Happy Thanksgiving! SEVEN ~ Joyful! Joyful!

All Thy works with joy surround Thee,

Earth and Heaven reflect Thy rays.

Stars and angels sing around Thee,

Center of unbroken praise.

Field and forest, vale and mountain,

Flowery meadow, flashing sea,

Chanting bird and flowing fountain

Call us to rejoice in Thee!


Happy Veterans Day

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On November 4, 1979, fifty-two Americans were taken hostage and held for 444 days (to January 20, 1981), after a group of Iranian students supporting the Iranian Revolution took over the US Embassy inTehran. (You may have seen the movie Argo.) I was stationed on board the USS Reasoner FF-1063 in the South Pacific, in route to Australia, when we were ordered to head for the Indian Ocean. We steamed off the coast of Iran for sixty-nine days. One of my jobs was to plot on a map the location and movement of Soviet ships. Tensions were very high. There are many similarities between the current unrest in Iran and the events that led up to that country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution. I am a proud Veteran of the US Navy!

In honor of Veterans Day here is SEVEN’s Salute To the Armed Forces.

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Eric Darken performs at CMA Awards

You may have seen my friend Eric Darken on TV last Wednesday evening performing with Taylor Swift, Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Sam Bush & Edgar Meyer at the 47th Annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Eric and I went to ORU together and both performed on ORTV. After college, Eric moved to Nashville and has become THE first call percussionist. Eric has played on my American Dream recording and on both SEVEN recording projects.


Eric Darken, Alison Krauss, Taylor Swift, Vince Gill, Sam Bush & Edgar Meyer

Percussionist Eric Darken has worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry. He has recorded with Taylor Swift, Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker, Bon Jovi, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Bob Seger, Vince Gill, Rascal Flatts, Amy Grant, Brad Paisley and Willie Nelson.

He has appeared with various artists on The Tonight Show, The Late Show With David Letterman, The View, Good Morning America, The Ellen Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Today Show. He currently tours with Jimmy Buffett And The Coral Reefer Band.

His original compositions can be heard on Dateline NBC, Fox Sports, 20/20, National Geographic, Dancing With The Stars, The Outdoor Channel, Animal Planet, The NFL Network and the feature film The Fantastic Four – Rise Of The Silver Surfer.

Eric has been nominated multiple times for an Academy Of Country Music Award, winning in 2009 for Musician Of The Year in the “Specialty Instrument” category. He has also been nominated for The Gospel Music Association Dove Award, winning in 1996 for Instrumental Album Of The Year.