Crossover Current Communication

September 2020

The Emperor's New Clothes

Group think, mob mentality and attitude are things some think should not have an effect on our perception of reality, but they can influence what we believe is true. Solomon Asch was a Social Psychologist that did some interesting experiments on social influence on perception. The experiment was simple; a line was on a card and on another card were three lines of varying length. One of the lines on the second card was the same length as the line on the first card. A group of people were asked which lines were the same length. The catch was that all but one of the people in the group were actors and were instructed to give the wrong answer. What Acsh found was that the one person that was not an actor would frequently also give the wrong answer, even though it was obviously wrong. The story of the Emperor's New Clothes conveys a similar truth. Even though it was plainly and painfully obvious that the Emperor was naked, individuals in the mob, not wanting to appear stupid, went along with the mob. After all, 'an expert' had informed the mob that the Emperor had amazing golden new clothes...and also made a ton of money off the farce.

We live in a time when messages can go out powerfully from 'experts' and 'the rich and famous' that convey a portrayal of current events that are contrary to what we see with our eyes and hear with our ears. The consequences for refusing to go along with mob are brutal, and for some, fatal.

Another factor that shapes our perception of reality is the orientation of our will. We can be arrogant and rebellious, or humble and open to understanding. When we are coming from a place of arrogance, we tend to see what we want to see because 'we already know'. That dynamic combined with mob mentality create a recipe for massive deception. The prophet Ezekiel spoke about the people of Israel regarding the condition of their community several thousand years ago by writing "They have eyes to see but do not see and ears to hear but do not hear, for they are a rebellious people". Hundred's of years after Ezekiel, Jesus said, "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." I believe it was also a child in the story that could see, and had the courage to say, that the Emperor had no clothes. That child shifted the mob. I'm praying for the increased emergence of that childlike ability to see what's real, hear the truth and courage to stand unshaken by the mob in order to speak the truth. That will help to shift our generation.

Santa Cruz Fires Crisis Intervention

Thank God, I got to go back home after a week of being evacuated. Lots of families lost their homes. My friend, Rich, lost his home. Recovery will happen over a long period of time. There are immediate needs that we're aware of, and there will be ongoing needs we can only speculate about. You can partner with the this effort in several ways, if you’re a local and are interested in the Convergence Center, here are some opportunities:

  • Volunteer to help with donations management and inventory

  • Drivers to deliver donations

  • Hospitality / Volunteer support

  • Facility maintenance - cleaning, trash etc

  • Outreach teams to evacuation centers and hotels

  • Donations and fund-raising (phone calls, networking etc)

  • You can bring donations of tents, new blankets, Bibles, new air mattresses, tarps, beach chairs, phone chargers, socks, men’s sweatshirts, batteries, hair ties, etc.

  • You can donate gift cards in $10- $25 increments (Target, CVS, Home Depot, Safeway)

If you're out of the area you can:

For donations or to volunteer: Contact Heather Goode - hgoode@thepoint.sc

For direct questions: Call the INCIDENT COMMANDER - 831-251-9717

Crossover Sound Waves will also be assisting in recovery efforts, and you can also donate to our organization. The link is towards the bottom of this newsletter.


August, 2020

Iatrogenesis

No, iatrogenesis is not a Genesis cover band, although that is not a bad idea. Iatrogenesis is defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary as " inadvertent and preventable induction of disease or complications by the medical treatment or procedures..." My first gig as a Social Worker in a locked psychiatric unit, I got to see what this looks like first-hand. Anti-psychotic medications were introduced the last half of the previous century and some benefited from these medications and were able to reduce the intensity of psychotic symptoms, thereby reducing the amount of time a person needed to be in a psychiatric hospital. Then I met a client that was being admitted for a medication adjustment for a condition called 'tardive dyskinesia' which causes repetitive, involuntary movements, such as grimacing and eye blinking'. A psychiatrist apparently thought 'more is better' and created this irreversible neurological condition. What I found really sad was that the person mentally was as clear as a bell- no psychotic symptoms. Sometimes the cure can be worse than the original problem being treated.

Medical interventions now go beyond an individual Doctor treating an individual client. We are currently being 'treated' for a virus as a nation by medical experts and politicians. Don't get me wrong; the vulnerable need real protection from this virus. However, it seems that a 'more is better' approach is being enforced. The outcome of this 'treatment plan' has a few unintended consequences- the stuff of iatrogenesis. Depression, anxiety, suicide, domestic violence, child abuse, substance abuse and unemployment are all exponentially on the rise. Add civil unrest to the mix and a natural disaster or two (like our fires in Santa Cruz County) and the iatrogenic effects amplify. All we need is a miracle, and that's where faith in God comes into the mix.

Santa Cruz Fires Crisis Intervention

These last few days, we have all watched with sadness and shock as lightning sparked hundreds of fires that merged to become a massive fire in our beautiful Santa Cruz County community. Tens of thousands have been evacuated, and many have lost their homes, or find themselves uncertain of their future.

Our friends at the Convergence Center have come together to effect a coordinated response which they are calling “ENGAGE THE CRISIS”. Here is your opportunity. You can partner with the this effort in several ways, if you’re a local:

  • Volunteer to help with donations management and inventory

  • Drivers to deliver donations

  • Hospitality / Volunteer support

  • Facility maintenance - cleaning, trash etc

  • Communications and Social Media

  • Outreach teams to evacuation centers (Prayer, ministry, worship, connection)

  • Donations and fund-raising (phone calls, networking etc)

  • You can bring donations of tents, new blankets, Bibles, new air mattresses, tarps, beach chairs, phone chargers, socks, men’s sweatshirts, batteries, hair ties, etc.

  • You can donate gift cards in $10- $25 increments (Target, CVS, Home Depot, Safeway)

If you're out of the area you can:

Who do you contact?

For donations or to volunteer: Contact Heather Goode - hgoode@thepoint.sc

For direct questions: Call the INCIDENT COMMANDER - 831-251-9717



July, 2020

This is a great song from a great album (Who's Next' by the Who) and it reminds me of something we're working on now. Here's the back story.

