Friday, March 25, 2011

Countdown...


Eight days! The countdown officially began several months ago, and almost every morning some member of the family would mention during breakfast, "38 days left!", "25 days left!", "17 days left!" etc. etc. Anticipation is building and Caleb is trying to pick what suit he is going to wear. Several (young) members of the family are counting their money in their "piggy banks" and dreaming about new CDs.

Oh, have I explained what it is exactly that we are looking forward to? Perhaps this picture will give some insight...

If you follow Southern Gospel Music at all, then you should be able to recognize those three guys (the ones who are obviously not part of our family) as the popular, amazing, and talented Booth Brothers! Yes, our favorite trio, the Booth Brothers are coming to Maplewood, MN on April 2nd, and we will be there...hopefully in the front row again.
Michael Booth, Ronnie Booth, and Jim Brady have won our respect through their smooth blend, uplifting songs, and strong message. They are the most ministry-minded people we have met in the SGM industry, and we appreciate them and their music very much.
And for those who ask us every year at the annual Booth Brothers concert: "No, we are not related to the Booth Brothers." It never fails; for the past two concerts we attended of theirs, we've been asked by many different people, "Are you related to the Booth Brothers?" In fact, even when we really didn't know who the Booth Bros. were, a well-known bass singer came up to Dad at a quartet convention and said, "Do you know you look like Michael Booth? I'm friends with him, and you look like him!" We were all rather confused, not really seeing the correlation between Dad and Michael. On Father's Day that year, though, I took a picture of Dad without a mustache and put a mustache on Michael Booth, and then we saw the slight resemblance! :) Otherwise, NO, we are not the Booth Bros. family!
If you are interested in the Booth Brothers and attending the concert, click here to go to their website and click here for more info about the concert; we'd love to see you there!
Blessings and Joy in the Journey!
T for TGF

Friday, March 18, 2011

THEY'RE HERE!

THEY'RE HERE!!!!!!

(I generally refrain from using more than one exclamation mark, but for this announcement, I'll make an exception.)
After months of recording, engineering, mixing, mastering, designing, listening, praying, and waiting, Great Adventure Gospel Band's first CD, "Thank You, Lord", is finally available! You've asked for it, and now we are so happy to announce the waiting is done.


We received our 1000 copies of "Thank You, Lord" this past Friday, much to our surprise and delight. We weren't expecting them till this Monday, and we received a call from the duplicators Friday morning, informing us the CDs should arrive that very day. Can you imagine the immediate excitement which spread through the house? And, can you imagine the unbearable waiting for the rest of the day? Our neighbor was out in the fields with his tractor all day, and every rumble of his engine sent us to the windows to see if Fed-Ex had arrived yet. :)

The day went by with no sign of Fed-Ex, and it was getting close to the time we needed to start supper. Whitney and I were talking about random subjects in the "computer room" and the others were practicing when the doorball rang. Whitney and I looked at each other, bewildered. It couldn't be! It was too late for Fed-Ex, but still...we raced to the entryway with the others. Sure enough, a delivery man was dropping off six boxes for us! WAHOO! Praise the Lord!

Opening the first box - wow!

Now, the irony to this "mountain-top" experience is the "valley" which soon followed: our washing machine broke down within an hour of the CDs' arrival!
Yes, believe it or not, our faithful washing machine which has served our family of fluctuating numbers for the seven years we've lived here died and was beyond economical repair. Our extremely mechanical Dad wasn't able to fix it. Dad and Mom began searching for an affordable machine on Craigslist, and came up with some options. On Saturday, Dad, Mom, and Ben went to the suburbs and brought home a "new" washing machine. Praise the Lord they were able to quickly find and purchase a machine which was within our tight budget. We are so grateful!

To purchase your own copy of our new CD, click here to go to our webstore.
Thanks again for all your support and friendship. What another exciting step in the journey!

Blessings and Joy in the Journey!
T for TGF
P.S. Look for a YouTube coming soon documenting this special event! :)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Springtime Is...

Springtime is coming! Finally, after a long winter which began in October, the sun is beginning to be a frequent visitor and the temperature has begun to rise to 40+ degrees. This past Monday, we enjoyed spending some time outside, treasuring the warmth when it comes.

Springtime is...
Baseball season! Sam, Jayme, and Caleb were just itching to throw the ball to each other.

Taking care of our homestead. Ben is in the process of cutting down a tree (SCAREY! Makes my heart flutter!); he may be six-foot-three, but he is no match for this tree! (I just heard him announce he's going back out for another chopping expedition; did I mention how close this tree was to the house?)

Mud: one of the least favorite aspects of spring around our land. In fact, "mud" has become synopsis with "spring" around here!

New life. The trees are beginning to bud, and our mamma cat had five kittens!

