams seem like realities rather than pipe dreams, and truly rejoices with you in your victories, both tangible and emotional. Everyone should have these types of friends in their lives, hopefully more than one!

We recently had a visit from one of these types of friends for Steve. His name is Jonathan Reuel, and he lives in Charlottesville, VA. He is an artist and musician, and he is on the road quite a bit sharing his music in all sorts of houses, bars, churches. Lucky for us, his travels bring him through our town once or twice per year.

He came this past January, and Steve and some of the guys from the band at New Hope played in a concert with him at the Curtain Club in Deep Ellum and also at an evening concert at New Hope. He was back this month, and Steve & some of the guys from our band played another evening concert at New Hope. All the music that they played was Jonathan's original music, and I am always amazed how well they can pull everything together in one practice and play a pretty amazing show together when they only get together twice per year as musicians. I think one of Jonathan's best qualities is that he is a "showcaser". What I mean by that is that he loves to showcase other people's talents. In every song that they played, he was letting the spotlight fall on the bass player, the djembe player, the drummer, or the really hot electric guitarist (aka my husband).

Jonathan is a great encouragement to a world of discouraged and depressed artists, he always offers Steve a new way to look at a situation, asks him difficult questions that lead to new revelations, and truly desires to see people around him succeed. A good friend is rare indeed.

Go here to check out more about Jonathan and to listen to a sample of his music. Make sure and listen to "Better Days", it is my personal favorite of all of Jonathan's songs. For those of us who had a serious heart connection with Waterdeep's music in college (you know who you are...) I think Jonathan's music evokes those same feelings of getting to a deep place and surrendering to the dreams that God has placed inside you.

***Side Note*** A shout out goes to one of these kind of friends in MY life. Sarah and Dave welcomed Jackson David into their family. Congratulations guys!

Shout out to myself...photographs of Steve and Jonathan taken by Courtney Horvath. See babe, I have learned a thing or two from you!


sarah p said...

Aw. Thanks for the Jackson shout out! =)

This was a really neat post. This Jonathan character seems like a pretty cool guy. I'm going to go and listen to some of his music.

The labeled photo of the "hot electric guitarist" made me giggle. I think it's the hand pointing at him that did it.

love you, my friend!

Amy said...

wowo. I can't believe it, another post! Love the pictures you took of the boys and I love that you gave yourself a shout out...well deserved Courts.

Much love to you! I see that you called a sec ago, I will call you in a bit.

Anonymous said...

i would like to add to your shout out...way to post! i'm with you on it being overwhelming sometimes. and i have 0 children. really honored steves friend. good post. love you..c (bff)

Karah Fredricks said...

I lost the link to your blog but Steve was just over and redirected me - oh my gosh, the boys are so big and adorable! Well, I got to see Seth in person, but the pics are fantastic. So when are you guys coming out here so we can see you and Caleb too?? :)