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Week 11 Blog - Blessed
Hope this post finds you in peace and joy in the Lord. It was a busy week indeed prepping for the Love Missions Benefit Concert. We’re so grateful for the many people who volunteered their time, and teen Christian Music artist Elizabeth Armstrong, Empire Theory Band and solo artist Amberhope for sharing their music. We had an opportunity to reach out to the Post Orange community to share about Human trafficking awareness and raise funding for Love Missions. 
In our day to day, it’s easy to get caught up with our own problems, daily tasks and disregard bigger things happening around us. It’s almost as if our own issues are enough to keep us locked in to ourselves with very little to care for the burdens of others. For most of us, I believe that’s true, or at least it seems that way when you look around and observe. I encourage you today to look past your daily obstacles and seek to serve others in need. It help with perspective, and most importantly.. we are showing God’s love for His children. If you are reading this at this moment from your computer in the comfort of your home, or in a coffee shop, wherever.. you are blessed beyond your needs. May not seem that way, but I hope through looking outside of ourselves, we will see how God has given us favor in this life. For me, and our band.. God has given us the desire for music, and we hope to share that to show His glory. But that alone isn’t enough when we can do more. As the body of Christ we can share our gifts to uplift one another and help each other work towards the common good, like helping a ministry fighting Human Trafficking as Love Missions is. Through this we can show He is good, He is great, He is holy, and all wonderful. Be glad today in whatever circumstance you may be. Stay blessed
Manny Garcia (Livingsong)

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Week 10 Blog - Comfort Zone
I forgot to mention one of my scary yet fun highlights of last week’s trip. As you may already know, Florida is generally flat, an easy drive if good traffic and weather is in your favor. Well my Florida driving skills were no help while driving on the edge of steep cliffs and sharp turns in some areas in Alabama.. lol We had cars lined up behind us driving in pitch black roads of-course and if it wasn’t for the GPS telling us when sharp turns came, Jordan and I would have gone home to Jesus driving off the clip that night! So be careful out there if you’re a Floridian driving in the Jasper, Alabama area ;) While it was fun to be on the road, it’s awesome to come home. 
We don’t know where the Lord will guide us, but in the comfort of a community we find safety, and contentment right?. Well, not to throw you off  but would we listen if God has a new season of change for us? Let’s be honest, being ready to go forth leaving our comfort zone for Jesus is scary. I confess I struggle with it, and while I love being home.. there’s a stirring in me that God has a new season that will include change. The best thing we can do is to be in earnest prayer, study in the word, and seeking His will for your life. God bless
Manny Garcia (Livingsong)

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Weekly 9 Blog - Nashville

Where do I start wow, what a trip! Do you guys remember my post on week 2 about the label “Tate Music Group”? Well I wanted to follow up and the BWAM music agency trip as well. 

Nothing against Tate Music Group but after doing some homework I found it difficult relating to their roster of artists. In any music partnership, whether recording, touring, signing with a label, etc.. it’s so important to feel part on a common vision, spreading a common message. The Lord settled my heart and gave me clarity through His word that this may not be the best option for Livingsong so we passed. 

A few weeks later BWAM, a music agency in Nashville messaged me on Reverbnation for a meeting with a few reps. On our way we stopped by Jasper Alabama to lead a Sunday Night of Worship at a Nazarene Church. It was definitely a long drive, expensive on gas but God provided the transportation, food, the lodging and extra for compensation. His provision comes to those who trust in Him and while this trip was not easy, we saw God’s hand move through the many people who tithed and supplied for our needs. 

I cannot say we did our best in the audition because we weren’t fully prepared, but it was still fun and here’s the best part! After speaking with Austin Cook from BWAM, we were loading up equipment back into our rented van that First Baptist of Daytona provided. While loading up there was another group waiting on us to get inside the building. Now I did not catch who these guys were, but Erika recognized them and we all followed afterwards. While we were taking our equipment out, Sidewalk Prophets were waiting to bring their equipment in!! 