I had this idea back in 1992 for a coffee house that would be a music venue. I had a name for it. I called it 'Triage Cafe'. I still have the sketches I made from back then and some vision statements of what it would be like. I did a prototype in the back room of a Vineyard church that was located in an industrial complex. We had a few bands play there, but I had met the woman who would become my wife, and my focus changed.

Fast forward to the early 90s and our family was going to another church called Gateway in Orange County, CA. We did not have our own facility so we set up and tore down every Sunday. I oversaw the sound trailer and towed the gear to and from our main office. I had started a group that was the precursor to Crossover Sound Waves. It was called Crossover Network back then. We were a group that supported each other playing music out in the community. I had the idea of equipping the trailer with a generator and playing open air gigs. I made diagrams, but never did it.

Fast forward to now. One of our board members, Ron Scadina, has a food truck and we're planning to make it into a mobile coffee truck and equip it with a sound system so that bands can play open air concerts in the community. We need some support and are looking for donations to make this happen. We need a generator and a PA system, among other things. If you'd like to sow into this work, please contact us or make a donation. You can help by clicking this link: PayPal.Me/CrossoverSoundWaves. We appreciate your prayers for this project.

Focus and Labels

June, 2020

If you've ever watched a really good magician, you've experienced the perceptual manipulation of what you believe to be real. Capitalizing on specific ways to manipulate perception is how they do things that defy imagination. One technique magicians use is misdirection. We are manipulated to focus on one thing while the magician is doing the 'trick' where we are not focusing. I had a smart boss several years back who would use the 'shiny object' metaphor in reference to similar phenomenon related to the limitations of our perceptual capacity, specifically in relations to our news media. 'Breaking News' is an example of a 'shiny object' that grabs our attention.

Other ways to alter perceptions are described in cognitive behavioral therapy as cognitive distortions. Normally these are used to identify how a person's thinking contributes to a depressed emotional state. One example of such a distortion is 'Magnification' or 'Catastrophizing' which involves exaggerating the meaning, importance or likelihood of things. A person stuck in this way of thinking may go through a painful breakup and thereby conclude 'No one will ever love me...I'm in Hell'. However, I don't believe this sort of phenomenon is limited to psychotherapy. I see some of these same 'distortions' in our media at times. Sometimes I wonder when so much focus is placed on a 'shiny object' that has been catastrophically magnified for an extended period of time, what are we missing that is going on where we are not looking.

'Labeling' and 'Mislabeling' is another example of a cognitive distortion. This is a type overgeneralization that involves assigning judgments of value to ourselves or others based on one instance or experience (for a more complete listing of cognitive distortions, click here). This kind of thinking in the context of cognitive behavioral therapy is a negative label. An example would be making a mistake in one situation and labeling oneself as a 'hopeless idiot'. Once again, I think this concept has broader application that can produce other types of negative results. As I write, we are experiencing civil unrest in reaction to a tragic and well publicized death. The legitimate protests have to do with demanding justice for the victim. The 'labeling' distortion can be seen as certain media outlets are labeling all associated activities as 'protest'.

I saw an interview of a man, a retired firefighter, who spent his entire life savings to start a bar. He was about to open when the 'shelter in place' order was issued. He was advised by his insurance broker to suspend insuring his business until this order was lifted, and he followed the advice. A group of 'protesters' smashed the windows to the bar, firebombed his establishment and his dream burned to the ground- a total loss. Like George Floyd, this is an African-American man that lost everything. Certain media outlets will choose to label this as 'protest', deciding to eliminate more accurate descriptors like rioting, vandalism, arson and terrorism to describe these behaviors in their reporting. Such labels do not seem to fit with the paradigm, or narrative that the writers of such news outlets wish to convey. It would seem be criminal for them to make these sorts of criminal distinctions. If someone in the media calls it 'protest', that's what it becomes. Unfortunately, many will buy this media slight of hand and it will become their magical truth. More reactivity and mindless injustice will be the inevitable result.

Using cognitive behavioral techniques to address and overcome depression requires work and critical thought. These same sorts of skills are necessary in evaluating the quality of the messages we are bombarded with by some in our media. Ultimately, love is the antidote for fear, and truth spoken in love will keep us from being "tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there...by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming" (most of Ephesians 4: 14 and some of 15).


Steeped Coffee Featured on the 'Ellen' Show

Ellen DeGeneres recently featured 'Steeped Coffee' as part of her Be Kind campaign. You can also help support our healthcare heroes by gifting 5, 10, or 30 Steeped Coffee Packs. They will match every gift, pack for pack, and deliver directly to front line healthcare workers across California. Click here for details.

Wake Up Call Work Out Warriors

We are still sheltering in place, but we will be moving to 'phase 3' which will open up gyms. Here's some gear we'll be carrying shortly to help with the workout. I occasionally posting workout videos in a Facebook Group called 'Wake Up Workout Warriors'. It's also a place to post prayer requests. Gear up with your body, mind, soul and spirit.

Music and Media on a Mission

Our playlist is on YouTube so you can listen to our tunes.

Proceeds from the music promoted by Crossover Sound Waves (CSW) also helps to provide grants to assist families and individuals to overcome housing-related crises. You can also hear CSW tunes on SoundCloud by clicking the link. They're also on www.crossoversoundwaves.com for listening. We make a little more when you purchase downloads through our AmazonSmile account.

My Facebook fundraiser for my birthday was a success. Thanks for donating, if you did. If not, there's still opportunity.

Are you interested in things the Bible says will happen towards the end of the world? I've uploaded a second revision of 'Aren't All Israelites Jews?' which is available for download for $2.99 (fewer typos included) at Amazon.com as a Kindle book. Purchase it through our AmazonSmile account.


It is inevitable that we will see an increase in housing-related crises in light of recent events. If you would like to make a donation to help people get into a Sober Living Environment, or with rental assistance, click on the logo below to donate through PayPal.

Thanks,

James Jurado

May, 2020: Transitional Vehicles

I did an album with some friends years ago. We were going to form a band and we needed a name. My song writing buddy, Pete Welty, came up with the name 'Lebo', which in Hebrew means 'entrance'. The pic above was the album cover created by a friend named Ken Shaw. Unfortunately, nothing ever came of the band, but the idea that we are entering into a time of transition that will bring us to a new era has brought this memory back to the fore.

