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What is your Warship?
An interesting question. What is your warship? Let's first define what a warship is. It's a vessel/large boat that caries weapons, missiles, guns that is used for battle to defeat/cripple the enemy. When used in battle, it can do some serious damage. Our government has used it very effectively.

When we hear about human disasters such as innocent kids/teachers being gunned down and killed for the sake of some kind of sick sport, what do we do? Or when we hear about terrorist activity in other nations against innocent people what do we do? What warship can we use? A boat with missiles and guns is probably not going to be very effective. Political decisions tend not to be very effective either. Most of us are frustrated because we don't know what to do to stop this kind of evil. Refer to the passage that Paul writes in Ephesians 6:12

"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms."

Paul states here that are fight is not against flesh and blood but an enemy that we cannot see. Most of us have seen or are familiar with "Star Wars" where there was the force (good side) and the dark side (bad). Luke had to use the force to defeat the dark side. When Paul refers to spiritual forces in the heavenly realms, he is referring to the devil and his demons. This is the dark side. Now God has his angels which are the force (good side) that battles these demons.

How can we get the Angelic to defeat the Demons? Paul tells us about we need to put on our armor here in Ephesians 6:13

Therefore put on the full armor of God,so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist,with the breastplate of righteousness in place,and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith,with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.Take the helmet of salvationand the sword of the Spirit,which is the word of God.

There's a lot here that Paul talks about. I want to talk about some of the key pieces. One being the Shield of Faith. Paul writes we can extinguish ALL the flaming arrows of the evil one. One of the most important things he mentions is the word of God which is the sword we use to attack the enemy. It's funny that as humans we want to get our guns, missiles, bows, arrows, knives, whatever physical weapons we can grab to defeat the evil we hear about. In some cases we need these but Paul says using the word of God to attack the enemy in many cases is more effective than physical weapons. The great thing about using the word of God is you can fight/defeat wherever the enemy is from wherever you are. God's word is powerful. It's like sending a missile at will at any time. The word of God becomes the Warship.

Another key ingredient to battling an enemy we cannot see is to use praise and worship to God. Worship is like an undergarment of praise that can be included as part of the armor that Paul refers to. When we worship, Gods Angels become strong to defeat the enemy. When Paul and his companions were in chains in prison, they decided to worship God by singing and praising. The chains eventually broke making all the men free. There are many references in the bible that during a battle, a group were praising while others were fighting.

It's interesting on how the words Warship and Worship differ by one letter but both are used to defeat an enemy in battle.

What is your Warship?

posted by Dave Panico on 04/29/2018

Are You Ready For God's Peace ? Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

A friend of mine sent this to me and I thought it was just too good not to share.

Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her "How God could let something like this happen?" (Regarding the attacks on Sept. 11). Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said "I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?" In light of recent events...terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found recently) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school. The Bible says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK. Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock's son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he's talking about. And we said OK. Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves. Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with "WE REAP WHAT WE SOW." Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.

Are you ready to try God ?

God bless you as you share it with friends.

No Nation or people can ever survive or succeed without Jesus Christ.

Be Blessed

posted by Dave on 02/25/2018

Who's Life Matters? Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Just recently I performed a 4 hour gig in the city of Weston, MO for their 2nd Saturday Mystery shopping and I have to say I had so much fun. I performed out on the street corner in front of the St George hotel and met so many wonderful people. Folks young and old were out there dancing to the music and sharing their smiles. The weather was perfect as well. Weston is one of my favorite places to play because It's such a great atmosphere with wonderful people.

This time of year I'm very busy sending out Press Kits for festivals that are booking for 2017. You can help me out by if you are involved with your community/chamber, please send them my information when they start talking about booking for their festival. I would really appreciate it.

Remembering 911
It's 9/11 and it was 10 years ago that disaster struck our nation. So I want to take this time to remember and thank our Firefighters, police force for their service. Let's not forget them and appreciate the work they do.

Thank you guys.

Nehemiah Fest this weekend..

Nehemiah fest is 3 days of 50 bands, 4 stages and it's totally FREE!!! I will be performing on Saturday at Sept 17, 2016 on the coffee House stage. This is another great event that you don't want to miss. Check out http://www.nehemiahfest.com/. Camping is available.

Who's life Matters ?
These seems to be a controversial topic these days on who's life matters and it seems to be creating divisions rather than creating unity. I'd like to share a verse from the bible from Matthew 10:29-31

"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father's care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows."

Here Jesus clearly states that everyone's life matter. He knows the number of our hairs on our head. Jesus died on the cross so ALL of us can experience heaven and eternity with him. Jesus by design created people differently, so it doesn't matter what color/race you are. Your life matters and you have a purpose that you were called to. Go and fulfill that purpose. If you're not sure what that purpose is, ask God, he will direct you.

Be blessed


Vision: To touch the essence of the inner heart
Mission: To open doors that lead to healing of hardships and struggles in life

posted by Dave Panico on 09/12/2016

Our Gift Of Freedom Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

When we think of freedom, what do we think of? Some may think freedom means doing whatever we want without no rules or limits. Some others may think of freedom as being free from a controlled environment. But when we think about the freedom of doing whatever we want, that type of "freedom" leads to bondage and destruction and in some in cases slavery which is the very thing we want to avoid. Think about it, If a person wants to drink alcohol and drive, (freedom to do what they want), that can lead to loss of life, loss of limbs, being paralyzed.. Is this freedom? This is bondage. What about a gunman who exercises their freedom of gunning down elementary kids because he/she may think it's their right? Is this freedom? No this is Hell, destruction. What about our sexual freedom? That has led to all sorts of diseases, rising health care costs, unwanted pregnancies which in some cases leads to abortions. Again, is this freedom? No its destruction.

This type of freedom puts you in a box. True freedom has limits and boundaries. God created humans and he showed us and gave us a manual on how we should live our lives. That manual is called the bible. Yes it has rules and instructions on how we are to live but living by those rules gives us total and true freedom. When our law makers make laws that are contrary to God's laws or when we disobey God's laws, those decisions usually have consequences that can lead to bondage and destruction. Without God there is no freedom. God gave us the boundaries in order to save us from the hell and destruction of living our freedom without boundaries.

Do you realize that the freedom we have in our country came with a huge price? Our forefathers prayed diligently so we can have the freedom we have. Many men fought battles and died for the freedom we have. It did not come cheap and it did not come without bloodshed. So when a person comes out and speaks freely about not wanting God in our government and schools, it's only because God gave that person the freedom to speak that. Maybe they should live in a country where God is forbidden and see if they like that climate any better.

Here is just a sample of some wisdom of the bible. The bible says we should get wisdom at any cost. This is what wisdom does for us:

There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.
--Proverbs 14:12

Such are the paths of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the life of those who get it.
--proverbs 1:19

(Gaining Wisdom)
for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity.
--proverbs 3:2

(Get Wisdom at Any Cost)
for they are life to those who find them and health to one's whole body.
--Proverbs 4:22

Enjoy the freedom you have. It is a gift from God. He wants us to live in the freedom he gave us. Use it to benefit others. Remember true freedom does have boundaries and that is for our benefit.