Normally I don’t get this excited to blog about a meeting but I had an opportunity to really see the sincerity in these guys to serve the Lord. It was awesome, and encouraging to meet an established Christian band who were not only humble, but also took the time to pray with us, give us advice, and just fellowship. These guys were a blessing and Nashville for that matter was a nice experience. We stopped by a record label to drop off our demo and was quickly turned down, so hey rejection is part of it right?..lol We gave out some of our EPs to a Christian bookstore for their customers which was nice of them to accept, and it was an overall good experience. I’m sure we will be back. 

In closing I definitely learned that a presentation has to be prepared when auditioning. As worship leaders, we understand that presenting a setlist to welcome the message, and ushering a congregation into God’s presence. Even though we were not in a church setting, I failed to realize that we should have done, what Livingsong knows how to do, which is to create an atmosphere for people to worship God. I totally missed that and got caught up in the mentality of performing rather than allowing them to see our hearts for worship. I hope that if you ever come across an opportunity similar to this, you will remember that people must be transparent, and allow yourself to be you through whatever gift you share. Hope you’ll check these guys out, love the message in this song. 

Manny Garcia (Livingsong)

Week 8 Blog - Performance Worship

Had another busy hot and muggy weekend but blessed. We had an acoustic set for most of the weekend,.. acoustic guitar, keys, cajon, easy listening. Sometimes with a full band you can get carried away in the production and stage performance rather than focusing every part of worship on the purpose of why we are there. Not to say we don’t enjoy a full band sound because we do, but not at the expense of loosing our purpose in worship. I believe God is changing our band receive this calling. I found this podcast video from Jeff Deyo very helpful. For our friends out there involved in worship teams, perhaps this may be a topic you have been thinking about. (Dealing with the Performance Element in Worship) I hope this video will help you as well. It is a constant prayer which requires us to be still to listen to God’s voice. That may be the hardest part, the ability to be still, right? So we must remain humble and trust not in our own ideas, but instead on His word. Stay blessed guys, thank you for reading.. be back next week.

Manny Garcia (Livingsong)

Week 7 Blog - Not Giving Up

Okay, I had to share this awesome image I found! It must have been an amazing view to see God parting the Red Sea back then. Every time you feel overwhelmed, discouraged, and lost remember that nothing can stop God from parting anything to make a path for you. As another week goes by, I reflect on all the blessings that He has given our band. Like the children of Isreal who doubted and complained, God never gave up on them. I confess that we also sometimes loose our way by I’m grateful that God is always there. Being in a band that is funding on love offerings, much gets tested and true desire for ministry is revealed. Not to say anything wrong about anyone because I’m the first to fall behind. It’s not only a test of faith but also patience, and trust that God will bring the harvest for the work that is layed out.

I truly believe that Livingsong has greater things to come but it will take more sacrifice, more patience, trust, faith and surrendering more than what we’re ready to give. That encourages me to keep on, because God will work on those of us that hang on, to shed the things that hinder us from walking with Him. Please click on this picture for a powerful message from Pastor Francis Chan. I hope you’re encouraged and blessed.

Manny Garcia (Livingsong)

Week 6 Blog - SNL Fun

Leading worship for the SNL youth was awesome! Powerful message, met some new friends.. the Holy Spirit definitley opened hearts that night. It was going to be our first time feturing a cello but unfortunately while setting up before the set, it fell and broke a string :( It’s okay now though, all fixed! We squeezed seven musicians in the tiniest stage ever..lol I don’t know how we managed to jump during praise without bumping to each other. 

Also this summer has felt hotter than most and I’m sure its not over yet. The heat has definitely made the constant loading and unloading of equipment seem more laboring but it’s all worth it! Our traveling has increased, and it’s only getting busier so it’s a blessing to even have this opportunity  to go out and do what we love. Overall it was an easy week guys. If you’re in the Debary area next week. Join us at Genuine Bistro August 23rd, visit this link for event details. Hope to see you then.

