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Unsung Heroes

I am a Gleek. I admit it. I LOVE watching that show. The music from it are the most listened to songs on my ipod. I think it’s an awesome show. If nothing else it reminds me of the joy and the feeling of belonging I felt when I was in a musical group back in high school. You felt special when you were in a group like that. As terrible and blasphemous as this sounds, you felt like you had some form of purpose being in one of those groups (Lord, please don’t strike me down!).
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An Unusual Source of Inspiration

I recently stumbled across some of the latest music of rapper Eminem. While I know he has had an interesting history in the public eye, I have found myself come to a place of respect for him. I think it first happened when I found out that he played a lot of his songs with live musicians and not just loop machines and a DJ. I’ve also come to respect how honest he is in his music. He speaks his mind, regardless of what people will think. That amount of vulnerability is rarely found in a famous musician.

I stumbled across this video recently and it resonates really deeply within me. He details a lot of the fears, dreams, and struggles of being a famous dad. I think it’s a great thing to know that the fears that I know I’m going to have as a dad are shared by others. Even someone as infamous as Eminem has those issues.

I really appreciate the first part of the first verse. Talking about being willing to protect and do anything for his daughter. I know that’s how I’m going to feel about my kids. I know they’re going to be the best things that ever happen to me. I can’t wait to have kids. I hope I can be the dad they deserve…

Why do I write?

There are days when I wonder, why do I write? What purpose do my words have? Who reads them?

From the lack of comments on some of my posts, I have a feeling that very few people actually read this, which is OK. I’m not maintaining this blog for the comments or the glory of knowing that people are reading my thoughts. I’m not seeking to get puffed up about my writing.

What I am seeking to do is to get into the practice of writing more. I want to write because I want to get in the habit of writing often. And not just blogging and putting a stream on conscience on paper. I wanna be able to write poetry and music and stories; maybe some day an actual book. Writing is not my passion but I enjoy having a place where I can speak my mind.

What my passion is though is music. I am discovering that I enjoy music and I enjoy making music. I want to get to the point some day where I trust myself enough to not only write words, but to share them. And not these words, these are just thoughts in my head but I want to be able to write about my deepest intimate thoughts and feel safe sharing them with those around me.

It is a very scary thought to sit down and share music or words that I’ve written down with people. It’s a vulnerability I know all too well. While I’ve never done it, the fear alone of sharing words paralyzes me into not even putting words on paper. I am working on it though. Nobody likes be vulnerable in front of people and I am no exception. In some cases I think of myself as the spokes person for not being vulnerable and trusting people.

I hope to get over that some day and this blog is helping. So, that’s I think the heart of why I write. I think God has blessed me with thoughts to be shared with those around me and He’s blessed me with a heart for music. I hope to someday be able to be vulnerable in front of people and I hope and pray that it turns out OK. Anyways, that’s all I’ve got for now.

MercyMe – All of Creation

So some people know how much of a mercyme fan I am. I honestly didn’t realize it until I went to my third concert and sang along to all of their songs. I’ve become an even bigger mercyme fan since I realized just how much they like to tweet. They’re currently getting ready to release their next latest CD and I am extremely excited for it.

The CD is called, “The Generous Mr. Lovewell.” Bart Millard, the lead singer, explains a little bit more about the idea behind the CD:

It’s an interesting concept and I think one of the first “concept” albums from the group.

To help generate interest in their new CD, the guys from MercyMe went on a country-wide radio tour sharing their first single “All of Creation” with radio stations all over the USA. This first single is a great song of worship talking about every part of all creation bringing praise to God. Bart expands on this more here:

It’s an awesome song and is a great reminder of just how awesome God is. I love it! Here are the lyrics for the song. Feel free to comment and leave you’re opinions on the song.

Separated until the veil was torn
The moment that hope was born
and guilt was pardoned once and for all

Captivated but no longer bound by chains
left at an empty grave
the sinner and the sacred resolved

chorus:
and all of creation sing with me now
lift up your voice and lay your burden down
and all of creation sing with me now
fill up the heavens let his glory resound

Time has faded and we see him face to face
every doubt erased forever we will worhip the king

chorus

the reason we breathe is to sing of his glory
and for all he has done praise the father praise the son and the spirit in one

chorus

and every knee will bow oh and every tongue praise the father praise the son and the spirit in one.

How do you measure a year?

I just received from my Netflix queue a dvd of the final performance of Rent on Broadway. It is AMAZING! I love this show. The most famous song from the whole show is called “Seasons of Love.” It’s a stirring anthem asking the question, “How do you measure a year?” In daylight? In sunsets? In midnights? In cups of coffee? These lyrics remind us of how important it is to take advantage of each moment, living life to the fullest each moment of each day.

How does that apply to my life as a Christian? I think it applies really well. Living each day to the fullest for HIS glory is a great creed all Christians can and should live by. Am I relying 100% on Christ? Is His life, lived through me, reaching those around me? Have I shown Christ today? Have I seen Christ today?

Even moreso than just living a life dependent on Christ, are we, as Christians, experiencing the fullness of life in Christ? Are we enjoying ALL the blessings of being a part of God’s chosen family?

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. – John 10:10 (NASB)

Are we having life abundantly? I know I am learning what it means to partake in the abundance of life in Christ. I hope to someday figure it out but I don’t think I will ever completely figure out. I believe that it one of those things that we won’t know until we reach glory. What a glorious day that will be.

I leave you with “Seasons of Love.” Enjoy!

Seasons of Love
Words and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
525,600 minutes, 525,000 moments so dear.
525,600 minutes – how do you measure, measure a year?
In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee.
In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife.
In 525,600 minutes – how do you measure a year in the life?

How about love? How about love? How about love?
Measure in love. Seasons of love.

525,600 minutes! 525,000 journeys to plan. 525,600 minutes –
how can you measure the life of a woman or man?

In truths that she learned, or in times that he cried. In bridges he burned, or
the way that she died.

It’s time now to sing out, tho the story never ends let’s celebrate remember a year in the life of friends. Remember
the love! Remember the love! Remember
the love! Measure in love. Seasons of love! Seasons of love.

Worship Planning for October 18th, 2009 – Part II

Here’s the final list of music for this weekend:

Above All
Amazing Love (You Are My King)
Wonderful Cross (Chris Tomlin/Matt Redman Version)
The Old Rugged Cross
Resurrection Hymn
Special Music: The Hammer Holds – Bebo Norman

Not certain on the order yet but I’ll be working on putting music together for the rest of the day. Whoo hoo excitement!

Worship Planning for October 18th, 2009

I haven’t been thinking a ton about music for this weekend but I’m thinking a service about the cross and the finished work that was accomplished there. I haven’t gotten all of the music planned out yet but here’s some ideas:

The Old Rugged Cross
The Wonderful Cross (Chris Tomlin/Matt Redman version)
Special: The Hammer Holds – Bebo Norman

Not certain what other songs to go in there yet but I plan on spending my day figuring something out. I’ll add more songs as I think of them.

Worship Planning for September 27, 2009

So I’ve been actually thinking about worship since last week but I am stuck in a rut and not certain where to go.

Here is what I’ve come up with so far:

Arise
I saw the Light – The Hymn version, not the David Crowder Version
In Christ Alone
I Stand Amazed (In the Presence) – Another Hymn
I Will Rise – Special
We Will Dance

I am really not certain about the special and the last song. We Will Dance is OK, but I’m really not liking I Will Rise as the special. I want something more celebratory and upbeat. Not so much of a downer. I’m just not sure what that song should be. I’m going to keep praying and hope I can get something figured out before two or three so we can start getting programs made.