Here are a couple different versions:
(why haven't more guys done this song?)
Here's one of my favorites
We've been on quite a ride the last couple of weeks. The CD is so close to being finished. Our deadline to master is next week! We should have the final product just in time for our CD release event (September 6 in Charlotte at the Visulite Theatre). At the same time we have also finished the long awaited Zao Water benefit album! We haven't established and exact release date for this project but we should be announcing a date in the very near future. I'm extremely proud of both of these projects and I can't wait to share this music with you. I'm sure you're tired of hearing about them and are ready to hear them. Well here you go. (I've posted some of the music below.)
Last night we had the privilege of leading worship with Leonard Jones at a Todd Bentley meeting in Fort Mill SC. It was great to worship with several thousand people in the open air. I love playing outside. Apparently we were on God TV. I haven't heard (and usually don't) if or when they'll re-run it but If I were a betting man...
Little Jude is healthy and happy. He's adjusting to life on the planet earth nicely. He enjoys eating, sleeping and late night conversation. He seems to respond well to music (shocker). I'm glad he likes it. He's going to hear a lot of it. He doesn't seem to like baths or diaper changes, however he doesn't like to be dirty or have dirty diapers either. He is, as we all are, a beautiful contradiction. He doesn't want to be the way he is but he doesn't always enjoy the process of change (the changing of diapers especially). Hey, I've already learned something from the little guy.
Several months ago I ran into a friend from Switzerland. He recently had a dream that briefly brought him back to our area. In this dream he prayed for a couple of specific MorningStar worship leaders in the basement of Heritage International Ministries and a new sound was released into the world from these leaders. During a church meeting he saw Sarah and I and told us that he believed he also was supposed to pray for us. He proceeded to pray and began to prophesy that when our new baby was born, a new praise would also be born. Little did he know that we were planning to name our son Jude: a modern form of the name Judah that means "praise".
On July 23, 2008 at 1:07 PM a new praise, weighing in at just under 9 pounds and stretching just under 22 inches, was indeed born to Sarah and I! Significantly enough the first sound that little Jude heard on earth was the chorus of Kevin Prosch's anthem "Praise the Lord Oh My Soul". This was only one song of a large mix that I created the day before. We brought the music in to help the mood during the possible hours of labor. I had no clue what exact song would be playing when Jude made his grand entrance (or exit depending on how you look at it). It just blows me away that the first words a boy named "praise" hears as he enters the world is "praise the Lord oh my soul, praise the Lord"! I can hardly contain myself when I think about it!
Jude Williams McMillan is a healthy, glorious creature and is already incredibly loved by many people. He is a sign and a wonder and more than that, just a really great guy to hang with.
Well, we are at home. We've spent a lot of time in North Carolina these last several months. This is mostly due to the forthcoming arrival of our new baby and our work on a new CD. The second of which has been the primary reason for my lack of blogging as I've found I have little passion for discussing preamps, power converters, and how many times I had to sing "Out'a the ground" before I realized it was out'a of my range. Please forgive my silence, but I do believe I may have spared you quite a few minutes of your life by leaving out these mundane details.
On the other hand we did spend some good time worshiping with and performing for many great friends in San Francisco, Nebraska, and Kansas. We also spent some good time teaching in Toronto and co-hosting a worship intensive in Fort Mill, SC. These details would have been interesting. I'm sorry.
The baby is due tomorrow! We have yet no sign of when exactly he will arrive, but it could be any day now. Sarah is becoming increasingly uncomfortable and our anticipation for meeting the little dude is growing exponentially.
The new album has progressed quite well. Elijah (our producer) is currently in the editing and mixing process. I like to avoid the studio during these stages for three reasons: 1) Editing is by far the most tedious and uninspiring aspect of the recording process 2) I want to stay out of Elijah's hair as to not distract him from his work and 3) I want to come in after the process to approve of the final product with fresh ears. I have no doubt that Elijah will give me no less than his absolute best work. He never does anything half-heartedly (to a fault).
