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Dear Chester (minutes to midnight)

So I am probably going to be the millionth person to add to the mourning of Chester Bennington. It’s been an interesting few days talking over this with some folk.

I “met” your band many years ago when I lived in a town called Ladysmith.
Hybrid Theory awoken the world to some epic music!!! (I remember having One Step Closer screaming out the boot of my friend’s car. And we stood their like cool kids.) I think we even attempting screaming with you.

At clubs, just after our school years, we’d be moshing out on the dance floor to the sounds of Linkin Park.

When my dad had his stroke in 2007 and I went over to the UK, minutes to midnight became my sound track to those few weeks in such a wonderful country. I can still see (in my memory) the streets of St Albans; where I heard a particular song from that album. (yes, music transports people.)

These songs moved me a lot and have been added to the soundtrack of my life at some point:

1) Crawling
2) Place for my head
3) Hands held high
4) Leave out all the rest
5) Faint
6) Numb

There are more… in fact, like I said, above, the whole album (minutes to midnight) can be added…

It’s sad that you as a rock star, had unnecessary expectations placed on you. That sucks! I’m sorry that you had no one to speak to with the crap you were going through. That you had to get to the point that ending your life… would be the way out…

Chester, thank you for bringing your artistry to the world.
Bringing your heartfelt lyrics to the world.
The dark ones, the positive ones, all have helped others through times in their lives.

You may never know the impact your lyrics had on moving people from a place of pain.

Chester, rest “in pieces”

We do care, that “one more light” has gone out…

Godspeed,

A face in the crowd at Sonisphere 2009

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Posted in Inspirational, Music, People

Don’t

Don’t write me off
I’m not done yet
I need you to believe in me

You could back off
Count your losses
I’d understand, it’s been done before

How does one break free?
How is the addiction destroyed for good?
How powerful are You actually?

I feel too much
It leaves me frustrated
Is he in Your reach?

It’s hard to see a light
In this dingy place
I feel stuck

Stepping forward into unfamiliar scares me
I revert backwards
It’s all I know

What will be the revelation?
What will be the final breakthrough?
When are You going to do something?

There is more
There is a better ending
A safe place to land

This post is inspired by  a person I know.  My heart breaks thinking about them.   I tried to put myself in their shoes.  Then as I was writing this – I thought of the song by The Almost:

Here are the words for the first verse:

I’m looking for some stable ground
Some kinda place to lay it down
And settle for a while
I’m sick of looking for a star
I won’t show anyone my scars
Can you help me out?
I wanna see a change in me

The rest of the lyrics can be found HERE

Posted in Inspirational, Music, People, Travels

Off He Goes

I’ve always liked this song by Pearl Jam:

This is a song for the wanderers and drifters.

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It’s been in my head the last few weeks.  (Don’t worry it ain’t a midlife crisis.)  I just like the tune, the lyrics and the imagery of it.

“Its like his thoughts are too big for himself” 

This “man” is bound by no one.  Maybe, there are also people, who drift in our lives for a short while… do we make the most of that?

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Posted in Inspirational, Music

Great Album names that carry weight.

1. Air for Free
2. To be everywhere is to be nowhere
3. Fear inside our bones
4. They’re only chasing safety
5. Grace through the wandering
6. Where the light shines through
7. With shivering hearts we wait.
8. How to dismantle an atomic bomb.
9. Dark is the way, light is the place
10. When angels and serpants dance.

Which album name grabs your attention?
Can u link these album names to the correct artists?

Posted in Inspirational, Music, People

Ordinary.

Watched this video by Rise Against again last week and just thought about the beauty of the ordinary.  The commitment to it.  The respect of it.

the video depicts a man doing his best to pay the bills.
it shows ordinary people.
going through everyday stuff.