Be blessed.

posted by Dave Panico on 07/10/2016

Just Like That Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

"Just like That"...

"Just Like That" is a song off my latest CD "Tasty Treat" and it's inspired from the following passage in the bible which comes from Isaiah 55:11:
"..so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it."

I like this passage. When Jesus says something, or gives a command it happens right of way without delay. It happens Just Like That. If you have a storm in your life, ask Jesus to speak to the storm.

posted by Dave Panico on 06/13/2016

Be Strong and Courageous Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

This was a command that God gave Joshua after the death of Moses. God wanted to Joshua to lead the people into the promise land. This is recorded in Joshua 1:1

1: After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, the LORD said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses' aide: 2: "Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them-to the Israelite's. 3: I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses...

5: No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. 6: Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.

7 "Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."

God emphasized and commanded Joshua three times to be strong and Courageous. God didn't say it would be easy taking the land. He knew it was going to be tough. God also said that he would give Joshua every place where he set is foot. God comforted Joshua by telling him not to fear or be discouraged because God will be with him. Even with this comforting thought it still may have been somewhat scary for Joshua. If God asked you to jump in the fire and he told you that you would not get burned, would you do it? Human nature would say no. That's why God affirmed Joshua and commanded him to be strong and Courageous and to mediate on God's word and to obey it. The law book was the road map. It's contains the cheat codes, it's has the hidden secrets on how to win. God asked Joshua to know that. The wonderful part here is that God's command also lead Joshua to receive a great blessing. God wanted to bless Joshua and he wants to bless you.

What is God commanding you to do so he can give you such a great blessing ?

Go grab that blessing ..


posted by Dave on 03/14/2016

Bumba-Way - A father's Joy Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Recently my song "Bumba-Way ,made number 1 on the charts at Number1music.com so I'd like to share with you on how this song came to be. This song is off my 2nd cd "JoyRid'N".

"Bumba-Way" has a calypso island feel that is performed on a flute. The title came from a silly kid's song that I made up and sang to my kids when they were very little. I would sing this song to my kids while I would drive them around. They would be strapped in their car seat and I started singing a song that had the words "Bumab-Way" in it. I kept singing this song from time to time until one day my oldest son, Henry, when he was about 3 started singing the song back to me. My daughter started to do sing the song back as well. I thought this was so cool and I honestly felt a lot of joy from this. I said then, I'm going to record a song called "Bumba-Way". So as I started composing songs for my 2nd cd "JoyRid'n" I worked on a song called "Bumba-Way".

Now as I was writing "Bumba-Way", I wanted to put meaning to this and so I thought about it for a while and then it hit me - "A Father's Joy". Think about this, what if we were in the back seat and Jesus was in the front driving? And what if he started to communicate with us and then we communicated back to him as little children? Do you know that this brings so much joy to Jesus? Even as adults we are considered God's children and when we come to him in prayer and share our hearts or just talk to him, he experiences so much joy. Why? Because he loves you, He created you, and he died for you.

As parents, I know you experience joy when or as your kids are discovering their world. Jesus has even more joy when we discover more about him and his word. He continues to show us new things.
One great truth here is that it does not matter who your parents are, It does not matter what circumstances brought you into the world, it does not matter what situation you are in. Know this:

YOU are God's child. YOU are his joy. YOU have access to all his blessings and his inheritance. Now , go Grab it and don't waste the BLESSING!!!

Thanks for being a fan

God Bless

posted by Dave Panico on 01/31/2016

Don't Waste the blessing Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

How many times have we received something where we may have taken it for granted or we may without realizing it left some of the blessing behind and missed out? I'm sure this has happened to me more than once. We just celebrated Christmas and many gifts were given and if we are honest, some gifts we may be disappointed in. I'd like to share a story from the bible about when Jesus fed 5000 people with 2 fish and 1 loaf of bread. This is recorded in John 6 verse

10: Jesus said, "Have the people sit down." There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there).
11: Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.
12: When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, "Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted."
13: So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.

After the 5000 people had eaten, Jesus tells his disciples to gather the left over pieces and let nothing be wasted. Jesus did not say why or what the left overs would be used for. There were no refrigerators in that day so food would spoil quickly.

There was very little to start with. Jesus gave thanks and then the blessing was multiplied until the point where everyone was full. There was even extra. Now the people may have walked away from the left overs but Jesus said do not let nothing be wasted. The extra blessing was there and the people could have missed it.

Be aware of the blessings in your life and don't waste them. Don't leave any behind either or you'll miss out on something great. Every Day is a new day so don't waste it.

Be Blessed


posted by Dave Panico on 01/09/2016

A HUMBLE CHRISTMAS Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

This past week I was touched by a story that made some news about a letter to Santa that was found in a Chimney 60 years after it was written. The boy wrote it asked for the following:

Dear Father Christmas,
Please can you send me Rupert Annual and a drum, box of chalk, soldiers and Indians, slippers, silk tie, pencil box, any little toys you have to spare.
Love, David

I was touched by how humble this boy was when he wrote it. Obviously this was a different time but the humility is what was touching and something I think we have gotten away from. Today it's about Black Friday, Give me the ipad, the xbox, etc.. I even heard that some mall in Chicago was charging an extra fee just so kids can jump the line to see Santa so they don't have to wait like everyone else. Personally I find this tasteless and disgraceful. It's sad on we are losing the real meaning of Christmas.

Christmas is about giving but more so it's about giving in a spirit of humility or sacrificially. Christmas is about Jesus. Now I know this name "Jesus" stirs a lot of controversy even to the point where a federal judge has to tell a high school play they can't have a nativity scene in their play. (Really ? Come On..). Anyway, God gave his son Jesus to pay the ultimate sacrifice of his death so that you and I do not have to spend eternity in a place of nonstop suffering. This was a paid ransom in advance. The human birth of Jesus is why we celebrate Christmas. God gave up his son Jesus sacrificially. This is something we all should continually be thankful for. You may not realize it now but someday, the xbox, HDTV, Ipad, etc will not matter. The only that will is what you did with your life to help others and acknowledging that Jesus is Lord.

I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas. Thanks for being a fan



posted by Dave Panico on 12/14/2015

Giving To God Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

When we think about this topic we all first think of money right? Well that's not always the case. In Mark 12, The Pharisees, (Government leaders), asked Jesus if it was right to pay taxes to Caesar.

Jesus said, "Bring me a denarius and let me look at it." They brought the coin, and he asked them, "Whose image is this? And whose inscription?"

"Caesar's," they replied.

Then Jesus said to them, "Give back to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's."

One may think this is about paying taxes and money. In one case that can be but tread what it says in
1 Corinthians 6:19

"Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?
You are not your own; you were bought at a price."

