Posted tagged ‘Music’

The Wonder of that Moment

April 4, 2013

Robin Mark’s “The Young Man”

And what of us, so distant from that far gone day?

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Forever and Ever, Amen.

March 6, 2013

Okay, okay, so you’re all getting impatient with my lack of posting by now.  All of you, that is, except those readers who have been through this time themselves (and isn’t it the time of your life!) and know how little time a Best Friend leaves for anything else.  I thought I was going to call this post “This is why I never wanted a boyfriend,” and I may yet write that post, but I decided that tonight I want to share a video.  Sister sent me the link many months ago, perhaps over a year ago, and we have both enjoyed it very much.  Now, it has special significance for me…so enjoy.

Sir K and I will be embarking on our “forever and ever” this summer, so be prepared to wait a little longer between posts for a few months while we get a wedding planned!

To Carol, or Not to Carol

November 23, 2012

Okay, so it’s after Thanksgiving now; we can safely move on to Christmas themes – and Christmas music, right?

As I’m sure you’re all aware, many stores have been playing Christmas music for weeks now.  I’ve been hearing mixed reactions, and while this isn’t the first year I’ve heard the “it’s too early for Christmas music” line, this is the first time I’ve seriously thought about it.  Not that my opinion has or needed to change, personally, but I wanted to see the other side (if possible).

Why would people have such a problem with Christmas music?  Actually, I think the problem is partly just that they’re not ready for it to be Christmas already (and again).  For crying out loud, summer just ended . . . and now it’s Christmas already!  I also heard one radio DJ complain that it was taking the focus away from Thanksgiving, not allowing us the time to truly be thankful.  I can sympathize, to some extent, although Thanksgiving has always come without needing that much in the way of music to herald it.

Another complaint is that all this music commercializes Christmas.  Yeah, I can see where the stuff that stores play is pretty much all the secular stuff that would indeed commercialize Christmas, especially the ones about Santa bringing us stuff.  Let’s face it.  Why would stores and radio stations be playing Christmas tunes this early?  To sell more, of course!  If we start thinking about it earlier, maybe we’ll end up paying more by the time we get to Christmas.  Whether it’s that we end up buying more overall or just that we have that much longer to talk ourselves into paying more for that gift we really want to get that special friend or family member, listening to Christmas music probably gets us more into the spirit of giving, or more importantly buying, and more of it.

So why do I still not have a huge problem with Christmas music this early?  Well, to tell you the truth, I started even earlier.  And I’m not just talking about the Christmas Cantata that I’m a part of at church.  We started rehearsals for that in October.  But I’ve been singing Christmas music, some secular but mostly sacred, since . . . last Christmas.  And the Christmas before.

You see, I never really stop singing carols altogether.  They just become more infrequent as I give myself space to sing all the other good music out there.  And I’m not the only one for whom Christmas is an all year deal.  A lot of people I know will say that Christmas is for all year round.  And my boss will walk down the halls either whistling or reinventing “Deck the Halls” in the middle of July!  Other people complain that it’s too early for him to be whistling that, but I just grin.

Maybe I like Christmas, and Christmas music in specific, because in my expectant hope of Christ’s second coming, I enjoy looking back to His first coming.  As One Small Child, Away in a Manger, In the Little Village of Bethlehem.  Having played an angel many years ago (not necessarily any more of a typecast now than it wasn’t then), I like to imagine myself on the hillside as a whole choir of angels sang.  I’ve long been in awe of the way God brought the wise men to Bethlehem, bearing gifts that must have been, well, a Godsend, when Mary and Joseph fled to Egypt with our Savior.  And just as I joy in the first coming and all that happened, I look forward to the next coming singing “Joy to the World.”  You do know that one isn’t actually a first coming song right?  It’s about the second coming!  And I love it just as I do all the rest of God’s music.

So, while I have to say that those folks complaining that it’s too early for Christmas music have a point in terms of the commercialism it breeds, I am as guilty as anyone else.  And I’m not likely to stop my year-round habit any time soon.  So what if we have a whole month to remember the birth of Christ?  The rebel in me simply wants to remember it all year round!  After all, it was the most important thing in our history so far, so why not!?

Ancient Words

September 22, 2012

Much of Contemporary Christian music does not impress me much, although there may be nothing wrong with most of it, but I do have a couple of favorite artists.  One of these is Robin Mark.  I’m partial to “Revival,” but he has many great songs focusing on the Truth, such as this one.  May we all come with open hearts to hear God’s Ancient Words.

Enjoy!

It’s the Thought that Counts

December 1, 2011

Twila Paris was my childhood singing role model.  Actually, I still copy her quite a bit, both in my singing and my songwriting.  This is one of my all time favorite Christmas songs (as different than Christmas Carols), and I think everyone should listen to it before going out to do any more Christmas shopping.

I dare you to get it stuck in your head before you are bombarded by all the materialistic songs playing in the stores!

Is This a Hopeless Hope? ~ A Quill & Inkwell

November 19, 2011

Phylicia Duran, who also writes for Latitude 821, has a delightful blog covering everything from yummy recipes to theology.  One of her latest posts struck a chord with me, and I encourage you to read her commentary on “Positive Hits.”

Is This a Hopeless Hope?.

Bible Conference

October 21, 2011

I mentioned last week that I was headed to a Bible conference over the weekend.  It’s a conference my family has been attending the last few years, although so far we haven’t been able to have all seven of us go at the same time.  The conference is for those 15 or up, so the twins couldn’t go anyway, but so far only 3 or 4 of the rest of us have made it any given year.

I love going to this conference.  Not only is there great teaching over the three days, but I have a chance to catch up in person with several friends.  One young lady in particular.

This friend, whom I’ll nickname “Elphie” after one of her favorite characters, and I got a chance to hang out a lot this year.  We shared a cabin for the two nights and generally spent the rest of our time together.  Yes, we do correspond during the rest of the year, but her schedule is often swamped and mine fluctuates between busy and calm so emailing can be tough for both of us.

Elphie has been a great encouragement to me musically.  She has a great voice herself, and two years back she was asked to help lead worship because our regular guy had lost his voice from overuse.  When she encouraged me to join in, it gave me the confidence to step up and use my voice too.  And since then, I have built my confidence bit by bit to the point where I wasn’t even nervous when Elphie and I got asked to help lead on Sunday morning.

She has also helped me brave my shyness with my own music.  I finally was able to bring my guitar to this conference and play some of my original songs for her, as well as a few of my favorites from Robin Mark and the Gettys.  Maybe next year I’ll be ready to play something of my own for the rest of my brothers and sisters at the conference.  So far I have only played one of my songs in public at a coffeehouse, and I always get extra nervous when I do.

Spending time among the brethren is always good.  I enjoyed every minute of this conference, and I hope that everyone else there did as well.  The reason we always go back is because through the teaching, worship, and fellowship, we see Jesus.  In fact, that’s the burden of the song I wrote just before last year’s conference and which I will probably share next year.  Through my brethren at this conference, I see Jesus.

That’s what one of the brothers who taught was teaching about, actually.  People around us should see the Kingdom of God within us.  Personally and as a body of believers.  We do not look for a kingdom in the future, for we have the Kingdom within us now.

How wonderful is that!


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