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It’s Friday and we’ve got news!  Bastion will be making a solo acoustic appearance at a several-band concert outside of Imagine Music in New Castle, IN, at 1:00pm on March 31 to support local businesses and charities!  We’ll be posting more information on facebook.com/graceatarms, but save the date!  Now, here’s the band:

Bastion:

I’ll make an official announcement if/when there’s something official to announce, but IF I/GRACE@ARMS had a solo/acoustic project coming out in January, which of our songs on YouTube would you like to see on there?

Vote for your favorites by either going to youtube.com/graceatarms and “Like”ing the songs you’d most like to hear (if you don’t have a YouTube account, they’re free) or by going to facebook.com/graceatarms and voting for songs in the Poll we posted!  If you do both, your vote counts twice.  Vote for as many songs as you’d like!

 (If my vote counted, I’d vote for “A Love Poem For Ghosts”!)

Milo:

I spent Tuesday and Wednesday completing part 1 of the national boards in optometry.  Now it’s time to relax [with me at the resort/casino in French Lick! – Bash]!

Cooper:

We are in the season of growing!  The grass is sprouting anew, trees are budding, and everyone and their buddy is crowding the weight room.  One observation I’ve made is that the best lat pull-down machine is never open!  If I have learned one thing in that place, it’s to circle that piece of equipment like a vulture.  That rant aside, it has been nice to work out more often and feel a little healthier.  Cheers!

Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) playing acoustic guitar in his home, Valhalla.
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 that you’ve got.
– Bastion, of Grace at Arms

It’s Friday (already?) and we’re back with more thoughts! Have a great weekend and, if you live near New Castle, Indiana, start getting ready for Bastion’s return from his back surgery and Grace@Arms’ return to the stage at a very special full-band concert at Mike & Joe’s (find the Facebook event here)!

Bastion:

I’ve been cranking out a lot of videos and chocolate pianos lately, so I think it’s time for a short news recap! This week:
1. The Lorax is in theaters and it’s amazing (and oh, so faithful to Dr. Seuss). My review is here.
2. GRACE@ARMS’ YouTube page is booming these days! We’ve had record hits this month, which top our record hits last month, which topped the record hits the month before. We’re growing! Thanks so much for watching, listening, and spreading the word! Feel free to help us turn this trend into the norm by sharing http://youtube.com/graceatarms !
3. My back continues to heal! I’m taking short trips to work and to other calm environments now and easing back into the swing of things. Thanks for all the support!
4. I’m putting in the order for the new Baseball shirts and Anniversary shirts today so they should be here soon! Thanks again to everyone who pre-ordered them–we can’t afford to make them without pre-orders so really; thanks, thanks, thanks!!!!
5.  I’ve also discovered Instagram recently so I’ve been playing with some old photos on my phone.  I’ve attached a few of Milo’s and my Maine vacation, my Halloween costume, and some other silliness to the end of this article.  Enjoy!

Milo:

“Go tell the Spartans, stranger passing by, that here, obedient to their laws, we lie.” – Epitaph on the Monument at Thermopylae

Cooper:

This week has been incredibly wild and crazy! Spring Break 2012! My week off has been spent with Raeanne, friends, and my new pastime. That pastime is the newly released Mass Effect 3! I’ve loved seeing some old friends and enjoying the time off.

Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) making a funny face.Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) in a suit, tie, scarf, and overcoat.Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) looking out over the ocean while on vacation in Lubec, Maine.Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) walking with a nurse's assistance after back surgery at the Naab Road Surgery Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) shows off his zombie costume in a mirror during Halloween 2012.A poster of Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) in front of the movie screen at the Skyvue Drive-In in New Castle, Indiana.  All art, logos, and design by Bastion, copyright Grace at Arms, Bastion Crider, and Greg Crider LLC.

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 that you’ve got.
– Bastion, of Grace at Arms

It’s Friday again and the band is back with more news and thoughts! Don’t forget, Bastion will be making two acoustic appearances this weekend (but we’ll let him tell you about them)!

Bastion:

If you’ve haven’t read Parts 1 and 2 of my back surgery adventure, then let me say, in short, that things haven’t been easy lately. Nevertheless, I had a pre-spine-surgery procedure done on Wednesday which has put me in a position where I can rock a little (even though the medications I’m on prevent me from doing a lot of things, they tend to share a friendly history with rock and roll). Be sure to come see me this weekend at the following shows:

Tonight at The House (1401 Walnut St., New Castle, IN) with Area Revolt, The Goodnight Fields, Forever Flux, and The Plan. All ages welcome, admission is $7 at the door. I’ve never played at The House or with any of the other bands on the ticket so come explore with me. 6:30-10:30pm. I’ll take the stage at about 9.

Saturday (tomorrow) at the Guyer Opera House, where Val Temples has organized a Valentine’s Day event to raise money for Reader’s Theater’s telling of several Dr. Seuss stories. You know I support the reading of Dr. Seuss, and fortunately I’ve written plenty of love songs so grab a date and come support local theater (and have a good time while you’re at it). $20 per couple. 7:30-9:30pm.

Bastion Crider, Milo Crider, and Cooper Wallace, of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) performing at Cafe Royal in New Castle, IN in 2011.  All art, logos, and "I CAME HERE TO ROCK" are copyright 2012 by Bastion Crider, Greg Crider LLC, and Grace at Arms.

Milo:

“He who requires urging to do a noble act will never accomplish it.” – Kahlil Gibran

Bastion Crider, Milo Crider, and Cooper Wallace, of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) performing on stage at Birdy's Bar and Grill on January 27, 2012 in a rock concert with Minute Details and Audiodacity.  The image is a screen capture, cropped by Bastion Crider, from video footage filmed by John Sweigard III of Swagtree Productions.  All art, logos, and "I CAME HERE TO ROCK" are copyright 2012 by Bastion Crider, Greg Crider LLC, and Grace at Arms.

Cooper:

“Star Wars: Episode One comes out in 3D tonight. This is the movie in the saga that everybody [especially me – Bastion] loves to hate. However, this movie holds a very special place in my heart. This was the first Star Wars film I was able to see on the silver screen. I’ll always love this movie if for no other reason than that first magical time I heard the 20th Century Fox drumroll and fanfare lead me into those blue words etched into any self respecting moviegoer’s mind. I highly recommend the experience. However, as a loather of 3D, I’ll be seeing the films in 2D. And I hope you’ll join me!

Bastion Crider, Milo Crider, and Cooper Wallace, of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) performing on stage at Birdy's Bar and Grill on January 27, 2012 in a rock concert with Minute Details and Audiodacity.  The image is a screen capture, cropped by Bastion Crider, from video footage filmed by John Sweigard III of Swagtree Productions.  All art, logos, and "I CAME HERE TO ROCK" are copyright 2012 by Bastion Crider, Greg Crider LLC, and Grace at Arms.

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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!

[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