ROOTS welcomes its newest guitar mentor, Roger Jaeger!
Roger Jaeger (guitar) has been creating music and leading worship for 15 years. After attending Tulsa Community College, the Tulsa native relocated to Nashville, a place he loves, to attend Belmont University.
Music has also taken him across the globe to India, where he occasionally teaches songwriting. He described his favorite spot there: “There’s a town in the foothills of the Himalayas, called Mussoorie. I visited there during the summer I lived in New Delhi, where temperatures climbed to 110+ degrees. Mussoorie was cool, full of mountain paths, mist and kind people. It was an incredible place to rest.”
Music has afforded him some incredible life experiences, but worship music brought him eternal perspective. “Worship had a lot to do with me coming to Christ,” he said. “In it we give God our adoration, but we also experience His presence and His love. It’s amazing.”
He’s currently writing songs for an album to follow his debut release in 2013 called Beacon, which he calls a highlight of his career. Whether he’s hiking at Radnor Lake or working while sipping coffee at Frothy Monkey, Roger is compelled to create by his creator. “I love to take creativity and turn it into something tangible,” he said. “God is a creator, and because we’re made in His image, we also get to create. I love making something that causes someone else to pause and think and feel.
His ideal guitar student is someone who is eager to learn. He thrives on being flexible, approaching music from different angles and putting an emphasis on having fun.
Here’s a little more about Roger, our newest guitar mentor:
Q&A with Roger
What is your favorite down-time activity to reduce stress?
Probably a combination of drinking coffee and writing in a journal.
Do you have any funny/embarrassing stories that has happened in your profession?
I once led worship for a women’s conference in Tulsa. I sat on the front row during one of the sessions, and decided to make an exit so that I could use the bathroom. Unfortunately, is was just as the preacher started talking about rough times as a woman, and she made some mention of tampons. The timing of my exit made it look like I was trying to get away from what she was talking about, and room of 200+ women erupted in laughter.
What type of music did you grow up listening to? Is it the same now? What changed?
My parents only listened to stuff from the 60s when I was growing up, like the Beach Boys. So until I was 13 or so I thought that people had stopped writing new songs back in the 70s or something. But then I heard about a band called The Newsboys and everything changed. I was very into Christian Rock in the early 2000s, then sort of transitioned into more mainstream pop and rock with bands like Coldplay, U2, and One Republic.
What is your favorite all time movie and why?
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Lightsabers. Ewoks. Lasers. Good prevailing over evil. What more could you ask for?
What is your favorite quote?
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman
What is your favorite Bible verse and how does it speak to you?
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. –James 1:5
This verse encourages me that God is with me. No matter where I am, no matter how stuck I feel, He is ready with himself and with an answer.