Hey readers out there! Jameson from TGT here. We’re still on the Give, Take, and Rebuild Love Tour with our dudes Please Promise. We haven’t updated you in a while, and we have been through lots of ups and downs on this tour. First off I would love to thank all the promoters and venues that have taken care of us on this tour so far. We have had a lot of fun playing for you and the people who showed up to see us play! While this tour has been mostly good, and we have enjoyed the time we’re spending with our fans, other bands, and Please Promise, there has also been some crazy stuff we’ve had to deal with.
We actually had a show on this tour where we basically got stiffed, and after driving all that way to play with not even compensation for gas, food or anything, it sorta left our tour with a lot of angst and frustration. When faced with a situation like this it’s hard not to react in a negative way. We are only human, but after realizing we were just dragging ourselves down, we got together to pray and pray hard. Its funny how in the midst of a problem you can be so wound up that you forget that you have a God that will take care of you no matter what. After much prayer we left this venue knowing that it will get figured out, and we have keep our eyes focused on what’s right and just try to stay positive.
Throughout this tour we have done devotionals and prayed but this is a time when we need it more than ever. Not only for our troubles but to rejoice in the triumphs we have had. We were fortunate enough to have our second single “Chaos Parade” debut at number 23 on the Christian Rock Billboard Charts, which is a major blessing, and I know we would not be where we are without the love and guidance of our Savior.
Since we are talking about blessings, I just have to say that RYFO (www.ryfo.org) has been a major blessing for us. If your not familiar with RYFO, they are an organization that helps out touring bands with a network of people who either give us a place to stay, pray for us, or do services for bands for little or no cost. The RYFO host homes we have stayed in have been too good to us. One of the homes after hearing about our troubles with the venue wrote us a check to help us out. Its amazing how generous people can be. It seems like every time we have ever stayed at a RYFO home we always have an amazing experience! So if you have never heard of this amazing organization, be sure to check it out!
We’re about 2 weeks into this tour and finally have a few days off. We were fortunate enough to be introduced to a guy named Ron who hooked us up with a condo that overlooks the Gulf of Mexico here in Galveston, TX! We’re going to spend this time doing lots of writing, relaxing, and definitely spending some time in the Word. So big thanks to Ron!
I want to leave you with a little verse in James.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
Reading this verse just brings me peace knowing that no matter what we endure personally or as a band, we will persevere through it. Well, its time for me to get to writing some awesome music! Stay sweet.