Rob's Blog

Don't Lose Heart! 

Lots of people are facing discouraging situations in their relationships, careers, ministries, and finances.  I have been tempted to be discouraged (isn't that what it is, a temptation to sin by being discouraged and not trust God?) off and on for years.  But I never got TOO down, I guess.  And I am grateful to God for his grace in that.

If you're going through something difficult (let's face it: you probably are, and if you're not, you will be...), I hope that you're still reading God's word, still praying, still trusting, believing that God is at work in you.  We shouldn't necessarily pray that God would make our lives easier, we should pray that we "get out of His way" and have a humble, changeable, teachable heart, and a willingness to become more like Christ (who was a model of patient suffering!).

But I do wish good things from God for you, too.  We all need that hope, don't we?  Don't lose heart!

Have a good day, knowing that He is with you!

- Rob

Help Me RE-LAUNCH With Lyrics Videos! 

Hello family and friends,

Well, God seems to want me making music for His kids (instead of Corporate America as I thought 8 months ago), so HERE I GO!

I feel like He gave me two new ideas:
1) to make lyrics videos to get my songs into new, tech-savvy churches, and
2) to write custom music and "jingles" and fun pieces for Children's Ministries (watch this video)

For the lyrics videos, I'm asking for your help with a crowdfunding campaign on the safe, secure crowdfunding site www.Kickstarter.com

For the custom music, I hope you'll help me GET THE WORD out!  I'll share my projects on social media and we will celebrate what God does together.

Thanks as always for your love and support as I have prayerfully figured all this out.

Love,
Rob (and Kathleen, Juli and Natalie) Biagi

Ease the Stress of VBS! 

Take the Rob Biagi Music Challenge: If you use at least TWO of my songs (with the "official" motions) every day during VBS this year, I guarantee those songs will be the kids' favorites and most memorable overall.  If I'm wrong, I'll give you a free album download for your Children's Ministry.

If you use lyrics videos, you can download "You're a V.I.P. to G-O-D," "Before I Go, I Stop," and "Books of the Bible Rap" from www.worshiphousekids.com.

Let me know if you're up for the Challenge! - Rob

My Songs Made Me Happy! 

Two Friday nights ago, I was sitting on my couch (people in cold temperatures are stuck inside "sitting on their couch" a lot, I've learned!).

I went on iTunes and listened to all 13 clips from my "Grown-Up Kid" album, and what I heard made me happy!  The songs are well written, the lyrics are fun and clever, it's well produced and well performed by the band and me!

I thought, "Man!  Kids in more churches need to hear these songs.  Why haven't they?!"  THE REASON IS: they need Lyrics Videos like this (click here).  I could only afford to make them for two songs.

Will you help me pay to make more?  Lyrics videos are expensive to make ($500-$2,000 apiece), and I don't have the money (which is why we moved out of California 19 months ago).  Email me at rbiagi@mac.com if you can help.  Thanks so much! - Rob Biagi

Shut Off Your Device! Podcast

I read Facebook once in a while, and most of what I see is people promoting others' creativity (or their own selfish accomplishments...).

But if you're always reading what others have written, you'll never write YOUR devotional, or song, or play.  If you only sing what others have written and produced, you'll never write your own lyrics and melodies.  If you only learn to "trace" or copy someone else's drawings or art...

I know, I know, you might create something lousy.  EVERYBODY DOES when they start out!  Still, you should consider turning off your device and being creative.  You and your kids will have some laughs, and who knows...?
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  1. Everyone Has a Gift

GRUNTING IS GOOD. 

I once got an email from a KidMin lady saying, "I have a group of three sixth-grade boys, and they stand against the back wall during worship.  I can't get them to participate AT ALL, except on your song 'Carry the Light.'  During that song, they wait for the UNGH! and they GRUNT with all their might, then go back to looking bored and tired.  What should I do? - Sincerely, Erin."

