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Today, March 1, 2012, is the one year anniversary of the official release of Chrysalis, of the creation of graceatarms.com, and of the effective birth of GRACE@ARMS.

That which matters most:

THANK YOU.  Thank you to all of my followers, subscribers, and friends as well as all the fans, supporters, collaborators, and friends of GRACE@ARMS.  I’ve said it a thousand times in a thousand ways, but it can never be said enough:

This band isn’t a story about me.  It isn’t a window into my heart.  It is me.  It is my hope in the real world.  It is my heart on earth.  I’m grateful for every comment from every fan and I’m moved every time my music, my words, my art, and my hope connects with someone else’s heart.  I can thank you a thousand times, but I’ll never be able to convey the appreciation I feel for all of those who’ve helped me begin to make my ambitious dream real.

A Facebook banner designed for Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) by Bastion Crider, the front-man for Grace at Arms on February 29, 2012.  All art, logos, design, "@LIVE 2012", "@LIVE", and "B-Day" copyright Bastion Crider, Greg Crider LLC, and Grace at Arms.

The Bitter and the Sweet:

Obviously, sitting at home waiting for my back surgery wounds to heal isn’t the way I had planned on spending the day. More so, I hadn’t planned on spending most of February huddled on my couch in a drug-induced stupor. As a result, this isn’t quite the day of concerts and celebrations, or even the planned-for-weeks blog entry, merchandise giveaway, and growth opportunity that I had imagined.

Nevertheless, my dream has been real for an entire year and in that time I’ve gone from editing tracks in my basement, telling myself over and over that someday someone would want to hear them, to selling albums internationally.

The question now, which I’d planned on pondering all month, is what to say to mark the occasion.

A Facebook page picture designed for Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) by Bastion Crider, the front-man for Grace at Arms on February 29, 2012.  All art, logos, design, "@LIVE 2012", "@LIVE", and "B-Day" copyright Bastion Crider, Greg Crider LLC, and Grace at Arms.

Well, for starters, NEW T-SHIRT!!!!!!!!!

Where do Grace@Arms shirts come from? Essentially, I ask myself what I want to wear, and then I make it. This time, I wanted to cover both Grace@Arms birthday and my own (March 17–Bastion-Day, B-Day, or St. Patrick’s Day) in the same shirt. I also LOVE long sleeve t-shirts with writing on the sleeves. So basically, those ideas came together into this:

Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) depicted as an embryo in a sonogram image with an Ancora (Grace at Arms' "Capital @" symbol) inside of his brain as part of the B-Day 2012 t-shirt from Grace@Arms.  Art by Bastion Crider, February 29, 2012.  All logos, images, art, design, "I CAME HERE TO ROCK", "B-DAY", and "Ancora" copyright Bastion Crider, Greg Crider LLC, and Grace at Arms.

One drawback (well, I’m absorbing the drawback because I love this shirt and want people to be wearing it, so it’s really more of a deal or a sale than a drawback) to long sleeve shirts, shirts with more than one color, shirts with writing on the sleeves, or especially all at once, is that they cost more to make!

As a result, the birthday shirts will pre-order for $25 (IF there are any extras in the order, they’ll sell for $30) and will be available to pre-order ONLY until Sunday. That didn’t feel like a celebratory-enough deal, though, so I decided to release a special package for those interested:

1 Long Sleeve Birthday T-Shirt, 1 “Baseball” Tee, and 1 Chrysalis CD for $40

And we’ll get to the rest later…

Like I said, the anniversary crept up on me so the “year in the life” article will be showing up later, but in the mean time, I’ve revamped the band’s Facebook page, both of the new shirts are pre-orderable until Sunday, and our April 28 concert (the only G@A show on the horizon–thanks, back surgery) at Mike & Joe’s in New Castle, Indiana has been converted from an acoustic show to an electric show!

Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) depicted as an embryo in a sonogram image with an Ancora (Grace at Arms' "Capital @" symbol) inside of his brain.  Art by Bastion Crider, February 29, 2012.  All logos, images, art, design, "I CAME HERE TO ROCK", "B-DAY", and "Ancora" copyright Bastion Crider, Greg Crider LLC, and Grace at Arms.

