December 25, 2008

Chris/Advent Conspiracy


My brother Chris was on CNN this Christmas morning discussing Advent Conspiracy, a movement he helped found - one that i've talked about a few times on the blog.

Watch the video below and visit www.adventConspiracy.com for more info on how to get involved.
(i was having problems embedding so here is a link to another blog that has the interview)

CHRIS.CNN INTERVIEW

Merry Christmas from RSB.
-Robbie

December 19, 2008

Friends,

Attired in colorful Christmas threads and sipping on Taylor's famous egg nog - we wish you all a Merry Christmas!

We hope you enjoy down time with family and friends these next few weeks.
We'd also invite you to read a message below about Advent & our efforts to approach this season differently this year and for years to come.

With love from Houston,
Robbie Seay Band

December 2, 2008

Christmas sweaters, Advent & Raquel

Friends,
It's December already. How does that sneak up on me every year?

December means Tank demands that RSB dress alike in reindeer sweaters for the band christmas party.
December also is the beginning of Advent.
Growing up, I wasn't really sure what that meant.
I tended to focus on Christmas - and not necessarily on the 'birth of Jesus to a virgin in a barn with a star as bright as a moon to mark the glorious occasion' holiday.
No.

I was focused on the other Christmas - the "here's a list of crap i want and if my expectations are not met & i'm left without something i desired - the the day was a failure" kind of Christmas.

Anybody relate to that?
I guess its Christmas, American style.

These last few years, I've tried, with the help of friends and community, to leave my December consumeristic instincts behind and shift focus to the mystery and the beauty of a hopeful waiting - one that greatly anticipates a second chance at life. A Saviour coming in the most remarkable form - that of a baby.

Just writing that still baffles me.
I've had babies in my house and babies are messy.
Endearing, yet messy.

Anyway, as i sat down to write today there were a few things i wanted to share and invite you to join us in:

one

Liz and I are reading an advent guide together and its not too late to join us.
Buckner, a great organization commited to loving and helping children worldwide, has created the ADVENT GUIDE '08
download the guide here: BUCKNER ADVENT CALENDAR

two
Join us in deconstructing our views of Christmas and then hopefully rebuilding what a true Christmas celebration looks like. How do we spend our time, energy and finances during this season. What if we gave clean water to children who are dying from water that is contaminated - rather than junk to people in our lives who don't need them? I'm not Scrooge saying don't give gifts . I guess I'm suggesting that we all try giving thoughtful gifts and focus attention to something larger than giving out of obligation.

ADVENTCONSPIRACY.org is a movement that is leading the way - watch this video, visit the site and join the mission



three


Raquel led us through her neighborhood - one of many slums in Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic. As a band, we signed up to sponsor this 8 year old girl, 1 of 10 children in her family, a few months before with COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL and now here we were - entering a shack the size of my bathroom where a family of 12 call home. Raquel's mother greeted us and we made small talk for a few minutes. When I asked what our sponsorship of Raquel has meant to the family, the mother replied: "The news of Raquel's sponsorship was life changing! We have prayed for this and the director informed us She was the first child sponsored in this new program at the church a few blocks away. We have hope for her and other children that they can dream and be healthy."

With tears in her eyes and in ours, I knew that the work of Compassion was something I wanted to be a part of for life.
When we left that day after visiting Raquels project, we were informed that there are dozens of kids in her project that are awaiting sponsorships. Since our visit, 3 hurricanes have pounded her community and the need for sponsors like you and I is even greater. I can think of no better way for us as friends to be connected and to view this season in a new light than this -- beginning and continuing a partnership with a young child who is longing for the chance to dream and hope - just like Raquel.

The Compassion project is called INTEGRAL DEVELOPMENT MANANTIAL DE VIDA and i'm hopeful there are 50 of you who will join us in sponsoring a child in this specific community.

**Here's how this will work -- if you are interested in finding out more about how to join us, email Brian Seay - bseay@us.ci.org and he will walk you through the steps to begin this partnership with a child in the Dominican project.

-Robbie

By the way, As I'm writing this today - Liz just handed me this letter from Raquel --

"Hello Robbie & friends! How are you? I loved that you could visit me and hope you can come again. I'm going to the center in the mornings because I now get to go to school in the afternoon. Thank you for the money gift you sent me. My mother bought me a very nice pink dress and I am going to wear it today when i go out. It was raining a lot and the water of the rain came into the house but now it is sunny. Take care a lot. Hugs and kisses to all of you. How is the music going?"

November 13, 2008

SEE THIS FILM

Friends,

Watch this trailer - the film is CALL AND RESPONSE.

There have never been more people enslaved than today.

Consider our role in fighting the rapid spread of slavery, especially children exploited in the sex trade.

this is real and this film will inspire and provoke..alarm and empower us to move and to act.



I just got off the phone with the director of marketing for the film and its important for us to support this film while its in the theatres this week and next.

visit WWW.CALLANDRESPONSE.COM for theatre locations, etc..

November 12, 2008

A Long Overdue Hello





Its been too long since i chimed in with anything of value to say.
I've been valueless.
Is that a word?
I'm hoping to write more tonight but until then, Some pics from the last few days on tour will be my contribution here.

RSB is having a great time on the West Coast and we're really grateful for our friends in San Diego, Las Vegas and Los Angeles that have come out and been a part of the gathering.

Thursday night - Nov 13 will be the Phoenix area show with Matt Maher as our very special and loveable guest.
If you live in the greater Phoenix area, come join us.
If you don't and have a Phriend - spread the word and tell your friends that Taylor will buy them In & Out following the show if they choose to join us.

Cornerstone Church
Chandler, AZ
Cost: $10 at the door
1595 South Alma School Road,
Chandler, Arizona 85248

Blessings,
Robbie




November 7, 2008

Surfs Up.. Time To Save The World!