Go back to what Jesus said, "So give back to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's." What is God's?
Well in 1 Corinthians it's your body, it's your soul. You are not your own and you have been bought with a huge price. That price is the blood Jesus shed on the cross for ALL people. Why? So we would be free from hell and be able to enter into Heaven. Without bloodshed, there is no forgiveness so Jesus became that sacrifice once and for all for past and future sins of ALL people regardless of who they are or how they turn out.

So this means that sin doesn't own you. Drugs do not own you, Alcohol doesn't own you, and Lust doesn't own you. Whatever the sin or struggle is, it does not own you!! Jesus paid the price so we can be free of all that.

Give to God what is God's

Be Blessed.

posted by Dave Panico on 10/18/2015

Being One With God Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Ever wonder if it were possible to be one with God ? As humans we think to ourselves that God is so far set apart from us that we can never achieve that oneness with God. Throughout the book of John, Jesus mentions that he is one with father and he does what the father "God" does. He also tells his disciples that if you've seen me , you've seen the father. Another words if you've seen Jesus, you've seen God. In John 17:20 when Jesus knew he was leaving this world, here is part of his prayer that he prayed for all people:

"I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me."
--John 17:20
Based on what Jesus prayed for, it is possible to obtain oneness with God. It's what God WANTS!!!. Amazing uh .. Look at what it says in Hebrews 2:11:

Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters.
--Hebrews 2:11
Here again Hebrews is indicating we and God are from the same family because it is God that makes us holy. Being one with God also has one more awesome benefit that Jesus expresses in John 15:4:

"If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my -Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, .."
--John 15:4

Be Blessed

posted by Dave Panico on 09/21/2015

Doin the Blues in Church Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)


It's been a very busy and exciting last few weeks. This past weekend I had two very exciting gigs both on Saturday and again on Sunday. I played at a church called Our Savior Lutheran Church. (http://www.oursaviourkc.org/Home.html) They did a blues service and invited me to join them for. I performed there last year and both times it has been wonderful. What a great way to have people come to church by doing a blues service. Ever wonder if God ever had the blues ? well take a look at the sky, the oceans, the blue jays, the blue birds , the many flowers that are blue. Yeah God spread blues around us for us to enjoy. I performed "On Wings Of An Angel" and "We Shall See The King". The people loved it. So enjoy the blues around you but don't get down too deep.

On Saturday evening I performed at a private party at a house with a full band. I performed many of my originals and all the people there loved. I received many positive comments. This is what the comment was from the person that hired us:

Amazing band, great sound, good times!!

That was a fun gig. On Sunday morning I was back at Our Savior doing the blues again. Please keep in mind for any private engagements you have coming up.

Cancer Update
I thought I would give a praise report her on my wife's cancer. She is now finished with both the chemo-therapy and radiation. She just finished her last radiation treatment and there is no sign of cancer. We're both very relieved. She now faces some lengthy surgery for reconstruction. We're not sure when that will be yet. Thanks very much for your prayers.

Check out Summertime..
I hope you have been enjoying the cool video's at my site. There's many to check out. Check this one out called "SummerTime" - https://youtu.be/n7rhIBU9YxI

Thanks so much for being a fan. Thanks so much for the letters. it's appreciated. I enjoy hearing from you. Please visit www.SoaringSaxman.com

"...but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."
--Isaiah 40:31

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posted by Dave Panico on 08/31/2015

2015 Instrumental Award winner at KingCat Music Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

WOW!! - I am truly honored and shocked by this.
I received the Instrumentalist Salt and Light award at the 2015 King Cat Music Awards Last night.
Many thanks to the King Cat Family and my Fans.
Check them out at www,kingcatmusic.com

posted by Dave Panico on 06/07/2015

HELP PROMOTE TASTY TREAT Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

My CD "Tasty Treat" has been submitted to Smooth jazz and More radio station. I would appreciate your help in contacting them and requesting the song "Tasty Treat". you can contact them at http://www.smoothjazzandmore.com/

posted by Dave Panico on 05/12/2015

Spread the Joy Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

As Christmas comes it's that time we spread the joy and wish people peace and prosperity, and good will. This is all a good thing right? After all that's what Jesus did for us. He gave that for us. There is however those who would rather wish we send the opposite message, you know those who feel offended by a lighted evergreen tree, or want to take "God" or "Jesus" out of Christmas songs, or even at my son's school, teachers aren't even allowed to say "Merry Christmas". I can't believe that in America Christmas has become such an offense to others. Maybe people don't know that our country was founded on Christian/biblical principles where the founders prayed hard to give us the freedom we have. Christmas is a part of our tradition and always will be. I ad-mit, I get offended by people who want to try and diminish it and I know I am not alone in this. I wish people well and peace and good tidings. That's what God did for us by sending his son Je-sus. So why not spread this great Joy and peace. I'm sure you would desire peace in this world as I would. So have a very Merry Christmas and spread that to Alll...

posted by Dave Panico on 12/14/2014

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We are now approaching Thanksgiving and it's that time of year that reminds us to be thankful. We should be thankful every day of our life. Yeah life gets ugly and beats us up but, we are still better off than some. In some cases we need to be thankful for things we do not have because if those things we desire leads us down a path of destruction, then it 's best not have those things .

When I think about being thankful I think about the bible passage in Luke 17 vs 11. It talks about that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem and he met 10 men who had the disease of leprosy. These 10 men asked Jesus to heal them and out of compassion Jesus healed them. In verse 17:15 we see that only one of these ten men came back to Jesus shouting , praising and giving thanks to Jesus for being healed. After that Jesus then asks the question:

"Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?"

We see here that giving thanks is important to Jesus and it touches his heart when we are thankful. Thank-fullness has the ability to bring more blessing into our lives which then can overflow blessing into others .

It's interesting that in 1st Thessalonians Paul writes:

"Rejoice Always, Pray Continually, give thanks in all circumstances for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus"

Note that Paul writes that it is "Gods Will For You". If it's God's will then it means that we are created for giv-ing thanks. So be thankful for everything you can think of. THANK YOU for taking the time to read this.

posted by Dave Panico on 11/23/2014

The Greatest Inheritance Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

The Greatest Inheritance..
This is an interesting question. One would most likely think of money, gold, jewels, riches, anything that has great value. But if we would ask God that same question, his answer would be something that you or I would not expect. His answer would be people. That means you/me. Listen to what David writes in Psalm 28:

"..Save your people and Bless your Inheritance.."

It's interesting that God could give himself everything but people because he gave people free will to choose or deny him. Did you know that God would be more overjoyed to receive us than us receiving him ? It's hard to believe but that's how much God' loves us.

posted by Dave Panico on 09/24/2014

What to do in the midst of chaos and Adversity ? Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

A missionary sent this letter to me about the situation in Iraq. As the insurgents were moving closer to Bagdad, a pastor, in Bagdad, offered the following prayer:

"A beautiful morning to a beautiful church, rising up in prayer, standing on the walls and calling out.

