Saturday, December 30, 2006

I am shocked how long this is:


The documentary that made me think:

So I watched part of a documentary called "All We Are Saying" about the music industry. NOte, i only saw the secong half.It was done by rosanna arquette, and I actually enjoyed it. She went around and talked to musicians about why they do what they do, how it affects their family life, what they love about music and really any random thing about music. The oddest people were Tom Petty and Yoko Ono(like that’s a shock). Neil Crosby cried/teared up discussing how he doesn’t get to see his family enough and misses them. Sheryl Crow talked about how music always surprised her, and how the writing process was something kinda crazy. Some random lady I had never seen or heard of said music makes you feel like you are a part of something bigger than yourself. Andre 3000 said you know when you write something that will be great because its like something/someone else is writing it…like magic. Boy George said it was a way to be the center of attention and express himself honestly…I will say I think he gets attention and expresses himself just fine. Willie said he must love the road he can’t get off of it. There were many more that I could mention but I wont.

My thought/question is what is it about music that grabs everyone? I mean everyone. I found myself hearing their stories and hearing some of my own voice. I am one of the few musicians that doesn’t perform. I play weekly with some friends but it not for people to listen to. Its not for me to feel good about myself for my musical gifts. I play to lead some of my friends in singing songs that have lyrics that have one single person at the focus. Lyrics that tell a story. They tell the story of a Savior that has come to be our “great salvation”
So as I play these songs something magical (ala Andre 3000) happens. I don’t think it has to do with the lighting, nothing to with the peoples clothes on stage or the amount of people in the room. I believe the “magic” is the fact that we get the fact that we are not alone when we sing. We sing “you are the everlasting God” not just to tell God he is everlasting but to remind each other, we sing “It is finished , hear the dying savior cry” to let our fellow believers know because of Christ death, burial and resurrection, that they have been declared righteous and there sins were and are atoned for. (that’s a run-on sentence and I don’t care) We sing as a body of believers and we grow from that, we grow from each other.

It is no secret that I am not a fan of the use of an organ for the primary instrument during worship. How ever there was one Sunday(my 2nd Easter at FPC, it was David Jones’ 1st Easter, that might land mark it for some of you) and the Organ started “A mighty fortress is our God” and as the choir entered singing the congregation joined in to sing:
A mighty fortress is our God,
A bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood
Of mortal ills prevailing;
For still our ancient foe
doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great,
and, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.

That word above all earthly powers,
No thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours
Through Him Who with us sideth;
Let goods and kindred go,
this mortal life also;
The body they may kill:
God’s truth abideth still,
His kingdom is forever.

As we sang that day I had goose bump/chill bumps/holy spirit bumps whatever you call them (I prefer goose bumps) all over my body. I mean the body of Christ stood together and said “Let goods and kindred go,this mortal life also; The body they may kill:
God’s truth abideth, still,His kingdom is forever.”
Man I loved that Sunday, besides Youth Sundays, a few REALLY funny solos, and my last Sunday, that Easter stands out as one of my favorite Sunday mornings at FPC.

So I ask myself what is it about music?
It’s bigger than me and my guitar, its bigger than the lyrics and chords on a piece of paper. That’s it. Its Bigger. There is something that draws me in, something that awakes my soul, it tells me I am not alone and most importantly gives me hope.
Please do not read this and think I am saying music is more important than scripture, I hope if you are someone who knows me and is reading this knows that is not my heart.


So yeah, that’s all for now. I am off to finish my latest butt kicking by Vijay Singh and then to bed.
And then another great day of being a dad, husband, and thankfully a musician.

