Grace at arms is:
Cooper: lead guitar.
Bastion: the rest.
Live set includes JoshE.
Contact GRACE@ARMS at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Grace@Arms thanks
Ben Sowards, Jamin Mahoney, Oasis CD Manufacturing, Pat Gibbs, Butler University, David Nantz, Nantz Photography, Desiree Kuenkele, Josh Ellison, Abigail Robison, Susanna Foxworthy, Jim McShirley, Jonna Lindqvist, Jamie Cory, Janice Crider, Devon Bell, Chad Bell, Ava Bell, Brody Bell, Peter Crim, Andrea
Seth Kinnett, John A. Sweigart III, John Doug Thompson, Kristin Crider, Kelly Crider, Kacey Furguson, Jason Howard, Vicki McShirley, Greg Crider, Rita Crider, Tyler Mastin, Alex Carter, Katy Carter, Josh Guibault, Amber Dollins
- Bastion’s Acknowledgments
My friends, family, supporters, and fans, I will keep updating these thanks, but I’ll never be able to cover you all or cover you all in the depth that I want. I’m going to keep adding to this list, though, so to those not yet included, thank you endlessly for your support. This band is my heart exposed. I can’t explain how incredible it feels to connect with you.
Milo, I still remember your call, one week after I had purchased the latest version of ProTools in 2008, recorded a demo of The Way I Like To Rock, and mailed it to you. “You just bought a new studio? Okay, I just bought a new drum set. Now we’re either rockstars or we’re chumps.” After two decades of wanting it and striving for it, but somehow failing to want it bad enough to just force it to happen, your ultimatum ignited our effort. It wasn’t that opening line that has propelled me through this, though. The real motivation came when you said, “being a lawyer or an eye doctor is HARD! We’re accomplishing things that are extremely difficult. They just don’t feel hard because the road is already paved. We just close our eyes and hold the collar in front of us. Rockstars, though? That’s easy for us. That’s what we do in our free time. That’s how we live and how we think. The only hard part is that we can’t get there without taking a risk.” Well, here we are, three years later, finally poised to succeed the way we’ve meant to succeed. Our way. Our terms. I’m lucky to have you as a brother. I am a greater person because I have you as a friend.
Ben Sowards, Chrysalis absolutely would not exist if it weren’t for you. Your intensity, enthusiasm, talent, and friendship have been irreplaceable. Chrysalis and the website both look spectacular and I am extremely proud of both. I came to you with a world in my head and you not only helped me focus that world into an articulable set of images, but you actually inspired that world to grow and develop. Thank you immensely. The production of this album and this website have been constant, draining, and even desperate struggles to learn, to grow, at times to survive, and ultimately to move mountains. I wouldn’t have survived it alone. Thank you for making this possible.
Jamin Mahoney, thank you for the spectacular job you’ve done setting up, programming, and designing the website. I can’t explain how important Grace@Arms is to me and clearly, I haven’t needed to. You’ve exceeded all of my expectations and I will come back to you time and time again. Thank you for giving this project its legs.
Abigail, thanks for your face. Thanks also for your talent, your heart, and your belief in my dream. I needed those more than could ever be expressed.
The Suze, thank you for adding so much excitement to everything you touch. Thank you also for keeping Milo company. It’s gotta be tough going on THAT many vacations.
Pat Gibbs, thank you for all the help getting those drum, acoustic, and vocal tracks down! Chrysalis wouldn’t be here if you weren’t.
Desire, the In Your Mind demon’s costume looked amazing (and it ended up looking pretty good at GenCon too)! Thank you so much for all the help!
Mom, thank you for painting such a beautiful world. Obviously, your talents at musical and visual-art have, to some degree, manifested in me and I am immensely thankful for that, but more importantly, you taught me how to love and develop those abilities. I have never felt confined in artistic realms because of you. Today, as I stand atop the mountain I have moved and look across the mountain range yet to re-design, I am unafraid. You are a grasshopper. Thank you for teaching me to fiddle.
Dad, thank you for teaching me patience, calculation, and the value of hard work. You’ve taught me to stay grounded without becoming confined and how to commit myself to finishing the race without failing to enjoy the run. Without both of those, I may never have been able to dream this dream and more importantly, I could never have made this dream real.
