Who Am I?

I am currently a Medical Officer in the US Army. I work as an Optometrist and handle many different things day to day- TBI (Traumatic Brain Injuries), infections, visual therapies, and sometimes glasses! I love my job, and taking care of the guys that serve us. This is my ‘day job.’

Day Job

 

Musically, i am a native southerner, who was reared in Nashville, TN for all my known childhood. I grew up hating country music, but enjoying the complete diverse sounds of the local music industry. I enjoy southern rock, progressive rock and some of the modern indie movement. My hero growing up was local great Phil Keaggy, and to this day I cannot play an acoustic because I feel guilty that I haven’t practiced enough when compared to Phil. My “mentor” if you will was the late great Rich Mullins, and I try to stick with his philosophies today.
That said, I have been playing in bands since I was 15. I picked up my electric in ’98- a Epiphone Les Paul (not the cheap-o ones!) because I wanted to find that crunch that Luna Halo and Switchfoot had.  I used to  play lead guitar Sunday at our church in Puerto Rico and played 3 services, 2 English, 1 Spanish. I currently play most Sundays at our church here in NC as a lead guitar, rhythm guitar or bass guitar– whatever is needed!
I have had the opportunity to play many diverse styles within our diverse services, with diverse musicians. I have had to learn that my favorite styles/licks/sound is not that of the current service’s and thus have learned to self-sacrifice to fit the people and their worship so as not to distract.
I consider my influences: Caedmon’s Call, Phil Keaggy, Rich Mullins, Collective Soul, Vertical Horizon, Goo Goo Dolls, Luna Halo, Third Day, David Crowder Band, Something Like Silas, PFR (the first big “Electric Rock” in CCM) and up to Dream Theater, Steve Vai and Joe Satriani.
With that- I am a musician by heart, but by nature a worshipper of God. My talents are given by him, and particularly in my position within the band, I cannot distract from this. As a servant, I want to make sure the peoples’ worship is enhanced, but I am not known as being there. A quote was once said: the ideal place for the worship band is behind the audience, behind a curtain. I believe this to a stance- we need to be absent as musicians/performers from the viewers worship, but we have the capacity of friends worshiping with you to be in the eyeline of the viewer. Some people need the visual to understand that God gave the talent and they are blessed through it. That’s the paradox of our position.

Fun in PR

This said, my journey as a musician, as a person, grows as I live- through my studies and through my constant playing, through my philosophies and ideologies. How I approach my guitar playing now is not the same from 2 years ago. I invite you to grow with me as I explain my strong suites and learn from my weak ones.
May your life be blessed through this blog.
Galatians 6:14

18 Responses

  1. “A worship leader, optometry student and Army service Weblog” – And I thought my blog was random!

    This is probably the exact wrong place to post this, but wasn’t sure where else it would go, so:

    You know, with a really cool red sunburst Les Paul you should get a strap that compliments it. Might be tricky to find one, but doing something other than the standard black would only enhance the coolness of your guitar, not detract from it. Just a thought…

  2. hi! you left a comment on my blog..so here i am. really awesome to know you, despite it being just online, but yes, thanks for writing, thanks for your blogposts, really interesting and helpful. All the best, and God bless.

  3. Hey man, I found your blog while looking at pedalboards on the LYT website. I saw, Puerto Rico, and was like… Nice!! I’m Puerto Rican, but I’m living in San Diego. I’d be cool to stay in touch. I play guitar and drums. Check out my guitar website when you get a chance. God bless, Danny – sixstringsensei.com

  4. Cool Blog. I identify with the article about not worrying about rock god-dom. Keep it up.
    peace

  5. Hi
    I have not read all you have on this site but I have read enough to know I am at the right place. I have been on line searching for and researching amps, pedals and such to get the right sound to play at church Sunday Mornings and not blow everyone away. My other problem is being able to hear myself playing. I liked the idea of sticking the amp in the closet since there just happens to be a closet behind me. I can’t wait to try it out.
    Jim Montgomery

  6. Thanks for the goodwill- goodwishes everyone.
    I hope we can learn together through everything!

  7. Hey again Larry—–
    Checked out your video. You guy’s sound great! Nice tone
    you got goin’ on. The one thing that alot of guitar players
    using delay is that they tend to ‘OVERDELAY’. I’ve found
    that ‘LESS IS MORE’ when using delay. Case in point:
    Joe Bonamassa. His delay is more of a reverb/echo that
    he leaves on all the time. I’ve been using the Boss DD-20
    Gigadelay & tho’ it has way more bells & whistles than I
    need, It’s a great sounding pedal. I pulled my DD-3 off my
    P’board(to ‘HARSH’ sounding). DD-20? HAPPY!!!!!!!!!

    Take care, Jeff————–

  8. Hey man, just wanted to let you know that I’m really enjoying your blog…not sure how I found it…just kind of stumbled across it one day (but man I’m sure glad I did). Your posts have been very informative and helpful, especially to someone who’s not been playing guitar for very long. In fact, I had a couple of questions for you that I thought may be too much to leave in a comment…and I was wondering if could possibly email them to you. I searched your site to find and email address but couldn’t find one. I guess you’ll have mine since I’m leaving you this comment…so if you get a chance and could shoot me one that I could respond to then that would be great. Thanks again and God bless.

    – Josh

  9. Hi larry,
    As a church musician myself, I found your website by googling for info. on Boss pedal setups. I was impressed with your knowledge of such setups, and was inspired to drop you this note of encouragement as a servant for the Kingdom of our Lord. It’s just a delight to read of your involvement in church in PR and to hear that you are a worshipper by nature – nice description! I pastor a small congregation here in San Diego where we enjoy worshipping the Lord. He is so awesome, we can’t wait for the rapture of the saved by faith in Christ. One day, the Lord would allow me to meet with you, (perhaps in Glory), but in the mean time, be encouraged, stand strong in the Lord and continue to serve God with the wonderful talent with which he has gifted you. May God bless you with success in your educational pursuits and continue to mold you into the vessel He wants you to be.
    Teddy

  10. Just randomly searched for “worship leader pedalboards” and found your blog.. your basics post is fantastic. Thank you for taking the time to put all of your knowledge down to share with others.

    I am really working on my pedal board. I don’t play lead, i lead worship, but there are times i wish i could add a little more than just my acoustic guitar. It is always good to see what others are using in the worship environment.

    God Bless.

    Marty

  11. Marty- thanks for dropping by. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help out!

  12. Wow I am a Puerto Rican who is the Worship Pastor of a mostly white church in the state of Maine. What church in PR do you attend? Great stuff on pedalboard setup thanks for the great info.

    Blessings
    G

  13. GM: Nice! Kinda the reverse of me. I actually am off the island in about 3 weeks, but the church is Christian Community Church in Guaynabo.
    Thanks for dropping by.

  14. Great, great site. Something I have noticed in my obsessive pedal research is the guys who seem to be the most thorough and attentive to detail in the area of tone are worship service musicians. Having played a few “church gigs” myself, I guess I understand why. It’s one thing to make a lousy sound in a bar full of people filled with spirits, it’s quite another thing to sound lousy in church full of folks full of Spirit.

  15. Grew up in Nashville hating country music🙂
    Great writing, I can relate, I’ll look forward to checking out your site more in the future.

  16. Thanks! I appreciated the comment! Nice site btw!

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  18. Hello, have you given up on this blog? I find some interesting content here? Bruce 2016

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