Sorry this is so long, I had something on my mind. And I an to sleepy to proof this whole thing, sorry. i will proof it later.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Shocking

Well here are some things that have shocked me this Christmas(well the past few days):

1)The Wii much cooler than I thought it was. If I had another $150 in gift cards I would want to get one. I know that’s shocking, but I was at Daniel Floyd’s tonight and we had so much fun with it.
2)Our Christmas tree stayed up with out any reinforcement. 1st time since we have been married.
3)Levi likes to eat wrapping paper. Well he puts anything he can get his hands on in his mouth. But he loves wrapping paper.
4)Started reading Well’s books “above all earthly power” I think its gonna be good. I just started it 2 days a go and I am a slow reader, so I am not to far into the book.
5)Tiger Woods 2007 is much harder than the last Tiger Woods I had.
6)My friend Ryan Kennedy is in Ghana, not shocking I just wanted to throw that out for you to pray for him.
7)My friend Gro wants to raise money to buy a Van and computers for an Orphanage in Kenya. That’s shocking because she is a broke college student and that means God is going to have to pull this one out.
8) I love the smell of a real tree. Something cool because every year I feel like it’s a lot to do a real tree and then we get and I like it.
9)Best gift for Christmas…not sure so many good ones
10)I started to like Christmas songs by the end of the Christmas season.
11)Levi said his 1st sentence. On that’s a lie.
12)I love my boots, super comfortable.
13)I wish I owned 10 Breedloves, O wait that’s not shocking at all.
14) I am going to be taking piano lessons.
15)I love spending time with my son. He is one of my favorite people in the world. I just love him, that’s on my shocking list only because I couldn’t have thought I would enjoy him this early in his life.

Yup, that’s it for now.
I may add a pitcure later.

Monday, December 25, 2006

When the lights went out in Watkinsville


Well, last night I went to the restroom in our half bath down stairs. Man this is already an amazing blog. There is a small window in that bathroom that looks out into our back yard. Its fairly huge…well large, its about 1.5 acres. It was so dark. Often the moon lights up the back yard but not last night. Pitch Black. Then I walked out the front door and notice that it was super dark out there as well. Then I walked inside an my living room was lit by the lights from, the tree. Levi’s gifts were all laid out in front of the tree. One thing stands out to me about this Christmas. Its not about me being with my sweet boy, my incredible bride, the gifts I will be getting and giving, it is about holding on to hope that life will be better one day because Christ is redeeming and renewing everything. The saddest part is that most things wont be redeemed this side of heaven. Find hope today, life will get better.
Merry Christmas to all.

Friday, December 22, 2006

all i've gotten and given

So here is a list of my favorite Christmas gifts in no particular order:
Received:
1) Money, I mean that is always a winner. Last year it helped me get my new guitar.
2) One Christmas a bunch of families went in to give me and Keith and gift. It was a CHUNK of money. That was incredibly kind.
3) One year I got a glow in the dark really fast electric train. Very cool. It would go so fast, climb the wall, again very cool.
4) The farthest back Christmas I remember is one of my favorite memories of Christmas. I remember walking into the living room and seeing a “return of t he Jedi” desk and a GI JOE blow up tent. I know there were a few little things on the desk, but I loved the tent and desk.
5) Game Cube. Ok so come of you already questioning me and you know what I don’t care. I was dating a girl for 5 months and she surprised me with a game cube. Which had all the games I would want to play. I was shocked. Great gift from my now bride.
Given:
1) North Face Fleece, pasta bowls. I went over our limit but I am glad I did because that was the year she got me the game cube.
2) Jeans. Bought a friend some nice jeans. Good surprise and good gift.
3) Gift card. One time I got to give someone a $100 gift card.
4) Once for a white elephant gift I gave bubbles that I had left over from a wedding. FYI they were in a Moe’s cup. All the gifts that day were nice so when the lady go the cup she thought it was a gift card, so when se got the bubbles she was PISSED. I laughed so hard I cried.
5) One year I surprised Camille with a new Baby G-Shock watch.

Moral of this blog….Man its hard to remember all that you give and get for Christmas. Doesn’t that say something? Gifts are not what Christmas is about.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

