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At Christmas time something serious shifts…It is like I live in another world…

It has just begun to sink in…the whole Christmas atmosphere…I never want to fake excitement.

I want it to be real…Holy Spirit induced…

And He always does.

It is this magical world I am put in, where I envision what is happening in every Christmas song, I envision directing marvelous Christmas plays and theatrical productions, I cry at the drop of a hat at the thought of what it meant for Christ to come….for us. The mystery consumes me. I pretend I am Jo from Little Women with dreams and books in her head…

I become a little bit weird.

I have, as of late, been reading Maris her books in a very very brilliant accent.  I don’t know what accent it is. I would say British/Scottish. She loooooves it. It is honestly a lot of fun…You should try it!

We make our second annual magical tent (here’s to you, Marisa!) ….and play until it comes crashing down…We have been dancing and singing to Michael W. Smith’s Christmas album…one of the best…I make up dances and try to teach Maris Marie…

I laugh more…We laugh more…

Life is richer at Christmas. Thats just the way it is….And would you like to know why I think that is so?

Because the Christmas season, in my opinion, is a small…teeny….tiny…glimpse of what Heaven will feel like.

Thats my theory, sweet honey’s!!!

And that picture of Mac in the bear jacket made me laugh until I cried!!!! He is enormous in that thing!  And so cute!

I hope you are soaking up the magic!

Much Love to You!!!!!

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So, I don’t get out much…

It’s just so much easier to stay at your house…you and the kids do your thing…let them get their naps and stay on schedule…I am praying for God to rid me of the schedule thing…I am controlled by nap times/eating times/…ect.  But, listen, if your kid took 2 (2hour) naps a day…then slept 11 hours at night…you might…be a schedule person too…

So, when my sweet friend Stephanie, another momma, asked me to go with her to see a band member from Korn (remember them?) speak at Church on the Eastern Shore…I said Sure! Even though I was thinking…”I don’t like Korn…Stephanie doesn’t like Korn…this is kind of odd.”

It was also Drug Court Graduation along with Brian (Korn) all in one shebang…so I thought it would be an inspiring night.

So we went.

Church staff people kept looking at us…like “what are ya’ll doing here?”…

We giggled and laughed…sat on the far side of the sanctuary…eager for the night to start…

In walks Brian…dreadlocks down past his shoulders…tattoos everywhere…white t-shirt and jeans…

“Look, there he is!!” Stephanie loudly whispered, like he was some huge superstar….We laughed and determined right then to get his autograph and our picture made with him.

The Drug Court graduation was really special and inspiring. It brought tears to my eyes to hear of the determination and persevearance of these people to really just surrender their lives to the Lord and then give their lives to help others who struggle with addictions and issues that have plagued them.

Brian finally got up and spoke and his testimony was crazy…filled with details of his rock-star life…and the chaos that led him to the cross. Stephanie and I both were drawn to him…to put it in her words…”I just love people who are crazy about Jesus.” He was.

After it was over, yes, we stood in line for his autograph and picture….For about 10 minutes we went back and forth over what we wanted him to write on our peice of paper…”Korn rocks”, “Jesus loves Rock and Roll”, “Jesus loves Rock and Roll Mommies”…and finally…yes after much debate Stephanie went with “Jesus loves Heavy Metal Mommies,” and I went with…”God loves art”….which is something he said in his testimony referring to his tattoos.

And we got our picture taken with him….

 

 

So…the reason I’m telling you all of this is because…Ordinarily, I would have never gone to such an event…Ordinarily, I wouldn’t have waited in line for the man’s autograph or photo opp…Ordinarily, If I would have…I might have just asked meekly…”Hey, can I have your autograph…” Plain ole autograph….Ordinarily, I would have stayed at home to make Daniel’s night with the kids a little less stressful…

But listen, you only get one life…and when you do things you wouldn’t ordinarily do…you end up with a life well lived and stories to share…

We totally almost asked him to go to the Coffee Loft with us…because he would have digged that place…but the Judge looked like it was time for them to leave…

I got home and my cheeks were sore from smiling and I went to bed laughing…I layed there and just whispered to God in my heart…”You are so good…and so fun.”

