Archive for January, 2012

At last night’s concert (thanks to everyone who made it out!), I recited a new poem to musical accompaniment.  It’s called “A Love Poem For Ghosts” and, while some of you have seen it on my Facebook page or our YouTube page, I wanted to provide you with the back-story and the lyrics!

What if we never fell in love?

I was thinking about that question that couples always seem to ask each other a year or two into the relationship.  “If things had been different, would we have ever known what we were missing?  What if so-and-so hadn’t introduced us?  What if you had been born three years earlier?  Would we still have this connection?”

What if we fell in love?

I was thinking about this from the other direction, though.  How many people in my life might I have connected with if some slight circumstance (distance, age, past decisions, present circumstances, etc.) had been different?  Might there have been love between any of us, had it ever had the chance to be activated?

What if we we can find love without falling in?

Then I realized that this wasn’t necessarily a “what if” question.  In so many cases, that love already exists–just not in the romantic sense which we normally picture. Maybe it’s a common interest, a kiss, a conversation, or just a passing glance, but sometimes, I think you can detect that connection.  Even though two people might be separated by miles or years or circumstances or decisions, their hearts might not be that far apart.

I started collecting “love fragments” from throughout my life.  I gathered everything that never amounted to a love song, but that I had wanted to say or meant to say to people but had failed to articulate. What I’ve enjoyed about this poem is that when I put all the disjoint pieces together, they actually form a story that isn’t only coherent, but is actually familiar–maybe it’s the story of each of those diverse little shards of love.

In another life, this would be so many “I love you”‘s, but for now, it’s my love poem for ghosts.

“A Love Poem For Ghosts”

I wish I had the words
That could make you understand.
I wish you could look at me
And see a better man.
Sometimes at night I wake
And lift up my arms,
Singing songs about your grace
To the beat of my heart.
When I hear your voice again,
My darkest days are saved
’cause every time you say my name,
You make me feel brave.
It’s been so long since I
Have watched the stars collide
Because the heavens could never dance
Like you did in my eyes.
There’re worlds between our lives
But lying here on the floor,
The distances between;
They don’t matter anymore.
There’re miles between our homes,
But if you pull me close,
Only inches between our hearts…
And our lips can bridge those.

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It’s a big Friday for us!  We’ll be rocking the stage at Birdy’s Bar and Grill tonight for the first time since the six4six concert in August!  We’ll be playing at 10pm and Audiodacity will be playing at 11.  The cover is only $5 so come rock with us!  More information here.

If you can’t rock with us at Birdy’s tonight, then be sure to rock with us on YouTube and iTunes!

Here’s what the guys are saying:

Bastion:

The new @LIVE 2012 shirts are in and they came here to rock!  After distributing the pre-orders, we’ve only got a few remaining.  They’ll be available at tonight’s show and then any extras will become available to order at graceatarms.com/alive2012.  Enjoy and I hope to see you tonight!

A photo of the new @LIVE 2012 t-shirts for Grace@Arms (Grace at Arms).  Photo by Bastion Crider, January 25, 2012.  All art, all logos, and "I CAME HERE TO ROCK" copyright 2012 by Bastion Crider, Greg Crider LLC, and Grace at Arms.

Milo:

A picture of my drumset at the studio in Valhalla as we prepare for the show at Birdy’s today!  Time to rock!

Grace@Arms' (Grace at Arms) set up in the studio in the basement of Valhalla, Bastion Crider's home.  Photograph by Milo Crider, January 2012.  All art and logos copyright Bastion Crider, Greg Crider LLC, Grace at Arms 2011 and 2012.

Cooper:

I’m getting fired up and tuned up for the show tonight!  It will feel good to get back on a stage and kick out some jams.  I just have to survive a few more classes, quizzes, study sessions, and assignments between now and then!  And then after, as well.  Oh, well!  Let’s rock!

