Interview with Tim Timmons | April, 2013 | Earlham, IA
Live From The Path: You are listening to Live from the Path at livefromthepath.org also broadcasting at and we’re talking with Mr. Tim Timmons and it looks like we are in a janitor’s closet but it’s better than that. Tim what’s your take on the room?
Tim Timmons: Real beautiful, real light walls, they’re really just white on white. Everything is white on white in here. But you guys are good looking.
Live From The Path: When there’s no positive thing, Tim just goes with facts, which I really appreciate. It is indeed white, says Tim.
Live From The Path: We’re broadcasting from the Earlham Church of Christ. We just got done seeing Tim’s set and I tell you what, it was excellent. It was really good. What was the song that I was listening to? Cast My Cares? Is that on an upcoming album?
Live From The Path: Sony, that’s big time.
Tim: It is big time and I’m a dork so it’s silly.
Live From The Path: Yeah, Sony has ignored me for years. I don’t know how you pulled this off.
Tim: Trust me, its 37 years of them ignoring me which is great.
Live From The Path: Absolutely. That album comes out when?
Tim: It comes out June 4th. I’ve got it here tonight. It’s kind of pre-released.
Live From The Path: Okay. That’s very cool. You were talking about, during your set, that you have some children?
Tim: I do.
Live From The Path: And it was a set of twins, two boys, two girls, a boy and a girl?
Tim: Boy and a girl. So I’ve got a 6 year old girl named Malia. A 4 year old boy named Noah and then Anna and Aaron are “oops” twins.
Live From The Path: I’m an “oops” twin myself.
Live From The Path: Yeah, with that one [points to Ben running sound board].
Tim: This room just got really weird everybody. You guys should know this room just got really weird.
Live From The Path: The walls have turned up, a paradigm.
Tim: They were white–okay. That’s cool.
Live From The Path: Let me ask you. When you put the kids to bed tonight are you the bed guy?
Tim: We both do that, my wife and I both do that.
Live From The Path: I see. Where you at in stories? What stories have you been hitting lately?
Tim: My gosh. It’s every night like, “Daddy tell me a story.” I’m kind of making stuff up now. I used to pull from the, I don’t know–
Live From The Path: Real legitimate stories, we’ll call them.
Tim: –real legitimate stories and now they’re just–
Live From The Path: It’s just whatever.
Tim: I’m full of it now.
Live From The Path: “My toe nail got bigger than I thought, here’s what happen to me…”
Tim: Yeah. I more sound like Superman and Hulk or something like that. I turn green, kids freak out. If I can get some bad guys in there, my son is stoked. My daughter just, I don’t know she just wants to pray for people or something.
Live From The Path: That’s excellent. I feel like you’ve done a good job then.
Tim: No. That girl is amazing. My boy, he’s something else.
Live From The Path: There are things to be said.
Live From The Path: and that’s Noah.
Tim: Noah…he’s crazy.
Live From The Path: Yeah. That’s how they grow them in California right?
Tim: In California, Orange County California. The OC.
Live From The Path: Right. I’ve never been.
Tim: It’s pretty great.
Live From The Path: Is there a chance I could stay at your place if I’m in town?
Live From The Path: Now hold on, I feel that there is something coming here. Will you be willing to pay for my way out?
Tim: No, but you could probably stay at my house.
Live From The Path: Okay, that’s fair enough.
Tim: Yeah, my backyard is awesome to stay in, it’s really great.
Live From The Path: Wait a minute. I feel that we’re going to negotiate this later but anyway we checked out your set. Here’s the deal, the Cast My Cares tune was extremely sing-able. Do you know what I’m saying? It’s one of those, tunes that–I’m not much of a “I need a pick me up” type of tune guys but I feel that I could just repeat that to myself most of the day and really have it sink in to what it is.
Tim: Yeah, that’s my hope with that song. My own step, my own journey with the cancer thing, just crap in life–I don’t know. Is God actually big enough? Is He God or is He not? Is He good or is He not? What’s my response to Him? I guess that’s why I write songs. I have to pray these things and I think other people need to pray them as well.
Live From The Path: It’s almost perfect because I actually I think that too often we back away from that question like it’s wrong to ask. Really when you sort through it and you know the answer to that question then you think, “If I really believe that, I feel like things should look different now.”
Tim: Oh my gosh. I’ve got a song in my record called Christ in Me and the premise is, it goes basically, what if the same spirit that rose Jesus from the dead actually lives inside of us? What if I believe in your power and I really lived it? What if I believe in Christ in me? We’ve heard that but do I actually live as if the same spirit that rose Jesus from the dead lives inside of me? And I say, “No, I don’t.” But I’m hoping this year that I’ll live that a little more than last year.