I've been thinking about the story of Noah's Ark and the metaphorical meaning of an 'ark'. You know the story. The world was a certain way and had been operating that way for a long time. Suddenly, a cataclysmic change happened all over the world. Eight people entered the ark where they were sheltered and protected for a period of time. When it was safe to come out, the world had changed. It was a huge reset.

The time we're in seems to hold some parallels. We are in our 'arks' waiting for the governing authorities to tell us when it's safe to come out. As this happens, the world will likely be a little different when we re-emerge. We'll be in a new era and experience a reset of sorts.

We've all been through these types of transitions on a personal level. I remember what it was like being married with no kids. Then we were expecting. At 9 months we went into an 'ark' called Kaiser Hospital of Bellflower. When we emerged from the 'ark' we had a little boy with us that we named Jeremiah. That was the beginning of a new era. But, this current transition transcends the personal and is being experienced world-wide.

Let our prayers be for love, wisdom, courage and preparation for what awaits us in the next era.

Steeped Coffee Helping Our Medical Workers

The behavioral health care company I work for is considered an 'essential service' by the powers that be. I can give personal testimony to the role of a good cup of coffee on the job. A local coffee company in Scotts Valley, California called 'Steeped Coffee' is stepping up to do their part to keep a steady flow of great coffee to our health care providers. Help support our healthcare heroes by gifting 5, 10, or 30 Steeped Coffee Packs. They will match every gift, pack for pack, and deliver directly to front line healthcare workers across California. Click here for details.

Wake Up Call Work Out Warriors

We are still sheltering in place and I'm occasionally posting workout videos on a Facebook page called 'Wake Up Workout Warriors'. It's also a place to post prayer requests. Let me know if you're interested in being a part of this Facebook group. Gear up with your body, mind, soul and spirit.

Music and Media on a Mission

Our playlist is on YouTube so you can listen to our tunes.

Proceeds from the music promoted by Crossover Sound Waves (CSW) also helps to provide grants to assist families and individuals to overcome housing-related crises.

I'm doing a Facebook fundraiser during May for my birthday. Please check it out and consider making a donation to CSW.

We make a little more when you purchase downloads through our AmazonSmile account. You can also hear CSW tunes on SoundCloud by clicking the link. They're also on www.crossoversoundwaves.com for listening.

I've uploaded a second revision of 'Aren't All Israelites Jews?' which is available for download for $2.99 (fewer typos included) at Amazon.com as a Kindle book. Please purchase it through our AmazonSmile account.


We continue to help people with housing-related crises. If you would like to make a donation to help people get into a Sober Living Environment, or with rental assistance, click on the logo below to donate through PayPal.

Thanks,

James Jurado

The World Has a Virus

March, 2020

What a difference a month makes. We were just hearing about a virus emanating from Wuhan Province in China back in February and now the majority of our Country and much of the world is living under a 'Shelter in Place' order. All but 'essential services' have been shut down and it's unclear how long we'll be in this place. It's like a huge, tragic and expensive reset button. A secondary world wide consequence is anxiety. The world is experiencing a adjustment disorder with anxiety. Fear and anxiety are about reacting to a threat. We all know that some destructive things can emanate from anxiety, like heightened levels of stress, fighting for essential things (like toilet paper), panic and bad myopic and reactive decision making. All diseases react negatively or get worse with this kind of negative stress. It's good to have some strategies to mitigate against fear and anxiety. Here are a few things that work for me:

  • Recovery Breathing- If I'm feeling anxious I breath by inhaling through my nose and exhaling twice as long as it took for me to inhale. If it takes 2 seconds for me to inhale, I exhale for 4 seconds. I have seen people recover from severe panic attack by doing this kind of breathing (it may have taken 5 minutes, but it worked). I also breath this way when exercising and it helps my recovery time. Segue to...

  • Exercise- Working out regularly at least 3 times a week helps with reducing stress and makes you stronger. Like the saying goes "whatever does't kill you makes you stronger'. With the shelter in place order, there is still a provision for walking, jogging and taking hikes, but there are lots of things that can be done at home with little or no gear.

  • Spiritual- Ask God to fill you with His love. In the book of 1st John there is a passages that speak to this. "There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not perfect in love". This can be combined with the recovery breathing by asking God to fill me with His love. I can say out loud "I renounce all fear and anxiety (exhaling) and I receive your love, God (inhaling)".

  • Service- Love is a verb and once it's in us, it needs to go out to other. Find out the needs of those in your sphere of influence and meet their needs. When we focus on serving others, we're not focused on self-preservation, which is part of the function of fear.

We will get through this season and let's purpose to be better for it on the other side.

Wake Up Call Work Out Warriors

We are not able to access the studio where we normally train, so I started doing workout videos on a private Facebook page called 'Wake Up Workout Warriors'. My first one is uploaded. I've never done this before, with the exception of a push up things I did to bring awareness to suicide among our Veterans. That was 21 push ups; this is a whole workout. Let me know if you're interested in being a part of this Facebook group. Graphic artist by the name of Robert Gipson (gipsonarts.com) thas come up with a Wake-up Call Workout logo that will go on a shirt. We'll be creating workout shirts in a couple of months and selling them to support our work with Crossover Sound Waves. I just ordered 5 'prototype' shirts.

Music and Media on a Mission

We have 3 songs from our songwriter group ready to record. We have a studio and some great players to help. I anticipate we'll have all three done by summer.

Our playlist is on YouTube so you can listen to our tunes.

Proceeds from the music promoted by Crossover Sound Waves (CSW) also helps to provide grants to assist families and individuals to overcome housing-related crises. We make a little more when you purchase downloads through our AmazonSmile account. You can also hear CSW tunes on SoundCloud by clicking the link. They're also on www.crossoversoundwaves.com for listening.

I've uploaded a second revision of 'Aren't All Israelites Jews?' which is available for download for $2.99 (fewer typos included) at Amazon.com as a Kindle book. Please purchase it through our AmazonSmile account.


We continue to help people with housing-related crises. If you would like to make a donation to help people get into a Sober Living Environment, or with rental assistance, click on the logo below to donate through PayPal.

