An Update (Of Sorts) for July

Hi everyone. I wanted to send something out that was a bit more personal, and talk about some things that I’m thinking about and dabbling in.

NEWS

For those of you who know me, you know a lot has happened in the past few months. It was (sometimes still is) a season of deep sadness, grief, regret, confusion, suffering and devastation. At the same time, it has also been a season of redemption, peace, clarity, insight, and growth.

Through the journey—with all of the ups and downs—God has met with me, through friends and family, and also through occasional moments and consolations, when there’s really no other way to say it accept to say that “God showed up” in amazingly peaceful, subtle—and utterly personal—ways.

In other words, everything I’d ever read or wrote about the Gospel and spirituality is true.

I’m still processing how I will share my story, but I’m taking that one step at a time. For now, here are some things:

First of all, I’ve been thinking about and exploring some new and exciting creative ideas, and that is causing me to re-think this website. I’m going to be tinkering a bit with http://www.thisisericcase.com, along with the format of my writing and posting. I’ll do my best to keep everyone up to date, but stay tuned for some changes and updates.

MUSIC+

Musically, somewhere around February I opened my eyes and realized that somehow I’d written an album’s worth of songs. My band and I worked off and on through the winter to record them, and hopefully it will be ready for release this fall. Until then, please stay tuned to my Facebook page (please head over there and give a “Like”) for updates.

(PS: If you want an official Eric Case Band t-shirt, just let me know, and I’ll figure out how to make that happen.)

If you’re in Tallahassee or North Florida, we are playing a very special show with our friends, the Sarah Mac Band, on July 26 at the Tallahassee Theatre. I think that the show is officially sold out, but stay in touch for any last minute tickets or no-shows.

WHAT I’VE BEEN READING AND LISTENING TO

In case you’re into this sort of thing, here are some books I’ve been taking in:

  • Falling Upward by Richard Rohr
  • Universal Christ, by Richard Rohr
  • No Man is an Island, by Thomas Merton
  • Open Mind, Open Heart, by Thomas Keating
  • How We Love, by Milan and Kay Yerkovich
  • The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • A New Pair of Glasses, by Chuck C.

There’s plenty more, but that short list has been pretty helpful and influential in recent weeks.

As far as music goes, here are just a couple tasty morsels:

  • Let’s Rock by The Black Keys (so, so good)
  • Anima Mysterium, by Yugen Blakrok (dark, mysterious South African hip-hop)
  • Sons by The Heavy

I’ve also been digesting a lot of Tom Petty, Grateful Dead (particularly American Beauty and Europe ‘72), and Ray LaMontagne). All good stuff.

Anyway, thanks for all of your support and friendship; I’m excited about the future that is unfolding in front of me, and for the continued pull towards the deeper waters of faith and life.