interesting

interesting post on black America in Esquire Magazine.click here

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

ramble of the day


1) I found my first Watkinsville restaurant that I think I will become a regular at. It is named after my friend Katie. It is called “the big easy”
2) I am excited about our Christmas services.
3) Carrie Kennedy is Levi’s sugar momma, and he loves it.
4) I kinda want a wii. I know some of you think I am a loone but it would be great when we have folks and students over.
5) I need to cut my yard, I have delayed this for months. Some weeds grow year round.
6) Ian has a man crush on Bill. Not really but man he loves that guy.
7) Our tree is very pretty this year.
8) Camille and Gro’s cookies were the best I have tasted in their 5-year tradition.
9) We miss Gro and hope she will move to Athens/Watkinsville when school is over.
10) I wish I took more time to learn more about taking great pictures.
11) Ear molds for me soon
12) I love guitars. I think I have a problem…I just want more. Mark S. just got a new Martin and I feel like hmmm maybe I want a Martin.
13) I am so glad Camille doesn’t want house to be lit up like the National Lampoons Christmas Vacation house. I am just not into having a lighted house. No offense to those who have gone all out, its just not me.
14) I never knew that there was such a thing as un-cut videos. I have never seen one but VH1 did a special on them. Again it shows me how deeply depraved we are.
15) Santa….not doing it. Don’t hate.
16) The Sammy Carmike Trio look out for these guys, they crack me up. much love to Jimbo.
17) I can’t make myself go see the Nativity. Just can’t do it.
18) How is Micheal Bolten still around, I just saw a commercial of him having a new cd…strange, good thing he cut the hair!
19) How/Why in the flippin world did New York get a reality show? D. hunt knows what I am talking about.
20) I love my job, and there is one big reason, we are all going the same direction, that is making Jesus known.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Windows Vista

This just fuels t he fire for all of us Mac snobs.
click here for a video by a writer from the NY Times.

Friday, December 15, 2006

christmas

So tonight we were in down town Athens, before I had band practice, and honestly I loved what they did with the town for Christmas. They put lights in all the big tall trees. It looked AWESOME. I really like it downtown and wish I could spend more time down there. I really just like being in a down town feel. I like walking around, eating outside, walking rosie, holding Camille’s hand pushing Levi in the jogging stroller, and enjoying a cool night. I loved talking to random people about our dog or about our baby. I want to find ways to get out in Watkinsville and do the same thing. Not sue how but I am determined to figure it out.

We are also done with everyone’s Christmas but mine, but I cant think of anything I want. Money is the best gift for me, because I randomly find what I want and usually don’t get it because I don’t have the money. But I will say there are those moments when people come up with a random winner.

So in closing I would like to say I like fluffy puff marshmallows.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Was King David Gay?

1 Samuel 20:16-17
16And Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying,[c] "May the LORD take vengeance on David's enemies." 17And Jonathan made David swear again by his love for him, for he loved him as he loved his own soul.

ok so i don't think David is gay but man for all the homophobes out there this is the "man after God's own heart" LOVING another guy.

we discussed this tonight at youth and i was surprised how few folks felt like the relationship and Johnathan seemed strange in the chapter more than anything we have read so far in 1 Samuel. Andy did a good job leading the discussion, good job pushing us towards community.
so yeah, thats it for tonight.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Rant of the day:

So what is a Rant?
rant:to speak in a very loud, aggressive, or bombastic way, usually at length and repetitively
Definition is thanks to Encarta® World English Dictionary
So to night I change my Rant of the day to Ramblings of the day.
Ramble: to have, follow, or proceed along a winding or often changing course
1) Stars. Wow do we get to see millions in our back yard. It is amazing.
2) I love the song “God rest ye merry gentlemen”
3) Third Days Christmas CD is better than I would have thought
4) Macaroni Grill might be underrated.
5) I don’t know what I want for Christmas.
6) I am sick of fantasy football…why you ask…because I SUCK at it.
7) I love me some Steve Mcguire, even if I can’t spell his last name.
8) Vestal, where in the deuce are you? I know I need to call you.
9) How about Matt’s awesome comment about Crack houses, and Whore houses. NICE.
Seriously I loved it!
10) I am so ready for an Aviom system.
11) I honestly would love to see MPC tomorrow. I miss my favorite Pizza.
12) Our next 2 services are gonna be great. Songs will be fun to do.
13) Les, I doubt you read this but I miss you bro and can’t wait to play together
again
14) my/our Christmas tree SUCKS up water.
15) Still spending a ton of time in Jittery Joes
16) Sleep, I am starting a new bed time tonight. No later than12, 5 out of 7
nights.
17) Community groups, we have a great one, if you are not in one at your church I
hope you can plug into one and invest into people and be invested into.
18) How many years can falcons continue to have a greatly hyped team and still not
make it to the big game?
19) Youth group did the peppermints in buttermilk game last week. Good times.
20) YHC, great memories, to bad most people there are doing to many drugs
21) i want to go back to Jamaica. And we will go when Levi is older.
22) Amanda is going to meet Oprah. I would ask her why she SUCKS at interviewing
people and why she ask people the same question over and over
23) The fire in the sky is a small glimpse of the light to come when the father
comes for his own.