So here we are in a season of waiting. Baby Jude and the new CD will both be arriving soon. Sarah will be taking a break in the coming weeks for obvious reasons. But I shall continue on with my crusade of worshiping, creating, and reviving. We're looking at events in Kentucky, California, and Washington State in the coming months. We're also looking into connecting with several large festivals next year and hosting several of our own functions right here in Charlotte, NC. The Zao benefit album has also been completed and we can't wait to share it with you. It should be released just before or just after my new project. Watch out for events related to the releasing of both.
Please don't give up on my bloging! I'm out of the cave and I plan to keep you ever updated as to the current state of our ministry. We're more excited than ever about the coming days and that isn't just something to say. I mean it. I really do.
Our team is on the way back to Charlotte, NC today. We've had a pretty incredible experience in California. We helped raised over $25,000 for Sudan. That's just about enough to dig 4 fresh water wells that could possibly support more than 40,000 people with healthy water. I consider this in itself to be quite an accomplishment. Mothers will lose fewer children, families will walk fewer miles for their basic necessities, and people who were going to die will live because of this trip! Beyond that, we raised awareness of these issues in communities across the length of California, worshiped together recklessly for hours at a time.
It's honestly a little difficult to leave the people we partnered with on the Rock For Water Tour. We've become close to Aaron Strumpel, the Aiklens, the Armerdings and the whole Radiant Church community. I know that we have destiny with these people beyond this tour and we consider them to be close friends even after only a couple weeks together. Honestly, we probably had a years worth of experiences in two weeks. We ministered together in churches, clubs, schools and even garages. We worked together, ate together, slept together, sang together and played together from the massive metropolitan cities of Southern California, to quant beach towns and snow covered mountain passes in the central coast and the north. When I think back on this trip the thing that I will remember the most are these people and the adventures we had together. As cheesy as it sounds there is something incredibly powerful about people unifying for the greater good and we plan to do more of it.
Sarah and I love California. We'll be back in a few weeks to teach and worship at a seminar in the San Francisco area along with Ray Hughes, Sean Feacht, Brian and Jen Johnson and several others. If you're going to be n the area please check it out. (more info in our "events" section)
It's 11 PM. We're back in Visalia California staying with some friends. This has become home base for the tour as the main church we're working with is based here and we're central to all parts of California.
We played Redding, CA last night in a garage behind an office park. Quite a "Punk Rock" location. We had about 80 excited people who filled the room like sardines. They sang louder and danced harder at this event than any we've done on the tour so far. Sarah's songs were especially strong that evening. The people sang them so loud that she couldn't even hear herself! You could feel the power of God in every set and no one wanted to leave even after I'd lost my voice.
This tour has been absolutely life changing. We've raised more than enough money to dig 3 wells in South Sudan and with our last stop tomorrow in Fresno we may have enough to dig 4!
Next week we return home for a little down time and preparation before we go back into the studio. Thank you all for your support. Please keep us in your prayers!
Rock For Water Tour: Stop Number 4 - Bakersfield, CA
It's about 12:30 AM west coast time and we're driving an hour and a half to where we'll be staying for the next couple of days. We've just finished our fourth night in a row and we're all looking forward to a little rest.
We ended the show tonight with our whole crew on the stage singing "How He Loves US". I think there may have been over 20 people on the stage. We've been ending the shows with our whole crew together and Aaron Strumpel playing the theme of the song on the trumpet. Tonight we added a violin and jingle bells as well. It never sounds great in traditional terms but there is something pretty powerful about filling every corner of the stage with a human body and every crevice of the air with a screaming voice or clanging instrument.