Who needs drugs when there is the most amazingly wild and wonderful Maker of Heaven and Earth!

Go do something weird and extraordinary!!

Thanks for the date Stephanie!

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Mylo Xyloto: A Review

 

I understand that for many of you, You could care less about Coldplay and their new album…So, I am terribly sorry for this post…I do it more for my enjoyment and passion for the band…Bear with my odd imagination and musings for a moment…

This is somewhat of a comparison. I know comparisons aren’t all that good or helpful…but sometimes you just can’t help it.

Good music should take you somewhere.  Their music takes me places.

Viva La Vida was indescribable….It took me to France in the Summer…Where women wore beautiful dresses like those in Pride and Prejudice…A Revolution was brewing…There was change and romance in the air…I saw me pushing Maris in a tree swing…Daniel and I taking walks in the countryside while we talked over the revolution…and God…and change…and our future…as we ate an apple.  Our spare time is spent either outside or reading books…Books are our food…

We were in love…He wore a half-tucked white airy shirt and pants….He looked all rugged and handsome…Studied and Wise…I wore a long off white dress with a robins egg blue sash…my hair up and messy…Free spirited and fearless

Rich. The perfect word to describe the Journey through Viva La Vida.

Mylo Xyloto is different.  The album takes me to New York…here and now New York…Noise and speed and sound…Walking the streets of New York looking at people’s eyes…seeing their souls….Daniel and I stop at a market…There is color everywhere…I notice the Asian lady…all worn and tired selling beautiful fabric and purses…I buy a purse just to be able to speak with her and see her smile…we stop at a bakery and I get some fresh bread…We go back to our apartment, cluttered with stuff…I put on the album…Hear the beat…Maris and Davis and I stomp to the beat…We dance…We laugh…Life is sweet.

Colorful. The word for Mylo Xyloto.

The lyrics are not deep nor original…but the sound….the sound is very urban and very colorful.

Viva La Vida will always win.

What can I say….

I prefer France.

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The Way to Listen to Coldplay

The way to listen to them is with the earphones in your ear…to where the song is in your head in your veins…I have no idea what it is about their music…but it seriously makes me crazy, like I want to be in a room with strobe lights and dance like a wild woman or jump up and down like a lunatic, which I did at their concert …

I can remember having painters block back when we lived in Silverhill…I would put on their music…get that sound in my ears…and start painting…

They are just good…This new one, Paradise, is excellent…

Our apartment here at the ranch is looking different…moving things to the new little house…I am pushing back thoughts of actually having to leave this one little boy…He is like my own…He drives me up the wall and melts my heart…and has been with us from the beginning…

It is going to be hard.

I hope you have an amazing weekend friends!

 

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Scary guy, huh? I have no idea who that is…but I am terribly afflicted with not being able to do a new post without a picture…and it does relate…so there you go…

I have dreamt before about being a scout for new and upcoming music artists…I know that sounds really weird and off the wall…but I think I’d be really good at it…

Most times, I can hear new music and immediately tell if it will flop or be a hit…and hits are hits with certain audiences…like a CCM hit would definitely not be a “hit” with other audiences…of course…

One thing that just really boggles my mind is Contemporary Christian Music and the way it is all flat, it all sounds the same, it is all so cheesy and bubble gum and shallow…

I do listen to Power 88…simply because I would rather listen to truth…no matter how cheesy and awfully played out…than listen to stuff that is not truth…lies painted over with a really good beat and good sound…Music is powerful…and those lies or that truth sink down deep and has a tremendous effect…

That’s why I prefer truth…

But, why does it have to be so bad….the sound, I mean…and the lyrics…

One new song on Power 88 has lyrics that say this….”I’m human…You’re human….We are…We are human…” over and over and over again….I KNOW I’M HUMAN!!! CAN YOU NOT COME UP WITH BETTER LYRICS THAN THAT??????…this is what I scream in the car…

Maris looks at me like….”I have the weirdest mom ever”….

