Hello everyone. “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!” I have been very busy lately (last week in five states and several time zones) but I’m thankful to see so many good friends, family and meeting new friends along the way.
Recently Lloyd Baggs asked me if I would play on a youtube video for his guitar pickup and electronics business. As we spoke we both decided that it would be fun to do some Christmas songs and ask my daughter Haley and her husband Jake to play on them as well and send them out as a gift. I’ll have to say that Haley sang “In the Bleak Mid-Winter” as good as I’ve heard her on this video and Jake played stand up bass masterfully. As Lloyd Baggs told me “this will be a Christmas gift to our friends and customers around the world.” What an honor to represent Lloyd as I count him as a good friend but also a genius in the world of guitar pickups. I played my Olson and my Kirk Sand guitars and they are both equipped with the LB-6 pickup system. I also played through a new prototype pre-amp of Lloyd’s (that I can’t talk about), and Haley also used her on board pickup in her mandolin and the Venue pre-amp on her mandolin so we all had fun being a part of something for people that we love and believe in.
I played “The Little Drummer Boy” which is one of my favorite pieces. We shot the videos in the same building off Church Street in Nashville where the American Pickers’ store is. I met Mike Wolfe from the show earlier this year at the James Burton Festival. So, this was a really cool night and I feel (and I hope you do) it was well worth the effort. Please keep an eye open for the videos to be linked from our site as well as lrbaggs.com. I hope you will get a blessing from these.
I saw my old buddy Kirk Sand this past week and it was really great to see one of the finest luthiers in the world actually hugging my Olson guitar and saying what perfection and love Jim puts in his guitars. The truth is….Jim Olson is just as much of a fan of Kirk Sand. I’ve also seen how Bob Taylor, Tim Shaw, Chris Fleming, Darren Wallace (KMC/Ovation), Ren Ferguson love and appreciate these two guys as well as each other. The guitar community is actually rather small and so I’ve seen a camaraderie among these special artists just as I do guitar players, preachers, writers, painters and anyone who
excels in their craft. These things are gifts.
In Romans 12:1 in the New Testament of the Bible explains that we should offer or ‘present’ (say it like a Christmas ‘present’ of a gift”) our bodies or ‘ourselves’ as a ‘living sacrifice’ to be holy, consecrated and pleasing to God and is regarded as true spiritual worship. In other words….give something of yourself. This came to me in a church concert in Florida that we could actually ‘be a present’ to someone. You could be an answer to someone’s prayers. In 1st Peter 5:5 it says we should be clothed or wrapped in humility… wrapped like a gift or ‘present’.
We enjoy giving gifts at Christmas at our house. I love to shop believe it or not. I love buying things for my wife, children, mother, grandchildren and (believe it or not) even enjoy buying things for my son in laws! Isn’t that so un-natural! They took our daughters away for heaven’s sake! It’s easy to buy something if you have the money but you don’t have to have money at all if you ‘become’ the gift to someone by encouraging them or saying a prayer for them or helping them out with something they need to do. ‘Be a gift’ to someone. Take your guitar over to a shut-in (sick or invalid person who can’t get out anymore) or a retirement center or a hospital and sing some Christmas Carols. By ‘being a gift or present’ to someone you could in fact have the greatest and most blessed Christmas of your life. There was no money involved with Lloyd Baggs, Haley, Jake or me. We wanted to become a gift and share what we could. I hope we can be an example in the spirit of giving this Christmas and see it multiply throughout the music world. There will be other things I’ll be involved in that won’t be on video or on the internet or facebook.
As you have now read this let me say… it continues with you.