(i have been thinking about this post over the last two weeks or so)
There is a lot of beauty in the ordinary.
I thought of various things:

The person who pauses to appreciate the sunset
The couple enjoying a film together
The unseen helper: a person who helps another and it is not “shared” online…
The kids riding their bicycles around their neighbourhood
The older brother who goes and watches all his brother’s games
The dad and mom celebrating the picture drawn for them by their three year old
The guy who gets butterflies when he sees the girl he loves
The gentleman who carries a heavy load for a lady
The girl lost in the pages of her latest novel
The man playing fetch with his dog
The couple who still holds hands after many years or marriage
The husband and wife who are still willing to say sorry
The person who sings behind their steering wheel as if they’re at a rock show
The friends who laugh with reckless abandon
The person who says no to their addiction

Enjoying and savouring a meal
When you feel “set free”
Excercising chivalry
When you put in extra effort to accomplish a difficult task
Those late hours cramming to do well in an exam
Going for a run
Giving to someone in need
Sending a message of encouragement
Resting on a park bench

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Life is full of beautiful ordinary moments

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A song for everyday of the week:

MONDAY – “I don’t like Mondays” (The Boomtown Rats)
TUESDAY – “Tuesday’s dead” (Cat Stevens)
WEDNESDAY – “Floats on my pillow” (Simon & Garfunkel)
THURSDAY – “Throw me tomorrow” (David Bowie – Thursday’s Child)
FRIDAY – “Friday, I am in love” (The Cure)
SATURDAY – “Look out kid because here it comes” (Biffy Clyro – Saturday Superhouse)
SUNDAY – “I can’t believe the news today” (U2 – Sunday Bloody Sunday)

(This was born out of a conversation I was having with a friend. The things we talk about. Click on the lyrics and “magically” appear in YouTube

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“We’re a lot like trees” (I’m a sucker for good lyrics)

Discovered this song by Paper Lights.  In a world with a lot of junk lyrics this one grabbed my attention massively:

Noisetrade has a few more of their songs.

This one:

They explain the motivation for the song here http://paperlightsmusic.com/thinking-about-trees-again/

What do you think?

We’re a lot like trees

it’s been said of trees that they’re imperfect men
imprisoned by the roots between their sins
with branches that reach into the dirt like arms
to plant their thoughts like seeds
but it never seemed so to me

we’re all living in the same room
and the heavens are the roof
we’re all living in the shadow
of a canyon bigger than us

it’s been said that fire is just a greedy flame
with lights to distract from all it hopes to gain
all dressed up in colors to ignite it’s claim
and a heart that’s much like me
but I’ve never felt all that free

we’re all living in the same room
and the heavens are the roof
we’re all living in the shadow
of a canyon bigger than us

 

Posted in Inspirational, Music

Shizz of the week: 21 March ->

  1. This week i celebrate Easter and enjoy a week break in Toti, with y family.  Stoked.
  2. Three months till i turn the big 36.
  3. This article Before 40 Bucket List was a great read. I like some of the ordinary things.
  4. Need an inspiring song?  Like a breath in the fog has been in my head. Spoken.
  5. I came across this question in a Lenten devotional: “Can death fall in love?”
  6. I like that a lot!  Ponder that as we journey to the cross this week!

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Shizz of the week (14th March ->)

Yo!

Came across these two quotes.  I liked them, so I’m gonna share with you:

“The most simple rule for good prayer is honesty and humility.  One can never go wrong with those two.  Talk honestly to God.  Don’t give God the self you think you’re supposed to be.  Give God yourself in your nakedness, who you really are, even if that means giving God your anger or distractions.”   Richard Rohr

“It is not your responsibility to explain what God is doing with your life.  He has not provided enough information for you to figure it out.  Instead, you are asked to turn loose and let God be God.” James Dobson

Somehow – they resonate with me in my life right now.

Richard Rohr also wrote THIS POST on the Shape of the Universe – i think you will like it…

Of singing in the rain

As an early birthday present I took Catherine to watch Singing in the Rain – what an excellent show!