West Coast People!!

RSB is headed to the west coast and we want to invite everyone to come out and see us!

Here’s the info:

11/9

San Diego, California

Flood Church

3878 Ruffin Road

FREE!

RSB plays at 10 AM and a concert in the evening at 6PM and 8 PM



11/11

Henderson, Nevada

Green Valley Baptist Church

270 N Valley Verde

7PM

Cost: $5



11/12

Whittier, California (Los Angeles Area!)

Whittier Area Community Church

8175 Villaverde Drive

7PM

Cost: $7 in advance and $12 at the door

Click here to purchase tickets: https://public.
serviceu. com/registration/default.
asp?OrgID=10265&EventID=3712920&OccID=124395474&



11/13

Chandler, Arizona

1595 South Alma School Road

7 PM -- MATT MAHER is opening!

Cost: $10 at the door



Keep checking our Myspace for updates!

We hope to see you guys there!


Thanks for reading.. hang ten..

RSB

October 14, 2008

Tour Update!

Friends,

The tour is going fantastic and we're so glad to hang out with you guys!

Now, we're not a huge band with lots of radio promotions and whatnot - so we're counting on YOU to help us spread the word!

Here's where we will be in the next couple of days --

10/14/08
Nashville, TN
Anchor Fellowship - downtown
7pm - tickets are $10
RSB will be with Alli Rogers, Chris Seay and special guest Breann Duren

10/15/08
Wake Forest, NC
North Wake Church - downtown Raleigh
7pm - tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door
RSB will be with Alli Rogers and Chris Seay

If you know anyone in those areas, or you are in the area, help us get the word out! We would love for everyone to come see us and hang out.

Hope to see you there!

RSB

September 30, 2008

Go West young men



Rsb's intentions here should not to be confused with the gold rush, a dislike for anything east (we'll be on that particular coast this Oct) or the famed Michael Smith album during the late 80's focused on a young man heading westward on the great journey of life.

No, but..with a hurricane that's come and gone, power that's gone and come back & a city that is beginning to clean itself up - RSB is ready to leave Houston and head west.

We still have dates open on the west coast portion of HOPE, COFFEE, MELODY.

The tour will be RSB, Chris Seay & an opening act tbd.

The following dates remain open:

Nov 7 -- looking for MIDLAND, ABILENE, LUBBOCK or AMARILLO

Nov 8 -- looking for PHOENIX or TUSCON

Nov 10 -12 -- CALIFORNIA

Nov 13 -- LAS VEGAS

Nov 15 -- DENVER, BOULDER or COLORADO SPRINGS

Nov 16 -- looking for MIDLAND, ABILENE, LUBBOCK or AMARILLO

If you can help bring RSB to your city or can connect us with folks in the above cities, we'd be forever grateful.

email MGR@ROBBIESEAYBAND.COM for questions or inquiries about the tour.

Cheers,
RSB

September 25, 2008

Yard of the Month

A friend saw this house while driving around today.
I think it sums up Houston at this point in the clean up.


Many of you continue to ask how you can help.
Our home church Ecclesia has two big projects that you can assist with:

TAFT STREET COFFEE

The coffee shop at Taft is now free - drinks, food, wifi..all free to anyone needing a place to retreat & cool off.
With the help of some donors, Ecclesia is underwriting the costs of making that happen - as well as providing essentials (toiletries, diapers, etc..)

THE BEACH FAMILY
Larry & Missy Beach took the call of loving orhpans seriously - they have 12 kids, many of whom have life threatening illnesses and were unwanted. They are a beautiful family who has lost their home in Clear Lake. Ecclesia is looking to rebuild a bigger more practical space for the Beach's.

To find out how you can join us in these efforts, email tiffany@ecclesiahouston.org

September 18, 2008

RSB & ONE TREE HILL??

Watch the video below, download the song on iTunes & do your preferred happy dance wherever you are in support of RSB's music being played on the CW hit show.

Here Here.

Oh, and btw .. if this ghetto home video of the rsb episode doesn't quite meet your hdtv viewing standards, CW will air the episode again on Sunday night Sept 21st at 6pm central time.

September 17, 2008

Hope, Coffee, and Melody Tour Update

Friends,

I cleaned out my fridge today.
We are still without power and 5 days of rotting and warming food created odor combinations never intended to be experienced by man.
I did survive such nasal trauma and wanted to say thanks to you for your thoughts and prayers - not only for RSB but for all of the Houston area.


There are several things I wanted to make sure you were aware of:

HELP
If you are wondering how you can help with relief efforts here, there is no better organization in times like this than the red cross.

Donations can be made online at www. redcross. org

If you want to head south and volunteer, visit http://www. houstonredcross. org/ for details and needs.


TOUR DETAILS
Houston,TX has been postponed because of Ike.
Check back soon for the reschedule details.



Bryan,TX is a go!
We're expecting a full house on Thursday night at Palace Theatre.
the show starts at 7pm and tickets are $10 at the door.



St Louis, MO
We will not have the show at Journey Church but will be in all services (sat night & sun morning) at Windsor Crossing as well as playing a free full tour show at Windsor on Sunday night - 7 pm.


Thanks again for the prayers and support for all of us in Houston.

Please pray for power, food & shelter - as those are the biggest needs so far.




Blessings,
Robbie

September 14, 2008

storm / tour updates


friends,
The last 3 days have felt like 10.
As we've had some amazing nights to begin HOPE.COFFEE.MELODY tour, our thoughts and prayers have been with our families and friends in Houston.
After leaving suitcases in Dallas, leaving tour crew in OKC & driving for two days straight through the midwest -- RSB is playing tonight in Minneapolis/St. Paul as scheduled and will be heading back to Texas to be with family tomorrow morning.

