It’s Monday! And, it’s the Monday before Passover! That calls for some music, don’t you know. I have just the thing to get you in the mood.
Check out this group of nice Jewish young men. They have lots of talent, and clearly lots of fun making their videos.
And in case you missed their Passover song from last year, you can check it out here – believe me, it’s worth the listen!
Okay! So I have done the first thing you’re supposed to do when you’re on vacation – sleep in! I am so looking forward to the next 4 weeks – weather getting nicer, kids off school, a chance to maybe tackle the proverbial “Spring cleaning.”
Lately I have been trying to “reintegrate” my online self, for lack of a better term. Some time ago, prior to the 2008 elections – remember how divisive that was? – I decided to compartmentalize my thoughts. I was afraid of offending readers who didn’t share my religious or political views. So I set up faith and political blogs. Then, when Google Reader shut down and my husband decided to stop using the DarcKnyt name for his blog, well that meant I should probably hang up the DarcsFalcon moniker, too. I mean, how could I be Darc’s Falcon if there wasn’t a Darc? So I set up my Vanessence name, and thought, well, since I already have faith and political blogs, how else can I define myself? Enter all the other blogs. I’m sure I got carried away but it’s fun and I kind of liked it but it has been kind of overwhelming to keep up with them all and all their attendant Readers and FaceBook names Twitter accounts and everything else. I haven’t been very good at it, at all. The last few months, I’ve kind of felt like I wanted to be me, all of me, in one place, for goodness sake, and not scattered to the high online winds. If I’m going to post something that might be offensive – like a political post – then I guess I’ll just use a disclaimer at the top of the post. And I can make a text template for that. Thank you Windows Live Writer!
All that being said, it’s Music Monday! As a bit of background, for Christmas we got our son the Mass Effect Trilogy video game, and my husband really got into it, too, which meant that I sort of did as well, as an observer. We tend to do that as a family – we obsess over things for a bit, learn as much as we can about it, and then move on to the next thing. So, lately it’s been Mass Effect. We all have our favorite characters and dialog and ‘missions’ and so forth. I’ve watched my son’s and husband’s gaming skills go through the roof and they’ve had a chance to really share some good father/son time over it, too. One of the things we all seems to like is the opening music for the 3rd leg of the trilogy. The score for the whole game is cool but the title sequence for the 3rd installment is particularly stirring for us. There is a haunting quality to it, as well as a hopeful undertone that some may or may not agree belongs to that leg.
I hope you enjoy!
You know how sometimes you just kind of, well, put things off? I should have had the Christmas decorations put away several days ago, and we were going to take the tree down this weekend, but played games instead. So guess what I’m doing today?
But the music – Christmas music just should not be relegated to a few days out of the year. It’s so joyful! And maybe the Christmas spirit we wished were year-round would happen more naturally if Christmas music were played more often. It sets a mood, you know. I’m just sayin’!
So today as I take my little tree down, I will be listening to Christmas songs and drinking eggnog and holding the season, and the Reason for it, in my heart.
Happy Day After Christmas, and Merry Rest of the Year!
My friend Angie likes to post music sometimes on her blog, “Family Life is More.” Some time ago, we were talking about favorite songs, and I mentioned that some of the hymns I grew up with could move me to tears, and she asked if there was anything new that could do that. There really weren’t any, as most of the songs at our church were still pretty new to me and none had found that “spot” in my heart yet.
Well, there’s one song that now has. My husband started playing it one day and it just overwhelmed me with it’s power.
Then, I caught this video that shows a bunch of our Marines singing it at a worship service, and you know how I love our Marines! (and Air Force, Navy, Army, and Coast Guard, too! *salute!*) Oohrah!
There is so much win in this for me! I hope you find it to be that way for you, too. Enjoy!
U.S. Marines chant: ‘There’s no God like Jehovah!’
A friend of mine on FaceBook posted a video featuring this young man, and his cousin. I confess to being blown away by his talent. Sometimes you come across people who are simply “born to” do whatever it is they’re doing, and this boy is such a person.
Once you listen you’ll see what I mean.
After seeing the first video, naturally I had to see what else he’d done, and I found one of my favorite hymns sung by him.
I hope you enjoy!
I love music. You probably do, too. I would listen to a lot more of it, but it just doesn’t seem to fit into my routine right now. During the day, I don’t want things like music or radio or TV to distract the kids while we do school. I don’t use my iPod much because the headphones would make it really hard for me to hear them if they had a question about something. It also makes me feel really disconnected from my family. In the evening, my husband is home and that’s our family time. Plus, he generally hates the music I like, with just a few exceptions, lol. So I don’t torture him with the stuff I like to listen to.
One of the few we agree on, though, is Matchbox Twenty. Actually, it was my husband who turned me on to them when we first met. I remember him singing their song, “Real World” to me in the car, wooing me with the line, “Please don’t change, please don’t break! The only thing that seems to work at all is you! Please don’t change at all for me.” Resistance was futile. 😀
So many of their songs have struck a definite chord with me over the years. Somehow, Rob Thomas seems to write lyrics that are just a punch in the gut. They nail me right were I live sometimes.
I thought I’d share a couple that I’ve recently found and fallen in love with. They remind me of me and my beloved.
I hope you enjoy!
▶ Matchbox Twenty – Our Song [Official Lyric Video] – YouTube.
▶ Matchbox Twenty – Overjoyed [Official Music Video] – YouTube.
I fell in love with this song a couple years ago. Easy to do when someone you love has a birthday the day after Christmas. 🙂
This year I was finally able to pick up the CD and I’ve been loving it ever since.
Today seemed like a good day to share this song. Christmas is over, the routine and mundanity of every-day life is settling back in. But there is reason to be joyful.
I hope you enjoy!