Live From The Path: I think that’s a start right? That’s a place to start.
Tim: Yeah, what if he’s real? What if it’s just not an American religion? Honestly, you guys, I’m a pretty great American Christian, I know how to do this thing, I’ve got the thing down. I don’t know. It’s just not about that. And I feel like Paul when Paul talks about being the Hebrew of Hebrews, next to knowing Jesus it amounts to a pile, which is the best cuss word in the Bible. But I feel more like of a pre-schooler as a follower of Jesus than anything else.
Which is crazy because I’ve done church all of my life. I know this gig but I’m like this preschool guy walking around as a follower of Jesus and I’ve never had more fun.
Live From The Path: Yeah. But a happy preschool guy right? Because you’ve seen the difference?
Tim: The actual fruit coming out of my life instead of me making fruit. Like in John 15, it’s actual fruit of the spirit in Galatians 5 versus just fruit of my labor.
Live From The Path: That’s right, you’ve got to love that vine.
Tim: Come on. It’s so great. This season I’m more of a missionary to Christians I think more than anything else. Just have been inviting believers about Jesus to become followers of Jesus because Satan believes, who cares.
Live From The Path: Exactly right, and shudders.
Tim: Demons actually shudder they belief so much. I don’t’ believe that much .
Live From The Path: I wish I’d shudder, have it sink in a little bit more. Okay Tim I’ve got a couple more questions for you. How are you on the technology times? Do you have an MP3 player or an iPod? Where are you at on that?
Tim: I’ve got one of those things called iPhones. It’s a little old school to 4S G Stetzer 9.
Live From The Path: We’ll talk about that later. People who love Jesus have better phones than that.
Tim: [sings] “Lord I lift your name on high” Okay go on.
Live From The Path: What’s the most embarrassing tune you have on there?
Tim: The most embarrassing song I’ve got on my iPhone?
Live From The Path: Yeah. Are they all rock solid? Or if I hit the shuffle will one come on and you come in like, “Whoa, whoa, whoa. My wife must have put that in there.”
Tim: Oh gosh.
Live From The Path: Are there just so many?
Tim: No there’s not.
Live From The Path: So they’re solid?
Tim: I just don’t own a lot of music. I know.
Live From The Path: Was the word “own” the imperative there or?
Tim: No, I just don’t listen to a lot of music.
Live From The Path: That makes that question for me very anti-climactic. That’s usually the zinger. It’s the zinger question.
Tim: I know.
Live From The Path: Fail.
Tim: Oh crap, I hate myself. I don’t know how to answer this, would you believe Kool and the Gang?
Live From The Path: Absolutely. There’s nothing embarrassing about that though. No, that’s solid.
Tim: That’s what I’m saying.
Live From The Path: No, you’re right.
Tim: It’s so good that why do we even talk about it?
Live From The Path: I feel that you’re across the board cool and there’s nothing that you’re going to say here that’s going to tank that collection.
Tim: Ronny, Bobby, Ricky and Mike, if I love the girl who cares who you like? Cool it now. Cool it now. You’ve got to slow it down. Ooh watch out, you’re gonna lose control.
Live From The Path: See you can’t do anything here. The man’s a pillar. He’s like the Christian version of The Fonz.
Tim: That is my new favorite.
Live From The Path: Okay, Tim I really appreciate you stopping to talk to us. I’d love to hear more from you. You’re hitting Kentucky then back home?
Tim: I’m hitting Kentucky and then back home.
Live From The Path: Now do you have any plans to toot out on some tours here a little bit later? You can stay at my place.
Tim: Thank you, in your backyard?
Live From The Path: No, actually I might have a bean bag or something.
Tim: Ok good. My radio single is out now called Starts With Me which has been great. I’ve got a radio tour coming up next few weeks. I’m just kind of all over the place. And then–
Live From The Path: To different radio stations?
Live From The Path: We’re not one of those legitimate stations but if you can come swinging through Iowa let us know.
Tim: Come on dude let’s make it happen.
Live From The Path: We love to have you come in.
Tim: I’ll tell my people and you tell your people.
Live From The Path: These are my people [points to room]. This is it. That’s a $30 webcam, Tim. That’s how we roll.
Tim: This is the most fun interview I ever had. I’ll be real honest with all of you.
Live From The Path: It was awesome to meet you. I appreciate you coming in and I love what you’re doing and we’d love talk to you again sometime.
Tim: Cool. Thanks
Live From The Path: You’re listening to Live from the Path on livefromthepath.org. That’s the best it’s going to get. Tim’s the most qualified guest we ever had apart from my aunt.
Tim: Christian Fonz everybody, timmonsmusic.com, The Christian Fonz.
Live From The Path: No doubt. Thank you for listening from Live from the Path.