Yes, Lord, we declare a new morning today full of your goodness and righteousness, full of your blessings and provisions. Today we come to declare that you are good and your mercy endures forever. You are good despite the hard circumstances, the accusations of the devil, and his war.

We are thankful for your salvation, your freedom, and your healing. I thank you for my wife and my wonderful children. Thank you for the wonderful ministers with whom we serve. Thank you for my country, Iraq, that You have put me in.

Lord, put a guard on my mouth and remove all negative things from my tongue, thoughts, and heart. Remove all unbelief, rebellion, complaints, and disobedience from my life.

Lift up my eyes from all the events around me and direct my eyes to You. Dazzle my eyes this morning. Let me see your majesty, power, authority, and strength. Let me see your glory and greatness so I won't shake because of the storm around me.

Lord, open our eyes to see the angelic forces sent by You for our protection. The devil wants to bring fear and despair, and he wants us to give up. Lord, raise up heroes. Let them roar like lions, standing at the gates of hell, proclaiming, "Iraq is the Lord's! Step back, Satan. Leave this land, for Iraq belongs to the Lord."

Don't let fear steal our calling and our mission. You have put us in this country to pray for it, not to run away and leave it. Help us bless this country and not to curse it. Help us put bandages on its wounds and not increase them with our words.

Lord, have compassion. Forgive. Heal our land. Lift the curse. Heal the wounds. Comfort the mourners. Visit us, remember us, and revive us. Let your light shine upon us. Amen."

What a powerful, inspiring, convicting prayer! What an attitude...
May we live our lives with such a commitment to our Lord, ready to praise His name and serve Him wholeheartedly, no matter the circumstances.

posted by Dave panico on 08/29/2014

The Act Of Surrendering Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Sometimes we get to point where we have nowhere else to go. We hit a low, a wall and all of our efforts seem like a total waste or we don't have the resources to proceed. We then get to that point where we're down on our knees, with our hearts and hands open crying out to God and just saying "take it all..."

When we are at that point, we are not just surrendering what we have to God but we are in a state to RECEIVE what God wants to give us. We can never accept a gift if our hands, hearts and minds are closed. So God sometimes has to get us to that point so he can give us what he wants us to have.

Be blessed

posted by Dave Panico on 05/14/2014

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This past weekend was a great celebration in where churches were filled to capacity levels. The celebration is Easter and I like to just share the meaning of Easter to those who may not be familiar with it.

In my Christmas letter I talked about the birth of a baby named Jesus. Well about 27 years later this baby, Jesus, grew up and started his ministry. He taught with great wisdom and performed many miracles of healings, raising the dead, and feeding thousands of people with only 2 fish and a couple loaves of bread. He created a following very quickly which caused an uproar with high city officials in where they wanted to arrest him and eventually kill him because he claimed to be the Son of God. What they did not realize and some do not to this day is that Jesus was God in the flesh and he came down as a human to teach us about the kingdom of heaven and teach us on how to live our lives so we can live life abundantly. He did this out of Love and eventually became the ultimate sacrifice. Jesus came to serve and not to be served. It was part of his humility. The officials expected him to come with a throne of gold and servants but Jesus's kingdom is not of this earthly world. So Jesus was arrested, beaten, flogged and eventually was nailed to a cross which is the most excruciating form of death/torture.

The whole reason for Jesus going to the cross was to pay the debt of sin which we all have and can't pay on our own. You see, before Jesus came, the payment of sin was to slaughter innocent animals. This was done as a ritual. Without the payment of blood, no one can enter into heaven. This was God's law. So the blood of Jesus on the cross paid the debt of sin for ALL humanity so we could all be able to enter into heaven and keep us from going to hell.

Note that Jesus did have the power to walk away and call on his angels to rescue him and this is exactly what the devil wanted. If Jesus did walk away, we would not have any hope of heaven and Christianity probably would not mean much. Note also that no one trapped Jesus or took him by surprise but he FREELY gave his life down for all of us. It was his willingness out of Love and compassion. It was a choice!!! In fact when one of Jesus's disciples cut off an ear of one of the soldiers that tried to grab Jesus, Jesus picked up the soldiers ear, put his hand on the side of his head and healed him.

Now on Easter Sunday, this is the day that is celebrated when Jesus rose from the dead after being buried in the tomb. There was no question about him being dead because there were many witnesses. An interesting FACT is Jesus appeared to over 500 people after he rose from the grave. He is the only one in history to rise from the grave and appear too many. There were no electronics, digital media, TV, radio during this time or even photography.

You see, God made it very easy for us to believe. Either Jesus is ALL truth or ALL lies. Jesus does not sometimes tell the truth and lie other times. If you find one truth in him, then he's all truth. For me, anyone who can endure a brutal punishment and then rose up out of a grave has some clout and should be taken seriously and it shows he knows what he is talking about. Romans 3:4 states:

"..Let God be true and every man a liar..."

We all need to make a decision about Jesus. Not deciding is still making a decision. If you have questions or comments, please feel free to send me those questions and I will be glad to answer them.

Thanks for being a fan

God Bless


posted by Dave Panico on 04/22/2014

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I'm a firm believer that all kids should be exposed to playing an instrument even if it's for a year or 2. It really exposes the kid to a whole new world at a young age, I believe it makes connections in the brain as well. This past weekend, I needed to go to the violin shop to pick up a case for my daughter's violin so I took my 10 year old son, Samuel, with me. Samuel plays piano and is learning how to swing the music. So when we were in the violin shop, I showed Samuel all the violins and then I showed him all the big string basses which are way bigger than he is. The staff person who helped us, happens to be a bass player so he pulled out one of those string basses and started playing it in front of my son Samuel. I asked the staff person to play some swing and so he did. I could see in the eyes of Samuel that he was impressed and tuned in. He was never exposed to someone playing a big string bass like that. It's great to see people experience things for the first time.

posted by Dave Panico on 02/28/2014

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Out at Reverbnation.com, I am ranked #1 in the Jazz category. Thanks to many of you this was possible. So many thanks.


As we get closer to the end of the year and the Holidays, I am available for performing at private engagements. As you plan out your parties/get togethers please keep me in mind if you need entertainment. I always get very positive reviews from people that have hired me. I work with several different bands so if you need a full band, trio, jazz, blues, rock whatever, please let me know.



I recently did an interview with MusicNotez for their online magazine. Check out the interview at the following link:

This is also posted out on my website on my BIO Page.

For more info, checkout www.SoaringSaxman.com

I thank you very much for being a fan and thanks for your continued prayers. Please drop me a line and let me know what's going in your life.

posted by dave panico on 09/13/2013

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posted by Dave Panico on 07/20/2013

How close do you want to be to God ? Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Being close to God is what we all desire and strive for because someday we will meet him face to face. We desire that Love, warmth, peace that God offers us. To be cuddled in his lap or his arms and to feel his radiant
glory upon us.