Family Is Home

January, 2020

It's amazing to me how quickly our kids have found paths that have taken them to various locations. Our son is in the military. Our middle daughter recently returned from Youth with a Mission in Australia, and is planning to return there in several months. Our youngest is in college in Southern California. Long story short, it's been about 5 years since all of us have been in the same place at the same time. At least our dogs are still hanging out with us. We only had about 4 days when we were all together, but it was well worth it. It's made me think more about what a home is. Home is about the relationships we have with the people we love. It's true, familiar locations are important because our family memories are associated with them. It was great being together with our kids in the house where they grew up, but it's become apparent to me that wherever we are together, it feels like home.

I hope you enjoy some 'home' time over this next year with those that you love.

Workout and Diet

Well-being is important, and many of us are renewing commitments to get healthier. I used to think it was all about working out, but I found myself unable to get to my desired weight for about 10 years. My wife and I were inspired by some friends that obviously found something that worked. We finally got on an eating plan and, lo and behold, we both lost lots of pounds. Lesson learned: it's exercise AND diet.

If you're feeling stuck in this area, I encourage you to give some kind of structured eating plan a shot. I believe you will be pleasantly surprised.

We continue to workout on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 6:10 AM, and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:35 PM to 7:20 PM. It's a 35-minute body, mind, soul and spirit workout. If you're in the area and looking for a quick and effective workout, stop by Valley Martial Arts in Felton, CA. Bring gloves, preferably MMA.

Music and Media on a Mission

Our playlist is on YouTube to listen to our tunes. Proceeds from the music promoted by Crossover Sound Waves (CSW) also helps to provide grants to assist families and individuals to overcome housing-related crises. We make a little more when you purchase through our AmazonSmile account. You can also hear CSW tunes on SoundCloud by clicking the link. They're also on www.crossoversoundwaves.com for listening.

We just finished going through my study guide on the 12 tribes of Israel in our home church. I'm already working on a second revision as a result of this experience. 'Aren't All Israelites Jews?' is available for download for $2.99 (typos included) at Amazon.com as a Kindle book. Please purchase it through our AmazonSmile account.

We continue to help people with housing-related crises. If you would like to make a donation to help people get into a Sober Living Environment, or with rental assistance, click HERE.

December, 2019

Thankfulness

We just got back from visiting family in Southern California. I was raised in a great family and am blessed to have married into a great family. This picture is at my brother and sister in law's house in Orange County. A big chunk of my side of the family was snowed-in up in the Lake Arrowhead area and others couldn't make it due to other commitments, so this all that could make it. We are four generations strong. I am thankful for my family and the family I married into as each person has contributed to build our families into places of love, encouragement and support.

I have found that family goes beyond biological relationships. I am also thankful for the family we are a part of where we live, and the family we have built through strength of relationship that has endured through the years. In our trip to Southern California, my wife and I had the privileged of spending time with a couple who had pastored us for many years when we lived there. They were instrumental in my recovery process and our marriage. I am forever grateful for both of them.

We are also part of a community of friends in Santa Cruz County. We get together weekly to support and encourage each other and have been doing so since 2008.

We don't get to choose the families we are born into, but I am encouraged by the reality that we can build family wherever we are to create places of love, encouragement and support.

Wake Up Call Workout Warriors

Our community of warriors meets on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 6:10 AM, and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:35 PM to 7:20 PM. It's a 35-minute body, mind, soul and spirit workout. If you're in the area and looking for a quick and effective workout, stop by Valley Martial Arts in Felton, CA. Bring gloves, preferably MMA.

Music and Media on a Mission

Our momentum has slowed down over the holidays. I'm hoping we can get the ball rolling again in 2020. Please make your purchases through our Amazon Smile account. The link is below. We are still promoting a surf music album that is a fundraiser for a Sober Living Environment operated by world-class surfer, Flea Virostko. You can get it here: https://thumperpunkrecords.bandcamp.com/album/fleahab-sober-living-environment-benefit-compilation.

Check out 'Devils in the Details' by 'Craig's Brother'. 'Craig's Brother' also has lots of other albums. Check these releases out, and consider making the purchase through our AmazonSmile account.

Our playlist is on YouTube to listen to our tunes. Proceeds from the music promoted by Crossover Sound Waves (CSW) also helps to provide grants to assist families and individuals to overcome housing-related crises. We make a little more when you purchase through our AmazonSmile account. You can also hear CSW tunes on SoundCloud by clicking the link. They're also on www.crossoversoundwaves.com for listening.

We just finished going my study guide in our home church. I'm already working on a second revision as a result of this experience. 'Aren't All Israelites Jews?' is available for download for $2.99 (typos included) at Amazon.com as a Kindle book. Please purchase it through our AmazonSmile account.

We also are doing Facebook Fundraiser. If you'd like to check it out, click HERE.

We continue to help people with housing-related crises. If you would like to make a donation to help people get into a Sober Living Environment, or with rental assistance, click HERE.

Unplugged

Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) took preemptive emergency measures in Santa Cruz County because of the predicted 'wind event' in our County. It's true that to north of us, there is a fire and significant winds have fueled that fire. The same thing is happening in Southern California with the Santa Ana Winds stirring up trouble. But there were no fires in Silicon Valley or bordering Santa Cruz County. None the less, our Counties and lots of other counties with no fire...or wind, went without power for days.

Sunday morning comes along and we have no sound system. All our wireless and fancy gear was rendered useless. Someone confirmed seeing a leaf moving several feet due to the 'wind condition' providing further evidence and validation of this drastic move to cut power. We needed to adjust, so we went unplugged- no mics, no speakers, no PowerPoint- just acoustic guitars, our voices, a djembe and some handouts with lyrics. We had a great time. It sort of put things back into perspective regarding what really matters.

Wake Up Call Workout Warriors

It's still on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 6:10 AM, and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:35 PM to 7:20 PM. It's a 35-minute body, mind, soul and spirit workout. If you're in the area and looking for a quick and effective workout, stop by Valley Martial Arts in Felton, CA. Bring gloves, preferably MMA.

