Sometimes, this is how I worship….

There are a lot of ways by which we can express our feelings and thoughts towards our Creator and Redeemer, beyond the usual forms of corporate worship (which is a great thing, don’t get me wrong) Gardening can be worship. Writing poetry can be worship. Lending yourself towards helping out others who are in need or hurting, that is probably one of God’s favorite forms of worship of them all.

For me, as a drummer, you’re used to typically playing along with other musicians or tracks, serving as the “backbone” of the rhythm section, the rhythm itself being fairly dictated by how the song was written, and wanting to be played by the rest of the group (tempo, etc.) Anyhow, something I’ve been getting more into over the last couple of years, (instead of just playing along to pre-existing drum parts in songs that I love) has been the exploration of more “fluid” approaches to playing along to music. So far my favorite thing to play along to in this way is the album “Maybe They Will Sing For Us Tomorrow” by a group called “Hammock”. What I find so compelling about playing along to this, is that every track on the album has such an ethereal, very dream-like quality. There are no drums, guitars, nothing. Just sort of pure ambient feeling. Half the time it’s almost impossible to discern any rhythm/tempo at all, even though they’re in there, buried deep inside the swells of sound.

What this makes for is almost limitless possibilities when it comes to adding drumbeats to such music as this. I could play along to the same song 20 times, and probably never play the same beat, even if I tried. The beauty of it is that it allows me to just “let go”, and let the feeling of the music sort of take over, lead you where it wants to go. There’s a crazy freedom to it. Sure, there are lots of spots in here where I “mess up” the beat, or might even just suddenly switch over from one rhythm or tempo to another, but it’s ok. The goal isn’t to try and be some human replacement for a drum machine, the point is that we as human beings have been created with innate senses of creativity, passion, even unpredictability, and so when I am “tapping into that”, I very much do feel like I am worshipping my Maker in a way that is quite unique from the rest of my earthly experiences….

What kinds of things do you perhaps do, as “alternative forms of worship”…??

Prepared For You

“Prepared for you, the thoughts you think”… Marvelous!

Postmodern Mud

Vacillating bad and good,
False faces hidden under hoods.
Events and actions, new rehearsals,
Double-back-room-deal reversals.

Multi drafted script revisions,
Funds increasing more divisions.
War a state of constant tinker,
Overwhelm the rarely-thinker.

Awash in endless exhibitions,
Enemies with false ambitions.
Arrangements made, the war is fixed,
Truth and lies are intermixed,

In many places inter-sect,
Few if any do detect.
Eyes are glazed and unobservant,
Radicals even more fervent.

Overflowing ardent ardor,
Burning self-made man a martyr.
Attained and trained at camps of fitness,
Retorts, reports from each false witness.

Open your eyes, upon inspection,
The media feeds misdirection.
Re-watch their movements in slow motion,
Engineered is the commotion.

Talking heads implant positions,
Diverse it seems yet no divisions.
Skirmishing at scrimmages,
Enveloping false images.

Superglue the slider puzzle,
Place upon the mouth a muzzle.
Mandibles are fully frozen,
Indifferent is the path you’ve chosen.

So sip the straw…

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I woke up with this song in my head….

That happens sometimes, but usually it’s one you’ve heard recently. Don’t think I had listened to this song in quite some time however. Nevertheless, there it was, playing clear as anything in my mind. Found this video of it on YT, where somebody took this beautiful song, so haunting and yet full of sober reflection, and set it against the backdrop of a film-footage-montage that makes for quite an interesting pairing. How much pain and suffering has gone on in the world that was ultimately prompted by the cyclical desire for trivial, temporal things…

“Cycling Trivialities”

Too blind to know your best
Hurrying through the forks without regrets
Different now, every step feels like a mile
All the lights seem to flash and pass you by

So how?s it gonna be
When it all comes down, cycling trivialities

But don’t know which way to turn
Every trifle becoming big concerns
All this time you were chasing dreams
Without knowing what you wanted them to mean

So how’s it gonna be
When it all comes down, cycling trivialities
So how’s it gonna be
When it all comes down, cycling trivialities

Who cares in a hundred years from now
All your small steps, all your shitty clouds
Who cares in a hundred years from now
Who’ll remember all the players
Who’ll remember all the clowns

So how’s it gonna be
When it all comes down, cycling trivialities
So what does this really mean
When it all comes down, cycling trivialities

Cycling trivialities
Cycling trivialities
Cycling trivialities
Cycling trivialities

Cycling trivialities
Cycling trivialities
Cycling trivialities

The Truth is stranger than Radio…. (project in the works…)

truthradioOk, so I’ve been kicking around the idea of doing some kind of podcast / radio project / “radio” sort of thang / for quite some time now, but still haven’t quite got there, although I am constantly playing around with sounds/music for “intros”, as that seems to be fun to do just for it’s own sake, and so perhaps that is even half my motive for wanting to do such a thing in the first place.  🙂  But anyhow, I’m still in the “brainstorming” phase really, (I suppose I more or less live in the that phase, but no matter…) and really I don’t know exactly where it might go, but all I think I do know at this point is that I’d want it to be something different, something very free and open in it’s format, and honestly I don’t think I’m looking to do another “let’s sit and interview this author/speaker/person” show, not because I don’t like those types of podcasts, because I love em, it’s just that I don’t necessarily think that’s either my “strength” or my cup o’ tea necessarily…