But being close to God can also be very agonizing at least for David as he laments in Psalm 39. David was probably the closest to God as a human next to Jesus. He was a man after God's own heart. But David did fall into a deep sin.

here are some passages from Psalm 39 :

[10] Remove your scourge from me;
I am overcome by the blow of your hand.

[13] Look away from me, that I may enjoy life again
before I depart and am no more."

Verse 13 is one that really gets me. Here David is asking the lord to look away from him. This is ironic because in
psalm 27 David is asking God to NOT to hide his face from him. Here's the passage:

[9] Do not hide your face from me,
do not turn your servant away in anger;
you have been my helper.

Interesting isn't it.

David was so close to God which is a good thing but being that close he was able to see his sin as God saw it.
This can be very devastating. David saw the ugliness, the evil of his sin through the eyes of God.

This is probably similar or a glimpse of what God saw when his son Jesus was on the cross taking up the sins of
the world. God saw the ugliness/evil of all sins and had to turn away from his son Jesus. The turning away was probably more devastating more painful to Jesus than the physical pain Jesus encountered.

But with David and according to the psalm, God did not turn his face away from David but kept his face upon him.

So David got a glimpse of that ugly picture. To ask God to turn away from him is something hard to understand or grasp. He couldn't enjoy his life because of him knowing that God's face is upon him.

Here's a challenging question , "how do you see your sin ?"

Something casual, or do you grieve over it to the point that you no longer want God to look at you ?

Just think on how you or I would become if we were able to see our sin in the way that God sees it ?

posted by Dave Panico on 12/12/2011

God's Wrath - A blessing or Curse ? Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Did you ever wonder that sometimes God's wrath can be a blessing or something special ?

As I read through the bible there are some common terms like the phrase "set apart". The phrase "set apart" is often used with the word Holy or blessed. In the Old Testament we see that animals were set apart for the offering or certain people from a specific clan were set apart to do certain tasks that the Lord required. Set apart is very much like being chosen and it can be a good thing especially in sports if you're on the first string or chosen first. Psalm 4:3 describes it like this:

Know that the LORD has set apart his faithful servant for himself; the LORD hears when I call to him.

Keeping that in mind, think about the time when Moses was trying to get Pharaoh to release the people out of Egypt. Many plagues came by but the one that was most devastating was the one that took the entire first born whether it is human or animal or young or old. I could imagine the cries and the broken hearts of women losing their babies or a father losing his son. Some may think that God was cruel or mean to punish all. (God did provide a way out by having lambs blood painted on the door post so the death angel would not enter the house. )

Aside from the fact that God provided way out, there is an interesting thought about those who lost their first born. This also applies to Pharaoh's first born. This is recorded in Numbers 3:12 14

"..for all the firstborn are mine. When I struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, I set apart for myself every firstborn in Israel, whether human or animal. They are to be mine. I am the LORD."

I wonder if those back then realized that their first born that were killed, were being made Holy or Being the chosen ones or being set apart just for the Lord ?

I wonder if they knew that their first born were blessed in a special way when God took them ?

posted by Dave Panico on 11/28/2011

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posted by Dave Panico on 10/12/2011

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I was reading throught Psalm 18 where David was in distress. The enemy was attacking David. As David puts it ,
the enemy was powerful and was even too strong for him. The cords of death entagled him. The snares of death confronted him. The torrents of destruction overwhelmed him.

So what did David do ?
He cried out to God for help. He called on God, his fortress, his deliverer, his shield, his stronghold. The one who is worthy of praise.

From the throne, God heard David's cry . It came before him into his ears.

So what did God do ?
He stayed silent and did nothing Right ? Not Quite....

Here's what happened :

The earth trembled and quaked,
and the foundations of the mountains shook;
they trembled because GOD was angry !!! ( Uh Oh... Look out )

Smoke rose from his nostrils;
consuming fire came from his mouth,
burning coals blazed out of it ( Holy #@!& better run )

He parted the heavens and came down;
dark clouds were under his feet.

He mounted the cherubim and flew;
he soared on the wings of the wind.

Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced,
with hailstones and bolts of lightning (this is going to hurt.. )

The LORD thundered from heaven;
the voice of the Most High resounded

He shot his arrows and scattered the enemy,
with great bolts of lightning he routed them

The valleys of the sea were exposed
and the foundations of the earth laid bare
at your rebuke, LORD,
at the blast of breath from your nostrils

GOD reached down from on high and took hold of me;
he drew me out of deep waters.

GOD rescued me from my powerful enemy,
from my foes, who were too strong for me.

GOD then brought me out into a spacious place

Why in the world would GOD make such noise for David or for you ?

The answer is in verse 19:

posted by Dave Panico on 06/01/2011

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Well so far it's been quite a year. A lot here to be thankful for. This past year I think we had just about every appliance including the Air Conditioner break down on us. Along with that, we had expensive home repairs. Add to that a car that was burning oil and the transmission starting to slip. Many of this happened in about a 1 month time. So we got hit hard. I honestly didn't see how we were going to get through this. It was very frustrating and overbearing. In my prayer times, the following Passage from Mark 11 came to mind:

"Have faith in God," Jesus answered. "Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours...

So I kept thankinging God for a car and the other needed things before I even had possesion of them or even had the funds to obtain them. I was even thanking God for taking the time to hear me. At times when my faith grew weak, I told God that I was relying on his faith and not my own and was thanking him for it to.

Well over the summer, my wife got a job working for the census which helped pay for the Air Conditioner and some of the home repairs. It did not pay for everything, I knew the car was going to be the biggest challenge. I kept praying and thanking God for those things that were still needed especially the car.

Well a few months ago, mortgage rates dropped very low. We refinanced at a very low rate and were able to get some cash out which well .. Payed for a car that was practically brand new (15,500 miles), and still within our budget. It was like WOW .. I'm sure God had everything to do with it. I bought this car from a friend of mine who happens to be a christian and works at a car delaership So God blessed us both.. - A double whammy... I was thanking God immediately.

Our mortgage payment for the most part stayed the same and last week we finally replaced our last broken appliance. At this point, we are caught up with everything that needed fixing/replacing. I 'm hoping next year will go much smoother.

Being thankful is a powerful thing. It goes along way with people and definitely is at the heart of God. So this year , I want to encourage you to find things to be thankful for even if you had a tough year and are still struggling. Thank God for the things you need but do not have. Thank him as if you already have received them.

posted by Dave Panico on 11/19/2010

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This review of my CD JoyRid'N has been published at www.smoothjazz.eu/index2.php...

A discovery for sacred and secular music lovers.