Music on a Mission

Here's a rehash of the music we were promoting last month. If you buy them through our Amazon Smile account we all benefit. One release is a surf music album that is a fundraiser for a Sober Living Environment operated by world-class surfer, Flea Virostko. You can get it here: https://thumperpunkrecords.bandcamp.com/album/fleahab-sober-living-environment-benefit-compilation. The other release is 'Devils in the Details' by Craig's Brother. Check these releases out, and consider making the purchase through our AmazonSmile account.

Please check out our playlist on YouTube to listen to our tunes. Proceeds from the music promoted by Crossover Sound Waves (CSW) also helps to provide grants to assist families and individuals to overcome housing-related crises when you purchase through our AmazonSmile account. You can hear CSW tunes on SoundCloud by clicking the link. They're also on www.crossoversoundwaves.com for listening.

We are using my study guide in our home church, and yes, you can too. Stir up a little controversy. 'Aren't All Israelites Jews?' is available for download for $2.99 at Amazon.com as a Kindle book. Please purchase it through our AmazonSmile account.

We support the creation and distribution of music and other forms of media to to help support and raise awareness for vulnerable groups in our communities. We are still helping people with housing-related crises. If you would like to make a donation to help people get into a Sober Living Environment, or with rental assistance, click HERE.

If you're looking to buy anything through Amazon, please use our account to make your purchases, whether it's MMA gloves, books, music, music gear, whatever. A small percentage of your purchase will go to support the mission of CSW.


Unexpected Reunion, September, 2019

The Pastor at the Church where I lead worship retired after 41 years of service at the same Church. My dad worked at the same company for 37 years, which I thought was amazing (considering my work history in particular). 41 years of faithful service is almost unheard of. Most people don't even stay at a Church that long. Mike Miller is an amazing Pastor and God will continue to use him in pastoring, or perhaps as a stand-up comedian as he's really funny as well.

We had a party for him and our worship team was asked to play. We decided to add a few cover tunes in addition to some of our more popular worship songs. We added a couple of Journey tunes, namely 'Lights' and 'Don't Stop Believing". We tried them with several of us and the tunes were too high to sing. We planned to modulate them to other keys, but 'Don't Stop Believing' uses some droning open strings, which makes it more difficult to change keys. It would require a change in tuning. Then I find out my friends from 'The Affordable Cover Act', Angela and Kristen Albright just happened to be in town and were available for this gig. Suffice it to say, they absolutely nailed these tunes and added awesome harmonies to the rest of the tunes we did that night. They saved the day with these tunes in this brief reunion for a great occasion.


Wake Up Call Workout Warriors

Here's the crew I work out with Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6:10 AM. These guys are all warriors, and we have a great time training together. The group has changed in the line up over the past year, but our fellowship is still going strong. At the end of our workouts, we connect with God through prayer, and it has become a great way to start the day from multiple perspectives. If you're in the area and looking for a quick and effective workout, stop by Valley Martial Arts in Felton, CA. Bring gloves, preferably MMA.

Music on a Mission

Please check out our playlist on YouTube to listen to our tunes. Proceeds from the music promoted by CSW also helps to provide grants to assist families and individuals to overcome housing-related crises. You can hear CSW tunes on SoundCloud by clicking the link. They're also on www.crossoversoundwaves.com for listening. You can buy the tunes on most digital distribution sites ( Amazon.com, Spotify, etc.).

We are still helping people with housing-related crises. If you would like to make a donation to help people get into a Sober Living Environment, or with rental assistance, click HERE.

My Bible study guide 'Aren't All Israelites Jews?' will be available for download for $2.99 at Amazon.com. It was an interesting gauntlet to get this study guide published. It should be available as a Kindle book in a few days. Please purchase through our AmazonSmile account.



Benefactors to Our Mission

We are still working on our plan and goal to create a multi-purpose music venue in Santa Cruz County. We are moving and the opportunity seems to be gathering momentum in a few unexpected ways. All we need is a miracle given the amount of money we'll need to raise, but we are completely open to that possibility. We need to locate a venue. Your prayer support for provision and direction is appreciated if you are a praying kind of person.

The Joy of Jazz, August 2019

I love music and have played guitar for decades. Rock and blues are my comfort zones, but I hold great respect for people that play jazz. It is a genre that has lots of sub-genres, but the fakebook standards from the 40s, 50s, and 60s hold a special appeal. These songs are not only beautiful in composition; they are deceptively complex to play, let alone improves solos over them. My friend, Joy Rush was playing some of these great tunes at a local coffee house, called Mountain Roasting Coffee. the band, 'jazzA' consists of a number of competent musicians who are very comfortable with this genre. They even played my requests of 'All the Things You Are' and 'Four' and nailed them. They play the first Sunday of the month at Mountain Roasting Coffee, so if you're ever in Felton on the first Sunday of the month, stop by and enjoy.

In my humble opinion, musical genres are a pyramid. At the bottom are pop, rock, and country. Almost everyone knows and likes these tunes, thus the name 'pop', which is short for 'popular'. People that make it in these genres typically have humongous fan bases. Then there are the folks that the people that play in pop, rock and country bands listen to, as well as folks with more refined musical tastes. At the next level, musical virtuosity starts to become more of a feature. Then, there are the folks that people listen to that play in those kinds of bands. These artists tend to be at the apex of the pyramid, and although they are the most musically accomplished of the music world at any given point in time, they tend to have the smallest fan base. Some decide to make money, like George Benson and all the people who have played in Steely Dan, but make no mistake about it; when these folks play with their friends, they are world-class. The virtuosity apex primarily consists of jazz and classical musicians, with occasional exceptions (Eddie Van Halen).

Music on a Mission

Please check out our playlist on YouTube if you have not done so already. Click here to listen to our tunes. The music promoted by CSW also helps to provide grants to assist families and individuals overcome housing related crises. You can hear CSW tunes on SoundCloud by clicking the link. They're also on www.crossoversoundwaves.com for listening. You can buy the tunes on most digital distribution sites ( Amazon.com, Spotify, etc.).