Thanks to all of you who have reached out to us and have offered help and prayers.
Our families are safe and we had little damage in our homes, though our hometown of Houston and the neighboring cities have been beat up to say the least.

A few things I wanted to make sure you know about:

BREAKAWAY IN COLLEGE STATION will happen as planned.

HOUSTON tour stop is postponed for now, with details TBA.

BRYAN tour stop is 50/50 right now - please check back here and on our site for further announcements on thursday's show.

Please continue to pray for our families, the Houston communities, electricity to be restored and flood waters to go down in the coming days.

thanks again,
robbie

September 9, 2008

Dallas, Texas


All of you who are reading this who are not in Dallas, please excuse me for a minute while i speak to our friends 250 miles north.
Oh, actually call or email a friend in DFW and let them know about the show tomorrow night!

To our friends in the Metroplex,
it is Tuesday and this is significant because Monday has come and gone and yet the Wednesday RSB show is still to come.

7pm
The Heights Church
Richardson,Tx

If you haven't purchased tickets yet, we're here to lend an electronic hand in the form of this link.

www.itickets.com
*tickets can also be purchased at the door

We also want to show our support to students everywhere because study and campus life leave little time to earn spare cashola that pay for tickets to such incredible evenings as this.

So...
here's the scoop:
if you're a student, print this page and bring it to the show tomorrow night - and your ticket is FREE!!

if you know a student (high school or college), forward this email and invite them to join us at no charge.

The rest of you, fine folks I'm certain, will still be required to show currency of some form upon entry, assuming your place of employment compensates you in a reasonable and fair manner.

We are excited to be in the Dallas area tomorrow.
Please help us spread the word.
We're hoping for a great crowd as we kick off the fall tour.

Cheers,
Robbie

September 8, 2008

HOPE, COFFEE, MELODY tour -- this week!!


Friends,
Happy monday to you all!
We've just spent the weekend playing 4 times in 24 hours with a red eye flight from San Francisco to top it off.
However, as music professionals we are bound to rise above any Monday side effects of such a crazy weekend to bring you this reminder of the Robbie Seay Band fall tour which kicks off this week!

Yeah... that's right... you heard me..THIS WEEK!

So here's what I'm thinking - come hang out with us. And if you can't come see us, call all your friends in these lovely cities and encourage them to come see us.

Facebook it.

Myspace it.

Email it.

Text it.

You get the point. We need your help to spread the word about these exciting nights with Chris Seay, Alli Rogers & Chris Taylor.... aka, HOPE COFFEE MELODY TOUR.

Tickets are available online at www.itickets.com or at the door for each and every show.
We'd love to have you join us.
Now I'm off to hibernate until Wednesday.

-Robbie


Here are the dates;

Wednesday, September 10:
The Heights Baptist Church
201 West Renner Road
Richardson, TX 75080
7:00 pm
**we especially need help getting the word out about this show. help?
TICKETS - $8

Thursday, September 11:
Common Grounds Coffee Shop
1123 S 8th St
Waco, TX 76706
8:00 Pm
TICKETS - $10

Friday, September 12:
Crossings Community Church
14600 North Portland Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK
7:00 pm
TICKETS - $7

Sunday, September 14:
Berean Baptist Church
309 west Cty. Road 42
Burnsville, MN
6:30 pm
Free

Tuesday, September 16:
Breakwawy Bible study
Reed Arena
College Station, Tx
9:00 PM
free

Wednesday, September 17:
Taft Arts Center
2115 taft st
Houston, Tx 77006
7:00 pm
TICKETS -$10

Thursday, September 18:
Palace Theatre
105 South Main Street
Bryan, Texas
7:00 pm
TICKETS -$12

Sunday, September 21
Windsor Crossing
114 N. Eatherton RD
Chesterfield, MO 63005
7:00 PM
TICKETS :FREE

Monday, September 22
Southwest Bible College
1600 University, Ave.
Bolivar, MO
7:00 Pm
TICKETS : $12

August 31, 2008

RSB / NYC celebrity sightings

I announced to the band as we entered the Holland Tunnel, that a sighting of someone considered famous has become a staple to each visit to Manhattan.
Now "famous" can be a relative term, dependent on the supposed celebrity and their current relevance in our culture. But nonetheless, someone will appear before us that is of a moderate to high level of celebrity.

There was the rather infamous Brett Michaels near Times Square.

The has been famous Loretta Switt from Mash - you know Hot Lips Houlihan!

Who could forget the judge from People's Court or the bass player from RadioHead.

I informed the New York rookies (Tyler & Tank) of these past sightings so to be on the lookout for A, B & even C list celebrities walking the avenues of SoHO or shopping for sneakers in Times Square.

Not even an hour into the metropolitan excursion, Sure enough .. There he was. A fellow Texan. A cast member from one of my favorite movies ever. A Texas Longhorn. Anthony, Dignon's kid brother - aka LUKE WILSON.



Now, never mind that he seemed like he'd rather be at the dentist than talking to me.
Never mind that he immediately folded his arms for the photo as i awkwardly tried to put my arm around him -- soon realizing that's now how movie stars take such photos, i tried to make it look like a stretch before the big photo shot.

Never mind all that. We were just two fellas from Texas hanging out shooting the breeze in a record store in SoHo. (okay, technically..taylor & i did most of the talking and by hanging out i mean we stood there for 25 seconds, then scurried off like awestruck middle schoolers).

He was actually a nice guy and the Luke Wilson sighting moved to tops on the RSB/NYC celebrity sightings list, just inching past the former Poison front man.
What about you - Anyone random or crazy famous cross your path while in the Big Apple?

We had a blast in NYC, a great time with our friends at Rev Gen in New Jersey & a memorable concert here in Orlando tonight. So thanks to everybody who's come out to see us this weekend. We really appreciate it.

