Sunday, December 30, 2007
Also a good friend of mine Emily said something that really stuck out to me tonight. She talked about Mary and how the very son she bore from birth died for her own sins to be cleansed. Profound is the word to describe this simple look at something we've read about a million times. My God, you are so good to us and why you love us I'll never know but i love you for it and I'll die for it, someday.
I'm really trying to wrap myself around what God wants from me right now. this break has been very enlightening and i really don't think I'll ever be the same for it. Pray for me as i enter into this time of my life it's scary but it feels right. All praise be to Him.
Thursday, December 27, 2007
the mornings breathing/a second chance/into the lungs/of the west coast/and i am weary/from the travels/in my head
I'm leaving/and receiving/my bread for the day/I'm pacing/and retracing/every step of the way/and I'm dying to see myself pull through
the west coast dream/died when i took a trip out there/and tried to figure myself out/there were sunsets/watching the pacific/and when you closed your eyes/you could see yourself there
I'm trading/whats worth trading/i never forsook myself, till now/and I'm ready to be/on my own,without you
thoughts like this/can't fit in a 3x5
but if you wanna get the picture/imagine me without you/
and is this home/is this just home away from home/and are you home/i remember you were never home/always had to keep on moving/because you were afraid of losing/to much of yourself/won't you lose your self just this once
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
1. As Cities Burn-"come now sleep"
This is the second release from this band and it is a complete change up from there first more hardcore release. It is honestly one of the few albums that almost put me in tears every time i listen to it. it has such a passionate nod towards God and his love but explores the "greyness" of the world as well. everything is perfect on this album and it performs well live as well. get it and listen here.
2.The Red Racer-"ep"
This ep was recorded in a few days and is an extremely rough mix but the talent of these boys shine through. This was unfortunately the last release from these boys but was a beautiful look at their music and how they've progressed from their full length "no one can hurt you". the best local band of all time hands down and one of the best live shows flat out. listen here.
anberlin always had potential to be great, but this album they really showed what they could do. just a wonderful rock album that makes you think, move, and have a tremendous respect for what they were able to pull off. tremendous stuff, check it.
4.The Classic Crime-"Seattle sessions"
I hated the classic crime before this cd. But there is something about the way they pull off this acoustic ep that really makes it special. it is really about missing home and realizing the mundanes of ones life. Its good completely through and is good chill music. good stuff.
5. Thrice-the alchemy index: vol 1 & 2(fire & water)
I've never been a fan of thrices' stuff but was intrigued by them doing four separate ep's based on the four elements. I didn't really think they could pull it off but they proved me wrong. Fire is a heavy disk that manages to be hardcore while singing about fire without being cheesy. Water however is the main highlight of the two eps its a beautiful as it transitions form touching song to touching song. listen
Far-less-"a toast to bad taste"
Oh, Sleeper-"when i am god"
check those out hope everyone had good Christmas. I'll catch you on the flip side.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Number One Gun
This Day & Age
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
"I can see no lighthouses"
Colder places, only lie in my empty heart/still with its hardened beat/ fighting against the love i had/ but I am so lost/deep in this murky sea/i don't know how I/ can fall asleep, tonight
Father who am i now/a man with all these doubts/so far from your common grace/ that i can't recall your face/how do you love me still/despite my broken will/to love at all
Lost cause, on distant shores/places with open doors/I'm scared of where I'll be/when i finally see/why i was hopeless here/ sharing the intrinsic fear of death
"I only feel Haunted when I'm awake"
Is there a ghost/inside this room/i used not to think so/but it feels like heaven and hell/just met in the same place/and i am still here
I can't sleep in this bed that I've made/It feels like an empty space/between me and where i need to go/i only remember what i want to forget/ i still feel the same about this today/as i did a year ago/where do we rest when there is none
I pretend like i am drifting/inside some freezing sea/watching day break on horizons/i wish that i could be/the one that didn't have to struggle/that doesn't have to count his breaths/I'm so dependent on the drug/and where did my faith go?
Hope and love/is something i need/inside this rundown place/it kind of feels like you missed me/ did you miss me?
"Simple Glances, Complex Consequences"
Your my excuse tonight/please just pretend with me/that I'm not the failure/I'm not the problem yet/I still look into your face/and lie about this/how can i lie about this?
