Posts Tagged ‘John Mayer


Chloe’s 4yr Old Party Mix

Chloe's Party Mix

45. Who Did You Think I Was – John Mayer – Where the Light is Live in LA
46. Bold As Love – John Mayer – Where the Light is Live in LA
47.  Party in the USA – Miley Cyrus

Have we failed as parents? HAHA.


My Top 10 CDs of 2008

I find this a fun way to look back at the year of music that I’ve collected. (For kicks and giggles compare this list to last year’s!) Here’s my favorite CDs that were released in 2008: 

10. Soundtracks! – Officially, shouldn’t be on the list here but soundtracks these days have become so much more than what they used to be! So I listed them last. These 3 are in steady rotation! 

Twilight SoundtrackJuno SoundtrackOnce Soundtrack
– Hate all you want. Crime upon crimes, I still haven’t seen the movie and I LOVE this compilation! 
Juno – Quirky, absurd, bizarre, unpolished, just like the movie! 
Once – Seriously, you already have this one right? I don’t need to say anything more. 

9. Live Music! – Again, officially shouldn’t be here so they’re last as well.

SingalongWhere the light is
Phil WickhamSingalong –  I knew this guy was special when he captivated my attention sandwiched between The Myriad and The David Crowder Band at the House of Blues! His studio work is full and rich and textured and yet here stripped down to nothing more than his guitar, his voice, and the voices of those gathered for an incredible night of worship, this captures the talent and heart of Phil Wickham. It’s disgusting that you get it for free from his website! 
John Mayer Where the light is  I KNOW, not officially a CD of 2008 because they’re all previously recorded songs from past CDs but you tell me an artist out there that can showcase his talent at 1 live show in 3 different settings like this and bring so much passion and energy and raw talent and I’ll take it off. Nab the DVD with it and sweet Jesus. It just doesn’t stop! It probably should be #1 on here!

8. Local Music! – More than shameless plugs, two bands on the bubble!  
A Soup Named StewNumber 2 – David and Company have perfected the art of Comedic Rock and packaged it in a top notch way that trumps the kind of attention “local bands” are giving to the good old CD packaging. If anything, Number 2 gives you more than you need sink your teeth into ASNS. 
Lindsay Rae SpurlockHeart On A simple EP that packs a mean punch, well honestly there’s nothing mean at all to Lindsay but this EP sweeps from poppy finger-snapping to soft tenderness. 6 songs barely scratches the surface to well of music coming from this girl!

7. Pocketful of sunshineNatasha BedingfieldPocket Full of Sunshine I mean seriously, you’d think the girl had 2, maybe 3 CDs drop this year but nope, it’s all been on the same one. And for somebody that’s seen her live, the girl’s legit! Pipes, moves, charisma. Bring it on, I don’t care, probably my secret favorite of the year.
6. Day and AgeThe Killers – Day and Age – I’ll preface this by saying, ‘Yes, I loved Sam’s Town too!’ Day and Age finds The Killers doing what they do best again. Creating something different. Boisterous, over the top, metaphorical, danceable, rockin’, tribal, jazz, Gloria Estefanish, spacey…BRING IT ON! 

5. Your Kingdom ComeMatt PapaYour Kingdom Come Hands down the best worship and/or rock CD you don’t own! This follow up to You Are Good boasts a fluid 18 track monument mixed with the writings of Derek Webb/Charlie Hall and a variety of mad skills on the piano and guitar and vocals that breeds a breadth of variety in his music that’s absolutely stellar!

4. RedWeezerRed – I’m laughing with the thought of this even being on this list but that’s how good it was. Superbly tongue-and-cheek as is Weezer but done amazingly well. Guitar tones thick and rich. And in the midst of themselves a quant, beautiful little diddy called Heart Songs gets me misty every time! 

3. The Bright SadnessCharlie Hall – The Bright Sadness – What a project! What a worship experience! What a musical delivery! I’ve always loved Charlie’s heart and his style of writing. I never thought he got enough props for his earlier releases. Flying into Daybreak got them some attention and The Bright Sadness is a masterpiece of a followup combining the new sound they’re embracing with authentic Charlie Hall!

2. Narrow StairsDeath Cab for CutieNarrow Stairs I’ve been an on the fence fan of Death Cab and Postal Service and Nada Surf and such for years now but for some reason this one pushed me over the edge! It’s on my iPhone and on CD in my truck! 

1. Viva La VidaColdplay – Viva la Vida (Prospekt’s March Edition) – Love ’em or hate ’em I don’t know if there was a harder working band in the business this year than Coldplay and their assault with Death and all his friends! Viva la Vida just doesn’t get old for me. Eno did enough to make it sparkle and shine from X&Y and the fluid nature of this project was a nice touch. The wait was worth it!


So there you have it. I might have got it wrong so I made sure to give you more than 10 🙂 
I initially thought this year was a poor year for music but after looking at this list, I’m not so sure anymore. This was much harder to compile and sort out than last years!

While you’re at it, check out what my blogging brother had to say about 2008!


John Mayer at the Woodlands Video by Vimeo

I’m curious the video quality compared to youTube so here we go:

John Mayer at the Woodlands from Conner Byrd on Vimeo.
Well crappers, I can’t get it to embed here. You’ve got to mosey on over to my newly created Vimeo page to see it. But I think it is a bit better quality.