Walks. Mmm, we can go outside and stretch our legs every once in a while! About time!

School coming to a close. Leesha is diligently wrapping up another school season. Good job, sister!

Lots of pictures. My (Taylor's) "Arms Length Photography". :)

Snowball fights? Okay, reality check: it's technically still winter. And yes, that means a few more chances for snowball fights. :)

Popcorn! Well, I guess this is year-round...and every single weekend. Our family has multiple traditions, and "popcorn night" is the all-time favorite. Friends gift us with popcorn for Christmas because we love it so much!

And, yes, this is not necessarily a sign of spring, but Mom is actually sledding down the mound behind our house (our pathetic sledding hill)! She fulfilled a promise she made to all of us that she would go sledding this winter. :) Now that was a monumental event!

"For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. The fig tree puts forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grapes give a good smell..." (Song of Solomon 2:11-13a)

Blessings and Joy in the Journey!

Taylor for TGF

Post-script:
Check out our latest post on SouthernGospelBlog.com! We've been having lots of fun writing and commenting (it's good typing/spelling/grammar practice for Sam, Jayme, and Caleb!).

Caleb responding to comments.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

"I have a cold and a cough..."

As February turned into March, we couldn't help but wonder what was ahead. We remembered thinking last September when we had only one concert, "What's going to happen that we need the entire month of September off?" September rolled around...and so did the chicken pox, explaining why God allowed us the month off to recover. Well, March, with no concerts has arrived, and yes, the cold and sniffles have invaded our home.

Sam was hit first and now Ben, Caleb, and Jayme have officially fallen ill as well. Mr. Sam, known for coming up with the most unique, slightly ingenious, but mostly silly little diddies, approached me last night with his "Cold and Sniffles" theme song:

"I have a cold and a cough and a sneeze and a wheeze.

I have hives playing hopscotch on my knees."

*Poor Sammy was stricken with hives from, what we presume, a cough drop, and that explains the reference to hives in the song. (Unfortunately, the hives remind some of us of the chicken pox, so we hope they go away soon.)

All this comes about when we are trying to record our Christmas CD, so pray we recover quickly in order to be in the best vocal conditions for the recording!

Blessings and Joy in the Journey!
Taylor for TGF

P.S. To all you Southern Gospel lovers...click here to read our first post on SouthernGospelBlog.com!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

"Thank You, Lord" CD Sneak Peek!

Hey Ya'll!


Let me be the first to give YOU a sneak peek of our first CD: "Thank You, Lord"! Ben worked with Sam, Jayme, and Caleb to create a "commercial" for the project. Listen to the clips of each song and their precious introductions-you'll love it! (I personally keep playing it on my laptop over and over again since it's SO cute! I might get tired of it one of these days.) :)


get music on iTunes
Quantcast

Enjoy it, and listen to it more than once, if you like. ;)

-Taylor for TGF

Garms Family to Contribute to SouthernGospelBlog.com




In Garms Family news, the most exciting thing besides some of us trying Spam for the first time during lunch today is (and yes, most of us liked the Spam)...contributing for SouthernGospelBlog.com.

Wow. In the words of Caleb, "It sure is going to be exciting and really, really fun!"


Okay, here's the background:

We discovered SouthernGospelBlog.com after I noticed a considerable leap in YouTube views on the video of Caleb and Legacy Five. Puzzled, and instantly curious, I googled "seven year old boy sings with Legacy Five", and found Daniel J. Mount had featured the video on his blog, SouthernGospelBlog.com. We once stumbled across his blog while doing some research on a favorite group, and I had heard of Daniel J. Mount on various other Southern Gospel blogs, but we weren't regular visitors. Suffice to say, we were surprised, and enjoyed reading all the comments about the video.

We later struck up an email conversation with Daniel, and SouthernGospelBlog.com soon became a favorite site for our family, as we loved the current news and commentary about the genre.
Over the course of about four months, we joined into the Southern Gospel conversation, and had fun sharing thoughts and opinions.

During a recent comment conversation, a commentor suggested we start our own SGM blog, particularly with the Lil' Adventurers' thoughts about the genre. I must admit, that very night I was searching out available blog domain names, and the ideas were bouncing back and forth in our family! The next day, though, we found an email from Daniel J. Mount in our inbox, inviting us to contribute to SGBlog. After more information through multiple emails and a phone conference with Daniel, we agreed to join "Daniel's Den". :)

Most of the family during the phone conference; Caleb, understandably, opted out when things started "going over his head" (that's what he said!), and Ben is snapping the photo (Why do I still say "snapping"? Everything's digital nowadays!).