Happy happy Labor Day ,
Gustav Gustav go away.

*Here's the rsb boys taking in the sensory overload experience that is standing in the middle of Times Square.

August 25, 2008

Robbie Seay Impersonator

I've just finished producing an ep with my friends from Reno,Nv.
Donald Zimmerman and company spent two weeks in Houston with us recording at HYDE PARK STUDIO and we're all really excited about their new project.

Here, the beloved bass player Cory is showing us his best rsb impersonation and what a fine one it is. And yes, that is the guitar playing, mustache / pajama sporting Tim at the end of the video segment. He's not as creepy as he looks, actually a fine fellow.



What about you?
Wanna take a turn mocking my "12 packs a day" rasp that has made me famous with dozens if not hundreds of fanatacil fans statewide?

Let's hear it.
I can take it.

August 20, 2008

Photobucket


Greetings friends,

Summer is quickly fading. Pools are emptying, Kids are returning to their respective education institutions & RSB is leaving the humid confines of Houston and coming to see You!

We're excited to announce the fall tour details and we'd be thrilled to have you join us.


Hope, Coffee & Melody will hit the road and share a unique experience in 30 cities across the country.
This will be an intimate gathering of music, story, mission & great coffee to share together.

Joining the band will be Chris Seay (brother, pastor, author, friend), Chris Taylor (BEC recording artist) and singer songwriter Alli Rogers.
Here are some thoughts on the tour from Chris & Robbie:

"There is a story that brings us all together, only in the onslaught of nonstop media noise this Voice of Hope is drowned out. It's time to tune in. In one night of music, story, experience, and laughter we hope to connect rich and poor, hopeful and hopeless. Intertwine the lives of the struggling coffee farmer with the people who wake up drinking coffee from beans he plants and harvests and in this connection they will both find hope. A young girl in a Kolkata red light district will be given a job making bibles rather than following the footsteps of her mother who works in prostitution, and the employer and employee will be changed forever. A child that you have yet to meet, will look to you and ask you to share your abundance so that her most basic needs might be met, and the world will become so much more than smaller, but closer. It is our prayer, that in the midst of this whirlwind we will laugh as people that have not lost hope, drink deep of a rare cup of coffee, and share a melody that will awaken the best in all of us. So set aside one evening to see the world from a new vantage point and leave singing your own "Song of Hope."

Tickets are available now at 
 iTickets.com


Wednesday, September 10:
The Heights Baptist Church
201 West Renner Road
Richardson, TX 75080
7:00 pm
TICKETS - $8

Thursday, September 11:
Common Grounds Coffee Shop
1123 S 8th St
Waco, TX 76706
8:00 Pm
TICKETS- $10

Friday, September 12:
Crossings Community Church
14600 North Portland Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK
7:00 pm
TICKETS - $7

Sunday, September 14:
Berean Baptist Church
309 west Cty. Road 42
Burnsville, MN
6:30 pm
Free

Tuesday, September 16:
Breakwawy Bible study
Reed Arena
College Station, Tx
9:00 PM
free

Wednesday, September 17:
Taft Arts Center
2115 taft st
Houston, Tx 77006
7:00 pm
TICKETS-$10

Thursday, September 18:
Palace Theatre
105 South Main Street
Bryan, Texas
7:00 pm
TICKETS-$12

Saturday, September 20
Journey Church
7701 Maryland Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63105
7:00 Pm
TICKETS- $12 :

Sunday, September 21
Windsor Crossing
114 N. Eatherton RD
Chesterfield, MO 63005
7:00 PM
TICKETS:$12

Monday, September 22
Southwest Bible College
1600 University, Ave.
Bolivar, MO
7:00 Pm
TICKETS: $12

So there you have it. Say Goodbye to Summer, Hello to sweater weather & come join us in a city near you.
Cheers,
Robbie

TOUR DATES
TICKETS
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August 14, 2008

Healthcare


Musicians have always been great at asking questions rather giving answers.
So today, I join them.

Health care in the US has been on my mind lately. From my 4 month old friend Zoe who is strong and alive against most odds -- to sitting with a 17 year old (who had no insurance of any kind) as he took his final breath at Houston's trauma hospital recently - it affects us all.

Anybody who knows me will know that I follow politics but don't trust any of these guys enough to actually work on behalf of the middle class & the poor. You gotta own an oil company or work in pharmaceuticals to get that kind of attention.

So, I turn to you instead.

Here is a question I submitted to Rick Warren at the request of his office - looking for questions to consider for Saturday night's joint interview at Saddleback Church with both candidates.

"We live in a country where the poor are turned away from hospitals and yet the rich have VIP access to the best medical care in the world. Is it possible to provide health care for every American who needs it (rich and poor), protect the high quality of health care in this country & avoid the bureaucratic chaos that often defines most agencies operated by the federal government?"

your thoughts?


August 7, 2008

Studio of the Future


Well, it's been too long since we've met like this.
RSB has been traveling non stop, visiting friends in Pittsburgh, Decatur IL, Milwaukee, Nashville & Estes Park,CO
.
Now that I'm home for a few weeks, I'm able to write a lot which I am really enjoying.
I'm writing songs for RSB, songs for country music (yeah..they're not very good but i laugh at myself outloud as I pen lyrics about my 'truck being stuck in the mud' :) & songs about Liz and my crazy kids.

Anyway, I wanted to give you all a glimpse into the high life, the fast lane, the future of audio recording.
This is El Bano Studios - one of the finest studios on my street at the very least.
The acoustics rival LA & Nashville's finest recording rooms, no doubt.
Notice the high profile USB mic..yeah, it plugs right into the MacBook. Nothing but the best, folks.
And please don't overlook the double sinks and curling iron - essentials if you're going to record the magic.

