I have been out of the office working on a special assignment for a couple of weeks. I had limited Internet access and limited time, so the team at the home office has been covering the bases for me.
While I was gone, the underground high voltage line feeding the transformers in our complex went out, resulting in no electricity for a couple of days, some drama with computers and other side effects. The city came in with a couple of temporary poles and got us power again.
However, they now have to do the major repair which means digging up the asphalt across the parking lot, all the way to the power pole so they can run new conduit and pull new wire. They marked the underground utilities, saw cut the asphalt and then today began the process of trenching with a back hoe.
We pondered at the morning team meeting how to go forward with the day’s plans. The short version is that Gabi uploaded the last YouTube clip today which means we had scheduled the morning for more video taping. She is leaving tomorrow for a stint in Europe, and the plan was for her to take the edited clips with her so she can keep posting them twice a week going forward.
We have all kinds of wiggle room. The simplest thing is just to wait until next week to record when all the racket is over and leave you without new clips. That is not a big tragedy, but we prefer to find solutions not excuses.
We decided to make an attempt at recording just to see. I doubted it would be viable since they were working the front part of the parking lot, right outside our door, closest to our studio. And we have continual problems with normal street noise intruding.
As you know from the pictures, we have no sophisticated sound buffered environment — just an open work station — so we have to be keenly sensitive to the outside environment when we choose to record. Thus the sound of a backhoe breaking up asphalt, lifting up chunks and dropping them in the back of the dump truck did not seem viable.
Nonetheless, Megan set up the camera, I brought my notes. we recorded a session and it seemed acceptable. We kept going.
Half way through we took a break and I walked to the back of the building. To my surprise, the sound of the backhoe was reverberating through the warehouse even though it was the furthest away from where the action is. I went up front and it was quiet again. I opened the front door and the noise was impossibly loud. When I closed our non-weather stripped door, things were quiet again.
Clearly God created some sort of sound bubble for us today that we have not had before. Such a special gift.
Gabi is pushing hard right now to edit all nine clips, get them encoded and copied onto her laptop so she can keep the rhythm going while she is gone. Looks like she should pull it off by the end of the day.
YouTube forced one of those infamous “updates” on us that has completely changed the format of the landing page. I don’t like it at all, but it is what it is. Megan thinks she can make it a bit more user friendly in a few days when we can allocate some time for such trivia.
Meanwhile, she has some definite favorites among the ones we recorded today. She got blindsided by Gehazi’s story. I thought it was pretty good myself.
We have started the production countdown for our new album, the mysterious “AHS.” The targeted release date is July 23rd. I think that this very new teaching will be as much a paradigm buster as the teaching on the Mercy season or the teaching on the human spirit. And there are three more albums lined up after that. We hope to release one a month, around the same time each month.
Genevieve is gone to Massachusetts for her graduation parties. She will be back next Sunday. Megan will take Gabi to LAX first thing tomorrow morning, for her flight to JFK and then on to Zurich. She will be getting some graphic design training from Hanna, as well as starting the research necessary to buy equipment and albums in Austria or Germany for when we open the Austrian office later on this year.
And in the midst of all that low grade activity, God chose to create a sound bubble that I have never experienced before so there would not be a break in the action with the Birthright videos.
Odd. It is such a low priority here it never would have occurred to me to ask God for any intervention at all. The wire got old and damaged. Pretty ordinary stuff of life. The construction crew has to do what they have to do. Pretty ordinary stuff of life. We have lots of ways to juggle the recording and posting schedule. All in a day’s work here. Plans change.
But for some reason, the God Who Has A Bigger Perspective decided it was miracle time — so we didn’t have to juggle.
Copyright June 2013 by Arthur Burk
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