By the Mane’s First Show – X-fest NW 2013

X-Fest Sans Drummer

our show at x-fest and no drummer meme

For our first concert is coming up at X-Fest Northwest 2013. XFEST NorthWest is an annual rock festival. It’s nonprofit, non-corporate and nondenominational. Our drummer Kyler can’t make it so so it’s going to be just Will and I for this one. Will has been working tirelessly to program the drums in his absence.


Along with it being our first show, there a few other firsts for us.

  1. First live show with no drummer (hopefully the last)
  2. New Sound (we’ve been working hard to dial it in… it’s really cool!)
  3. Debut of Will’s new song
  4. My first time as a lead singer (well, sort of, leading worship is not really the same thing, though)
  5. Brand new light show
  6. New Guitar??? doubt it…

I’m most excited about #5! I have no idea what to expect, but I’m excited about it whatever it is! Come check us out, Friday night August 30th at 9:30pm.

What By the Mane Means

A band name is often a difficult thing to come up with. It has to strike the balance of being meaningful, catchy, provocative and cool all at the same time. I’ve had an easier time coming up with names for my kids than thinking of band names.

By the Mane was different, though.

I heard the song, “Like a Lion” by Daniel Bashta and it reminded me of something about God that is sometimes forgotten in our worship.  God is not the white bearded old man in a distant mansion or a genie waiting to grant our wishes. A better comparison is that of a beautiful yet wild, and incredibly powerful beast. He’s not human, he may not even be friendly as we define friendly, but that’s what makes his love so amazing. It’s unlike anything else we could ever know. So many songs try to make God’s love out to be a familiar accessible of love, but Bashta went the other direction and quenched a thirst that I forgot that I had. A thirst for a God that was bigger than me. I couldn’t help but think of Aslan, and Mr. Beaver’s response to Lucy when she asks if Aslan is safe.

“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.” ― C.S. LewisThe Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

This might be one of the most overused C.S. Lewis quotes of all times, but I can’t help but reference it. We–like Old Testament Israel who wanted a human king–want to a tame God.

Why “By the Mane?”

By the Mane is a name that represents our desire to understand God as that wild, unpredictable being that is so far beyond our understanding it causes us to be on our guard–even fearful–around him.  By the Mane means that we come to him on his terms. It’s a reminder that letting go is not an option, and we need to approach life with the perspective of living By the Mane! The best thing we can do is grab on for dear life, not because He’s safe…because He’s good!