So, it's pretty ghetto I know.
But until I write a hit song for the world to sing, I'll be content to bring a candle and kitchen table chair to the demo sessions and write for writing's sake.

Hope you're having a lovely summer.
Cheers,
Robbie

July 24, 2008

sunsets and tex-mex






It's been a good summer.
God's painting the sky and I'm armed with a camera phone.
I'm sure he's laughing but it's all i have.

This last week, I've been more moved and aware of God by simply looking up.
I don't know why but I've needed the reminder that God is grand, huge - bigger than my songs or my worries.

I then enter the doors of Chuy's and I can't think Him enough for allowing the combinations of flavors and spices that is "creamy jalapeno" sauce.
(We're gonna slow down the Chuy's visits though. The mgr. recently said to Liz and I upon arrival : "weren't you guys just in here 2 days ago?")

And so to you, I pray sunsets, tex-mex and the hugeness of God before the summer passes us all by.
blessings,
robbie

July 14, 2008

HOPE,COFFEE & MELODY tour


I'm excited to announce the fall tour plans for RSB.
Hope, Coffee & Melody will hit the road and share a unique experience in approx 24 cities across the country.
This will be a unique gathering of music, story, mission & great coffee to share together.

Joining the band will be Chris Seay (brother, pastor, author, friend), Chris Taylor (BEC recording artist) and singer songwriter Alli Rogers.

We are finalizing routing these next few weeks and have a few shows to add.
If you or someone you know has interest in helping making an evening happen near you, email us at mgr@robbieseayband.com

here is quick write up from Chris and I on what the evening will represent:


"The world seems to be getting more complex. Oil prices have skyrocketed, natural disasters perplex us all, and despite the reality that the internet has dissolved the borders of the world through information, people still feel deeply disconnected, isolated, and alone. There is a story that brings us all together, only in the onslaught of nonstop media noise this Voice of Hope is drowned out. It’s time to tune in. In one night of music, story, experience, and laughter we hope to connect rich and poor, hopeful and hopeless. Intertwine the lives of the struggling coffee farmer with the people who wake up drinking coffee from beans he plants and harvests and in this connection they will both find hope. A young girl in a Kolkata red light district will be given a job making bibles rather than following the footsteps of her mother who works in prostitution, and the employer and employee will be changed forever. A child that you have yet to meet, will look to you and ask you to share your abundance so that her most basic needs might be met, and the world will become so much more than smaller, but closer. It is our prayer, that in the midst of this whirlwind we will laugh as people that have not lost hope, drink deep of a rare cup of coffee, and share a melody that will awaken the best in all of us. So set aside one evening to see the world from a new vantage point and leave singing your own "Song of Hope."

July 1, 2008

RSB in The Dominican Republic


I'm writing tonight from the Dominican Republic.
I'm tired but realized I haven't shared much about our trip to this country.
Ryan and I, along with our wives, are here with Compassion International to learn more about the work God is doing in the lives of kids across the country.
Over 43,000 kids in the DR are being sponsored through Compassion and their lives are being changed forever.
Raquel is one of them.


Raquel is sponsored by RSB and we had the joy of meeting her today in person.
She is a beautiful, strong 7 year old girl.
We will be sharing more photos, video & telling you the remarkable stories of her family which includes 10 children.

But for now, please pray for her and the rest of our time here.
goodnight
robbie

June 26, 2008

Twigger


West Virginia played host to RSB last weekend and we encountered an enthusiastic taxi drive named Twigger.
Twigger drove us to and fro in the early hours on Sunday and we thank him kindly for the transportation.
However, Twigger's skills go well beyond driving.
Be on the lookout for the T man's singing debut in the video below.
He's sure to be opening for RSB in no time.

Oh, and we also had a blast with everybody at KCU in Kentucky.
Thanks for joining us for a great evening.

We hope you appreciate the remarkable cinematic skills on display by our very own, Taylor Johnson. What an eye for the dramatic!

FYI, He usually includes bad 80's music as the musical backdrop for our traveling adventures. Not sure the reasoning, but it seems to work
what do you think?
any 80's suggestions for the next installment?

Enjoy.

June 21, 2008

NEW YORK


Welcome.
Today, i'll be honest with you, contrary to most postings found here.
I need your help!

I'm taking the Mrs. to New York City next week and I'm not prepared.

I've visited NY several times in my life and Liz lived there briefly in college.

But I've been busy and the details of the trip have eluded my priority list..until now.

This is where you can help rescue me from trip implosion:

one
What is your favorite restaurant in all of the city? We like quiet, chill spots w/ great food but not too stuffy of a vibe. Any recommendations in SOHO and the Village would be awesome but we're open to any part of town.

two
HOTELS - does anybody have any hookups, discounts, free:), suggestions, etc..
I"m usually a hotel guru when i travel but New York is crazy expensive!
Anyone have a friend or a relative who works for a major hotel chain who is just dying to help out a poor musician from Texas?

three
What should we do? We'll shop some and eat a lot..and walk..those are givens.
But what have you guys done in NYC that is a must stop for us?

You're too good to me.
Thanks for the help.
Blessings,
Robbie

June 19, 2008

thanks for a great week




RSB had a great trip to Chicago for the Willow Creek Arts conference, to Nashville for the SESAC tv/film gathering & to Kentucky for Ichtus.
Thanks to everybody who came out and supported the band.



And to other news, its crazy brutal steamy can't breathe HOT in Houston,Tx today.
cheers
robbie

June 15, 2008

My Pops, My Old Man, My Friend


My Dad is a great human.
Edgar Martin Seay.
His story escapes me so often and i fail to share it because it seems so unlikely and far fetched.

He was born in Tokyo,Japan - a city of leave for his mother and father who were both fighting in the Korean war.

He was born May 31,1950.
His father was killed a few weeks later.
His mother passed only a few years after that.