And the woman who sings that song has an incredible voice…I mean…angelic…and I’m sure she is a total sweetheart…

I just think, as Christians, music artists have so much power behind them and before them…I would think they would be soooooo much more creative and artistic than they are…

It’s not all bad…

And a lot of it is just personal opinion, I guess……………

It just bothers me…

I stuck in a new Christian CD we had bought…trying to find something really great…looking for the best, ya know…

Uh,uh…

2 minutes into the song I took it out and put in my Coldplay’s Life in Technicolor and everything was right again…

What do you think? Are there any outstanding, really artistically talented Christian music artists out there that you can tell me about to save me from the insanity? 🙂

I mean, besides worship music which I love, and the oldie-but-a-goodies that I love: Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael W. Smith, old DC Talk, Sara Groves, …I got nothin man!!!

I’d love to know your thoughts on the matter…if you have any…

I’m gonna go eat some warm pumpkin bread and listen to Christmas music….mmmm..there’s the cure…….for now….

So much Love on this magnificently cold Saturday!!!

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NOT…Happy all the time

I’m not happy.  And gosh, I hate when that happens! I love being happy and smiling a lot. But I’m not…for whatever reason.

I was thinking the other day about that childrens song, “Happy all the time”.  Whoever wrote that song was smoking something. And people teach that to children. It goes…

I’m in right out right up right down right

Happy all the time

Since Jesus Christ came in and cleansed my heart from sin…I’m

In right out right up right down right

Happy all the time

So…whats that all about? I have a huge problem with what people have taught kids about our Lord.  No wonder when kids get to college they quit going to church.  They have been fed a bunch fluff. Fluffy fluff…

Jesus wasnt happy all the time. He was joyful…but not always happy.

Maybe I just need a bunch of chocolate and a Midol.

I think about David in Psalms when he said…

“Why are you downcast, O my soul?

Why so disturbed within me?

Put your hope in God,

for I will yet praise Him,

My Savior and my God.”

Psalm 42:11

David had it right! Who needs chocolate…

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Like a Rolling Stone

You know some things just arent meant to happen.  We had been back and forth about going to see Bob at The Wharf tonight.  We had made plans a few months ago but they fell through. Then, we  talked all morning about how to make it happen. When you have a child it makes things like this a little more difficult. One plan after the next fell through so we will miss Mr. Dylan tonight.

Daniel was the one that introduced me to Bob Dylan.  We were on our very first date at Cousin Vinny’s and we were talking about music and he asked me what kind of music I liked.  I named off some bands…coldplay, U2, Def Leopard…(i kind of threw in the Def Leopard part because I thought it would impress him…dont know what was going through this little head there…i was nervous ok!!)..and he kind of arrogantly grins and looks at me like…”are you for real?” He tells me about Bob Dylan and a few other artists he likes. So, the next day I’m in Barnes and Noble and I listen to some Bob Dylan songs on the headphone contraption and I did not like what I heard. It just sounded incredibly boring and folk lore ish.

A year later, after we are married, I was in class and my professor of a class called “The Philosophy of Art”…in other words…”A bunch of crap about crap”…decides to enlighten us with a documentary about Bob Dylan and right then and there I was hooked, and I”m not exactly sure why.  I think it was the way he loved what he did and how he seemed to do it so effortlessly.  He was so unassuming. He just did what he knew and he couldnt explain it, he couldnt fit it into a definiton, and he couldnt understand the phenomenon he was to the American people. He was just himself.  And that in and of itself draws people. When a person goes outside the mold, outside of protocol, outside of the norm…of what is expected and required..it shakes people. It wakes people up.

Jesus was like that ya know. He was completely outside the box. People couldnt explain Him. People were just drawn to Him and some hated Him because He was irreversably turning religion upside down.  I want to draw people. Not because I am weird or cool or wear weird things or speak elloquently or anything other than the fact that I am all for Him. I am devoted to living out who I am In Christ Alone. Yes, Here’s to all of us Rolling Stones…

 Hopefully, we’ll make it next time Bob.

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