Although saxophonist, flutist and composer Dave Panico, better known as "The Soaring Saxman", has a Christian background, this doesn't interferes his playing on his debut album. But make no mistake, his music is firmly rooted in his faith. Dave composed every track himself. 'When 2 R 1' opens as a piece of mellow smooth jazz, uplifting and a "feel good" song. The title track follows in the same vein, but it's 'Fly With Me' that steals the show with it's mid-tempo. "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink" comes out of the Bible and served as the inspiration for 'Come All Who Are Thirsty'. This mid-tempo song has vocals by Ah'Lee Robinson. After that Dave takes off to the tropics with the exotic 'Bumba-Way (A Fathers Joy)'. Here he switches to the flute, and on the equally tropical sounding 'Samba', he swings with the sounds of Brazil. This is one of the best tracks on the album. But 'Just Me and My Friend' is also fun to listen to. Then Dave switches to contemporary jazz on 'Surrender'. On hearing the first notes of 'Perseverance' I think of the Native Indians of North America. But if you're more into some funk, like I do, then 'Sweet Aroma' is right up your alley. Dave closes with another sacred inspired song, 'Sending In Judah', named after the response from God after the death of Joshua. But make no mistake, this is up-tempo track. A discovery for sacred and secular music lovers.

Patrick Van de Wiele

posted by Dave Panico on 04/30/2010

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Victor Gentile who has a 24 hour internet Radio at www.kingdomairwaves.org was kind enough to post this blog about my JoyRid'n cd.

This was published at http://vicsmediaroom.wordpress.com/

I think Jesus plays the Saxaphone. I have no Biblical proof of this statement, you understand, but we do know for sure that He likes the Saxaphone why else would He have created it? We know that Jesus loves Dave Panico why else would He have created him and when we put Saxaphone together with Dave Panico we have a perfect blend that Jesus doubly loves.

The saxophone is considered a member of the woodwind family and is usually made of brass. Under Holy Spirit inspiration the saxophone was invented by Adolphe Sax in 1841 so God had to wait a real long time before Dave Panico could come along and learn how to play it. But learn how to play it he did and God's patience was rewarded.

The name of Dave Panico's new CD is "Joy Rid'n and it, most assuredly is a joy and quite a ride. This is music to soothe your soul. Had a bad day? Put on this CD and let the music gently wash away all the abrasive that came into your life and be refreshed. There are eleven songs on this CD and each one of them is a winner. You will want to hear them all and then once the Cd is finished you will want to play it again. It is that good!

Of all the songs do I have a favorite? That is like asking a father which of his children is his favorite. All of them are his favorite. However there is one song that I like to listen to more than the others and that is the 6th song, "Samba". Even if you don't dance this song will lift you from your chair and move your feet. All of these songs will move you into the presence of God and let praise rise from your soul.

God loves Dave Panico and his soaring Saxaphone and you will also. You can listen to his music on the CDBaby website www.SoarinGSaxman.com

posted by Dave Panico on 07/17/2009

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This past Thanksgiving became an adventure on Sunday afternoon coming home from visiting our relatives. The trip normally takes us 4.5 hours but this time it took us 8 hours.

Sunday morning I went to church and had a great time of worshipping and praising God. This church was located near where my relatives live. I felt really good coming out of church on Sunday. After church I went to my relative's house and started packing for our trip home. It was about 2:30pm when we left to go home.

As we were driving, I did see some light snow flurries but the roads seemed to be okay to drive on. Into an hour or so of driving, the traffic came to a stop and started crawling at a very slow pace. After about 40 minutes of this, and me getting very irritated, I drove off on an exit and tried to find a road that would parallel the highway. We ventured off the expressway for awhile and then decided to get back on the interstate only to find out that the traffic was still creeping. I was getting a bit more frustrated and irritated. The traffic finally cleared and we were finally able to drive at normal highway speed. So we are cruising nicely for about 20 minutes when the traffic came to a complete dead stop again. This time the traffic was moving even slower than it was before. Okay, I was just in church praising God this morning and I'm practically beyond my patience at this point. We had a long way to go and didn't get very far in terms of mileage. The nearest exit was maybe 2 miles up and the traffic was barely moving at 5 miles an hour with long stops in between. So what seemed like a very long time, we got to the exit, got off and drove into a gas station. It was around 5:00 5:30pm. We got gas, got a map, and got some snacks. We were only 60 70 miles into our trip at this point. We heard from people at the gas station that were accidents some 70 miles up the road on the interstate. We looked at the map and mapped out back roads that went parallel to the interstate. By this time it was very dark and cloudy with snow continuing to fall. Luckily the snow wasn't sticking. We were now cruising nicely on this back road without all the congestion. We connected to another road that became very twisty and windy. The streets were not lit and the small towns that we passed didn't seem to have any lights on in their home. Gas stations were no where to be seen. If they were, their lights were off.

So after about an hour or so on this twisty/windy road my 4 year old son decides to throw up all over himself. Oh #@@! I thought to myself. My 14 year old son and 9 year old daughter were making all the eeeewww noises and holding their noses. My wife is telling me to pull of. I'm on this twisty winding road. It's very dark. Snow is coming down harder and I can't see driveways or any place to pull over. I wasn't going to pull over on the shoulder because it would have been too dangerous. So I kept driving until I could find something. About 15 minutes later I see a sign that says there is a town 1 mile up the road. So I thought maybe there might be a gas station there. We get to this town and sure enough no gas station. We pulled into a big parking by the post office lot to stop. We all got out of the car and tried to clean up my 4 year old and of course we don't have any napkins, wetwipes, tissues or anything to clean him up with. Yuck!!!. I then look up the road and noticed that there is a church up the road that we passed with its lights on. It seemed to be the only building around that had its lights on. I told my wife, let's drive there and see if it's open. We drove to the church and parked in the parking lot. I went up to the door and was glad that it was open. I walked in and I was glad a service was not in session because the entrance leads right into the middle of the sanctuary. I heard people talking in the back room and then went in and introduced myself. I mentioned that we have been driving a long time and my 4 year old threw up and asked if we can use their washroom. The pastor and a few other people there were having a prayer session and welcomed us in. They gave us rags, napkins and whatever we needed to clean up the car and my 4 year old son. So our entire family came in and sat down in one of the pews while my wife went to clean up my 4 year old son. We had a very nice conversation with the people there getting to know one another. The pastor asked my kids about things they like to do and where we went to church and etc.. We connected. After my wife came out of the washroom with my son, the Pastor asked me if he could pray for us and anoint our heads with oil for a safe journey home. I said to myself "Wow. This is too God!!" I told him that I would appreciate that very much. So he prayed for us each individually and while praying he anointed each of us with oil. Afterwards our family prayed for them and their church. It was a great time of prayer and fellowship. We hugged and thanked them and continued our journey back to our home. We arrived home at 10:30pm very tired.

When I ponder this experience, it's always to see things after rather than during. Was it God's plan to meet with wonderful folks at this church? If it was then I am thankful that God had his way with me even when I was irritated and frustrated and wanted to possibly go another way. If it wasn't God's plan then I am thankful that God provided this wonderful oasis in the midst of frustration, irritation, and the other trials of that evening. Being that it was thanksgiving, I am thankful for this church, the fellowship and God's provision and comfort.

