An Important Message from Todd
Wed., Apr. 10. 2013 12:54pm EDT
As J. announced in the into to this newsletter, I'm planning to retire from active ApologetiX duty in two months. This was a hard decision that only came after much prayer and discussion with my wife, Laura, and others close to me, including J. Here's why I'm leaving:
I've just taken a new job with a Virginia-based company. It's something I really believe in; they help companies align their websites and technology to make them compliant for people with various disabilities. I was able to do my old job while on the road with the band, but my new job will require more time as I get up to speed, and there are just so many unknowns.
Laura and I just got married about 15 months ago, and I feel a need right now to spend more time at home with her and my young stepson, Ian. I'd also like to spend more time with my adult children, Brittany (23) and Seth (19). Plus I feel a calling to pursue more speaking events, which take much less time but still allow me to encourage others.
Lately, between traveling for my current job, speaking engagements, and playing with the band, I already was spreading myself pretty thin. With the new job and the learning curve involved, my life is about to get even busier. Consequently, I'm planning to play my last official APX concert on Friday, June 7 in Columbus OH.
I've told the guys in the band that I can possibly fill in on occasional future gigs if needed, though. I also plan to continue recording with the band unless they find somebody to replace me before the next project.
I've thoroughly enjoyed my two years in APX and look forward to helping out as needed, like Hubie and Tom M. do. I'll always be a huge fan of the band's music, the guys in the band, those who help out, and the fans. During my tenure with the band, I've often stopped and asked myself "Am I really in this band?!!" It's been a tremendous blessing and honor.
I hope to see many of you at our remaining concerts before then, and I plan to stay in touch as part of the extended APX family. This isn't easy for me or Laura, but I know it's the right thing for right now, even though I'm going to miss the band and our fans. If you would like to keep in touch, please visit http://www.not4nothing.net.