Yesterday I had the honor of watching two of my heros collaborate.

Master audio engineer and producer Peter Hopper dreaming with master designer Jason Clement.

It was epic. Drawings everywhere, ideas spouting, visualization well underway. The studio is framed out, over 35,000′ of cabling laid, and ready for insulation and sheetrock. Now we’re working on the finishes list and lighting.

Team work is everything to me. Whereas before I preferred to work alone – taking credit, and penalties for myself – today I wouldn’t dream of doing something by myself. Co-laboring has become the only way I know, cherishing the inspiration and insight that others bring to the creative table.

Interesting that God views humanity with the same interest. Thus why he loves building with us, not around us.

Sprig Records is rising. ch:


Nathan R. · 22 Feb ’12 at 12:05 am

So very exciting! Your dad looks like a kid in a candy store

    Christopher Hopper · 22 Feb ’12 at 7:58 am

    Yes he does! And he’s acting like one too. Been a long time coming.

    I’m thinking we have a grand opening, complete with Reimer Tribe presence.

    Nathan R. · 22 Feb ’12 at 8:11 am


Mike Kim · 22 Feb ’12 at 12:41 am

I’d like to record there someday!

    Christopher Hopper · 22 Feb ’12 at 7:58 am

    I think it’s inevitable.

    Jason Clement · 22 Feb ’12 at 9:13 pm

    I’d like to beat box on the Mike Kim project… ok? Thanks.

    jasonjclement · 22 Feb ’12 at 9:24 pm

    Awwwwwww yeaaahhhhhhh booiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiyyyyyyyyy!!!!!

    Rebekah B · 22 Feb ’12 at 11:40 pm

    …and I would like to yodel.

      Christopher Hopper · 23 Feb ’12 at 12:18 am

      I know for a fact Mike is obsessed with yodeling. I probably needs deliverance from it. But that doesn’t mean the rest of the world should be removed from your gift. So I’ll make sure Mike has you yodel. No questions asked.

David Woodkirk · 22 Feb ’12 at 12:14 pm

I can’t wait to work in there! and learn from the Sound Yoda(aka Peter Hopper)! So excited:D

    Christopher Hopper · 22 Feb ’12 at 1:07 pm

    The Sound Yoda. Oh my gosh – I love it!

    jasonjclement · 22 Feb ’12 at 9:15 pm

    when 900-years-old you reach… ears this good you will have too… hrrrmmmm.

    jasonjclement · 22 Feb ’12 at 9:15 pm

    Wait. That’s not right!

Megan J. · 22 Feb ’12 at 12:43 pm

So exciting!! I love having your dad around and seeing him all smiley, he really makes my day!

Kim Ingerson · 22 Feb ’12 at 2:00 pm

Catching up on your posts today! I am learning this at home. Much easier to collaborate with my husband and kids in running our household. My Hannah is wonderfully creative and helps with decorating. Micah is a super ultra organizer! Noah reminds us to be still and revile in God’s peace. And Leah…she adds to the laughter of our house. I, like you, used to want to do it all myself but now, I’ve realized I’m only ONE person. I must rely on the strengths of others to avoid complete exhaustion and striving. By the way, Jamie does clean the house really well…even though he may choose a different method. Great post CH!

    Kim Ingerson · 22 Feb ’12 at 2:17 pm

    I meant *revel* in God’s peace

      Christopher Hopper · 22 Feb ’12 at 7:16 pm

      Understood. Completely missed it myself until you pointed it out. (That’s how I roll…and why I employ good editors). lol

    Christopher Hopper · 22 Feb ’12 at 7:15 pm

    I love this motherly analysis of your beautiful family! Fantastical! Great glimpse at each person and their strengths. Plus, it’s your flesh-and-blood working wit you: who better to “get it” than them? Love it.

    As for Jamie…

    The most valuable lesson I learned in doing my Eagle Scout project years ago was from a Nature Conservancey director. When I was frustrated with how things were progressing, he took me aside and said, “Christopher, people may not do things your way, but they’ll still get the job done. Allowing them to do it their way is a sign of good leadership.”

    I’ve obviously never forgotten that (and still fail to implement it at times).

Kim Ingerson · 22 Feb ’12 at 2:02 pm

Oh, I love your mom and dad. Looking forward to getting to know them more.

    Christopher Hopper · 22 Feb ’12 at 7:15 pm

    Ah – yes! (Invite them over for dinner soon!). 😉

Natalie S. · 22 Feb ’12 at 3:09 pm

So excited for this! Loved David’s Sound Yoda comment! Haha!

    Christopher Hopper · 22 Feb ’12 at 7:16 pm

    I know…that cracked me up. I think we should start calling him that from now on…

    …I feel a t-shirt coming on.


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