Oh, did I mention that this small church that sits on a twisty/windy road that we ran into,(with a 4 year old with throw up on him), on a dark, cloudy, snowy night that seemed to be the only place around that had its lights on is called Beacon Baptist Church!!

posted by Dave Panico on 12/14/2008

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Sax, clarinet and flute player Dave Panico has his music rooted firmly in his faith yet although his brand new album 'Joy Rid'N' displays some palpably religious connections this never gets in the way of the great vibe that his playing routinely generates. Consequently 'Joy Rid'N' is a recording that should appeal to both sacred and secular audiences alike.

Panico started out his performing and recording career in the Chicago area where he enjoyed a seat in the orchestra and studio band of Willow Creek Community Church. It was here that Dave took his love of ministering and combined it with his passion for music. John Carlson, Music Director at Willow Creek recalls that "Dave was a talented, enthusiastic, and treasured musician who was equally at home as a soloist or as member of Willow Creek's horn section". Currently residing in Kansas City, MO, with his wife and three children, Dave regularly enthralls audiences with his fine playing and along the way has picked up the Instrumental Artist of the Year Award at the 2007 Kansas City Christian Music Awards.

'Joy Rid'N' opens up with 'When 2 R 1' which, as well as being a great example of picture perfect smooth jazz, is both mellow and uplifting at the same time. When Panico switches to flute for the distinctly tropical 'Bumba Way' the result is just as pleasing and the frothy 'Samba' has a title that describes it to perfection. It's a tune that might just call 'Dancing With The Stars' to mind while, in complete contrast, 'Surrender' is a slice of regulation contemporary jazz that will sound good in a live setting or on radio. The tight funky 'Sweet Aroma' benefits Steve Taylor's edgy guitar and, when Panico reaches for something totally different, his atmospheric flute on 'Perseverance' evokes images of Native America. Of the more overtly religious offerings, 'Sending In Judah' is both jazzy and up tempo while 'Come All Who Are Thirsty' glides on a pleasant mid tempo vibe and features inspiring vocals from Ah'Lee Robinson.

'Fly With Me' flows like a cool stream and a Smooth Jazz Therapy favorite is the deliciously melodic title cut. With an aura to make it stand out from the crowd, the tune is a terrific example of Panico's art yet even better is 'Just Me And My Friend'. Attractively warm with a mid tempo groove this is arguably the albums best track.

Panico names Warren Hill, Dave Koz and Richard Elliot among his current influences and on the evidence of 'Joy Rid'N' there is no reason why, with time, he should not join his heroes in the upper echelons of smooth jazz.

For more on Dave Panico go to http://www.soaringsaxman.com/

posted by Dave Panico on 11/24/2008

The HOT!!! NEW Smooth Jazz CD JoyRid'N is HERE !!! Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Wow. It's finally here and it's hot. I hope that those of you reading this will or already have listened to the tracks on the new cd "JoyRid'N. One thing about this cd is that it is NOT boring. There is plenty of variety of styles that will keep you listening. Here is a write up of the songs and the visions behind them:

1) When 2 R 1 (Genesis 2:24)

For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.
This was written for my Brother Dan's Wedding back in June of 2007. They were totally surprised and loved it.

Style: Smooth Jazz

2) Joy Rid'N
Too many people are without knowing the Joy of the Lord. As Christians, we need to be cruising down our
neighborhoods/area of influence and be that light that shines so people can know that joy. There's always room
for one more in this vehicle.

Style: Smooth Jazz

3) Fly With Me

Style: Smooth Jazz

4) Come, All who Are Thirsty (John 7:37)
On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me
and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him."

During the time that this took place, most teachers would stay seated and teach. When someone would stand, it really
meant something important. I believe Jesus looked around the room and he saw all the people and he saw everything
they were going through. He saw their sin, grief, anguish, joy, all of it. And he looked at them with Love and
compassion and knew they were dry spiritually and offered the living water.

Style: Gospel

5) Bumba-Way
This started out as a silly song I used to sing to my son when he was 3 or 4. When I was driving, he would be in the
back seat in his car seat. I would start singing Bumba-Way to him and then he would start singing it back. I did the same
with my daughter and now my youngest son. I think about that experience and think about that we are in the back seat
and God is driving and he is singing to us and we're singing back to him connecting in a cool way. It then occurred to
me that our children are our joy and we are the joy of God. We are his prize. So I would define BUmba-Way as "A
Father's Joy'". The truth here is , it doesn't matter who we are or what circumstances brought us into this world. It
doesn't matter who our parents are . good or bad. YOU ARE THE FATHERS JOY and you have a full inheritance waiting
for you. Go grab it.... BUMBA-WAY...

Style: Calypso/island ... Yah Man

6) Samba
Style: Latin

7) Just Me And My Friend (Luke 24:13 33)
I think about how sometimes Jesus just wants to hang out with us. I'm not talking about approaching us as a deity even
though he is , but rather coming to us as an ordinary guy. Maybe he wants to take a walk with you or gio shopping with
you or ride a bike with you. He wants to be our friend on our level. I think about how Jesus walked disguised with two
men on the road to Emmaus. It's recorded in Luke 24:13 - 33

...When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their
eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, "Were not
our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?"

Style: Smooth Jazz/Latin

8) Surrender
This Is a song of letting go.

Style: New Age

9) Perseverance (Romans 5:3 - 5)
Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;
perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his l
love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

The Christian walk is a constant battle. At times we feel like giving up. This is a song about the struggle , the fight , and
the victory. A perfect example is Jesus praying the night before going to the cross. He could have ran but asked for
strength from his father. He received that strength and then the words came out of his mouth "Not my will but your

Style: New Age (played on a Native Flute)

10) Sweet Aroma (2 Cor 2:15)
For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.

Style: Sweet Smooth Jazz

11) Sending In Judah (Judges 1:1,2)
After the death of Joshua, the Israelites asked the LORD, "Who will be the first to go up and fight for us against the
The LORD answered, "Judah is to go; I have given the land into their hands."
I love this as why Judah was to go first. Read it here in Genesis 29:31-35

When the LORD saw that Leah was not loved, he opened her womb, but Rachel was barren. 32 Leah became
pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Reuben, for she said, "It is because the LORD has seen my misery.
Surely my husband will love me now."
33 She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, "Because the LORD heard that I am not loved, he
gave me this one too." So she named him Simeon.
34 Again she conceived, and when she gave birth to a son she said, "Now at last my husband will become attached
to me, because I have borne him three sons." So he was named Levi.
35 She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, "This time I will praise the LORD." So she named
him Judah.Then she stopped having children.

It's so cool that when the battle was to be fought, PRAISE marched in first!!! Praise is our weapon....