Benefactors to Our Mission

We are still working on our plan and goal to create a music venue in Santa Cruz County. There's an old saying that is easier to steer a moving car than a parked car. We are moving and the opportunity seems to be changing, and we're going with the flow. This is where prayer is involved, and trust that an unseen Hand is orchestrating things that are not yet apparent. All we need is a miracle given the amount of money we'll need to raise, but we are completely open to that possibility. Your prayer support for provision and direction is appreciated if you are a praying kind of person.


Amazon SMILE

Do you use Amazon.com to buy stuff? Please remember to make your Amazon.com purchases through our Amazon Smile account, and part of the proceeds from your purchase will go to CSW. Click on the link and buy something for summer, or school as every little bit helps.


Trying My Hand at a New Medium: Writing

July 2019

I have been studying Scripture since around 1977, and one of my favorite topics is the nation of Israel. I've kept notes for years on passages that relate to Israel. I decided to make a study guide on this topic that should be available on Amazon as a Kindle booklet. It's something new for me, and I hope to have it out in a couple of weeks.

Scripture has many passages that talk about Judah (aka, Jews, consisting of the tribes of: Judah, Benjamin and most of Levi) and Israel (the 10 tribes) related to their separation into two nations, their future trajectories and their future reunion. An under reported theme that emerges throughout scripture that the separation of the Jews from the rest of the Israelites is temporary. According to various scriptures, one day the entire nation of Israel will be reunited. There are passages that describe the formation of the 12 tribes around the tabernacle in the wilderness from around 3,600 years ago, and sometime in the future, the New Jerusalem will descend from Heaven at the end of the age with 12 gates for the 12 Tribes of Israel. This is a significant theme in scripture that doesn’t make sense to overlook. This study is a brief excursion through some of those scriptures. It's fairly short, but will hopefully be thought provoking.

Music on a Mission

Please check out our playlist on YouTube if you have not done so already. Click here to listen to our tunes. The music promoted by CSW also helps to provide grants to assist families and individuals overcome housing related crises. You can hear CSW tunes on SoundCloud by clicking the link. They're also on www.crossoversoundwaves.com for listening. You can buy the tunes on most digital distribution sites ( Amazon.com, Spotify, etc.).

Benefactors to Our Mission

We are still working on our plan and goal to create a music venue in Santa Cruz County. An opportunity has come our way to do this very thing. Our board will be meeting to decide on this possibility. We will need to raise lots of money, but this could be amazing. The venue envisioned could be used for other purposes as well. This will take a miracle given the amount of money we'll need to raise, but we are completely open to that possibility. Your prayers for provision are appreciated, if you are a praying kind of person.


Amazon SMILE

Do you use Amazon.com to buy stuff? Please remember to make your Amazon.com purchases through our Amazon Smile account, and part of the proceeds from your purchase will go to CSW. Click on the link and buy something for summer, as every little bit helps. Prime Day is a two-day parade of epic deals and it's coming soon! Prime members can shop deals starting Monday, July 15 at 12:01am PT through Tuesday, July 16 at 11:59pm PT.

Rocket Man Recovery

June, 2019

My son is in the Army, and he came for a brief visit this past weekend. He ran one of those 'Spartan' races and did very well. Later that night, we all decided to see the movie 'Rocket Man', which is a musical version of the life of Elton John. He is one of the executive producers of the movie, and it is a very vulnerable look at his life. There is no doubt in my mind that this man is a musical genius, but he lived through a very painful and lonely childhood that set the course for vulnerabilities that predisposed him for various addictions, and relationships that brought further trauma and pain into his life. It's also about faithful and true friendship, recovery and hope.

I was very inspired by the experience of this movie, and was encouraged in the work that you make possible as we continue to help support people in their recovery. We all helped another person get into a Sober Living Environment this past week. Thank you for your generosity. It's making a difference.

Music on a Mission

I just figured out how to make a playlist on YouTube. Click here to listen to our tunes. The music promoted by CSW also helps to provide grants to assist families and individuals overcome housing related crises. You can hear CSW tunes on SoundCloud by clicking the link. They're also on www.crossoversoundwaves.com for listening. You can buy the tunes most digital distribution sites ( Amazon.com, Spotify, etc.). Plug in 'James Jurado' for my tunes or 'Come in My Name and Find Rest' (our songwriter group's most recent release).

Benefactors to Our Mission

We are still working on our plan and goal to create a music venue in Santa Cruz County. The venue envisioned could be used for other purposes as well. We're excited about the prospect of creating such a venue in our area for this generation. This will take a miracle given the real estate situation in our County, but we are completely open to that possibility.

Amazon SMILE

Do you use Amazon.com to buy stuff? Please remember to make your Amazon.com purchases through our Amazon Smile account, and part of the proceeds from your purchase will go to CSW. Click on the link and buy something useful for your dad, while you have the opportunity. He'll appreciate it, and every little bit helps.

May the Fourth (Be with You)

May 2019

I tried to resist, but obviously failed the the Star Wars reference with the speech impeded pronunciation. Oh well, maybe next year I'll avoid the issue by sending this out on the first of the month.

The picture above is a homeless encampment that is being closed and relocated today. My wife and my daughter Aly (Social Worker in training) drove by it returning from a drive by the beach, and discussed this situation as we drove home. We have a significant problem with homelessness in our County, and it's made worse by substance abuse issues. In an effort to address this issue, there have been harm reduction interventions implemented. One particular intervention is a needle exchange program. Part of the result is that the needles have been used, but not exchanged. There are about 600 needles on the ground, and in the surrounding area every day, which is approximately the same number of needles being distributed daily. Harm reduction is "a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use. Harm Reduction is also a movement for social justice built on a belief in, and respect for, the rights of people who use drugs" (from harmreduction.org). A simple non-governmental example of harm reduction would be an intoxicated person taking a cab, or Uber home instead of getting in their care an attempting to drive home. The net result is a reduction potential and actual harm to the person and others. Needle exchanges can reduce the amount of diseases due to blood borne pathogens (HIV, Hepatitis, etc.) for both the substance abusing person and the general public.

We have a difficult and complex set of issues around homelessness, and our prayer are for those affected, and for those who are endeavoring to make things better. We need some help from above. May the Fourth be with them too. We at Crossover Sound Waves (CSW) will help as we are able to assist people getting into housing and recovery.