I think I’m more envisioning something more compilation-oriented, in the vein of say, NPR radio-shows such as “This American Life”, or “Radiolab”, if you’re familiar with those. Just more like little collections of “sound vignettes” and more like just random recorded conversations with people, about, well, all the fun/weird/crazy/prophetic stuff that typically finds it’s way onto the blog here, only I think I’d actually be hoping to collaborate with a lot of my fellow YOUs out there, in a project like this, my friends (and just anybody really) out there in the ‘sphere who might want to talk about, well, anything… How’s that sound? I’d love to just get recordings of stuff like, people’s testimonies, views on what’s going on in the world, governments, pop culture, music, art, the Bible, “spirituality”, conspiracies, NWO, movies, books, and of course, TRUTH!

I already have several of you specifically in mind, so be prepared to start getting some emails peeps, and please, do take the time to let me know what kinds of things YOU’D be interested in talking about, listening to, and just seeing tried overall. It’s not intended to be the most amazing thing you’ve ever heard in terms of “production value” or anything, nor is it hoped to be something that would garner some massive audience. It’s just, like this blog, another small outlet, a way of hopefully being able connect in a slightly “deeper” way with lots of other people out there, collaborate, get creative, and actually be able to hear the tones in each other’s voices…. Here’s one of the “intros” I’ve come up with:

Shrugging Off Atlas Altogether…

Watched this doc on Netflix over the weekend. It makes a lot of poignant points, and the sequence at the beginning showing the fixed Monopoly game is especially good as an analogy. If anything, the documentary falls short because it doesn’t even show the full extent of the true wealth gap. Do people like the Rothschilds even register on the wealth radar anymore? Did they suddenly disappear in a puff of smoke? No, it’s almost like they got so rich that their vast empire is now broken up into a conglomerate of smaller business empires.

Anyhow, the documentary does do a decent job nonetheless at showing how such a small group of people really controls all the wealth, and how these people are in fact in control of the banking sector, as well as the legislature and it’s influence over things like the tax code via massive lobbying efforts, etc. I suppose the thing that just strikes me about it all, is that it simply shows how much of this stuff is absolutely not the stuff of “conspiracy theory” anymore. There is a ridiculous amount of public evidence to demonstrably show that America is not necessarily the “land of opportunity” that it is still be heralded as. In fact, one could argue that perhaps it never was, at least not in the way we typically think, when we are able to take a step back and get a reminder of just how much “wealth” is out there.

Of course, the point where I start to veer wildly from the perspective of such films is when it starts leaning into the familiar right/left partisan politics angle. It starts talking about the Koch dynasty and their financial contributions to the “tea party movement” and “smaller government” political ideology, etc. Basically at that point it turns into a smear against “Libertarian” views, most of which I’d probably have a lot of agreement with at least on a certain level, but then again, the film does a pretty good job of showing how in lot of ways Libertarianism is twisted in order to simply defend the “rights” of Billionaires to be Billionaires. The film actually starts talking about Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” and how Republican Paul Ryan is basically an Ayn Rand devotee…

Overall it is merely a continuation of the broader polarized narrative that I am increasingly trying toatlas__vector__by_decoechoes-d6vnjf8 extricate myself from altogether. This is a fairly difficult thing to do, in many ways, since there are valid points to be made on each “side”, yet in the end, I find it to be the only worthwhile direction, because the more you examine all these issues, the more you eventually start to realize that it is really not a Republican vs. Democrat issue, nor a Capitalist vs. Socialist debate, or any of the ways we have been conditioned to approach the matter through some faulty, dichotomized lens. It isn’t even about “rich vs. poor”, at least not from the perspective of the Bible as Truth, because for those seeking the Kingdom of Heaven, we must remember that we are not to seek the type of riches of which “moth and rust destroy, and thieves break in and steal”…

What happened in 2008 was real, and it was criminal, and it did impact the lives of millions of people around the world. Our family was being supported by employment in the Real Estate sector at the time, Commercial Escrow specifically. We got out just before the commercial sector followed the residential into the mud, and six months later the national company which had looked rock solid for so many years was suddenly belly up, it’s stock sold for pennies to a former competitor, who gobbled up the few remaining assets/talent and jettisoned the leftovers.

Economics is really such a bizarre thing, and even though I have been able to slowly understand it more over the years, I never really get used to it’s surreal nature, the ways that immaterial concepts and figures and contracts eventually manifest themselves in the real world, impacting things like putting real food on our plates, real gas in our cars, and real roofs over our heads. It’s not wrong, or sinful, to recognize the basic needs we all have, and even the desire to enjoy “luxuries”, like vacation or travel, or a nice home, etc. But in the end, I am always both convicted, and encouraged, every single time I read the words of Jesus, when He says;

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life ?

And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”