Style: Blues Rock

So there you have it. ENJOY!!!! and thanks for listening

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posted by Dave Panico on 08/27/2008

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On Sunday August 24, 2008 I had the privilege to be a part of the Charlie Parker Memorial Celebration here in Kansas City. This event happens every year and is open for anyone who wants to come. For those of you who don't know who Charlie Parker is/was, he was/is a legendary saxophonist and composer. He lived from August 29, 1920 to March 12, 1955 and is widely considered one of the most influential of jazz musicians. He wasn't only great but was innovative. As someone put it, "Charlie Parker is to Jazz Music as Albert Einstein is to Science". He not only saw the 4 walls in the room but created new doors within those walls with the color of his music. Charlie "The Bird" Parker is a true legend where his music is still heard to this day.

As part of the tribute, sax players/musicians would stand around Charlie Parker's grave and play a tune he wrote entitled "Now's The Time". It was so cool to be standing next to some of the great sax players in the KC area and jamming it out with them. The local media was there where I even got my picture in the paper. Free Publicity - WOW!!.
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As I was standing over his grave and heard people giving tributes, I thought about the music I write. The questions came to my mind, "Am I following what's been done or creating new sounds where others will follow?" It's great to be good but Legendary to be truly innovative.

"The Soaring Saxman"

posted by Dave Panico on 08/25/2008

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A Gift From God

This happened to me several years ago but it still has an impact on me now and probably for the rest of my life.

The year was June 1990 and I have been married for 2 years. We had no children at this point and both my wife and I were working 2 professional jobs. I just recently started a new job. My previous job I held for 7 years where I was a field engineer for a computer company in the Chicago area. Being a field engineer, I was always in the car driving around dealing with traffic congestions and having to be on call to drive out any time during the night or early morning hours. Now this job did have some major benefits. One being is that they provided a company car. So I had no car payments, no insurance payments or no repair payments. The company even paid for the Gas. Not a bad deal. I even was able to use the car for personal use. The car did have the company logo on it and the car was replaced every 50000 miles. But after 7 years of fighting traffic, it was time for me to move on. I just didn't like being a field engineer anymore.

In 1990, I started a new job that provided more money. It was an engineering type job where I was at one place all day. This was a nice change. I needed it. This job was close enough to home where I was able to ride my bike to work from time to time. I was even allowed to wear jeans. Wow!! This was cool. I really liked this job. It was nice not to be driving everywhere and not have to be on call. I felt I was able to breathe a bit. With this new job, I needed to get my own car. So we bought a brand new car. With the extra income and being newly married, my wife and I decided it was time to move into a bigger house. We were currently living in a small house that I purchased before we got married. So we went house hunting and found a really nice house. So then we moved into the newer house. So here I was a new job that I enjoyed with a good income, a new car, a newer larger house, and no kids. I can stop right here and say this is the great gift from God. It was a gift that I was thankful for but the real Gift didn't come until April 1991, which was less than a year after receiving this great job.

In April 1991, I was given the notice that budgets were tight and I was going to be laid off. I was devastated. It hit me hard. I did receive 2 weeks pay but finding a job would be tough, I didn't find a job until March of 1992. That's almost a year later. Here I am with new car payments, larger mortgage payments, and no job. Was this a gift from God?.... Keep reading...

During this time, I did receive unemployment and continued to look for work. I did have interviews and kept making phone calls and sending out resumes. I did not have a home computer and there was no internet at this time. Now this was April, right before the summer. I loved the summer. Without going to work everyday, I needed to engage my mind in something other than job hunting. So I picked up the bible and started reading the book of proverbs. I would read, study and then memorize some of the passages. After my job searches, I would get on my bike and start to ride. As I rode, I would recite proverbs. Initially, I would ride 20 30 miles. This became a routine. I would read more proverbs and continually to memorize. My bike rides would continue to increase and while riding, I would continue to recite all the proverbs I memorized. I was riding 50-60-70 miles while reciting pages of proverbs.

During this time while I was unemployed, my wife was working and received 3 promotions, which did include pay increases. I received unemployment and we did continue to tithe. We did have savings, but we never had to tap into our savings to pay the mortgage, or car payments. We didn't save but we didn't go into debt. I admit there were times I felt depressed about not having a job but I went back to memorizing proverbs, riding my bike and continue to keep looking for employment.

In the fall of 1991, I did my first century ride, which is a 100-mile bike ride. I always thought about doing it but never thought I'd be able to. In April, there was no way I thought I could do a 100-mile bike ride but I did. I was excited about doing it. It was a great sense of accomplishment. While doing it, the book of proverbs was right there with me.. In my head.

In the winter months, it became tough because I couldn't be outside on my bike. I still studied the bible, job hunted, and exercised. I started working on puzzles to keep my mind engaged.

In March 1992, I finally did get a good job. It was nice to have employment but I did miss the freedom I had everyday. On a regular basis I ponder and still think about that summer of 1991. Should I have been upset about being laid off and it taking so long to find employment? Should I have been upset all the money and things I could have had if I would have been working? Should I have been excited about completing my first 100-mile bike ride? Or should I have been thankful for a precious gift that God gave me? What Gift you say? It's the gift of time. I didn't realize it then but God wanted to spend time with me one on one. He took me out and connected with me personally through the book of proverbs. He had me where there were no distractions of kids, jobs, etc.. It was true quality time with God. It was a time I enjoyed. I love summer and love riding my bike and God chose summer and my bike to connect with me. He provided during that time for us financially and emotionally. When I think about that time, I am so thankful for that time and how precious it was. I didn't feel I did anything to deserve this precious gift. He chose me. In Psalm 4:3, it says "Know that the LORD has set apart the godly for himself". Believe me, I didn't feel godly, but whatever the reason was, God chose me to spend time with and I still ponder that time even today.

"The Soaring Saxman"

posted by Dave Panico - on 11/07/2007

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It's exciting to see the hand of God's favor. In this month's issue of CCM there is an article about me on page 60. My name also appears on the front cover. This is awesome. Check it out www.ccmmagazine.com or pick a copy up at your christian book sore.

I am in the process of recording my new smooth jazz cd. Only 2 more songs left. It's going to be hot. One of the songs is going to be a new age piece performed on an Indian flute I bought a few years ago from a Cherokee reservation. I've used this flute on other peoples recording so I decided to write a new age piece to feature the flute. It will be a cool Vibe!!. You can hear the flute on the song called "I Could Sing Of Your Love" which is on my current CD "Soar". Check it out at www.indieheaven.com/artists/davepanico. This whole cd will be hot. I have some wonderful producers working on this.

God has opened up doors with other bands that I have been performing with. I have done some concerts with Connie Whitlock and Airborne along with performing at churches where a full choir would sing while I play. A really cool experience.

I also had a chance to meet the group Young Harmony. Jonathan and Ginger are a great bunch of people. Not only talented but they have a powerful ministry. Jonathan evn gave me the tracks for his songs. So I am working on one of those songs for my concerts comming up.

God bless and let the Lord lead.


posted by Dave Panico on 10/03/2007