Manny Garcia (Livingsong)

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    Let It Go

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Week 5 Blog - Let It Go

This week I want to emphasize and issue in our schools that we cannot ignore. If you know any child or teen dealing with bullying… please let the proper authorities know immediately! Contact their teacher, school counselor, principle, super attendant, the police or the state department of education. Reach out until someone takes action before it’s too late.

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year, according to the CDC. For every suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts. Over 14% of high school students have considered suicide, and almost 7 percent have attempted it.

Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims, according to studies by Yale University. Stay alert, pray for them and if you feel they may be at risk of suicide.. contact The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

I hope this original song “Let It Go” will encourage those of you out there struggling with bullying. 

(VERSE 1)

I hear he doesn’t like his school,

the teachers kids and all the rules

Feel like they are more than he can take

His life at home does not seem good,

He’s still so young misunderstood

But there is so much more to life than what he sees

(CHORUS)

Just let it go, Let it be.

Come lay your life down at the Saviors feet

Because He is real, and He’s here now.

Yes He’s just waiting for You to turn around.

Oh He loves You more than You will ever know

So let it go……….. Let it go……..

(VERSE 2)

She’s 12 years old and wonders why,

She has to feel this pain inside

Of watching her mom drink herself to sleep

With emptiness she sits alone,

Thinking is there any hope,

Crying out to see if God is there………….

(CHORUS)

Just let it go, Let it be.

Come lay your life down at the Saviour’s feet

Because He is real, and He’s here now.

Yes He’s just waiting for You to turn around.

Oh He loves You more than You will ever know

So let it go……….. Let it go……..

(BRIDGE)

So your life is falling fast,

like walking on a sheet of glass

Not knowing when the ground will break beneath you.

You’re feeling like there is no hope,

Like you are on a dead end road

Just listen for His voice you’ll hear Him in your soul….

(CHORUS)

Just let it go, Let it be.

Come lay your life down at the Saviour’s feet

Because He is real, and He’s here now.

Yes He’s just waiting for You to turn around.

Oh He loves You more than You will ever know

So let it go……….. Let it go……..

by Livingsong

Week 4 Blog - Bitter Sweet

We won our first Battle of the Bands! It’s was a bitter sweet victory however. After our Thursday night rehearsal we were concerned because we didn’t sound prepared. Drums set the tone of how powerful you will end up on stage and consistency plays a major role in creating confidence. So we had to ask our other drummer to join us instead. It wasn’t easy as you can imagine. Nevertheless a necessity, and it wasn’t that one drummer was better than the other because we enjoy both of them. For my fellow musicians out there, I’m sure you can understand that when a good musician is struggling to keep up, it generally has nothing to do with their ability. Instead personal reason, desire or over committed schedule not allowing him/her to prepare. 

There’s no doubt that we will at times run into similar circumstances, testing how we will respond. I believe we can overcome challenges through peace and prayer, demonstrating love first in episodes of possible conflict. One question to ask is “How would Christ respond?”. It’s a good way to allow the Holy Spirit to lead for a proper response. Because we make mistakes and fall short, we will not have a perfect record of handling situations but in Christ there is growing,.. if we look to Him first in all challenges.
(P.S. Please click to the photo to connect to our Facebook Page!)
Manny Garcia (Livingsong)

Week 3 Blog - Love Mission

Finally back at the recording studio! Rehearsing with the band is one thing but getting ready to record is totally another thing in itself that seems to require much more work. We’ve spent weeks now preparing a song for Love Missions ministry and we finally got a chance to lay down the final vocals, thank you Erika :) We hope this song will reach many to help Love Missions create awareness for Human Trafficking. I hope you like the flier design for the coming Love Missions event. Like writers block, I got blocked for weeks on a design idea for this poster, so it’s a huge relief that it’s finally done. 