[This is a post from my original blog at graceatarms.com/bastion.  The concert will be this Friday at Birdy’s Bar and Grill.  $5 cover.  Must be 21.  Doors open at 8pm.  Music starts at 9pm.  Grace@Arms takes the stage at 10pm.  The headliner will be Audiodacity and the opening act will be Minute Details.  For more information on the show, click here.  For more information on our 2012 schedule and merchandise, click here. – Bastion]

A photograph of Bastion and Cooper of Grace@Arms (Grace at Arms) performing Grace@Arms' song, "Give Me A Sign" at the August 6, 2011 six4six concert.

It’s been a few months since we last rocked the stage at Birdy’s Bar and Grill in Indianapolis, and it’s definitely time to come back!  GRACE@ARMS is announcing new tour dates and Birdy’s is back on the schedule!

Soon, we’ll be launching @LIVE 2012, announcing tour dates, gear, and apparel (it’ll all be available and updated at graceatarms.com/alive2012), but for now, keep January 27, 2012 clear on your calendar so you can come see our first concert of the new year at Birdy’s with Audiodacity!

Just in case you missed us last time (or wanted to relive it), you can check out our performance of an unreleased song I wrote a while back called “Give Me A Sign” right here:

Feel free to click on the YouTube link (or just click here) to check out our YouTube channel for more music and videos or find us on iTunes here and Spotify here!  Start getting excited!  It’s time to rock!

Grace at Arms' (GRACE@ARMS') logo in red.  Copyright 2011 Bastion Crider, Greg Crider LLC, Grace at Arms.

Those of you familiar with GRACE@ARMS know that our website has always been graceatarms.com and our blog (well, our singer, Bastion’s blog) has always been graceatarms.com/bastion.

So what is this “.wordpress” stuff?

There are great bands, funny videos, interesting articles, and valuable information everywhere.  In fact, there’s so much of all of these things, that the vast majority of them (even many of the most fascinating ones) get lost in the barrage.  This means that visibility is extremely important these days.

No matter what you do, what interests you, or what you’re selling, there are millions of people who want it or want to be a part of it.  Where are all those millions?  Everywhere!  Well, everywhere that they know to be.

That’s why we’re opening a second (and maybe third) blog.

GraceAtArms.com is awesome and we’re going to keep using it, but it’s generally trafficked by people who already know about GRACE@ARMS.  We can let people know about it through our Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc., but that’s all the exposure we get.

By creating a blog here on WordPress, though, we’re opening a new avenue to GRACE@ARMS–a new way for potential fans to find us.  We’ll still maintain graceatarms.com but we’re going to start mirroring our blogs here as well.

The plan:

We’re going to start by copying several of our more popular blog entries over to this server to see how it goes.  We’ll also be copying our new From the Band Friday blogs and other Grace@Arms news and announcement blogs here as we continue to update them.

[If this is a success, I may move my blog and/or my Scotch whisky tasting notes over here as well.  In the mean time, the majority of my posts will remain at graceatarms.com/bastion.  Keep rocking!  – Bastion]

In the mean time:

Check us out if you don’t already know us!  Here are some links to get you started:

GRACE@ARMS on iTunes!
GRACE@ARMS on Spotify!
Our Facebook page at facebook.com/graceatarms.
Bastion’s Twitter account at twitter.com/bastionatarms.
Our website at graceatarms.com.
Bastion’s original blog at graceatarms.com/bastion.
Our Google+ page.
Bastion’s Facebook page at facebook.com/graceatarmsbastion.
Our official Twitter account (though we’d recommend following Bastion) at twitter.com/graceatarms.

The @LIVE 2012 poster for rock band, GRACE@ARMS (Grace at Arms).  The poster was designed by Bastion Crider in December 2011, contains the band's logo, the @LIVE 2012 logo, an image of Bastion Crider with a guitar, and the @LIVE 2012 slogan, "I CAME HERE TO ROCK".  All art, logos, names, slogans, and concepts copyright 2012 by Bastion Crider, Greg Crider LLC, and Grace at Arms.

“You’ve got to rock like the world is watching, bleed like you’ll never heal, sing like you’re the only one who knows the words, and live like it’s your last hour on earth.” – GRACE@ARMS