Music on a Mission

The music promoted by CSW also helps to provide grants to assist families and individuals overcome housing related crises. You can hear CSW tunes onSoundCloud by clicking the link. They're also on www.crossoversoundwaves.com for listening. You can buy the tunes most digital distribution sites (iTunes, Amazon.com, Spotify, etc.). Plug in 'James Jurado' for my tunes or 'Come in My Name and Find Rest' (our songwriter group's most recent release).

Benefactors to Our Mission

We are still working on our plan and goal to create a music venue in Santa Cruz County. The venue envisioned could be used for other purposes as well. We're excited about the prospect of creating such a venue in our area for this generation. This will be an expensive endeavor, given the real estate situation in our County.

Amazon SMILE

Do you use Amazon.com to buy stuff? Please remember to make your Amazon.com purchases through our Amazon Smile account, and part of the proceeds from your purchase will go to CSW. Every little bit helps.

Wake Up Call Workout Warriors

April 2019

Here's the crew I get the privilege of working out with Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6:10 AM. These guys are all warriors, and we have a great time training together. The group has morphed in an unexpected way, as it's become more like a morning fellowship. At the end of our workouts we connect with God through prayer, and it has become a great way to start the day from multiple perspectives.

Last month I was talking about Mental Health First Aid, which is a great training on the basics of intervening with someone experiencing a mental health related crisis. I highly recommend this training, as it's the mental health equivalent of First Aid or CPR. The skills one learns can literally save lives.

Prevention of avoidable mental health issues is just as important as knowing how to intervene after a crisis. Practices that enhance physical and spiritual health will also influence mental health in a positive way. We are integrated beings, and because of this reality, our overall well-being can be enhanced in unexpected ways. We become more resilient people. I highly recommend the regular practice of exercise and prayer (throw in some good music as well) as means to enhancing mental health.

Music on a Mission

The folks that work in Substance Abuse Treatment Programs in Santa Cruz County are getting more familiar with our organization. More requests to assist with Sober Living Environments (SLE) continue to come in. We are running a little low on resources, but we will have with whatever we have in our account. If you'd like to help with a donation, you will be helping someone maintain their recovery in an SLE.

The music promoted by CSW also helps to provide grants to assist families and individuals overcome housing related crises. You can hear CSW tunes onSoundCloud by clicking the link. They're also on www.crossoversoundwaves.com for listening. You can buy the tunes on Google Play Music for $.99 per tune, and a few other places online. We actually had a few sales. I just transferred a whopping $5.31 into our account. Whoever made the purchase, thank you.

'Come My Name and Find Rest' is done, and is available for download and streaming.

Benefactors to Our Mission

We are still working on our plan and goal to create a music venue in Santa Cruz County. The venue envisioned could be used for other purposes as well. We're excited about the prospect of creating such a venue in our area for this generation.


Do you use Amazon.com to buy stuff? Please remember to make your Amazon.com purchases through our Amazon Smile account, and part of the proceeds from your purchase will go to CSW. Every little bit helps.

CSW Amazon Store

We have an Amazon Store that has items that we are promoting. If your curious,click here to check it out.

Mental Health First Aid

March 2019

I have been in the mental health field since 1983. My current 'day job' is a Clinical Training Manager for a large mental heath agency in Santa Clara County, CA. I recently went through a training to become a trainer in something called 'Mental Health First Aid'. It's the same idea as 'First Aid' or "CPR' courses. The Koala pictured above is the mascot for this training, which originated in Australia. The name of the mascot is ALGEE. This is an acronym for the core of what is taught in the training, as seen below.

Mental Health First Aid is for the general public and non-mental health professionals, and I found it to be valuable to educate people in what to do when intervening with someone going through a mental health related crisis. The full training is 8 hours. If you're interested in taking the training, or finding out more about Mental Health First Aid, here's the website: https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/take-a-course/.

Music and Art on a Mission

We've had the privilege of helping several people get into Sober Living Environments (SLEs) through donations made to Crossover Sound Waves (CSW). SLEs or Sober Living Homes are facilities used by people recovering from substance abuse that serve as an interim environment between rehab and mainstream society. Most of those donations came through Wake Up Call Workout contributions, and Facebook fundraising efforts.

The music promoted by CSW also helps to provide grants to assist families and individuals overcome housing related crises. You can hear my tunes on SoundCloudby clicking the link. They're also on www.crossoversoundwaves.com for listening. You can buy the tunes on Google Play Music for $.99 per tune, and a few other places online.

We are working on tunes from our Songwriter Group. We are still working on 'Blood Red Moon'. 'Your Word' is still in process. 'Come My Name and Find Rest' is done, and should be available for download and streaming shortly.

Benefactors to Our Mission

We are still working on our plan and goal to create a music venue in Santa Cruz County. We are building a team around this effort, and we're excited about the prospect of creating such a venue in our area for this generation.

Remember to make your Amazon.com purchases through our Amazon Smile account, and part of the proceeds from your purchase will go to CSW.

CSW Amazon Store

We have an Amazon Store that has items that we are promoting. If your curious,click here to check it out.

Music on a Mission:

Song Progression Support Group

Our goal is to co-labor with songwriters and musicians who are willing to use their music to make a difference to help families and children at a critical housing crossroads. This is another great opportunity develop songs until they're ready for launch. Our Song Progression Support Group meets on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at Vintage Faith Church. We meet at 6:30 PM.

Thanks,

-James Jurado

We Are Running in The Human Race

It's not just an exercise day; it's an opportunity to support our organization to help people experiencing a housing related crisis. The Human Race in Santa Cruz County is one of the largest and oldest fundraisers of its kind. If you are interested in finding out more about it, click on the link to check out the Facebook page. We are putting a team together to run, walk, crawl, somersault or any combination of the aforementioned means of locomotion to complete the 5 mile course. The next link is what you click on if you want to support team Crossover Sound Waves: https://humanracesc.org/npo/crossover-sound-waves-inc . We appreciate your support, and so will the families who will benefit from your donation.

We fit into the matrix of homeless services by working on preventing families and individuals from becoming homeless and assisting with rapid re-housing efforts for those who lose housing.

