Jason Squires

Worship Leader & Songwriter

Busy is not an Answer

Posted by on Oct 5, 2017

Busy is not an Answer

Sometimes boundaries are misunderstood. We think that saying no to things is going to somehow make us look like a bad person. When it comes to our kids, its even worse. We want them to be in everything so they are somehow better equipped to take on the world. My wife and I run a music studio in Woodland ,CA called Musictown Studio. I answer phone calls daily that include parents trying to fit music lessons between scouts, swimming, baseball, and gymnastics. Adults do the same thing. We have somehow become a culture that praises busy as a form of status. We answer the question,”How are you doing?” with “Busy”. I want to encourage you of something. Busy is not a good thing. It is okay and empowering to say no to something. I am in an interesting phase of life right now. My oldest child started Kindergarten and my twins started Pre-School. Kacee and I have had many conversations with people about putting our kids in dance, sports, Awana (church program), and hangouts at friend’s houses.  When you couple these things with homework, sleep, and the desire to hangout with your own kids the latter tends to get lost. Society should not be raising your kids. You should be raising your kids.  Here’s the thing: it starts with you.  If your kids see you as busy or as absent thats going to play into how they view their own schedule.  Decide what’s important to you and go all in on whatever that is. I travel a lot doing music all over the country and when I am gone it can be for days at a time. I counter that when I am home with being available. I will pick my kids up from school, we go on surprise dates, and I work hard to be at all their important life events. I am not perfect by any means. Its a daily struggle to fight what society says is a normal thing. My encouragement to you is to take your schedule back.  Next time someone says, “How are you” try answering them with something other than “Busy” or “Good”. Boundaries are healthy. I am giving you permission to not be...

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Slowing Down into the Holidays

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016

Slowing Down into the Holidays

This season for me has me focusing in a different direction. I keep coming back to this idea of slowing down into the holidays. I look at my kids and realize that this is the childhood they will remember.  Its not something that’s in the future.  It is now.  With smartphones and social media we have created a 24 hour work cycle that doesn’t allow for quality family time. I want to challenge you to do something. This holiday season, slow down and look around.  We just finished Thanksgiving and we are moving into the Christmas season. Take some time to love those around you, be grateful for what you have, and create memories that will last. Your work isn’t going...

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Clothing Optional: A Worship Experience

Posted by on Oct 27, 2016

Clothing Optional:  A Worship Experience

I grew up in a world that on Sunday you put on your best clothes and went to church. People didn’t ask questions. Your outward appearance said it all. You always looked extra nice on Sundays.  As I got older and became a worship leader, I carried this model with me. If I was on stage, I had dress shoes and a nice button down shirt. That shirt came from the dry cleaners and was carefully transported to the church so it wasn’t wrinkled. I would setup, run rehearsal, and just before it was time for service to begin I would “finish getting dressed”. Leading worship in shorts was a big no no. The thought of wearing a hat was even crazier. The thing is I could never articulate why I wore my best clothes to church other than this is what I was supposed to do. As I got older and started touring, I found myself having a battle every weekend to make sure that I was looking the part. Going from denomination to denomination, the only difference seemed to be what I wore on Sundays. Sometimes I got it right, and other times I got it very wrong. A worship leader’s job on Sunday is to lead people in worship and get out of the way. Worship leaders (we) have the best job in the world. We get to lead people in worship. It’s the only thing that will happen in eternity. Here’s the thing: in today’s world of social media and smart phones, people can see right through the surface. It’s almost impossible to hide. People are desiring to know you, not the artificial you. People want to be led authentically. Worship leaders, pastors, and other church leaders are elevated on a platform even though we are just like everyone else. Our job is to point people to Jesus from a place of who we are and not what we look like then get out of the way. When people come to church, they aren’t looking at you and me. We are merely pointing. The average person wants to know they have a leader that is real. Our job is more relational and less about performance. Where is the heart of what we are doing? It’s the same argument for whether we need intelligent lighting and fog. If we remove that, will people still worship? We should always strive for...

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The Sound of Your Name

Posted by on Oct 3, 2016

The Sound of Your Name

I have released 6 CD’s since I started making music. The Sound of Your Name is number 7. I can tell you that I am the most excited about this project! SOYN has been a CD that I’ve been dreaming up for the last year. It is an acoustic EP with 6 songs on it. I got to co-write a couple of them with my wife as well as a songwriter friend of mine named Michael Bahn.  The 6th song is Not Finished Yet which you may know was the title track for my last CD.  We recorded a live version of it with the residents of Mercy Multiplied. The last exciting part is when you purchase the CD, it comes with all the chord charts loaded on the disc.  All you need to do is pop it into your computer and you can play the songs at your church! The CD’s are set to arrive on Friday the 7th.  If you pre-ordered they will be shipped to you this weekend! There is still time to pre-order through the online...

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Fueling Creativity

Posted by on Feb 9, 2016

Fueling Creativity

This year Kacee and I decided to get annual passes for Disneyland.  If you haven’t been recently (or at all), they have a new fireworks show to celebrate their 60th anniversary.  At the top of the show there is an audio clip of Walt Disney at opening day.  He said,  “As long as there is imagination left, Disneyland will never be complete.” This quote has stuck with me and I have applied it to my life.  I am a creative person. Creativity needs to be fueled. These are 5 keys to creativity that have worked for me.  The first is inspiration. What inspires you? For me, getting Disney passes has been a big inspiration.  When I am at Disneyland I am not looking at the dollar signs, crowds, and 8 hour drive to get there.  I am listening to the music, looking at the lighting, watching the amazing creativity in the parades, and seeing the magic they have created. I leave each trip feeling excited to write, create, and explore new ideas.  The other way that I am inspired is sitting and looking at nature.  Whether it is walking through the woods, fishing on a quiet pond or river, or taking a drive on the backroads.  I use the time to see creation and what God created from nothing. The second key to creativity is space. We all have a workspace where we do bills, details, and other works related stuff.  Creativity needs room to breathe.  Eliminate distractions.  At my studio I have converted the basement into a writing, rehearsal, and recording space.  This is not a space for work. Its a place I can that is free of life’s distractions and allows me to be creative. Where is your space? The third key is the biggest culprit. It is time. This is the biggest hinderance in the creative process. Its not a task to be completed.  A common answer to “How’s life treating you?” is “I am so busy.  Waiting for things to calm down.”  I am here to tell you that busy is now just called normal in my life.  We are all busy and finding time to be creative is almost impossible and really easy to schedule things over. I schedule time in my calendar to be creative.  Its an appointment in my schedule.  I understand as a songwriter that songs can come at random times.  This is where...

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