So, in short, be on the look-out for interesting posts from our family. We have started a notebook with all of our post ideas, and some of them will be quite fun-if approved! :)

If you love Southern Gospel Music, then SouthernGospelBlog.com is the place to be. Visit today to read interviews with your favorite artists, reviews on new CDs, interesting commentary, and lots more.

Click here to read the introductory post, "Welcome new contributors - the Garms Family!" (Make sure you read the comments-you'll love the banter with Sam, Jayme, and Caleb!)


Blessings and Joy in the Journey!
Taylor for TGF

(TGF stands for "The Garms Family", and is our snazzy new alias from Daniel J. Mount) :)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Five Concert Review

This post is slightly overdue, being it is now the second day of March. But I cannot let time slip away from me before I share a review of our most recent concerts...
The "Big Adventurers" getting in some kitchen practice before our concerts.

The Lord graciously provided five concerts in February for our family in relatively short notice. On February 2nd, we arose early and traveled toward the Twin Cities...Robbinsdale, MN, in fact. We were invited to sing at Copperfield Hill Senior Living, and we had a wonderful time with the sweet people there. It was the first time to do a normal, non-Christmas program since November, so it was interesting to get back into the swing of things.

Allow me to explain this place for you a little. It is a five story building, and the room where we sang was open to four levels. A portion of the residents came down to our level, but some just pulled up chairs by the railings, watching us from up above. It was interesting to have an audience on either side, above us, and even behind us! It makes my neck sore to remember it.

Sam, Jayme, and Caleb's version of "My Heart is a Chapel" and Ben's solo of "Wonderful Time Up There" brought many smiles to the people of Copperfield Hill. :)


Also a highlight was having our Grandma Garms in the audience; her friend and ours, Teresa, was responsible for us going to Copperfield in the first place.

Grandma, and the accordian she was playing the day she went into labor with Dad! :)

Leesha, Sam, Jayme, and Caleb snacking on some crackers in our "apartment" for the day (actually the room where we placed all our "stuff").

A familiar scene during our busy concert week-the Garms family loading, unloading, waiting for everything to be loaded, trying to look busy, and finally hitting the road.

A week after our concert at Copperfield, on Whitney's birthday, we rose even earlier to arrive at Faith Lutheran Church in Forest Lake, MN in time to set-up all our equipment for the 12:30 p.m. concert for their senior brunch. Our set-up went pretty fast, so we had spare time to do a photo shoot. (Thus the new photos you see on the blog.)

This picture will not make it as a CD cover, I assure you, unless for some strange reason we suddenly like ourselves in purple and red!

We had an enjoyable time with all the folks there, and were surprised to meet a new friend, Russell, from our small town of Braham! He grew up here, and loves to return to watch the basketball games. (Our little town has a state champion highschool basketball team, for your information.)

A rare photo: Leesha's view of us singing "He's Still Working On Me."


Shortly after on Friday, February 11th, the van and trailer traveled to Baxter, MN to sing at First Baptist Church for their Valentine's Day Banquet. What fun we had! Caleb was especially in an unpredictable mood and kept us in stitches during the concert (like when he jumped off the stage with his guitar and harmonica and kept adding new things to his solo), and Sam, Mr. Spiritual Movement, could not keep still the entire night! We were very blessed and enjoyed getting to know Pastor Wayne and his wife Margie (whew, can they cook an awesome chicken kiev!) and all the wonderful, encouraging people who attended the concert.

Mom, helping Dad do the usual soundcheck.


On Sunday night we sang at Milaca Evangelical Free Church in Milaca, MN, and it was like a step back into time. We had a concert there in June of 2009, the day after Ben's graduation party (were we tired!), and though it was significantly colder than June, everything was so familiar. As we began unloading the trailer, Ben and I were commenting on how much we have grown since our first concert there. Each practice session, each concert, and each mile traveled brings us further along in our growth.


One of the best things about Milaca E. Free is their HUGE chancel area! We often are squished into some pretty tiny spots, so it was nice to have "moving" room!


Jayme and Caleb singing out of the church's hymnbooks.


Our final concert was on February 14th-yes, Valentine's Day itself. This concert was especially memorable for several things: Whitney came along for her first experience as a "roadie", Dad and Mom sang their first "love song" on stage, and we got a ton of exercise! The banquet/get-together we sang for was in the basement of Tobies Restaurant in Hinckley, MN, and we had to manuver through corriders and small doorways to get to the room, walk carefully around ice patches outside, make extra trips because of the interesting situation, and survive the elevator!

Oh yes, I think this was one of our tightest areas to set-up in!

Jayme especially was terrified of the noisy elevator!

WHEW! There you have it! My mind is relieved having completed this blog...now I can move on to other things. I apologize for it's extreme length; that's what happens when you get behind!

Come back soon for a number of exciting things!

Blessings and Joy in the Journey!

Taylor for the Garms Family