Santa Cruz County is where we are located in California. The homeless services providers in our County are participating in something our Federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) calls 'Coordinated Entry'. It's called 'Smart Path to Housing and Health' in our County.

This approach is based on the 'Housing First' model. Some of the benefits to this approaches are:

  • Triaging homeless persons for medical vulnerability, and prioritizing the most medically vulnerable for housing.

  • Few to no programmatic prerequisites to permanent housing entry – People experiencing homelessness are offered permanent housing with no programmatic preconditions such as demonstration of sobriety, completion of alcohol or drug treatment, or agreeing to comply with a treatment regimen upon entry into the program

  • Low barrier admission policies – Permanent supportive housing’s admissions policies are designed to “screen-in” rather than screen-out applicants with the greatest barriers to housing, such as having no or very low income, poor rental history and past evictions, or criminal histories.

  • Rapid and streamlined entry into housing – Many people experiencing chronic homelessness may experience anxiety and uncertainty during a lengthy housing application and approval process.

Music on a Mission

We are co-laboring with the 'Santa Cruz All Ages Music Collective' and one of the founding members, David Aaron, turned me on to a service called RouteNote. This is a 'music aggregator' service (news to me) that places tunes on all the major music streaming and download platforms (Spotify, Pandora, iTunes, Amazon, etc.). So my 6 tunes have been released into the world via RouteNote. You can still hear them on SoundCloud by clicking the link. They're also on www.crossoversoundwaves.com for listening. You can still buy my tunes on Google Play Music for $.99 per tune (and a few other places online in the near future). Just a reminder, that a portion of the revenue from the purchase of these tunes go to help people overcome housing related crises.

We plan to have some tunes from other artists available soon as well, including a tune from out Songwriter Group. We are actively working on completing this tune.

A New All Ages Music Venue

We continue to work on a business plan with the Santa Cruz Benefit Company, and are moving forward with our BHAG of creating a music venue in Santa Cruz County that is youth friendly.

Be a Benefactor to Our Mission

If you want to directly support our mission to help families overcome housing related crises, you can make a donation to Crossover Sound Waves by clicking PayPal.Me/CrossoverSoundWaves or here.

Remember, when you make a purchase on Amazon Smile, part of the proceeds from your purchase will go to Crossover Sound Waves.

CSW Friends

If you're interested in spiritual growth, please check out my friend Kathleen's Book.

Making Music on a Mission

Our goal is to co-labor with songwriters and musicians who are willing to use their music to make a difference to help families and children at critical housing crossroads. Our Song Progression Support Group meets on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at Vintage Faith Church. We meet at 6:30 PM.

-James Jurado.

End of a Recording Project

March 2018

Orientation to Professional Recording

Two years ago I decided to professionally record 6 of my songs. I got a recommendation from a friend of mine named Dave Burns about a producer he had recently worked with to record an album by the name of Stephen Bigger He is the owner of a studio called RockArbor Music. I have never worked with a professional producer before, so this was a huge learning curve for me, and I have learned a lot. He helped me format my tunes, and assisted me in hiring a couple of studio musicians to lay down the tracks. I hired Zack Kirk Olsen on drums and Dan Robbins on bass- both amazing players and worth every penny. We did all six tunes in a day, with me playing a guide track along with them. I would later re-record my rhythm tracks, do vocals (as did Angela and Larry Albright from our former band), and then do lead guitar work, Stephen is very talented musician and in addition to being a great producer, and played keys on several tunes. I averaged completing one song every four months. It's the best I could do with the rest of my commitments, and working with other people's schedules.

As previously mentioned, I learned a lot. Here are some of my takeaways:

  • It's worth it working with a professional. Stephen has a great ears and could hear things I couldn't and offered great, informed feedback on arrangements, instrumentation, singing tips and preparedness for the studio. He also had a vested interest in making my songs sound good as they represented his work.

  • Studio work is difficult, but do-able. Rehearsing parts and thinking through sounds helps with making the most of recording time. Practice makes progress.

  • Working with people who are very skilled at what they do creates a great opportunity to grow, in contrast to the DIY approach. For some, doing it yourself works. I have found the mentorship to be very valuable.

  • I have a new appreciation for people who record music for a living. There is a lot of detailed work that goes into it.

Music on a Mission

You can hear Stephen Bigger with his band (formerly known as 'Brave Mystics' and now 'Reckless Poets') at Michaels on Main on Thursday, March 8 at 7:30pm $8 adv./$10 door. Buy your tickets now: https://bravemysticsmarch8.bpt.me/ . Should be a great show, but might be sold out. They were playing on our local station, KPIG, this morning, and indicated the show is either close to being, or is, sold out.

All 6 songs I've recorded thus far on SoundCloud by clicking the link. My instrumental 'Desert Blue' has been uploaded if you'd like to check it out. They're also on www.crossoversoundwaves.com for listening.

You can buy my tunes on Google Play Music for $.99 per tune. A portion of the revenue from the purchase of these tunes go to help people overcome housing related crises. We plan to have some tunes from other artists available soon as well, including a tune from out Songwriter Group. We hope to be in the studio soon.

-James Jurado.

A New Youth Friendly Venue

We are working on a business plan with the Santa Cruz Benefit Company. We continue to move forward with our BHAG of creating a music venue in Santa Cruz County that is youth friendly. We are planning to do the Human Race Fundraiser together, and are nailing down a date for a gig in Santa Cruz.

Our Mission

If you want to directly support our mission to help families overcome housing related crises, you can make a donation to Crossover Sound Waves by clicking PayPal.Me/CrossoverSoundWaves or here.

Please support my indie brothers in arms. Paul Trugman and Craig's Brother have great music on Amazon, so here's an opportunity to support great artists and Crossover Sound Waves at the same time. Remember, when you make a purchase on Amazon Smile, part of the proceeds from your purchase will go to Crossover Sound Waves.

Making Music on a Mission

Our goal is to co-labor with songwriters and musicians who are willing to use their music to make a difference to help families and children at critical housing crossroads. Our Song Progression Support Group meets on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at Vintage Faith Church. We meet at 6:30 PM.

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