Blog Archive - May 2008
The archives of The Sun Will Rise, organized by month.
This is another post in my "Prophetic Musician Interviews" series. Today's interview is part 2 with Francisco "Paco" Arteaga, a drummer here at the house of prayer. If you haven't read the first one with Francisco, read it here.
Josh: Hey Paco, glad you're able to continue giving us more of your thoughts on prophetic music and drumming. You gave us some great tips on what you do to connect with the Lord while playing a worship set, but do you think there are any lifestyle practices we can walk in to cultivate the spirit of prophecy on our music?
Paco: Totally. The most important thing as a musician who loves Jesus is to have first things first; to love God with all our heart (1st Commandment, Matthew 22:37). We cultivate a spirit of prophecy as we cultivate a life of intimacy with Jesus and walk out the Sermon on the Mount. The two things (prophetic playing and a life in God) are not separate issues to me. It’s not like pursuing to be a prophetic musician is over here in one corner and a life in God is over there in the other. There are both in the same, and you cannot take one from the other. Our pursuit of cultivating a spirit of prophecy is in context with loving God with all our hearts, mind, soul and strength. If we have this as our number one priority, I can assure you, you will play different than before. I look back at seasons of my life when this was not my number one priority and things were hard. I began to complain and got angry over small things - and worst of all my heart was dull, not tender, before the Lord. I got in a routine of doing "the thing".
My trusty 4.5 year old Powerbook G4's screen went dark a few days ago. What an amazing computer it's been. It's seen many cities in traveling with onething and many hours in and on stage at IHOP. The hard drive crashed last year (which I replaced myself, because the 3-year warranty had run out), but this time around something's wrong with the screen. A replacement screen goes for about $600, and then labor on top of that would probably be another $300. Why pay almost $900 to fix an outdated, obsolete computer when I can just put that money towards a new one? Praise God for hearing my prayers, because the Lord has provided all of the money I need to get a new Mac.
Posts and updates to the blog might be a bit sparse until I can buy a new one and get everything set up on it...
UPDATE (5/27 7pm): I'm posting from the Powerbook! I decided to dismantle the computer and see if I could figure out what the problem was. I may have temporarily fixed it by messing with the LCD inverter (the screen is not flashing, at least not as much). I've been using Jordan Vanderplate's 12" Powerbook with my external hard drive for IHOP sets, and that seems to be working out okay for the time being. Hopefully I have at least a week or two left on this one before I buy a new one with the funds that the Lord so graciously and unexpectedly provided!!!
UPDATE (6/5 9:30am): The Powerbook's screen just died again. I was in the middle of writing a friend an email about prophetic music! :) It started flashing severely last night and I think the replacement inverter is totally blown now. There's probably a problem with the logic board that's causing the inverter to burn out. I think it's officially retired now! Only one more week before the new computer...
This is another post in my "Prophetic Musician Interviews" series. If you haven't read the first one with Gabriel Hancock, be sure to check it out, and be sure to check out the next one with Jordan Vanderplate here. Today's interview is with Francisco "Paco" Arteaga, a drummer here at the house of prayer. Paco and I used to play together with Todd Ganovski before he moved to Nashville to help with the house of prayer there. Paco has most recently been playing for Misty Edwards, one of the main worship leaders here at IHOP.
Josh: Hey Paco, thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts with us. Before we jump in, give us a little of your story.
Paco: I was born and raised in Puerto Rico and moved to the states when I was about 12 years old, first landed in Michigan then moved Orlando, Florida. There was when my parents heard Mike Bickle preaching about the house of prayer at a conference and that’s when they decided to move to KC. My parents moved us to Kansas City around 8 years ago to join IHOP. I didn’t like it at all at first, but after a couple of months I began to see what was happening here and my little world changed. I did the very first Fire in the Night Internship (I got saved there, no joke). I tried to go to college after the internship for about a year to get degree in either music or culinary arts (I couldn’t make up my mind) but that was re-routed by God because He had a different plan for me. I've been here at the House of Prayer full time ever since. In June 2005 I got married to my beautiful wife Liesl and now we're about to celebrate our 3 year anniversary. Time is flying by! I’ve been playing drums now for about 8 years and my favorite thing in the whole wide world is “Reggaeton” music; that beat just never gets old to me even after 15+ years of every song using the same beat (just kidding)...
I've finally been able to knock 2 things off my lengthy to-do list for my website! If you're reading this on a feedreader, be sure to go visit my site.
Here's a lowdown of the changes:
- You may notice a "remember me" check box now in the login block. If you've got an account on my site, no more logging in every time you visit! The site will remember your login for 30 days before you have to reauthenticate now.
- You'll also find a revamped audio downloads section. Check out the most popular (by number of downloads) audio and browse all downloads by artist. Hopefully things will be easier to navigate and find the teaching you're looking for. I've also added several new teachings from the KC onething conference last year, so be sure to check those out.
I've also just sent out my first web newsletter, now viewable from this link. Be sure to sign up for future newsletters by entering your email address on the sidebar box entitled "Email updates list" on the front page of my site.
This post is continuing a series called "Prophetic Musician Interviews". If you haven't yet read part one of Gabriel's interview, make sure you check it out.
Josh: Gabe, how do you keep things fresh for you and for those worshipping with you day after day? And are there any other thoughts you want to pass along to your fellow drummers?
Gabriel: As a drummer, I find it so easy to get caught up in the pursuit of the next cool drum lick. Or even worse, simply checking out and falling into cruise control. Lately I have been feeling the weight of what the Lord desires to do through music and rhythms.
It takes much more energy to communion with the Holy Spirit and seek to communicate what is on the heart of the Lord then to try to fall into a pocket. (A pocket being a tight groove.)
But I believe that the Lord is calling musicians to ask for melodies and rhythms from heaven. These melodies and rhythms will bring forth healing and deliverance.
Drums have always been an instrument used for communication dating back to the ancient tribes. Even those in the world know this and recognize its power to communicate to people. The problem is that apart from the word of the Lord, this communication is infinitely shallow. The highest vision is to simply communicate to folks that it is time to dance and be happy or stressed.
Just wanted to let you know that I'm still alive. This week is GBF (the global bridegroom fast, our monthly 3-day fast here at IHOP). It's been a while since I've posted, but I've got a few new posts brewing based on some of my thoughts and journaling in the prayer room the past couple weeks.
Maybe I'll even take a stab at some eschatology geek type posts... :)
Hope you've been enjoying the prophetic musician interviews thus far! Several more are on the way.