So I have an update, part two of the Starbucks meeting with a potential new full time band member mentioned in the first blog…. it did not work out. While this turn out was a surprise to Jason, Erika and I, there’s faith that God is in control. No bridges were burnt, just a change of heart and decision to relocate out of state which would prevent him to be a drummer for our band. We’re content and support his decision. I believe God will work in the hearts of those who He will call to partner with us. All we can do, is be faithful and trust His timing.

If you keep updated with this blog, you will notice challenging obstacles come on a weekly basis.. lol  Some can seem discouraging but I know the work is for a greater purpose because Livingsong has become bigger than myself now and our commitment will constantly be tested when greater things are yet to come. When times are difficult, I encourage you to keep your eyes on Jesus. Only He can give you rest from your worries and cast out your fears. 

(Click on image to see how you can also help Love Missions ministry fight Human Trafficking.)

Manny Garcia (Livingsong)

Week 2 Blog - The 50/50 View

First I hope you all had a blessed week. Even though there were no big exciting surprises during rehearsals as the last week, we did have a full band jam which is always nice and a blessing.

Also we’ve been excited about an opportunity to sign with Tate Music Group, a publicity/label company who reached out to us for a album partnership. Contacting some of the artists in their roster for feedback, and seeking legal advice can be time consuming,.. so its always best to start making calls, and emails in advanced. What do you think, should we sign for an album contract or stay on establishing ourselves on our own for the time being? Prayers definitely needed, for His guidance and will to be done.

On Friday we were scheduled for an acoustic jam in Ormond Beach but unfortunately had to cancel :/ The very few times we’ve cancelled have been due to sickness and family emergencies. For the first time in two years with Livingsong, when we called to confirm we were told.. no faith based music. We haven’t had any complaints in the past because we’re always careful to not push our faith aggressively on others through music, so it’s unfortunate. I know there’s a 50/50 view on playing music at open venues and doors will close now and then because of our faith but it’s important to stay driven for the mission to reach the lost.

Unfortunately we got rained out at Worship Without Walls on Saturday so it turned out to be a weekend off. There’s a Battle of the Bands coming August 2nd which is right around the corner so hopefully everyone will take the extra time to prepare. No matter the result, as long as we make a lasting positive impression, we’re good. You see, its easy to be filled with joy when things go in our favor. The best test of character is how we handle circumstances when it’s not. I’ve found that the best stress relief to cast out worries, is to separate ourselves from distractions for a heart to heart with God. When the peace of the Holy Spirit covers us, we realize in many cases that it was a small, yet over stressed issue. In cases where the struggle continues becoming overwhelming, we can be content because God has purpose, a reason. Through suffering that builds character, God works in ways beyond our understanding and in all things for our good. Hope you all have a blessed week. Please click to the image to connect with us on Instagram :)

Hey Guys, my sincere apologies for the delay. Somehow when I went back to search your inbox to respond.. it didn’t show. I just now found you guys n my spam inbox. If you are still available.. this event will be a smaller type outdoor festival in a church in Goodlettsville. There will be a few other artists playing, and sound PA will be provided. Unfortunately the church does not have a budget to compensate, however you are welcomed to sell your merch and make new fans. If you have any further questions, please feel free to let me know. God bless

Manny Garcia (Livingsong)

