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Day 07 – a song that reflects your day or week and why.

After every new years, without fail, I have the tendency to get into a pensive mood. For my friends, this tends to be a surprise, because they usually are used to me being quite loud (and obnoxiously so), chatty, and generally a smiley type of individual. However, when this mood hits, it is rather noticeable. I’m not as talkative, laughing, or smiling. Sure I smile and laugh, but I don’t think it’ll show in my eyes. It’s just a reflex. I happen to be in one of those pensive moods at the moment. Now it could be just that it’s the winter blah’s. But this has been happening fairly recently (3 or 4 years ago), so it happened shortly after Jesus saved me (Sept 14 2000).

I believe that this time is good for me, it is a time of reflection, a time of prayer and repentance. But it’s also a time of wrestling, questioning, doubting…and undoubtedly it is also a time of frustration. And unquestioningly a time of reminder.

For this time of pensiveness, I have been mainly dwelling, rather I believe God has really been putting on my thoughts, my relationship with Him and how it pertains to spiritual leadership. I’ve been dwelling on how much, and hard, I have so constantly fallen on my face in failure. How I, until very recently, didn’t really take my relationship with Jesus all that seriously. And especially, how I essentially ran away from the responsibility, I believe (and still believe) that He gave to me. And that is to be a Godly, Biblical leader. It is with regret, that I am being pensive, because I know, and I am quite aware just how much of my university life I wasted….making excuses, shirking responsibility, not fully understanding the incredible privilege bestowed upon me (a relationship with my Creator because of the Jesus’ horrible death on the Cross and glorious ressurection). It is with regret, because the university years which could have been used to develop/strengthen God-given spiritual leadership qualities has essentially just been wasted because of my utterly sinful selfishness. Because I did not (and still struggle) to find my identity in Christ, instead I shaped my identity around created things (my future goals, games, music, nostalgic television shows etc.).

Now I did mention that it is a time for reminder, and repentance as well. Just to let you know it hasn’t been all depressing, and full of regret (although, I would be lying if I said that the regret wasn’t large). Because even in that, I am reminded that by His Grace I am His. By His Grace, He will change me. By His Grace, He will strengthen and develop the qualities that will make me become a Godly, Biblical leader. By His Grace, He will change my heart and mind so that I will remember that my identity is found in who He is and what He has done, and not found in a career, or my future goals. By His Grace, I remember that my failures or successes have nothing to do with how God sees me. It’s been a time of regret, and it’s been a time of great joy.

As such the songs, yes plural because there are a few (by the same group) that eerily reflect the pensive mood that I am in. Both in regret, and in joy. Even if you don’t like hip-hop music, please give it a listen…and listen to the words spoken especially.

The first song is called “The Vision” it’s essentially a song about being religious and going to church as a “hobby” instead of having a deep intimate, vibrant relationship with Jesus.

Be still – AMP

The second track is “Be Still” it’s essentially a song about surrendering to God. In all our doubts, worries, arrogance…each verse is very reflective of what I have wrestled with, how I view myself, the pressures I feel, how the state of my heart is. There are actually several lines that stand out. Like this one “I don’t wanna disappoint my parents or deny You.Β I know that in my weakness, Your power is perfected” And also this one “As I’m sitting patiently waiting for the Lord to speak /Wait a minute, to be honest, I’m too anxious to sit
/Be still and know that He is Lord /My biggest struggle cuz all the time I’m taking matters into my own hands /Like Abraham and Sarah, looking to Hagar to give birth in whats promised /Relying on my own experience and logic /Lord, the passion I had for you has turned to what I do /My eyes are fixed upon the ministry instead of fixed on You”.

Abandon – AMP

This is the final track that has reflected my week. And it has also been my plea, that by His Grace, He can and will be my everything. And that as my idols are revealed to me that, by His Grace, I can break them, that I can abandon them. Because in His Grace, I am truly free to do that.

Hansen

Day 06 – put your iPod on shuffle and list the first 10 songs to play

I’ve already done this in the previous 30 day challenge. However, because I have a rather large playlist i decided to do it again, to see what songs came up last time. For those of you who missed the last one, you can see the list here.

10. Banana Pancakes – Jack Johnson

9. Do you love me? – The Contours

8. (I’ve had) The time of my life – The John Morris Orchestra

7. Got Beef – Sintax.the.Terrific

6. A haunted house – Joe hisashi

5. Effortless – Mars ill

4. The godz must be lazy – Sev Statik and Dust

3. I have a dream/Thank you for the music – Amanda Seyfreid

2. Kiss you goodnight – Meg & Dia

1. Standing the Storm – William Joseph

So here’s to another 10 song shuffle playlist….out of 2092 songs. Woohoo!

Hansen

Things that made me smile today:

– little kids not having a care in the world

– talking to friends I have made since working in the mall…this time it’s the people working at fido.

– hearing this and remembering how amazing the original 16-bit Donkey Kong Country game was. graphically and musically.

Day 16 – your views on mainstream music

As with the last time I took a two day break, I am going to do a second post. So lucky readers you get a double feature once again! Hooray!

Day 16 – Your views on mainstream music.

