I was reading a blog today that my friend Barry recommended by a guy named Kester Brewin. It’s a neat place with lots of theology and culture interaction that you can check out here… but I was taken by a post he wrote about how important stories are to our faith. If you think about it, most faiths are built around stories of things that happened far before we knew what faith was. He says:
“Stories are vital to all aspects of belief in all faiths. I can’t think of a faith where story is not absolutely central, and while some may mock from the sidelines and say that this is because all faith is fiction, I’d argue that this is precisely the point: faith concerns something that must be told obliquely. Rationalise a sunset and you’ve destroyed the beauty.”
I am swimming in stories at the moment as I prepare a message for my last Sunday working at a chuch. I am using stories from a sacred text and a children’s book while somehow weaving them together into what will hopefully become something meaningful to the people who hear it. It is not lost on me that this is all happening as I am immersed in a transitional part in my own life story if you will. In my reflection these last couple weeks I have really tried to focus on what stories I live my life by and how they dance with each other and play out in my life. There is something exciting and liberating about thinking of my life as a novel or a kids story… stories that are filled with wonder, adventure and excitement. Right now my I’m a little blinded by nerves and frustration but I look forward to a time where I am able to look back and appreciate this time for what it is, an adventure.
the new Arcade Fire single “Month of May” leaked today. It sounds very TV on the Radio-ish which is a good thing in my opinion. Still no official release date for the full length album but this song certainly gets me excited about what is to come. Check out the new song here.
Though it may not feel like it at the moment, I will soon have some free time! While I hope to take the opportunity to catch up on the music and reading that has been piling up over the last couple months I might take advice from this hilarious video. It added some much needed humor into a day of dealing with my up coming transition, enjoy.
This weekend we celebrated my wife’s birthday by indulging in one of our favorite guilty pleasures by seeing the cast of the tv show Glee perform live at the Universal Amphitheater. They could have easily titled the show “songs you never thought you would hear a 9-year-old sing.” Over half the crowd was under the age of 10 but yet they all sang along to Salt n Peppa’s “Push it”, “Sweet Caroline” and the jazz standard “The Lady is a Tramp.” The concert itself was an hour and a half of celebrating what the break out show has accomplished so far as well as provide an oportunity for the performers to show how vocally talented they really are. It’s easy to be sceptical while watching them sing on tv because of all the post production and lip syncing but I can assure you that this cast can really sing. The highlight of the night was hearing Chris Colfer and Lea Michelle (Kurt and Rachel from the show) blend their voices on a heartfelt version of “Defying Gravity” from the musical Wicked. That song seemed to capture the entire sentiment of the evening (and the tv show) that these friends have found something in music that they can share and overcome all the awkwardness and angst of high school. My wife tried her hardest not to geek out too hard about the show and luckily her excitement was drowned out by the shrieking kids yelling “ah, smoosh it.”
My brother-in-law and I went downtown last night to see Everest (and Joel!)at the Mayan theater. It was the first time I had heard songs off of their new album and they absolutely crushed it. “I’ve had this feeling before” and “house of 9’s” were really strong and you can tell that “let go” is going to be a staple in their set for years to come. These guys are easily in my top 5 bands and their new record “On Approach” already has a spot on my year’s best list. They are doing an instore in Long Beach tomorrow that you should go check out if you have the chance. I wish nothing but the best for these guys and it looks like they are on the verge of doing something really special.