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The Cost of Silence

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Still Crazy After All These Years

Yes, I am a Paul Simon fan. I can’t explain it, other than the fact that my mom introduced me to him as a high school kid and I listened to the album The Concert in the Park nearly every day when I lived in Germany. This particular song has always made me think.

Here I am at 33 years old. Still crazy after all these years. Some days or weeks I’m crazier than others. With adolescent fervor I am still crazy enough to want to change the world. I remember 15 years ago, in freshmen orientation at Moody Bible Institute, being told by someone that I was just young and idealistic… “Everyone wants to change the world but no one really can.” I think over the past years I’ve shown otherwise. Sure, I can’t tilt the Earth on a new axis. But there’s been some change. And I wake up each day excited about more changes.

The converse is also true, you know? Instead of being young and idealistic I could be old and pessimistic. I know plenty of curmudgeons in the world who live for bad news and think the best days on this planet are in the past. That’s an easy path. I chose to think that the best spins left on Earth are still out there.

I chose to be just crazy enough. More importantly, I want to encourage others to be crazy enough to recognize that they can change the world. I believe each one of our roles in the world is important. I believe that every effort we make invest in life change with a person or positively changing an institution matters– lots of little impacts make a big impact. While it’s true that I cannot tip this busted world on it’s access alone as my butt just isn’t quite big enough. I wonder about a co-ordinated army of world-changers– is there is an army of people just crazy enough… together could our butts be big enough to change the world?

I’m still crazy after all these years. Are you?


Music Meme

I wasn’t tagged directly… but I felt tagged in spirit by Marko’s music meme. So here goes:

The 411:

1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc)
2. Put it on shuffle
3. Press play
4. For every question, type the song that’s playing
5. When you go to a new question, press the next button
6. Don’t lie and try to pretend you’re cool!

Opening Credits: Over My Head — The Fray

Waking Up: When I Said I Would — Whitney Duncan

First Day At School: Make Someone Happy — Jimmy Durante

Falling In Love:
Homeless –Paul Simon

Fight Song:
No More — Boaz

Breaking Up: Listen to the Music — The Doobie Brothers

Prom: Angel — Sarah McLachlan

Life: Faithful — Steve Fee

Mental Breakdown: Every Little Things She Does is Magic — The Police

Driving: Pick up the Pieces — Brae

Hometown Glory — Adele

Getting Back Together: Sweet Home Alabama — Lynyrd Skynyrd

Wedding: 42 — Coldplay

Birth of Child: Who Says You Can’t Go Home — Bon Jovi

Final Battle: Bye, Bye Love — Ray Charles

Death Scene: I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For — U2

Funeral Song:
Mona Lisa — Nat King Cole

Remembrance Song: You Alone by David Crowder Band

End Credits:
Open Skies by David Crowder Band

I’m tagging Billy, Todd, Tim, Jeremy, Sara, and Kim.


Saturday Tunes

Saturday TunesIt’s amazing how fast the last few weeks have gone. It just seems like every time I turn around I’m here talking about what I’m listening to on a Saturday morning! Last night, we took the kids to Gio’s in La Mesa for our family date night. Then, they came home and everyone crashed by about 9:00 PM. This morning is normal Saturday morning stuff. We had waffles and coffee and in a little bit I’ll take Stoney over to dog beach so he can run around and play with other dogs. Kristen is pretty occupied thinking about our move, which starts in just 8 days!

Here are the next 10 songs I’m listening to this morning. Completely random, my ratings included.

1. We All Want the Same Things by Kevin Michael ****

2. I Will Not be Silent by David Crowder Band *****

3. Lose Yourself by Eminem ***** (Shout out to Cathy N. on that one!)

4. Change Me by Brae **** (Romeo peeps, this is Brandon’s album)

5. When I Come Around by Green Day *****

6. Bye Bye Blackbird by Joe Crocker ****

7. Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes by Paul Simon ****

8. Ballad for the Lost Romantics by A New Found Glory  ****

9. Amazing Grace My Chains are Gone by Chris Tomlin ****

10. Hard Sun by Eddie Vedder *****


Saturday Tunes

Tough to believe it is Saturday already. What a quick week! This morning I had a meeting at the church about church marketing, then I came home to finish up the yard work before a 12:30 PM showing. (They were 15 minutes early) Now, I’ve got some work to do before I head back outside to do the edging and finalize some stuff for Mike’s graduation party tommorow afternoon. 

While I’m doing all of that, music is always playing. Sometimes in my mind and sometimes on my ipod. So… here are the next 10 tunes rocking my eardrums this muggy June afternoon. As always, totally random shuffle, ratings included, no cheating. 

  1. The Glory of it All by David Crowder Band ****
  2. I Walk the Line by Johnny Cash *****
  3. That Was Your Mother by Paul Simon *****
  4. Sing, Sing, Sing by Chris Tomlin ****
  5. I Won’t Be Silent by David Crowder Band ***** (would be a 6 if it were possible)
  6. 1234 by Fiest *****
  7. Chanukah Song by Adam Sandler *****
  8. Dearest by Buddy Holly ****
  9. Portadown Station by Sandra McCracken **** (totally miss Northern Ireland when I listen to this)
  10. Beautiful Day by U2 *****