Kristin, your mind is one of the most powerful machines I’ve ever encountered. Thank you for spending so much of your genius on my music, the website, and every other aspect of my life. You are one of few on earth whose advice I take even when I think you’re wrong. Despite our mutual love of language, as I read back over this disjoint “thank you,” I realize there’s no way I can reduce my admiration or my appreciation into mere words, beautiful as they may be. Thank you, Cousin.
Kelly, your empathy, honesty, and genuine kindness are unrivaled. Ugh… there’s no way to capture the subtle but resounding influence that you have had on my music and my decisions. You are made of hope and love and until I am able to find a better way to state it, please accept this primitive emoticon as a token of my gratitude:
Swagman, thanks for being our biggest fan. Your heart hasn’t changed since I met you in first grade and I can’t explain what a source of hope, admiration, and inspiration that is for me. Don’t ever lose that innocence, that kindness, or that love.
Seth Kinnett, your enthusiasm for this project and your unrelenting loyalty are irreplaceable. Your excitement has fueled so much more of Chrysalis than you know.
Bob Wood, you are a bridge between real life and imagination. I’ve never had any shortage of big dreams. Thank you for convincing me to make them reality.
Joe and Linda, Jim and Diana, thank you for the sense of coming home that I get every time I walk into your houses. Each of you have provided me with more experience, more inspiration, and more incredible food than I can express (or eat).
A1, thanks for all your love and support! Of course you’re my favorite!
Kasey, your insights were crucial in getting Chrysalis to sound the way it needed to. Thank you for clarity.
Andy Adams, your relentless determination and tireless drive inspire me to work harder and strengthen my resolve, no matter the task in front of me. Thank you for persistence.
Drew Neuman, your heart is pure magma. Watching you has helped me to accept failures as challenges and victories as reasons to keep fighting. Thank you for passion.
Ron Grimes, thank you for teaching me how to think.
Suman, thanks for keeping me alive long enough to get here.
The New Castle Chrysler High School Men’s Soccer Program, thank you for ferocity.
Jared, Emily, thank you for teaching me the value of friendship.
Sara and Joe, thank you for all of your support, for your fascinating knowledge, and for fixing my shower-curtain as only engineers could.
Joe and Jenny, thank you for the support and the welcoming arms.
Susan and John, thank you for your generosity. Your support has meant so much over the years.
Jenny, thank you for having such an incredible heart.
Darcy, thank you for being there no matter what.
Kaitlyn, thank you for being such a source of such quiet, but endless strength.
Mastin, thanks for being there when I needed you most (and at all other times as well).
Deputy Prosecutor Michael J. Mahoney, this is the section where I tell you what I think of you, and I’m stating a fact: Your sarcasm keeps me grounded, but you always make me feel like there’s no way this can fail. Thank you for confidence.
NC, Colgate, IU, all of my friends and family whom I haven’t yet mentioned: Thank you. I love you. Let’s rock.
- Milo’s Acknowledgments
Thank you Sebastion, for the creativity and determination that made this band possible.
Thank you Dad, for never ceasing to be my finest example.
Mom- You and I are normal, everyone else is nuts. Thanks.
Thank you Susanna, for showing me that each day can be the greatest of our lives.
Thank you Dr. Smith, for having my back, over, and over, and….
Thank you Cole, for teaching me to focus on what’s important.
Thank you E Robbins, for making everything a celebration.
Thank you Dan, for choosing a unique path and succeeding.
Thank you Douglass, for the hospitality, the fun, and the friendship.
Thank you Drew, for inspiring by example.
Thank you Tommy Jr, for never compromising.
Thank you David, for never being too “Big” for camaraderie.
Thank you Mac, for being my hero.
Thank you Michner, for being larger than life.
Thank you Jumpman, for being there at the beginning.
Thank you drummers Jeremy and Jay, from whom I’ll continue to learn.
My friends from NC, Butler, DC, NY, and IU who rock- to all of you, thanks.
- Friends and Contributors
Jamin Mahoney, our spectacular web developer, without whom this website would not exist:
Dave Nantz, who has helped the band with numerous photo shoots:
Bastion’s friend Jonna, about whom he wrote Coming to Find You:
Row for Hope