That’s enough for now.

What is to come?

I thought i would tell you guys what is coming on my blog.
1) a new rant that includes christmas shopping, and eating out with a baby.
2) Christmas, why we need it.
thats all i want to write about right now.
so look for something soon...maybe even a rant later tonight.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

this took guts

So Dave Barnes made this video and i must say it takes many guts to do a video like this and be a musician. check it out here.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

one reason Christians get a bad rap

this is a girl at a pro-life rally. If i were going to have an abortion this girl would stop me....from goinng to that particular place. man some christians hurt themselves by not loving the culture and sharing truth in love..

Thursday, December 07, 2006

band practice and GH

Well practice went well tonight. After we had practice we went to D Floyd's and played guitar hero for about two and a half hours. I just got home i am still wanting to play. i ate a bowl of frosted flakes at 6 and now its 12 and i need to go eat. i just wanted to say guitar hero rocks. i cant want to actually be good at it.

help me by Cash

Lord, Help me walk
Another mile, just one more mile;
I'm tired of walkin' all alone.

Lord, Help me smile
Another smile, just one more smile;
You know I just can't make it on my own.

I never thought I needed help before;
I thought that I could get by - by myself.
Now I know I just can't take it any more.
With a humble heart, on bended knee,
I'm beggin' You, please, Help Me.

Come down from Your golden
And throne to me, to lowly me;
I need to feel the touch of Your tender hand.

Remove the chains of darkness
Let me see, Lord let me see;
Just where I fit into your master plan.

I never thought I needed help before;
I thought that I could get by - by myself.
Now I know I just can't take it any more.
With a humble heart, on bended knee,
I'm beggin' You, please, Help Me.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

my new rant

I don’t think I have to many things to rant about today but here we go:
1) why would a waitress give you sass when you try and order everything as soon as she walks up to the table? she is the one that took 10 min. to come to your table, I memorized the menu.
2) man I love the Cracker Barrel, every time you go in one it feels like going home.
3) I spend way to much time at Jittery Joes to never drink coffee
4) Forwards, now who started these? I get about 10 per week from all different people. If you are one of those people, don’t send them to me, I don’t read them. If Levi had an email and sent it to me, I wouldn’t read it. I hate forwards always have, and unless Jesus writes me one I always will hate them.
5) Speaking of Levi, he is a different kid when he is sick. I mean my boy needs Jesus.
6) Athletes I can’t stand: Barry Bonds, NY Yankees, Shaq, TO, Rasheed Wallace, Patrick Ewing, that’s enough for now
7) I am a Grey’s fan, and yes I call it Grey’s. and any of you folks that want to talk bad about Grey’s stop being lame and making fun of someone else’s enjoyment. I am not dissing your favorite football team that that lost to Vandy and Kentucky, or your favorite strange music, that you and your 2 friends listen to or that fact that you think you are cool/trendy/ a rebel because you don’t give in to the “man” and millions of others in the US that do watch Grey’s. I think writing is great and contrary to d.hunt these past episodes have not been all about sex.
8) I am sick of hearing about Brittany and K-Fed and Brittany and Paris.
9) this is my confession: I am struggling to learn these Christmas songs.
10) 2 national championships in 4 seasons, not bad!
11) I wish we had a hand full of $ to add a room on the back of our house.
12) this weather is perfect
13) our sound system is getting better
14) look out next winter for a CD from me and my friends in Watkinsville
15) loved our call to worship 2 weeks ago Isa 55:1-3
16) i wish MPC was here
ok maybe I had more on my mind that I thought.