Posted in Inspirational & Observations from Life, Music

Shizz of the week (14th March ->)

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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!

 

Posted in Music

The ABC’s of good ROCK music!

As all children need to learn their ABC’s… so do those who are introduced to the wide world of (rock) music.  Maybe you have heard of these bands and maybe you haven’t.

For the ones you haven’t – do yourself a favour and go and check them out. Rock on!

(Feel free to click on some of the links and see where they lead you…either a video, song or a band bio)

A – Anberlin – does this song make you feel good?
B – Biffy Clyro – “I pronounce it aluminium, ‘Cause there’s an I next to the U and M”
C – Counting Crows

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D – Dave Matthews Band – one of the best live acts I have ever seen.
E – Enter Shikari – this is the first video of theirs I ever saw and fell in love with them 🙂
F – Funeral for a Friend – this song always takes me into oblivion
G – Gaslight Anthem
H – Hugh Masekela
I – Incubus – you may just DIG this video  (they have a way with lyrics )
J – Jon Foreman (He writes very well.  Profound thoughts)
K – Kings of Leon
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M – Mat Kearney

 

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One Black Sheep – fun video here

N – New Volume (a new band on the scene. Friends of mine)
O – Of Monsters and Men – this song of theirs was in this Film
P – P.O.D & (People live here)
Rise against have the ability to both push out hardcore rock songs that have you screaming along and then they can offer these breath taking ballads that make you feel so connected to your humanity.

Q – Queensryche
I discovered this band back in 1993 on the Last Action Hero soundtrack which is actually pretty cool. (The world seemed a lot more innocent back then)

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S – Switchfoot & (Sound of Silence)
My wife showed me this video recently.  (A brilliant cover from the band, Disturbed – who we would not expect to do such great justice to the original song.  Captivating!)
T – Twin Forks
I am sure a lot of you haven’t discovered these guys yet. The lead singer is originally from Dashboard Confessional. Folk music at its best.
U – (The) Used – they have always had clever artwork
V – Vocal Few
W – Weezer
X – X – I had to throw on these South African Rock Legends.  I believe to be named after the Springbok Hit Parade compilations.
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Z – Zooropa = – an album from U2.  I really like their song NUMB – one of their better songs!  (Bizarre video too.)

What would your ABC of rock music look like?

Posted in Music

Song of the week 51 (Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks)

What a vibey and cute song!  (If I may put those two words in the same sentence?)

This band hails from the small country of Iceland.  It’s cool to say I have visited that lovely country 🙂

what do you think of the song?

Of Monsters and Men –  Little Talks

Hey! Hey! Hey!
I don’t like walking around this old and empty house
So hold my hand, I’ll walk with you, my dear
[Video version:] The stairs creak as you sleep, it’s keeping me awake
[Live version:] The stairs creak as I sleep, it’s keeping me awake
It’s the house telling you to close your eyes

And some days I can’t even dress myself
It’s killing me to see you this way

‘Cause though the truth may vary
This ship will carry our bodies safe to shore

Hey! Hey! Hey!

There’s an old voice in my head that’s holding me back
Well tell her that I miss our little talks
Soon it will be over and buried with our past
We used to play outside when we were young
And full of life and full of love.

[Video version:] Some days I don’t know if I am wrong or right
[Live version:] Some days I feel like I’m wrong when I’m right
Your mind is playing tricks on you, my dear

‘Cause though the truth may vary
This ship will carry our bodies safe to shore

Hey!
Don’t listen to a word I say
Hey!
The screams all sound the same
Hey!

Though the truth may vary
This ship will carry our bodies safe to shore

Hey!
Hey!

You’re gone, gone, gone away
I watched you disappear
All that’s left is the ghost of you.
Now we’re torn, torn, torn apart,
There’s nothing we can do
Just let me go we’ll meet again soon
Now wait, wait, wait for me
Please hang around
I’ll see you when I fall asleep

Hey!
Don’t listen to a word I say
Hey!
The screams all sound the same
Hey!
Though the truth may vary
This ship will carry our bodies safe to shore

Don’t listen to a word I say
Hey!
The screams all sound the same
Hey!

Though the truth may vary
This ship will carry our bodies safe to shore

Though the truth may vary
This ship will carry our bodies safe to shore

Though the truth may vary
This ship will carry our bodies safe to shore