I answered back: "REJOICE, Erin.  REJOICE!  Grunting is GOOD!  If they are grunting, they ARE participating in Kids' Worship!  Encourage them.  Don't judge them or give them dirty looks.  To be able to put the 'UNGH!' in the right place, they are hearing all that truth from Matthew 5:16.  Pray for them and trust that they are getting it! - Sincerely, Rob."

Years went by and I got to meet Erin in person.  She said, "I never told you the follow-up story.  I did what you said, Rob.  I encouraged them.  I wasn't mad or condescending.  I stayed real positive and thanked them for grunting.  It's now three years later and guess what?  Those three boys are now freshmen in high school, and the three of them are my regular 11am Kids Worship leaders!"

Rob's New Song - "Let's Ride Together!" 

River of Life Church in Santa Clara, CA asked me to write a theme song specific to their "RiverKids" Children's Ministry.  The lyrics are obviously specific to RiverKids, BUT: I will soon have an "alternate lyrics version" that will work for YOU.  Here's why I think you and your ministry kids will LOVE IT:
1) it's in a good sing-along key!
2) it has a ROCK sound
3) the motions are fun and unifying
4) it's packed with spiritual meat

"Let's Ride Together! (RiverKids Theme Song 2014)" words and music by Rob Biagi (c)2014 Rob Biagi Music/BMI
Thanks to Michael Sanders of JETLAGRECORDINGS.com for the excellent tracks and mix!
Lead vocal (verse): Rob Biagi
Lead vocal (chorus): Juli Biagi


Do you dare to dream who God might let you be?
Are you willing to pray on your knees each day?
You and me, ready to be courageous
Don't look back, ready to act audacious!

Let's ride together!  RiverKids forever!
Learning all the things that God wants us to know...whoa-oh
We ride the River; all us kids together
Doing all the things that God wants us to do...woo oo oo, yeah!

Do I trust in Christ when the river waters rise?
I am not afraid; Adventure's on its way!
You and me, ready to be courageous
Hold onto Christ as the river rages!

Let's ride together!  RiverKids forever!Learning all the things that God wants us to know...whoa-oh
We ride the River; all us kids together
Doing all the things that God wants us to do...woo oo oo, yeah!

Take Us HOME! (Don't Just Hear Us at Church!) 

7-year-old kids can't spell R-O-B-B-I-A-G-I dot com.  Or Jana Alayra.  Go Fish?  Like the card game?  "Amber Sky" is a crayon color, right?!  And was it Yancy or Nancy?  Yancy NOT Nancy!  Sheesh.  Then how do we get our music from the "airwaves" at Kids' Church to the "playlist" on mom's iPhone?

How can I let the parents know their kids heard AWESOME music in Kids' Church today that THEY OUGHTA BUY, tell everyone about, and play over-and-over at home and on trips around town?
- send a flyer home?
- one-on-one conversations with parents (nah...too time-consuming)
- adhesive stickers on kids' clothes? ("Hey, check out www.thatROBguy.com for some GREAT kids' music!  Trust me.  Your kid was ROCKIN' in Kids' Church today.")

Our music is not just "another way to entertain a child."  It is the word of God set to music.  Bible teaching takes lots of time, and repetition.  Music is GREAT for that!

Wouldn't parents be grateful to have the help of some excellent music to reinforce biblical truths?  Then, how do I let parents know?

As always, I welcome your comments...
 

You Gotta Be a Goof! 

To educate kids, you must have their attention.  To get their attention, you have to be extreme.  Sometimes, it helps to be a goof!

My personality has always been to get on the floor and play with kids.  I love their energy, their curiosity, and their sincerity.  The fact that I can be goofy makes kids laugh, and then I can sing to them and teach them.  I do voice impersonations, extreme physical movements, and make my voice quiet, then LOUD!  What about you?  What can you do to be captivating?

If your ministry kids aren't engaged in music time (or even with your Bible lesson), consider being a goof.

CAUTION:
1) You'd better have solid, well-rehearsed content, or you won't KEEP kids' attention.
2) Don't be a goof too often, for too long, or they won't take you seriously.
3) You don't want kids thinking God's word (or church) is "silly."

But kids speak the language of FUN - so make it fun!

As always, I welcome your comments...
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