He was raised by a loving grandmother and a firm grandfather who drove trucks with 1 arm, having lost the other in a bar shoot out (not far from where our church is today).

He found God and then music as a teenager growing up in our hometown of Houston,Tx.

As a 20 year old music leader he met my mother Cindy, the daughter of his pastor & boss. My grandfather, Robert Baldwin, was not a man that many would view as allowing any guy to date his daughter, much less marry in her late teens.
Ed Seay ignored such warning and followed love and seemingly lives to tell about it. (Thanks to Papa for not killing him)

He is a man that, for years, had no living relatives on his side. None.
Can you believe that?
He never used that as a crutch or allowed it to define him.
After marrying Mom 37 years ago, they are more in love than ever.

A man who carried the Seay name all alone now has 5 kids & 15 grandkids.

He has served faithfully as a pastor at the same church for the last 18 years, during which time he earned his doctorate in theology & serves on the board of trustees of his alma mater, Houston Baptist University.

My dad loves God deeply.
He loves people sincerely.
He adores his family immensely.
He doesn't give a crap about status or wealth.
He loves golf, the Beatles & buying every toy ever invented for his wild grandkids.

He is a father who told me to pursue music when nobody was listening to my albums.
He is a Dad who told me to marry for love and not worry about the rest.
He is a friend who balances reason with great abandon and lives life fully.
He is a parent who I long for my kids to emulate.

Pops - we love you.
Happy Fathers Day to my hero.
-Robbie

June 10, 2008

Ahh..Vacation


This is my youngest son.
He sends his greetings from gotham city.
We've been vacating at the beach.
I'm writing now at 1:37 am,back home & due to awake in 4 hours to catch a flight to chicago.

We just returned from cramming 26 people in 1 beach house and actually loved every minute of it.

I'm thankful this morning ... for family, sunsets, batman goggles, cheeseburgers & frank sinatra records.

You?

I know many of you reading may need a vacation and you've been going through crap in your life these last few weeks or months.

My hope is that no matter where you are or what is happening around you, we all find time today to give thanks to God for the small and grand blessings in our lives.

Cheers,
Robbie

June 5, 2008

rsb summer extravaganza!!


friends,
we hope this email finds you having a great first week of summer.
Before the thermometer in H-town reaches triple digits and the humidity rises to unbreathable levels, all of us in RSB land thought a night of music and friendship was in order to start the season off right.
If you don't live anywhere near our fine city, give a friend a call who does and share the news. It's going to be a great night at Houston's best live music venue, hands down!

And so, consider yourselves invited to the following:

Robbie Seay Band
Friday June 6th
w/ guests : Evangeline, Grey Holiday & others
Houston,Tx
Warehouse Live
813 ST. EMANUEL STREET
$10
buy tickets online (www.warehouselive.com)
or purchase at the door
*rsb will play last at approx 10:15pm

So leave those crossword puzzles, old reruns of Sanford & Son and the glass of warm milk behind...and come join us!

See you all tomorrow night.
Cheers,
Robbie

June 4, 2008

Taylor J


Taylor.
Blog readers.
Blog readers.
Taylor.

The great Taylor Johnson is back playing shows with RSB this summer.
We're excited to have him with us and hope you guys can make it out to see the band at a venue near you.

BTW, many of you ask about tour dates.
myspace.com/robbieseayband is your place.

June 1, 2008

Ryan the skater



I was a prep in high school.
To clarify, at my rural high school, one was either a KICKER or a PREP.
So even though i wore flip flops and t shirts every day, i got the prep label.

The great bass playing Ryan Owens?
A skater. A skater that played in bands covering Red Hot Chili Pepper songs.
He was cleary much cooler than i was, no question.
He actually knows how to do stuff on that skate board that's really..um..gnarly.
(He was actually sponsored by some company in high school to travel and do skate deals..i am quickly sounding ignorant to the ways of the skate community..but i know it was something cool :)

So today, in between playing 3 services at ecclesia with rsb, Ryan made time to attend the opening of a new skate park near downtown Houston.



He sent me this picture of him and Carabeth Burnside, the supposed greatest female skater that has ever lived and I thought you folks deserved to see how Mr. Owens spends his free time. Um, Is she holding a HOT POCKET?



Happy Monday.

PS
here's a shot from thursday's show in Tomball of Ryan and I getting our group vocal on during a rowdy rendetion of New Day. We are so into it..yeah!!
Thanks to everybody who came out to see us and for voting on the cover songs. The Beatles, Travis, Wallflowers & Wilco all made the setlist.

May 28, 2008

Cover Songs?


Friends,
we're excited to play the Mainstreet Crossing venue tomorrow in north Houston (Tomball).
If you're close, come see us.
If you're not, call a friend who is - and send them our way.
The Show begins at 7pm with Gatlin Elms opening up.
Tickets are $5 at the door and show is in partnership with Compassion International.

So, as promised, no matter if you're coming to the show or not - please give us some insight on what cover song you'd most like to hear RSB attempt to play.

Here are the nominees:

Billy Joel - Movin Out

Travis - Writing to Meet You

Beatles - Hello Goodbye

Jon Foreman - Your Love is Strong

Wallflowers - One Headlight

Willie nelson - Pancho & Lefty

California Stars - Wilco

Johnny Cash - Give my Love to Rose

Travis - Sing

cast your vote.
what do you think?

May 22, 2008

Pray



Please pray with us for our friend & label mate Stephen Curtis Chapman and his family.
His youngest daughter Maria passed away last night after a tragic accident at the family home in Tennessee. Maria was 5 years old.
This is a tragic accident that has happened to such loving people.

visit www.stephencurtischapman.com to offer prayers and read more about Maria and the family.

Our love and support are with them today.

-Robbie

May 21, 2008

Computer Injury?



