Levi The Poet, along with Dan Smith and Kris Rochelle of Red Sweater Lullaby are pleased to announce Your Friendly Christmas Tour 2015. This is a Tour of Homes, and In order to make everything as easy as possible for our hosts, we've written out a list which we'll regard as required reading before accepting your submissions, here.
First and foremost, to those of you who recently ordered our Collections Poster No. 03: INDIFFERENCE as a part of our limited edition screen-printed poster series, thank you for your support, and we hope you come to enjoy our artistic collaboration / collection as much as we do. Unfortunately, I am writing to tell you that there has been a delay in shipment due to circumstances beyond our control.
Far too much of my time is spent changing colors in my chameleon skin. Or wondering what color I should be in my chameleon mind, while the devil plays advocate and I fail to land anywhere. And there are idols everywhere. Most of that one is probably called "fear of man", and I've wrestled with how to articulate it, so I'm thankful for those who seem to be able to.
I'm going to say a lot of this tomorrow at your reception, and at first I was worried about spoiling that, if you read this beforehand. Then I thought about what Brandi says about weddings - how they're mostly for other people, or maybe the parents. I don't know if I agree with her, but if she is right, God knows your parents probably don't read my blog, so it'll all be news to them.
When we released No. 01: Coffins, it was gone in 48 hours. No. 02: Answers, was gone in twelve, and No. 03: Indifference was gone in four - all solely through the E-Newsletter. If one of them belongs to you - thank you so much for the support. If you haven't joined the email list yet, it's about your only chance at snagging one of remaining prints we'll roll out leading up to the end of the year.
It is our desire to treat all people with the utmost respect and dignity, and to work hard as unto them, and as unto the Lord, and a part of that looks like striving toward excellent business practices and clear communication. May this, and the further development of our online process, be a means toward that end for the both of us.
Yesterday, we made our second print in the Poster Collections series available to our e-newsletter subscribers. We planned these releases in such a way that first dibs always go to the mailing list. So if you haven't signed up for it yet, do it now, because today, Poster No. 02: Answers are already gone.
It was brought to my attention that, thus far, I've not given proper credit where credit is due regarding this quote. I assumed that the phrase was such a household classic that it didn't even cross my mind. In my story, my credit was an implicit nod to Barrie's Neverland when the Girl finishes her pleading with, "don't get Lost, Boy."
But it deserves an explicit frame of reference...
Let's be honest, we've had next-to-nothing (let alone anything new) on our webstore for quite a while now. Not a week has gone by where someone hasn't asked when they'll be able to give us money again. (Literally, one of you tweeted at us asking to hurry up and take your money.)
Now's the time, friends. Let it flow.
Although LTP came up more in the hardcore music genre than within the slam / spoken-word / hip-hop realm, it’s a world I've followed and been privileged to enter into more and more, and I have enough experience with it to know that the artists selected for this year’s event are in a class of their own. Frankly, I walked in pretty far outside of my comfort zone wondering what in the world I was doing there.
About three weeks ago, I got the bright idea that it would be fun to write two new poems for Good Friday and Easter, and that I would wrangle my friends into the chaos: Donovan Medina on the editing, Alex Sugg on the music, Drew Schrimsher on the video, and Andy Othling on the audio recording.
It was a crazy week. And I wrestled through much of it leading up to the releases because I didn't want to commercialize Jesus as a means to selfish ends - either perceivably by you, or truthfully by me. I didn't want to be a glory-thief. My heart's desire was to create two resources that would be an expression of the depth of what we remembered and celebrated this weekend... but scripture doesn't have a lot of great things to say about the desires of the heart. I talked a bit about my own heart's tendencies in Tetelestai. Paul asks the Corinthians why, if everything they have is from God, they would ever boast as though it were not a gift...?
It's all a gift.
So I went back and forth before and throughout this weekend - checking motives and praying that, even in the times that pride began to swell, Jesus would work in spite of me to redeem those wanderings - the same way that he worked to rescue us from all of our wanderings away from the foot of that cross we just celebrated together.
All of that to say, I am still thankful for the feedback, and I am still thankful that Tetelestai and Joy Seekers seem to have accomplished what I had hoped for - a resource, a relatable expression, and worshipful rejoicing - for you who were able to enter into those stories with me.
Thank you for helping me share those poems this weekend. We have no need to relevant-ize scripture, because it is timeless, and timely, always. I hope that whatever of it expressed in each of these recent poems will prove to have a similar quality, and that they will be helpful to you beyond the borders of one weekend.
For the honor and the glory of the one from whom, through whom, by whom and for whom all things exist,
it has been a joy.