Posts tagged ‘music’

Better Than Bieber

If you’ve never heard Kurt Hugo Schneider, you’re in for a treat. And, it’s Friday…YOU NEED A TREAT!

Have a great weekend!!!

About X-rays, Bottle Caps, and Mozart

In Paraguay a chamber orchestra of 20 children uses instruments fashioned out of recycled materials from a landfill, performing the music of Beethoven, and Mozart, Henry Mancini and the Beatles. The sounds of a classical guitar come from two big jelly cans. Used X-rays serve as the skins of a drum set. Bottle caps work perfectly well as keys for a saxophone. Check out this clip from an upcoming documentary.

Amazing, huh. Out of garbage something beautiful is created. And, that’s exactly what God can do with you and me. Out of the garbage that is your life he can create something original and beautiful…a new you! Life can become part of a landfill, trash just taking up space. God takes that life and somehow recreates that rubbish into a person headed in the right direction. Then, he sticks by to keep you on the right path.

It takes your breath away just thinking about what God can do with your life. Think today about choosing not to be part of the landfill, but to allow God to make you part of his orchestra.

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!  2 Corinthians

Just What the Doctor Ordered

Recently, I watched an episode of “Grey’s Anatomy.” Actually, I’ve watched every episode of “Grey’s.” I’m one of those who believes that Meredith and Derek and Cristina are real people. And, of course, it is the best hour of network television week after week. The music is always awesome.

Anyway. On this particular episode, as the show ended, there was a cover of Tom Petty’s song “I Won’t Back Down.” This version was by an unknown named Ryan Star and it slowed down the song. It forced me to pay attention to the words. Really listening to them for the first time made a difference in how I viewed the song. It wasn’t just a rockin’ song anymore. It was more meaningful.

That’s what God can do with your life. He offers you a different version of yourself. He can help you to slow down and see yourself, then change to what you think will make you a better version.

When Jesus met a Samaritan woman, that’s what he told her. He said he could change her life. And, she took him up on his offer. Jesus makes the same offer to you. But, like the woman, it’s up to you whether you want to accept it.

Are you interested in a new, more meaningful version of yourself? Check out the Bible story of the Samaritan woman…and check out Jesus.

Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” John 4

You can read the whole story in the Bible

Here’s the Ryan Star version of “I Won’t Back Down”

Understanding the Lyrics

Christopher Francis Ocean, better known by his stage name Frank Ocean, is a 25 year old American singer/songwriter from New Orleans. Early in his career he wrote songs for Brandy, Justin Bieber, and John Legend, to name a few. Recently, he’s making more of a name for himself as a performer. I don’t know if I really like his music or not, but there’s one thing he said which I find very interesting:

“When you’re happy, you enjoy the music. But, when you’re sad, you understand the lyrics.”

Man, that speaks to me, how about you? When life is going well, you’re dancing, your feet don’t even touch the floor. You’re hearing the music. Smiling, laughing…life is good. But then. When your life hits the skids…. That’s when you begin thinking, having that internal dialogue. What went wrong? What’s happening? And, now, you’re hearing and understanding those lyrics.

You can’t keep your life from being sad sometimes. But, maybe, you can control some of the lyrics to your song. Make God’s words some of your lyrics. Some people memorize verses in the Bible. You know why? So when bad things happen, those words come to their mind. That helps them in making right decisions and handling adversity. The right lyrics. God’s words. There are times when hearing the right thing can move you in the right direction.

Life’s a breeze, dance, live, enjoy! But for those times when your life hits the wall, have some lyrics that will get you through the rough patch. Read the words of God. They’re powerful.

Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119

Check out Frank Ocean for yourself.

30 Albums That Define Cool

Those lists found online and in magazines drive me crazy! You know the ones: The 100 Best Rock Bands Ever, The 25 Best Books of 2011, The Top 10 Sexiest People in the World (Believe or not, I’m on that list!!! OK…not). Well…the other day I saw a list called: 30 Albums That Define Cool. I read through it and found I have 5 of the albums, and I have 8 of the artists in my itunes library. Guess my music’s not so cool. But I started thinking…what does “cool” mean? It can mean funky, hip, chic, groovy, fly, phat, kicky (what?!!), or sophisticated. Hmmm.

So. Is the Bible cool? Hey, I spent some time thinking about this. I say YES! There’s a guy in the Bible called John the Baptist. He wore a camel hair garment and ate locust and wild honey. That’s pretty funky! Might even be kicky, too. King Solomon was pretty hip. His dress was very sophisticated. After all, he was the richest man in the world! He was a pretty phat builder, too.

It took Solomon twenty years to build the Lord’s Temple and his own royal palace. 1 Kings 9

The main way the Bible is like this list is it tends to spark debate. Just as people like to talk about who belongs on the 30 coolest album list and who doesn’t, people are always discussing what the Bible says or what it doesn’t say. I don’t think that’s unhealthy. If you’re seeking the truth, a good dialogue is important. On occasion two (or more) heads might be better than one!

Are you cool? About the only time I think I’m cool is when the temperature drops. But, I don’t think it matters. Discussing what the Bible says? That matters.

Check out the list for yourself: 30 Albums That Define Cool

There’s a Bathroom on the Right

Oh my, oh my! Those misunderstood song lyrics. Some are famous, like when Jimi Hendrix was singing: “‘Scuse me while I kiss the sky!” Some people thought he was saying: “‘Scuse me while I kiss this guy!” There’s a little bit of difference there, don’t you think?

Another one is the Creedence Clearwater Revival line that says: “There’s a bad moon on the rise.” And many thought it said: “There’s a bathroom on the right.” Oh, and I know a guy that when The Young Rascals sing: “Life would be ecstasy, you and me endlessly,” he still sings “Life would be ecstasy, you and me and Leslie.” I keep telling him to get his mind out of the gutter!

Here’s what happens though. You hear the wrong words, but then you somehow make sense of them in the context of the song. In other words, you justify what you hear, you make it work…even though it’s incorrect.

This happens with the Bible sometimes. You’ll read a passage and think you know what it says. Or, someone will tell you what it says. And, if you’re incorrect, you will begin to bend everything else you know to fit your understanding. This is why it’s so very important to read or listen to the Bible for yourself. To put what is said in context, to understand the full meaning. You should never trust anyone to tell you what the Bible says without checking it out yourself.

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true…. 2 Timothy 3

The best story I’ve heard is of a girl who thought instead of singing “Crimson and clover, over and over,” Tommy James was singing “Christmas is over, over and over.” Well…the song did come out in November 1968 so maybe she didn’t hear it until December 26?!!

All right now! Check out the misunderstood lyrics mentioned above:

Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock ’69 “Purple Haze” 

The Young Rascals “Groovin'”

Creedence Clearwater Revival “Bad Moon Rising”

Tommy James & the Shondells “Crimson and Clover”

 

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