Yeah, that's correct.
I think i may have a computer injury.
Not a football injury.
Not a mountain climbing or running injury.
Nothing even remotely cool and adventurous.
Not even a surfing or boogie boarding injury from saturday's time in the Pacific.

No, the typing seems to have gotten the best of me.
Its my right shoulder and well..it hurts and for those of you who don't know - pain and me are a volatile combination. I'm, what some call on the street, a wuss.

Am I alone in my wimp state here?
Anybody else ever felt like typing or something completely non contact has caused them bodily harm?

please, anybody?

May 17, 2008

California

RSB made its way to southern California this week and I promise you all that the weather is horrible, the ocean water is cold, the food stinks & we're having a horrible time.

Okay, none of that is true but that's what we're telling my wife, who i owe a trip to California soon.

It's an amazing weekend to be here and we had such a great show with our friend Josh & the boys of Telecast, as well as the fine folks of Menifee,Ca last night. Thanks to everybody who joined us.

Some other highlights thus far, you're asking?
Why yes .. slideshow, please!

Jerry and Ryan, upon arrival at San Diego International Airport, are seen here with a $10 donation from a fellow passenger who was arriving back home. We don't normally receive monetary donations after departing a plane but a man who overheard us talking about music and God knows what, walked up and handed us cash.
And we thought Texas was generous. San Diego - supporting the arts!



Need I say more? When in California, it's a must stop for any burger loving American. (Ryan looks stunned in the presence of such culinary greatness)





Our friends at Taylor Guitars invited us over to El Cajon to tour the factory and get some work done on my guitar. If you're ever near San Diego, you HAVE to call Taylor and check on getting a tour (i believe its fridays only).
It's amazing how much detail goes into making these guitars. I love my acoustics and to see how they come to life is really cool.
Thanks to Robin, Bob B. and the whole crew for making us feel at home.

Obviously, there are guitars and guitar shells everywhere in the factory.



Here is my guitar getting worked on in the Taylor repair shop. ( they had the guitar taken apart in minutes..crazy to see!)



These huge machines are a part of the production process. It felt like Mr. Rogers factory tours. (remember those?) Here, the machine is sanding and grooving the necks to create frets...or something :)



Taylor Guitars - amazing.
Taylor jean jackets in their gift shop - well..you be the judge.
(That's my best magnum)



So here's my question for you:
What should we do in San Diego with some free time?
Is there one place you've been in this city that is a must stop for us?
Help some Texas fools out.

Cheers,
Robbie

May 13, 2008

MY FAVORITE SONGS..for now


I love lists.
Top restaurants, favorite cities, top movies..whatever.

So i couldn't resist a posting of some of my favorite songs from the last few weeks.
I don't often have loads of free time to sit with entire albums anymore. My record label won't like to hear it, but I really enjoy buying singles. I'm the target market for iTunes, i guess.
This usually results in purchasing songs that I love and listening them into the ground.

Now, I should stop and clarify that my favorite song of all time is FLY ME TO THE MOON by Frank Sinatra. I also enjoy the version by Astrud Gilberto but this list will be narrowed to songs that i've been wearing out on my ipod recently.

so, here we go:

ONE
COLDPLAY - VIVA LA VIDA
this is one of the best songs i've ever heard - the more i listen, i love it even more. Am I alone? Do you like the new single?

TWO
ELIOT MORRIS - FAULTLINE
An amazing song from a friend of mine. Eliot and I were both in a contest at a local club in Houston 10 years ago, both of us broke and hoping to win $500 (i won a stereo,i think :) neither of us knowing if music would be our future. Eliot went on to sign with Universal and has toured with Counting Crows and others and become a wonderful songwriter. Check his music out at www.eliotmorris.com

THREE
RAY LAMONTAGNE - BE HERE BE NOW
i first heard this song in a subpar chick flick but the melody is addicting and we immediately searched for it on iTunes. His voice is haunting on this track.

FOUR
TRAVIS - MY EYES
Come on, its Travis. Great song from my favorite band.

FIVE
PATTY GRIFFIN - RAIN
Of all the Patty Griffin songs that i've loved over the years, this one still makes me cry like a baby. Nobody has a voice like Patty Griffin.

SIX
JON FOREMAN - YOUR LOVE IS STRONG
I've been such a huge fan of the seasonal ep's and this song stands out as a favorite.

SEVEN
JOHN MAYER - BELIEF
I tried to pretend that John Mayer was not a genius because sometimes he makes funny faces when he sings and i found him a bit annoying early in his career. And then he released Continuum and I think its one of the best albums in decades. Simple in production and thougtful (for the most part) in lyric.

EIGHT
DAVID CROWDER BAND - THE GLORY OF IT ALL
I'm such a fan of their music and this song is one of my favorite songs ever from DCB.

NINE
RADIOHEAD - BODYSNATCHERS
I'm out of town this week and Radiohead is playing in my hometown. A moment of silence, please.

TEN
SHANE AND SHANE - VISION OF YOU
Hearing these guys sing never gets old. This is a great song of worship.

So....
your turn.
Tell me a few songs that you've got on repeat.
I need some new tunes.
Cheers,
Robbie

May 9, 2008

Peace to the People



Good Friday to you all.
Yes, the above picture is my PEACE TO THE PEOPLE image that is sure to bring you great comfort and serenity.
My friend Zach sent me the picture and i thought it was humorous, especially seeing my friend Brandon Heath look on in agreement (look closely).

So that explains what's above.
Below, you ask?

