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Mitch McVicker Interview

Drawing spiritual energy from his band mates

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"I will have a brand new instrument I call a Sauntra Lonica. I can't say what that is until it's time," he explained.

Though the recording process has been slowed down, he isn't too worried. The album he hopes will still be released either late this year or sometime early next year. Yes, tough lessons learned for one so "Honest of Heart."

"Honest of Heart" is just one of the songs on his album, along with "Wounded One," and "Along the Rocks." And while he enjoys music and giving concerts, this guitarist and harmonica player has found a single advantage.

"I don't get the advantage of having a structured community around me, but I have the next best thing going as far as I can tell of getting to do this, and having the people I love and get rejuvenated by all around me wherever I go.

More Than Just Singing

For Mitch McVicker it isn't just traveling that excites him, it's also just doing. He was asked to write the May devotions for Cokesbury-Abingdon Press's 365 Days of Meditation for Young Adults and he discovered a few things in the process.

"I love getting to write, but this was a whole different form of expression. It was a growing experience. In the middle of it, I felt tapped out. I didn't think I had anything else to say, but, that was when I had to dig in there and go 'What else do you have for me, Lord?'" he said.

He enjoyed the opportunity of getting to communicate spiritually with people so much and writing a book that he is already planning to write another book. "I am not sure when that will happen, but it will be called 'Far From Filler'," he explained.

Though much of what he has to say already is 'far from filler,' he won't be able to do any of it...the book writing, concert playing or even songwriting without support.

His best support doesn't come from those he meets on his travels on the road, his family or the even the guys that he plays with night after night -- Brad Layher, acoustic/electrical guitarist and vocalist, Joe Curet, percussionist, or Sammy Horner, from Scotland, who plays bass guitar for the group. His best support, McVicker says, is knowing his wife Paula is backing him 100 percent.

"She makes it even more possible (for me to do this) than if I was on my own. It is great to know that it isn't just this, that there is a whole other life intertwined with this one when I get home," he said. And soon, he will have a new reason to celebrate family by becoming a first-time dad on or around Nov. 12.

Of course, he doesn't dismiss the spiritual energy that he draws from his band mates, either. "We don't have any structured devotions as we are driving down the road, but we will end up in this conversation, that, I'm like, that's what that was. We definitely draw spiritual energy from each other and hold each other accountable in a real gracious way and I'm thankful for that, he said.

He even gains inspiration from journaling. "Journaling is a very spiritual thing as far as opening myself up to life, the day in the life ahead and reading the scripture. Every now and then something will spill out while I'm journaling and I am like, 'Wow, I should go with that a bit...' and swish it around in my head. It might end up being something I talk about in a concert or something that ends up being a song, but I think that's the whole idea behind it -- being sensitive to what God is doing inside of you," he said.

McVicker will be taking that sensitivity and everything that embraces it and embarking on a 60-city tour promoting his fourth solo album this fall. But, his true focus deep down isn't anything he has or will do. It isn't a question of what's important, but rather who's important. "I don't think we need to focus on ourselves nearly as much as we think we do. I love getting to share what's happening with me in hopes that it will points people to Jesus!" he said.

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