It’s been an incredible year and it’s about to be another one.  If you’re unfamiliar with GRACE@ARMS, you can find us on iTunes, Facebook, YouTube, and at our homepage, graceatarms.com (you can also find us just about everywhere else–just search for Grace@Arms or BastionAtArms).  You can also keep up to date with my blog, my art projects, my music, and my madness at my Facebook, Twitter, and my original blog at graceatarms.com/bastion.

Thanks and thanks again.  Keep rocking with all you are.
– Bastion, of Grace at Arms

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If you missed Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3, I’ve been battling the shards of an exploding disc in my spine.  When we left off, I was awaiting surgery and trying to survive a “no ibuprofen” mandate from my surgeon.

If you can’t sleep, just re-define “sleep.”

After two days of raging, spastic agony, I was too afraid to go to bed.  This turned out to be fortunate, though.  I resumed sleeping* against my pillow stack on my couch, which, combined with a steroid that was riding the needle the doctors had plunged into my spine a few days prior, got me back into a quasi-mobile state!

Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) pretending to sleep in the position in which he has had to sleep for several weeks on account of a back injury in February 2012.

I sit, I lean, I sit, I sleep*, I sit, I sleep*, I wake.

* “Sleeping” in this context means “sitting still for a long enough time that it’s safe to assume that I was unconscious for some period of time.”

If ignorance is bliss, distraction is at least peaceful.

Fortunately, I had plenty of friends and family visiting me over the week before surgery and, among other things, I was able to construct my chocolate piano!

Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) sitting behind the chocolate piano he built out of white, dark, and milk chocolate candy bars including Kit Kat bars, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Minis, Hershey's Cookies 'n' Cream bars, and Hershey's Chocolate Bars in February 2012.

Okay, so you haven't seen this picture, but you HAVE seen the rest of them (if you haven't, just click on the picture).

Seriously, if you’ve found a way to this article but haven’t seen my chocolate piano, then you’re missing the good stuff!  For your sake, please go to facebook.com/graceatarmsbastion and become a fan.

Hack!  Hack that back!

Friday, February 24 finally rolled around and the story gets short from there:
1.  Dr. Jean-Pierre Mobasser, MD has Jesus-hands.
2.  He removed some scar tissue, disc fragments, and other junk and patched me up in under an hour.

Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) lying on his bed in the Naab Road Surgery Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, following his back sugery performed by Dr. Jean-Pierre Mobasser, MD.

Me, still drugged, making myself comfortable post-surgery.

An hour and a half later, I was sitting in my mom’s car eating a Qdoba burrito and sending doped up texts to the handful of people whose names I could remember despite the anesthetics.

…and now… and more now… and more now…

So now, I’m healing.  Not only am I healing, but with a Tylenol and two ibuprofen, I feel closer to “painless” than I have in years.  The only battle I have left ahead of me (barring the unexpected) is patience.  I have to wait until I have healed completely before I go off and do anything stupid, no matter how stir crazy I get.

An image of Bastion Crider's head with his memories on fire designed, photographed, and edited by Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) in December 2011.

This seemed like an appropriate time to bust out the image of my mind ablaze again.

Fortunately, madness is a good substitute for creativity!  Maybe Grace@Arms will see some new material as a result of this!  Thanks for the hopes and the prayers!  Hopefully, there will only be one more chapter in this story: my return to life as I knew it.

T-shirt update:

One benefit of the boredom and unusual schedule just manifested itself in that I woke after only a few hours of sleep, grabbed up an old photo of me, and fixed it so you can see what the new shirts will look like (note: this shirt doesn’t exist yet–I’m kind of proud of those Photoshop skills)! The pre-order ends on Sunday, so if you want this shirt, click the picture or just go to graceatarms.com/alive2012 and order it now!

Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (Grace@Arms) wearing one of the new "baseball style" t-shirts for GRACE@ARMS' @LIVE 2012.  All photos, art, and logos copyright Bastion Crider, Greg Crider LLC, and Grace at Arms 2012.

The back says, "I CAME HERE TO ROCK"

This busted back.