This is an interview with the well known blogger, Kat (thesecretlifeofkat.com) and i thought i'd share with the tens of you who stumble upon my ramblings and can't click away fast enough.
(*and no, this is not me interviewing myself, but the mere thought of it just now makes me wonder at the possibilities)

so here we go:


--- What inspired the theme of Give Yourself Away? ---

First off, thanks for the invite to your blog kingdom.
Your reputation precedes this written exchange as one who is loved by thousands if not dozens of readers everywhere - and my wife likes you which carries value far beyond monetary measure.
Give Yourself Away was supposed to be my album, with my songs and my vision. God told me to screw off, in a Godly way of course, and He began to cross my path repeatedly with those in great need in situations where i couldn't turn my back and pretend all was well in happy land.
My life, my church and the music we were writing couldn't escape the grasp of mission and the idea that Jesus calls us all to something bigger than just prosperity and peace.
The storms of poverty and illness is waiting for Jesus followers to drive in and take up residence under dark clouds of sacrifice and little reward - and those basic premises of faith became the foundation for the new album.




--- Based on the theme of the album (and many of your wife's blog posts - one of which really resonated with me - was titled How Can We Not Move?), there's seems to be a lot of passion in your family for those in need. How has that affected the way you live and your daily perspective? ---


Well, I'm still a selfish pig, if that's what you're asking.
I wish it weren't true.
I'm still fuming this morning as my skim milk latte was not to my liking and i considered sharing my deep frustration with the barista. Luckily I was rescued from myself in such a weak moment by Kanye West.
"i've never heard Kanye playing in a coffee shop," i blurted aloud to no one in particular, though the unqualified young barista stared back with eternal blankness.
Kanye rarely leads to moral victories or even anger restraint in any scenario, however the unique combination of coffee and "Stronger" gave me reason to laugh aloud and recognize what a idiot I was becoming over a latte.

Truthfully, what has surfaced is a new tension in our lives - the collision of what is comfortable & self serving and what is giving & selfless.
Jesus has a call on each of our lives not to fill our pockets or fill our cups with lattes. Rather the call pulls us to the poor, the broken and requires us to extend the grace that has been life changing in our own lives.

If i wake up on days without that tension, i'm useless. I love reading about Peter. He embodied this tension in scripture and it seemed to follow him until his last days. He was a mess, much like myself, but on that struggle and ensuing honesty inside of an imperfect man, God built the church. So, maybe there's hope for strugglers like me.


--- What's the song behind the story for New Day? ---


The song was supposed to be my token pop song.
I went to an Nsync concert a few years back..there, you have it. my musical influence confession of the day. That's been weighing on me and now its finally in the open. (the ticket was free from a friend, if that makes it anymore digestable for your readers)

I saw girls waving their cell phones in the air like they just don't care -- I thought to myself, "I gotta do that".
So a few months later I began writing New Day but it really turned into a song for Liz and our life together thus far.
We used to dance in the kitchen, not very well i might add, in her parents home growing up.
I think her Dad thought that keeping us in the kitchen was better than us making out on the couch. True enough.
Its really a song about hope and though the world seems to be such a mess these last few years, love is strong and i'm thankful to have people in my life to share it with.
I've been thrilled about the response to the song thus far.

Oh, and its about coffee..we love coffee!




--- How do you manage your roles as a touring artist, a worship leader at your church, Ecclesia, as well as a husband and a father of 3? ---


It's hard.
That balance is always out of balance it seems.
Somebody usually suffers from most of the decisions I have to make in how i spend my time and energy.
The gift to me is that our church community is so giving and supportive of what we do.
My kids have come to know this life as normal, though i drive through the nights to get back to them - and time away from them is my greatest wrestle within.
Liz puts up with so much crap from me and my schedule, i owe her a thousand vacations to tropical places, with umbrellas drinks.
I truly never thought I'd ever be this busy in my lifetime, but I love every minute of it and I've been extended mountains of grace from everyone in my life to do this.


--- What artists are you listening to? Any indie artists you recommend? ---


Gatlin Elms will be a household name one day.
I just produced his album with him and he's fantastic.
Look for his album "Oceans & Stars" on iTunes.

One of my favorite singers just did an album with me, Jill Paquette. It was such a thrill to produce music alongside such a talented musician. I haven't heard a release date yet but hoping its soon. She's amazing!

I really enjoy Chris Taylor's new album as well. He's a new artist on BEC and is a great young songwriter.

Of course when I"m driving, I listen to a lot of music -- usually Jon Foreman, Amos Lee, Patty Griffin, John Mayer & Elliot Morris.


--- If you weren't a musician what kind of career would you have? ---

Easy.
CIA.
quit laughing.
When the CIA comes looking for a college dropout musician with no espionage experience or skill -- I'm their man and I'll get my spy on 24/7.

--- What are your hobbies outside of music? ---


My days are full so I usually spend free time hanging with my 3 crazy punk kids and my much smarter, wiser, and all around better human of a wife - Liz. We watch The Office and eat Tex-Mex.
I love Astros baseball games, the beach & George Clooney movies (does that make me a wuss? my wife says its a man crush..)


--- If you were a Major League Baseball Player, what would your at-bat song be and who would you play for? ---


uh, the Astros..hello! :)

I would be baseball's first reincarnated player, returning as a modern day Craig Biggio.

At bat song?
It would have to alternate between -- 'Fly Me to the Moon' by Frank Sinatra (this is my favorite song of all time, btw - it would be so out of place, the pitcher would be distracted, throw me a 90mph fastball down the middle and the rest would be Astros history)

Also, 'Get Up' by James Brown -- i love this song.



Have a great weekend.
cheers,
Robbie

May 4, 2008

Gatlin Elms



This kid is good.
really good. (said with a nacho libre accent, at least in my tormented head)

If you haven't heard his music, take a few minutes to visit his website (www.GatlinElmsBand.com) or on iTunes under Gatlin Elms Band.

I had the joy of working on this project with him and i'm excited to see folks encounter his music.

I hope you all have a great Monday.
-Robbie