Switchfoot Live at TJC?

Thursday night Switchfoot graced the tiny, quaint stage in Wise Auditorium on the TJC campus. Yes, Tyler Junior College, Tyler Texas. When I first heard that the student life department was bringing them in for a concert, I couldn’t believe it. TJC apparently has a nice budget for student life activities. Switchfoot’s positive, inspiration, and spiritually motivating lyrics and solid rock groove have invaded many running playlists, car rides, and audio reference examples for about 10 years now.

We arrived around 7:30pm on Thursday. Switchfoot was headlining the concert and began around 9:30. This was a private concert for TJC students only and was not open to the public or even announced on their site. Great seats; middle left to right and about 50 foot from stage. There were seriously 300-400 people at this event and for those that know how big this band is that was crazy as they typically sell out huge venues. It was basically a private concert from one of my favorite bands. Oh, and did I mention it was free? These guys were genuine and polite, tender and thankful. Very respectful and pleasant and performed as if they were in there typical large theater or stadium stadium. Fantastic experience and a moving evening for me personally.

I wanted to brag about this a bit but mainly wanted to pass along the inspiration to you by quoting some of their lyrics. Most of their lyrics deal with our sick and filthy life and the cure found only in Christ and the idea of doing more than the norm with this short life, doing something that actually lasts for eternity. Enjoy!

“Mess of Me”

I am my own affliction
I am my own disease
There ain´t no drug that they could sell
Ah there ain´t no drugs to make me well
There ain´t no drug

There ain´t no drug
There ain´t no drug
It´s not enough
The sickness is myself

I made a mess of me I wanna get back the rest of me
I made a mess of me I wanna spend the rest of my life alive
I made a mess of me I wanna the get back rest of me
I made a mess of me I wanna spend the rest of my life alive
The rest of my life alive!

“Meant to live”

We were meant to live for so much more
Have we lost ourselves?
Somewhere we live inside
Somewhere we live inside
We were meant to live for so much more
Have we lost ourselves?
Somewhere we live inside

“This is your life”

Yesterday is a wrinkle on your forehead
Yesterday is a promise that you’ve broken
Don’t close your eyes, don’t close your eyes
This is your life and today is all you’ve got now
Yeah, and today is all you’ll ever have.
Don’t close your eyes. Don’t close your eyes.

This is your life, are you who you want to be?
This is your life, are you who you want to be?
This is your life, is it everything you dreamed that it would be?
When the world was younger and you had everything to lose.

Apache Belles 2010

Another long week for me starting last Saturday. I am engineering the audio for the TJC Apache Belles performances beginning tonight (3/25) thru Saturday evening. This one have been fun to work on. A few mics, but mostly music from multiple genre’s. In the evening around 6pm after scarfing down dinner and kissing my babies good night, Addi asks if I’m headed out to work with “the dancing girls”. Hopefully she doesn’t repeat that her daddy works at the dancing girls to her friends and teachers!

Higher Trails the LIVE album

Right now Joe Wayne Reynolds and I are in the process of mixing the latest project of Higher Trails. Lots of coffee has been consumed and a great deal of family talk and discipleship has taken place during “listening breaks”. We are about 80% complete with the project. From here we have some details to cleanup in the mix, package design, and then pressing before the release of which you will hear more about in future posts.

This recording took place this past Fall at Cross Brand Cowboy Church in North Tyler. I used a Presonus Digimax D8 preamp/ converter and a Digidesing 003 as the interface to my MacBook Pro. We were able to capture all instruments, vocals, and audience mics right into ProTools. The recording really came out well. It’s makes a world of difference working with great musicians. The men of Higher Trails have been great to work with and it has been a real blessing to get to know Joe Wayne through this process. I truly believe that he is a man after God’s own heart.

Spring Break 2010… Mid week synopsis.

It’s Wednesday and I’m loving this week! At home we have been doing some rearranging and switching some accounts around of services such as DirecTV and Suddenlink high speed so we have actually been in the dark since last Friday or so. No satalite till this morning and no high speed till tomorrow afternoon. Retrospectively, It actually has been nice, relaxing and seems to slow down time when you are not always checking sites or having TV on all evening. Refreshing. I actually had to come up to my studio just to get on-line to surf for a few and make this post.