I love the idea of regular people making music together. I'm a fan of excellence in art but not at the expense of sincerity (Elitism is self-defeating if you ask me). Some times the things that sound ridiculous by themselves, sound awesome when we do them together. And as cheesy as it sounds, often our insignificant things can be powerful when we combine them with other people's insignificant things. On this trip we learned that a couple of powerless dollars in our pocket or a cup of Starbucks can save a whole human being when combined with the resources and experience of other people. In our first four nights alone we've raised enough money to supply water to several thousand people. Many of them are children who have a high chance of dying with out it. And all we did was sing. Pretty darn cool if you ask me.
At the moment we're in San Luis Obispo, CA about 40 minutes away from playing our third night of the "Rock For Water Tour". Things have been going well. We've already raised half the amount of our goal and we've had a wonderful time playing these events with Travis Aiklen and Aaron Strumple.
However the tour hasn't been without it's battles. Several of us have been sick and we've had major technical difficulties on occasion. (The first night we had to play with out a sound system!) I've struggled vocally this whole time from allergies and have been frustrated as I haven't been able to deliver my best performances. God doesn't need my voice but it would be nice to be able to sing the songs the way He gave them to me.
Tomorrow we head to Bakersfield and afterward we have a short break for some much needed rest before marching north. The entire team has worked hard and given their best. I have no doubt that lives will be saved as a result of this tour. We deeply appreciate all you who are praying for us. Please pray especially for those of us who have been sick.
I'll be sure to keep you up to date about the tour as we continue!
Things are going well with the McMillan clan. We've recently learned that we're going to have a boy. We can't wait to meet him this July! Over the past couple of weeks we've worshiped and taught in Virginia, Kentucky, and participated in a couple events in the Carolinas as well. Unfortunately, I've been to busy to spend any significant time in the studio on my upcoming project, but I can't wait to jump back in with both feet in about 3 weeks.
At this exact moment Sarah I are in the air on our way to Los Angeles to begin our two-week tour of California. We'll start in the San Diego area and slowly work our way up through San Francisco playing worship events and concerts as far north as Redding. The purpose of these events is to raise money to dig wells in South Sudan and at the same time raise awareness of the situation there.
We're very excited about this tour and the work in Sudan that we're supporting, but one of the coolest aspects of this trip is the opportunity to work together with another group of people across the country to save lives. We've connected with a wonderful community of believers at Radiant Church (www.radiantchurchvisalia.com) in California's central valley who are partnering with us throughout the entire event, and have done a massive amount of planning and preparation for the tour. It's awesome to see how our two groups can accomplish exponentially more together than we could on our own.
Please keep our team in your prayers. Pray for safe travel, a powerful presence of God and open hearts at our events. Also pray for a spirit of generosity. None of the money we raise goes to us. Every penny goes to save lives in Sudan.
Thank you all for your love and support. We love you!
Here's a 10 minute video about the tour:
We are excited to share with you many new things that we are planning for the coming season.
A New Member of The Team!
The most exciting event for Sarah and I in 20008 will most certainly be the arrival of a new team member this July. Sarah and I are expecting a baby this summer! The whole McMillan/Williams family is extremely excited.
We're currently in the beginning stages of recording a new full-length album. This project, like the last album will consist of both corporate worship songs as well as songs that deal with a variety other issues. It's my hope that this variety will get this album and my message into the hands of people who might not usually pick up a "worship" album and have a life changing impact on both believers as well as pre-believers. We hope to have it out in late Spring.
Also due out this Spring is a collaborative project we've been working on to raise money for Zao Water (an organization dedicated confronting the water-born disease crisis in Africa). It's a recording with original songs written by myself and several of our friends. It's also going be a fantastic album and raise lots of money to help Zao dig wells in Africa.
Training Schools and Seminars
This Spring and Summer we're hosting regional weekend versions of our worship school with the same themes and emphasis as the weeklong version but in a conference style situation. We already have equipping events scheduled this year in San Francisco, Seattle, Maine and Charlotte.
We are currently preparing for another west coast tour in March to help raise money for Sudan Calls, an organization involved in digging wells in Sudan. We also plan to continue going out most weekends every month worshiping, teaching, and performing.