John Mayer at the Woodlands Video

If someone could tell me how to upload the killer quality version that iMovie saves to my computer, you could get an incredible feel for what we saw last Saturday!


What a day

So much to say about the best concert ever that I’m afraid if I try to tell you about it tonight I might leave something out. Today was long! Up early to head to Ecclesia, shopping, 3 hours driving to pick up the kiddos, visit with the in-laws, hour leg turns into 1 hour 45 minutes BUT we have a breakthrough in potty training, bath and bed time, unpack…exhausted. I think, however, I can discuss Ecclesia so I’m going to attempt that before I head to bed and work up a video for John Mayer for you tomorrow! 

BUT FIRST: Potty Training breakthough! Chloe hadn’t had a real nap today at MiMi and PawPaw’s today so she was one cranky girl but had been PeePeeing all day today. We’ve got an hour drive ahead of us and 5 minutes in, Chloe nods off to sleep. 40 minutes later she’s up and crying and whining and complaining. We can’t figure it out and then it clicks: bathroom break? Sure enough, she says she needs the potty! I’ve got an exit coming but this is the most tense, uncomfortable, awkward 3 minute dash to see if we can get to the rest stop before we have an accident!!! 
WE MAKE IT! But now the question is whether or not she’ll use it at the Love’s Gas Station/Rest Stop in Lobdell?!?! Rae rushes in with Chloe while I sit with Gavin praying that we have a successful stop!

What must have been only 5 minutes felt like 20 and I can’t stand it! I grab Gavin and rush in to bump into Rae and Chloe coming out beaming! Major breakthrough people: PeePee in the potty on the road!!!  

I just can’t believe it! So it’s been a looong day! I’m nursing a Smithwick’s as we’re catching up on So You Think You Can Dance, but it’s been one to remember!


John Mayer Live – Set list in Houston, TX

In front of a sold out crowd at the Woodlands Pavilion in Houston, TX, John Mayer threw his heart, soul, and body onto the stage song after song after song! I love making CDs of the concerts I go and keeping track of the set list has become something I’m a bit OCD at. Here you have John Mayer’s set list for the Woodlands show: 


  1. Waiting on the World to Change
  2. Why Georgia
  3. Crossroads
  4. I Don’t Trust Myself (With Loving You)
  5. Wheel -> Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
  6. Bigger Than My Body
  7. Mercy
  8. Free Falling -> You don’t know what it’s like (To be king)
  9. Good Love
  10. I’m Gonna Find Another You -> Stitched Up
  11. Stitched Up
  12. Belief
  13. Gravity




  1. Vultures
  2. Songs from Posters in the Audience
  3. Say


It was an insane show! Full of energy and enthusiasm. John even thanked the crowd many times because we were so willing and encouraging for their jam-banding at times. It was purely incredible! 

It’s 1:02AM and we’re heading to the 9AM Ecclesia service so I’ll catch you up on the rest tomorrow but I’ll leave you with this: 


The Main Event!

John Mayer about to start test



John Mayer LIVE blogging!

I’m here at the Woodlands in Houston, TX where John Mayer is about to take my brain out of my cranium and insert yummy guitar goodness! I’m testing out this iPhone wordpress app. But also keep up at:

Party on!


Anyone go to church in Houston?

How do you end a crazy summer of camps and full time youth ministry? 

Dump the kiddos at the in-laws and roll out to Houston with the wife to catch John Mayer live in the Woodlands! I’m super stoked! Many of you know of my recent “infatuation” with John Mayer. It’s only recently been fueled by the new live double disc CD/DVD!

So, who’s coming?

We’re thinking we’ll drop in to Robbie Seay’s church, Ecclesia. Anyone going to be there? I’m always excited about the opportunity to meet ya’ll face to face. The opportunity to catch Chris or Robbie Seay live has me giddy like a school boy 🙂 

…unless some of ya’ll visit the Joel Osteen show and want to meet up there. Heeheehee. Sorry, I couldn’t resist.



Today is my birthday!

Yeppers, 29 today. It’s been fun! We had such a special service this morning with it being Family Worship Sunday. At River that means we incorporate many of the students in playing/reading/singing/etc. all throughout the service. I had a high schooler on bass, percussion, and as our singers. I had middle schoolers dancing to the 1st 2 songs because we played Tell the World and Everyday which are 2 songs we do at our RiverKidStuf service (akin to Northpoint‘s KidStuf.) I had a high schooler read today’s passage before the message and we had a guest drummer, the wonderfully talented and incredible Mr. G of Baton Rouge Music Studios who just happens to be a bunch of our students’ teacher at Dunham and at BRMS. It was very fitting seeing how my transition to full time Youth Director is happening this summer! This all happening on my birthday was very appropriate.

My wife and family have been great! So far I’ve got 2 tickets to John Mayer at the Woodlands, a TOMS shirt and shoes, and the best flippin’ card from my 2 year old I could ask for 🙂 An incredible lunch with my high schoolers complete with granpa teeth, a blue ribbon that reads “Birthday Boy,” a cake hat, and a card full of old man jokes and innuendos!

The kiddos are asleep and Rae says I need to be “ready to go” by 5:15! I’M SO EXCITED! I love surprises 🙂

Immortal words of James Brown are so fitting:


Thanks everyone!

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