Friday, March 31, 2017



Goal: $3,500 in new monthly pledges
Pledged: $4,266

Goal: $150,000
Pledged: $168,222

Scenes from Sharathon

Mike Poirier, Luke Crawford, Tyler and Hillary Knegt
from Emmanuel Barrie

Todd Gale and Mike Poirier

Me, playing percussion for Tom Roe.

Me, playing with the Tom Roe Orchestra.

Steve Jones with Darrell Baker from Faith Baptist Church in
Huntsville with David Mann.

David Mann and Todd Gale

Phone Central - Marilyn Bryson with Stephanie Rourke-Jackson

Our theme this year - God Is On The Move

Still quiet...

Time out.
Pastor Darrell Baker from Huntsville.

The totals.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


About a dozen years ago I ventured to take up playing drums. My friend Gideon Courtney was my teacher, with weekly lessons. While I was in no way a natural musician, I found I was able to keep a fairly steady beat if I stuck to the basics.

I got a few opportunities to play at church from time to time. Then, a couple of years ago, I discovered the cajon! At last, I have found a musical instrument that I love to play! And, maybe, have acquired some skill.

I remember the first time I saw this unusual instrument. It was at the LIFE 100.3 1st anniversary party. Scott Krippayne was the performer and his percussionist played a cajon. A guy, sitting on a wooden box, banging it, and from it came many intriguing beats and sounds!

One day, a few years ago, there was a cajon sitting by my office door, handmade and delivered by a listener. What a coincidence! I was thinking about buying a cajon! It's become a huge blessing!

So now, you might say I'm the boy with a beat.

Now, a few years have past and I've become fairly competent with it. And, I've added some extra effects, like a few shakers, a train whistle, a siren whistle, a guiro, a vibraslap, tambourine, woodblocks, a triangle, splash cymbal, djembe and some bell horns.

In addition to playing nearly weekly at Living For Jesus Outreach Ministries in Orillia, I'm playing with a few friends who each present a different style of music and more variety for me.

Love playing, anytime, anywhere!  I especially love playing along side a drummer on a kit!

All of my percussion stuff.

Playing with John Par and the boys in Elora.

Sitting on the cajon, with a kick pedal and shaker.

Me and Tom Roe playing at Amica in Barrie.

Playing with John and Kevin, (and Steve on spoons) at
Living For Jesus in Orillia.