I honestly have no problem with it. Will I listen to some songs that are considered “mainstream”? yes. There is good music to be found out there. not all popular music is bad. Some are horrible (Ke-dollar sign-ha being an example) and in the end don’t say anything new or enlightening, but I do admit that some of the mainstream music (with 90 percent of it being mindless clubbing music that follows the same formula*) is incredibly catchy. Some are positively earworm-ish**. Sometimes finding good mainstream music takes time, and other times good mainstream music is right in front of your face (Michael Buble being an example). But like the underground scene there are artists that are really horrible and there are artists who are total gems. It’s just a matter of sifting through all that music.

Hansen

* I think this song pretty much explains the phenomena that is clubbing music and it’s lyrical and musical formula.

**an earworm is defined as an irritatingly catchy tune

Day 11 – Put your ipod on shuffle and write 10 songs that pop up

10 ) In my Place – Michael Bleecker

9 ) Identity Crisis – Pigeon John

8 ) You’re so Underground – Listener

7) Summer Wind – Frank Sinatra

6) When it’s sleepy time down south – Louis Armstrong

5 ) Fuego – Bond

4 ) Switch (Main Version) – Will Smith

3 ) Banana Pancakes – Jack Johnson

2) Rayuela – Gotan Project

1) Buddy Holly – Weezer

Hansen

Day 10 – Discuss your first love

Well, because this is such an open ended question, I will treat it as such. The word love, in different contexts means completely different things. I don’t love my friends the same way I love music. I don’t love music the same way that I love my purple sweater vest (which by the way is awesome!). And if I did love all of those the same way…..well that would be cause to have an intervention/beat down from all my friends.

When I saw Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, that was what got me hooked on the super hero genre. Β What’s there not to love about these four mutated, talking turtles from the sewers of New York? I loved them when I was little, and I still get a kick out of the cheesy one liners . Plus that show had one of the best theme songs….of all time. Naturally my love for TMNT, transferred over to the Power Rangers, which I must say didn’t age as well as the Turtles but on occasion I still watch it. And yes, Power Rangers also had quite the awesome theme song as well….a full 3+ minutes of epic theme song…. πŸ˜€

I first fell in love with hip-hop music because of Mars ill (shout out to Jerry Bolton for that). There was just something about the intensity of manChild’s delivery that hooked me in, the creativity and imagery within the lyrics and the always chill beats from Dust that I just love. Since then I’ve discovered other artists that blow my mind just as much, but Mars ill is the one that hooked me into a genre I never thought I could love this much.

Hansen

Day 06 – 30 interesting facts about yourself

alright here goes. Hopefully I can come up with 30.

30) I was born in Hong Kong
29) I came to Canada when I was 4
28) I have been to Kazakhstan
27) I tried fermented horse milk (it is gross, an interesting thing to try, but ew)
26) I have eaten horse meat
25) I have tried a chocolate covered cricket
24) I have tried a chocolate covered meal worm
23) I have tried a deep fried scorpion
22) I have tried a deep fried pupa
21) I have tried a deep fried grasshopper
20) I have been to China and Hong Kong
19) I worked at a fish plant in PEI
18) I enjoy cooking…even though I’m not that great at it
17) I played piano, but i haven’t played in 10 years
16) I do not have an attention span that allows me to play video games for long periods of time
15) I love to travel, but I tend to get airsick really really easily
14) I traveled to England
13) I traveled to Malaysia and Singapore
12) I want to try a raw, freshly chopped octopus
11) I am applying to go teach English in Korea
10) I have tried donkey meat (it was really good :D)
9) I tried Kvass while in Kazakhstan (its a drink made by fermenting bread….I really enjoyed it)
8) I laugh loud enough that most people can hear me across a large room, or in another room altogether
7) I still enjoy reading comic books (my favourite superheroes being Superman, Green Lantern, and the Flash)
6) I want to get into ministry (still don’t know in what capacity, but we shall see)
5) Apparently I like to not like music everyone else likes but instead I look for artists that aren’t that well known and then get everyone else hooked on them (D.Choi πŸ˜€ )
4) I worked at a restaurant in England where the owners tried to get me drunk because after work the beer would be free for the employees (I gained so much weight that summer πŸ˜› )
3) I was a security guard at one point
2) I often have dreams where I get superpowers or am a superhero…but I always wake up before the vanquishing of the evil foe is complete
1) I also make youtube videos (although that has been put on a hiatus while this 30 day blog challenge is going on). And they really aren’t that good.

Wow, just realized that much of my 30 facts involve food. oh well, I enjoy food, eating it and making it πŸ™‚

Hansen

Beautiful People

I have recently discovered a musician that brings joy to my heart. His name is Sam Ock. He’s got shades of Michael Buble in his voice, and I love the songs he usually sings. Which are a mix of him singing/rapping/having other rappers in there too. The message and the beat are fun, positive and with that combo, it brings a smile to my face.

Here are some of my favourite videos/songs by him, or he collab-ed on:

1) Beautiful People

2) Never Change

3) Little Light

4) Love

5) Hello Hummingbird

so there are some fun things for you.

Hansen