The scene with the rain was one of the many incredible and well done scenes:

I find this fact about the usage of water interesting:

“To achieve the iconic rain sequence in this production, WATER SCULPTURES, a UK based company, designed and engineered the efficient and remarkable system which is used in the show.

Two tanks containing 6000 liters of water each, located offstage, and through a series of valves, pumps and interlocks, and nearly half a mile of flexible piping, this water is pumped to a holding tank, where it is slightly warmed for the comfort of the performers. 16 nozzles rigged in the fly tower above the stage create a downpour from above, and at the same time, water is pumped from below the stage to create a pool of water on the specially engineered decking onstage.

This creates the puddles and splashes in the street scene during the well known song and dance number ‘Singin’ in the Rain’.

Whilst a little water is splashed into the first three rows of the auditorium (known as the Splash Zone) during the scene, most of the water is drained back into the holding tanks, ready to be recycled for the next performance.”

It was a great moment to slow down life and enjoy some good theatre.  Loved it.  And to see how my wife was thoroughly enjoying it was extra special.

The costumes and dancing (especially the tap dancing) were brilliant! True to the title of one of the songs “Make ’em laugh” – we got our fair share of laughter.  I loved the “Good Morning” song the best – and expectantly “Singing in the rain” was also a favourite.

I’d definitely recommend this show.  Actually – most theatre is good… book a show.  Thank you Computicket.

Of phone-cover loyalty

My phone cover died recently. (wear and tear) So I had to replace it.  I was just pondering to myself (and now in front of you, the reader) how such a little “material object” served me so well.  Over the two years of it’s life if I dropped my phone that cover protected the screen.  The little magnet that closed the cover… would seem to go MIA (missing in action) and then a day later appear back on my phone cover.  I smile at those bizarre memories.

Of Monsters and Men

On the 2nd April, Catherine and I get to see this great band.  Can’t wait.  Thank you to SowingTheSeeds festival for organizing for us to see these rad bands…

Plus I just had to show you a song for the week too.  Also what is cool… this band is from Reykjavik – the capital of Iceland.  A few years back I got to visit that magical town…

also was very stoked to get this Exposure

Thanks to OUR DAILY BREAD for a public platform to share my works and writing

Have a grand week!

 

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Shizz of the week (7 March ->)

I am not a fan of worship music.  It’s too cheesy at times.  And sometimes “too much of a business” – so I steer clear… but every now and then there is a band that brings something new.  The words are fresh.  The musical style is different.  The heart feels right.

Rend Collective are just that.  This song is pretty cool.  (looks like they had some cheesy fun putting it together. Ironically, this cheese i accepted…)

 

Came across this in an email that i received from Gerard Kelly:

Deeper still in the embrace of grace…

“Inscribed on the very heart of God’s grace is the rule that we can be its recipients only if we do not resist being made into its agents; what happens to us must be done by us. Having been embraced by God, we must make space for others in ourselves and invite them in – even our enemies.”
Miroslav Volf, Exclusion and Embrace, 1996

I really like that.  What do you think?

To be honest – in many ways, I believe the Methodist Church can be outdated at times.   However, it’s founder John Wesley is a legend.  He had some pertinent things to say.  Check out this GREAT POST

I copied and pasted some of them here (for the lazy who don’t click on links):

‘The world is my parish.’
Avoid narrow self-interest and promote a world view.

‘Beware of that common, but accursed, way of making children parrots … Regard not how much, but how well, to what good purpose, they read … The end of education … [is to] help us discover every false judgement of our minds, and to subdue every wrong passion in our hearts … [and] to understand as much as we are able .’
Offer the best possible education.

‘Wickedly, devilishly false is that common objection, they are poor only because they are idle … Find them work … They will then earn and eat their own bread.’
Seek to ensure full employment.

‘Though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike? May we not be of one heart, though we are not of one opinion?’
Promote tolerance.

Have a good week ahead! 🙂