Already this week I have seen Alice in Wonderland (Ok if you ask me… a bit underwhelming), did some yard work, took Traci to Dallas for a meeting with a client, ran, took care of some around the house chores, painted, read, and journaled a bit. I still have some more things on my list but for the most part I’m on track. I still plan to take my beautiful girls our of school early this week for some fun times (hopefully and totally up to the emotional coin flip of my oldest) with daddy.

I am feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and relaxed. I have lived a good percentage of the weekend and week inside of my thoughts and earbuds, listening to podcasts and music galore while reflecting of how fantastic our God really is. I am learning that time to my self for “rest” is a much needed thing for me personally. I love to paint, run, listen to music and just drive around which all in some mysterious way have a sense of healing my inner “up-tightness”. I am enjoying the time and feel that as a result I am able to spend more valuable and engaging time with my family. Now I need to focus on how to get this my needed “Ryan Time” in the midst of a normal crazy week. ?

One thing that I began this week and I would highly encourage you to do is journal. Seriously. I really want to gain form my quiet times. I want to learn, to grow and to make significant steps to put those thing that I gain into practice. I have a hard-bound sketch book that I bought from Hobby Lobby a few months ago that is perfect for jotting down thoughts as I read. I am currently reading the Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians. I really enjoy the writings of Paul. Hardcore for sure. If a verse or passage sticks out to me I write it down, word for word, and then the thoughts and prayers that these verses stir in me. It has been really good… already! I would encourage you to do the same, but only if you want help and motivation in reading and memorizing scripture, retaining what you have read and growing in your relationship with Christ.


Singing in the Pain in my neck!

I’m beat. This week and last I am running audio for a Singing in the Rain musical at school. Rehearsals began last Monday (15th) and the final of the four performances will be this Saturday (27th) evening. This is a side project for me which is great because we always need extra income to balance our budget. I am super thankful for the provision but am physically and emotionally drained, and it’s not over yet! Each tech rehearsal begins at 6 and usually lasts till 10:30-11pm (last night was 11:30) each and EVERY evening. No breaks, no weekends off and this is on top of my normal weekday 8-5. Geech!

I am a wuss for sure. I’m usually in bed by 10:30 every evening so being out past then just isn’t good for me. Being out that late in in a social environment is not a great thing for me because I turn into a pumpkin; cloudy and  babbely especially when trying to talk tech. Running audio for this has been a cool challenge as this is the first “musical” that I have engineered. 15 wireless headsets, countryman B3s taped to each actors face, 20 speaking actors, and 3 hours of script following scene changes has been fun to process. I’m so thankful for digital consoles with recall! We rock the Yamaha M7 up here at TJC.

Even more taxing on me is the distance from my family. I really miss them. We are in close proximity (1mile) from each other but it’s not enough. Each evening I shove dinner down my face then rush out for a night without hearing sweet giggles and participating in bath times, bed jumping, singing and prayers before bed that I have grown so in love with in our family routine. Traci and I text often each evening with short snippets of conversation. Updates, ETAs, etc.

On a scale of 1-10, 10 being the highest, I would say that we are like a 10 on how close our little family is with each other. It amazes me that so many people seem unaffected by being away from their families for extended periods of time. I have an amazing family! All I want to do is spend time with each of them, and it hurts when I cannot. I actually yearn for having lunch with my beautiful wife daily. Seriously. Is this normal? Do other husbands feel this way or am I just a weirdo? Maybe it’s like this for me because I consider Traci as my best friend? Maybe it’s the connections we have with each other? I don’t know really. However, I do know that I love that I crave the presence on the other 3/4 of my fam. I crave doing even silly things or what most might consider monotonous or mundane. I love my family and am so ready for this Saturday to be over so I can get back to them.

Ruckus Un-realeased Track

So, many of you know that I’m into music and engineering. That’s pretty common knowledge. However, many of you do not know my background and how my love for the technical side of audio began. Here is a glimpse. This is an artist that I was very close to many years ago. This song has not been released on any albums. Enjoy and let me know what you think!

Also, the first person to post the exact inspiration of this song wins something cool.



So here we go. Time to jump out of the nest and fly. With a NEW downtown TYLER location and regained pep in my stride (notice the running reference), it’s time to get busy again! I will soon be updating and transitioning past DIXON PRODUCTIONS info to this site and will be operating all audio and graphic services as RYAN MARC DIXON.