You know me better than/i know myself/and I'd be a fool to believe/that i can hide this from you/there's not that much of a chance/that you'll let this slip by
Heres to hoping/i hope i feel better about this/when i wake up/and that pits in my stomach/like i just committed murder/this isn't murder/but it's the closest i have ever been/how can i live like this!
so don't let it slip on by/It's time to get this under control
and again, and again/i feel like this is my only option/my way out,you are my way out/so its time to check out,time to check out/I've been sleeping in this whores bed for to long
What happens now!/I am not your saint/your prince of peace/or a worthy servant/I am this mess that I've made
and how do i live with you/if I'm not comfortable with myself/how do i pretend in this moment that i am perfect/well were not perfect and won't ever be
Have you tasted this/the blood on my hands/and while i hold my hands/against their wounds/how am i supposed to shield my own/is this a hopeless endeavor/just a desperate gasp in some drowning
and still our deeds/are out done/by the grace you extend/would you please/just please,let me see/where this beautiful failure will lead me
"Only after a war(the hope is restored)"
This is my curse/my worst foe/just tie me up/I'm fighting this war/with only sand in my hands/this is the only place i feel this way
So wreck this heart/it's a mystery to me/why you would ever see me/why you would ever look down/on this place and have pity
were not alone in here/yet i feel like I'm running/through trap after trap/just barely slipping by/and are you still breathing with me?
i tore down curtains down today/and made amends with my past/we both agreed it was my worst mistake/to forsake you/and if i died tonight/i know i would die alongside you
This is my curse/my only foe/I'm such an addict/such an empty frame/that somehow found/something worth living for
Monday, December 17, 2007
OK deep thought for the day....well semi deep. Driving home from Columbus today i kind of noticed how many exits have Walmarts and was thinking about how its such a reflection of our fear of change. To have the same restaurant, store, you fill in the blank in every city seems suddenly boring to me. I don't know i guess i need change to keep me interested. The older i get the more i want to travel see Gods creation, the older i get the less i want to be alone, the older i get the more i want to fall in love with everything beautiful in this world. thinking about going to Hawaii this summer with a friend. anyway think i might add some new song lyrics soon, really excited about this new stuff im working on its the most honest stuff i think i have ever wrote. Anyway i'm going to go to bed because im so very tired.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Sunday, December 9, 2007
I was thinking of new years resolutions the other day. i hate the things personally but i always feel obligated to try at least you know. came up with a short list(in a oh so not but semi particular order)
-put God first were he should be
-get rid of my last great sin
-read my bible every single day no excuses
-read "blue like jazz" by Donald miller
-read some C.S. Lewis book
-Love people more
-Be more positive about everything
-Treat people with more respect
-Never leave with out telling a family member i love them
-write some songs and develop them into something worthwhile
-not vote on election day because the candidates don't strike my fancy
Yea that's about all i got kinda a long list. i think i can do it, though. Anyway I'm going to go study the Word of God and go to bed. Much peace and love. Hope all is well with whoever comes across this thing.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
He was messing around and being his goofy self all night but in the few seconds he did get real, he talked about how out of everything he regrets in his life the biggest thing is the giving up of his virginity. We always hear it from so many people but to hear it from him was like a slap in the face from God saying "see i told you so". I think that we hear it all the time you know save yourself for marriage, in health class or what not. But the truth is non of us believe it, that's why we do the things we do. But to have someone i know and understand and have them say that it destroyed so much of their relationships, was humbling and struck a chord that i cant even begin to describe. IT'S REAL PEOPLE, this truth that sex is a bond that ties two people together eternally. If you didn't believe God believe a person like my friend, who did it and then got hurt by it. Hes not a christian by the way.
They biggest thing it said to me is, why in the world do i envy these people, when they envy my lifestyle. Were such a confused culture, and it seems more and more things just point at God as being the only way too happiness. It frankly pisses me off that so many people put themselves through this crap just too be disappointed and then they can't take it back.
There's an open wound in this world and i fell like i should put my hands against it to stop the bleeding. Yet I feel so small in the great mess of things. I always feel more and more drawn to this word: LOVE. It mystifies yet defines what i want to represent. Don't get me wrong I'm a bloody mess just like the rest of the world i just want to somehow just maybe make a difference in someones life and show them that there is always HOPE in everything that they do and that ultimately that hope is our LORD JESUS CHRIST.
Hope everyone is enjoying the snow. Pray for me as i enter exam week. Christmas is almost here and for the first time i feel like i really understand it.
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
so for what its worth, to anyone that might eventually read this i love you
Is your love really Love?
Is my love really Love?
I think our love isn't Love,
Unless it's Love to the end.
Monday, September 17, 2007
so im finally giving into the blogging nation.....this is going to be sort of a journal/music/thoughts/and anything else i feel post worthy.
So topic of the day, I wrote something recently i'd like to share:
Were gaining speed now/tumbling over pages that we read/always a story/always a way/to burn your enemy/always a place/always a time/I've got a figure/stirring in my mind/i've got an answer/ falling so short
cause when i die/ ill have a tourch in hand/ill have a reason to live/and something to die for/ cause im not worthless/My God, im not your enemy anymore
you've got it so wrong/but it feels so right/and i cant stand up to that/what is this fix that you seek/ill give you a drug/to tie your love too/before we get it/we shall surely pass away
straighten your eyesight/keep your burdens/on your shoulders/there yours to bear alone
and in the mist of all of this/i ask myself/what is love/the echo comes screaming back/this is not your end
"this song was written about how i try to put my struggles on myself and my blame on God when i fail, its a fine line to walk but someday ill be better at it than i am now and that is where this song is resolved with the hope of changing"