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First Blog Week 1 - Surprise Concert
Our band quarterly meeting lasted almost four hours last week Monday, wow! 10 members in attendance with lots of note taking, questions, answers and goal setting. I’m excited to see what God has planned for Livingsong. With 13 members now involved in this project, I feel confident that we can work as a team to create awareness and build a bigger fan base. Team work was definitely the theme of the meeting.
Encase you’re wondering where this picture was taken.. it was our view last Thursday night. We normally rehearse on Thursdays and I was preparing for a few minor challenges since neither of our drummers were available and two other members cancelled coming that day :( However to our surprise, when we walked into our rehearsal venue which is the First Baptist of Daytona Student Big Life building.. we literally were asked to put our equipment down and head out with them to the last night of worship with Chris Tomlin at the Student Life Camp! Needless to say, it was a much needed time of inspiration and encouragement. To see the video, don’t forget to click to this picture when you’re done reading :) 
Youth Pastor Jay Gibson and First Baptist of Daytona have truly been a big blessing to our project in more ways than they know. The evening was full of energy, flashing lights, jumping, shouting, and a powerful message about the cost of greatness by Louie Giglio, just what we needed. It’s easy to forget the cost, to complain and get discouraged, but like Peter in Matthew 14:30, we too will sink unless we keep our eyes on Christ. The struggles that have come from making Livingsong a main focus has brought me closer to God. While others may not make sense of the choices made to serve God, there’s nothing more gratifying. 
The following day, Jason King and I had an opportunity to meet one of our newest drummers at Starbucks to discuss joining the group full time in the near future. We’re excited to possibly add a fourth member! Will definitely keep you posted ;) The weekend had a few ups and downs for one of our vocalists - Erika Lynn who was struggling with Migraines. We unfortunately had to cancel Friday’s Frappes Acoustic Jam and Sunday’s Sonrise Church worship but Saturday’s Mitchell’s Fish Market Restaurant turned out well:) After our last set, a crowd gathered to watch the Zimmerman case verdict. In our time of heartache, brokenness and grief, I hope we will  remember these words from Sybrina Fulton, Martin’s mother who tweeted this the night of the verdict. “Lord during my darkest hour I lean on you, you are all that I have.”. RIP Treyvon
Manny Garcia (Livingsong)
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First Blog Week 1 - Surprise Concert

Our band quarterly meeting lasted almost four hours last week Monday, wow! 10 members in attendance with lots of note taking, questions, answers and goal setting. I’m excited to see what God has planned for Livingsong. With 13 members now involved in this project, I feel confident that we can work as a team to create awareness and build a bigger fan base. Team work was definitely the theme of the meeting.

Encase you’re wondering where this picture was taken.. it was our view last Thursday night. We normally rehearse on Thursdays and I was preparing for a few minor challenges since neither of our drummers were available and two other members cancelled coming that day :( However to our surprise, when we walked into our rehearsal venue which is the First Baptist of Daytona Student Big Life building.. we literally were asked to put our equipment down and head out with them to the last night of worship with Chris Tomlin at the Student Life Camp! Needless to say, it was a much needed time of inspiration and encouragement. To see the video, don’t forget to click to this picture when you’re done reading :) 

Youth Pastor Jay Gibson and First Baptist of Daytona have truly been a big blessing to our project in more ways than they know. The evening was full of energy, flashing lights, jumping, shouting, and a powerful message about the cost of greatness by Louie Giglio, just what we needed. It’s easy to forget the cost, to complain and get discouraged, but like Peter in Matthew 14:30, we too will sink unless we keep our eyes on Christ. The struggles that have come from making Livingsong a main focus has brought me closer to God. While others may not make sense of the choices made to serve God, there’s nothing more gratifying. 

The following day, Jason King and I had an opportunity to meet one of our newest drummers at Starbucks to discuss joining the group full time in the near future. We’re excited to possibly add a fourth member! Will definitely keep you posted ;) The weekend had a few ups and downs for one of our vocalists - Erika Lynn who was struggling with Migraines. We unfortunately had to cancel Friday’s Frappes Acoustic Jam and Sunday’s Sonrise Church worship but Saturday’s Mitchell’s Fish Market Restaurant turned out well:) After our last set, a crowd gathered to watch the Zimmerman case verdict. In our time of heartache, brokenness and grief, I hope we will  remember these words from Sybrina Fulton, Martin’s mother who tweeted this the night of the verdict. “Lord during my darkest hour I lean on you, you are all that I have.”. RIP Treyvon

Manny Garcia (Livingsong)

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