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Passed 10000 plays on ReverbNation today! More than 75% in that last couple of years. Now, I know if I was Israel Houghton, that wouldn't mean much. But I'm just this invisible guy with no record company, budget or staff, Just me and God. I don't tour or participate in any paid promotion. While I get to play other people's music several times a week in a good sized church, it's rare that I get to share my own music anywhere locally. More than 99% of my plays are from people all over the world (about 65% in the USA) as opposed to just friends and family. So I feel pretty good and thankful.
Why does 10000 plays matter? That's 10000 times I've been allowed to share what God has given me.Not just my talent but in my life and faith through sharing the lyric. That's 10000 times I've shared some aspect of the gospel and that many chances to minister to someone. That's 10000 times I've witnessed some of which have made it's way to those have not yet received the gospel. That's 10000 times God has said, " I have given you something to share," despite the lack of encouragement and sometimes just plain discouragement of some.
So thanks, God, It may be a small thing to some but it means a lot to me. And thanks to those who have listened and lended prayer and support. I appreciate you greatly.
April 1, 2015
Okay, this is not an April Fool. I just cracked the top 10 in Christian Rock on ReverbNation. I'm #10 in the US and the World. Must say I feel pretty good about that. So I guess the goal now becomes making #1.
On another front, my wife has become an independent wellness advocate for Doterra Essential Oils. A lot of people are finding essential oils a beneficial tool for wellness in many areas. If you're interested click the link in the right hand column.
All of my songs are personal and reflect some aspect of my Christian walk, but every once in a while God gives me a song that strikes my very core. "Such as I Have" is of the latter type. The first few weeks after I wrote it I would break down crying and worshipping everytime I tried to work on it. The good news is that the recording is well under way now. I only hope that once it's done I will have done it the same justice that it has done my spirit.
Feb 19, 2015
Check it out: I peaked at #13 nationally and #17 globally on ReverbNations Christian Rock charts on Feb. 17th. Gotta say I'm pretty pleased with that although when I got that close I was really hoping to crack the top 10. Hey that could come yet. I appreciate everyone who listens. I work hard to share my music with as many as will listen and be blessed by it. This is what God has given me to voice my faith.
So far in 2015 I've added one new song, "I'm Calling" and reworked "Walk Along" Both can be heard in the player at left on this page. Also finishing up a rework of "Gonna Be a Wonder." After that it must be time for something new. I've have a few things waiting for further attention.
The Depression Tool Kit has received a lot of good feed back, some public & some private. I'm thankful for any help it gives anyone. So far I've had a new post daily on Facebook since I began writing it. I also eventually get them moved over to the link above. I'm sure sooner or later the well will begin to run dry but it you haven't already checked it out there are plenty of posts to catch up on. When the new thoughts slow down I will probably repost from the beginning at a slower pace and add new as they come up.
This Sunday night I'm excited to see Carmen at my home church. He was a big as it gets in Christian music a few decades ago and is now back on tour after a bout with cancer. If you're in the Crystal River Fl area you can join us. For details click here. I understand that tickets are beginning to get low so act now if you want to attend.
In the meantime I hope God is blessing you and life is good. Jared
Jan 6, 2015
Holidays are over and things revert to the normal. Hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year.
I've added something new. It's called the Depression Tool Kit. This is a collection of brief commentary on depression related issues. This is an area I've had some personal experience with. This is not professional advise. This is me sharing my thoughts on things I've learned in dealing with the challenging disorder. Hope that what I have to share is beneficial to others. If you or someone you know is suffering from depression, hang in there. Better days are coming. Hope this small contribution is of some help. My prayer for you're increasing well being accompany these posts.
Latest songs are In The Sanctuary and Gonna Be a Wonder. Both are in the player on the left of the page. There's a short blog relating to In the Sanctuary here.
Sept 20, 2014
I want to thank everyone for the tremendous response I've gotten for my new song, Love, Love. It's drawn a bundle of compliments and lots of plays. If you haven't heard it yet, it's in the player on the left of the page.
This is new... I've just added my testimony to this site. It's something I'd wanted to do from the start but for many reasons had not done. Well, now it's done. It's pretty frank and somewhat in depth. I've broken it down into parts for convenience sake. You can read it, listen to it or both as you prefer at this link: www.jwalnum.com/testimony.htm
So far I've tracked drum sequences, bass, acoustic guitars and synth orchestrations on my cover of Neil Morse's “We all Need Some Light.” It's such a tremendous song going in. I hope I do it some justice.
Sept. 2, 2014
So that previously unnamed song I mentioned in my July 23rd update wound up being my newest song, “Love, Love,” That's currently in the player at left to be played for free. It has a hint of a prog influence. I think you'll enjoy it.
Meanwhile I'm working on a cover of a song called “We All Need Some Light Now.” This is originally by one of my favorite musicians and I wanted to cover it for a long time. In it's original state it's not a flat out Christian song. It actually predates the composer, Neal Morse's, public confession of Jesus. Never-the-less the context is pertinent and I have kept all the verses and chorus as written. I have added a third verse and a 2nd chorus of my own. This is still in the early tracking stages.
August 6, 2014
Today I reached: on Reverbnation. You can listen there with out joining. But if you sign up for a free account you can support me by becoming a fan. Also find thousands of other independent artists.
July 31, 2014
So you know you're dying to know: What are Jared's most played songs? ;-) Go to http://www.jwalnum.com/mostPlayed.htm and find out. And now you know!
July 23, 2014
So what do think of the new site? It's taken a while to get it done with so many irons in the fire but now at last here it is. Hope you enjoy it and find it easy to navigate.
Also in the player is "Alone & Pray" a brand new recording of a song writen sometime ago.
Otherwise, I'm working on a new song as yet untitled. Just started arranging the music and the lyric is still pending.
Appreciate all you who are following and listening. Hope the Lord is blessing you greatly. If my music blesses you please be sure to share it with others.