As many of you know from my Facebook page, a disc fragment has burst from my spine and is harassing my sciatic nerve.  Unfortunately, this is going to require surgery–I’ll meet with my surgeon on Tuesday–so wish me luck.  In the mean time, we’ve had to cancel the acoustic show which was scheduled for yesterday and we’ll be holding off on scheduling new concerts until we’ve got a better idea of my recovery time.

Running out of the old, running in with the new.

On the up-side, the @LIVE 2012 t-shirts are selling much faster than we expected and now only a few remain!  Rather than waiting around for them all to dry up, we’re moving on to the next design.  The fans of GRACE@ARMS’ Facebook page have voted for 3/4 sleeve baseball t-shirts and so I’ve gone to work designing them:

The second ALIVE 2012 (@LIVE 2012) t-shirt from Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS).  This shirt was designed by Bastion Crider, February 2012.  All art, logos, and "I CAME HERE TO ROCK" are copyright 2012 by Bastion Crider, Greg Crider LLC, and Grace at Arms.
You can’t see it here, but the shirts also bare GRACE@ARMS and @LIVE 2012 logos in white on the sleeves. Umm… badass.

The shirts are made by American Apparel and printed by ContagiousGraphics.com so they’re of the same exceptionally high quality you’ve come to expect in GRACE@ARMS apparel.  Because of the design and art on the sleeves, these shirts are a little more expensive than the plain t-shirts we previously released and will retail for $23.

Pre-orders (aka “the cheap, fast, guaranteed way to get a shirt”)!

We’re opening the pre-order for these shirts today at our @LIVE 2012 page.  For a limited time, you’ll be able to pre-order one of the new baseball t-shirts for $18.  When they arrive, you’ll be able to pick your shirt up from me or at one of our shows.  The pre-order is how the band affords the actual shirt order, so the size of the order will be directly proportionate to the number of pre-orders.  This also means that the only way you’re guaranteed to get a shirt is to pre-order one!

Click here to go to the @LIVE 2012/t-shirt page!

It’s Friday so it’s time for another From the Band Friday!  Here’s what the boys from GRACE@ARMS have to say!

Bastion:

Our friend, John (of Swagtree Productions), came to our concert last Friday (which rocked–big thanks to all our fans who showed up) and filmed us playing some songs!  We’re refining the video footage now, but in the mean time, here are a few video captures I managed to pull from the footage!

Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) performing at Birdy's Bar and Grill in Indianapolis on January 27, 2012.  Image captured from film footage by John Sweigart III.  All images, art, logos, and "I CAME HERE TO ROCK" copyright 2012, Bastion Crider, Greg Crider LLC, Grace at Arms.

Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) performing at Birdy's Bar and Grill in Indianapolis on January 27, 2012.  Image captured from film footage by John Sweigart III.  All images, art, logos, and "I CAME HERE TO ROCK" copyright 2012, Bastion Crider, Greg Crider LLC, Grace at Arms.

Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) performing at Birdy's Bar and Grill in Indianapolis on January 27, 2012.  Image captured from film footage by John Sweigart III.  All images, art, logos, and "I CAME HERE TO ROCK" copyright 2012, Bastion Crider, Greg Crider LLC, Grace at Arms.

Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) performing at Birdy's Bar and Grill in Indianapolis on January 27, 2012.  Image captured from film footage by John Sweigart III.  All images, art, logos, and "I CAME HERE TO ROCK" copyright 2012, Bastion Crider, Greg Crider LLC, Grace at Arms.

Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) performing at Birdy's Bar and Grill in Indianapolis on January 27, 2012.  Image captured from film footage by John Sweigart III.  All images, art, logos, and "I CAME HERE TO ROCK" copyright 2012, Bastion Crider, Greg Crider LLC, Grace at Arms.

Milo:

With another awesome experience playing at Birdy’s under our belts, 2012 is off to an excellent start!  It was great seeing all of you.  Your feedback has been appreciated.  We take this information into consideration when preparing our upcoming set lists.  Contact us via Google+, Facebook, Twitter, etc. with your comments!

Cooper:

Sometimes you sit down to play a song and you come up with something entirely different.