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Big Daddy Weave & Solved Mysteries

4 Sep

This will be short and sweet (well, hopefully sweet).

I’ve often seen a cd (or possibly a tape—at the moment, I can’t remember which) in my dad’s collection with “Big Daddy Weave” written on it. I’ve always thought/assumed that it was some older country/hip-hop type music, and really never cared enough to check it out. This has taken place for years. Years and years (which must mean at least four years, but in fact it was much longer).

Recently, I had a song mystically stuck in my head. Not sure how it got there, but it did. The main line in this song that repeated itself in my mind was one that goes, “I will give you rest.” So, instead of allowing that small portion of the song to remain the sole thing stuck on repeat inside my minds ear, I chose to look it up to see what the actual song was, so that I could hear the whole thing.

Surprise!

Big Daddy Weave.

Specifically Rest (LP Version) from the album One and Only on iTunes, for anyone who cares).

So, it turns out this potential Nashville rap artist is a worship leader that I’ve known all along.

Weird how those sorts of things happen, eh?

Well, until we meet again, have a better than average day!


Zach

Not as short as I expected… but still relatively short I suppose.

My friends are home 🙂

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Worship Energy

25 Aug

I’m looking through you… you’re not the same!

One of my favourite parts of Beatles music (or “of The Beatles music”—whichever is correct, or incorrect, just to be rebellious) is the high-energy, driving portion of the song that starts during the word “same”. One of my favourite parts of Marianas Trench music is a similar part in Masterpiece Theatre III, about 2:30 into the song… after a gruelling 15 minutes or so of unique, but not exactly awesome music in Masterpieces I and II and the beginning of III. One of my favourite parts (perhaps very favourite) of Muse music is a similar part which begins the second section of Knights of Cydonia. One of my favourite parts of Kings of Leon music is a similar part in Black Thumbnail when the chorus blasts in after a relatively simple verse (not that the chorus is complex). And the list goes on and on.

I suddenly came to realize that pattern of some of my favourite moments in music just a short while ago. Numerous bands that I’m not very fond of in general get shot much higher on my internal categorization of best to worse when moments like those. I like the energy in those moments. It makes me think of being at a concert when the band starts getting crazy and everyone starts jumping and dancing.

Worship at church used to be like that… at least where I grew up.

I don’t know what happened,

but I hope it comes back.

Alrighty then, until we meet again, have a better than average day.


Zach

Music: 2

24 Aug

There’s something about music that is very enjoyable.

I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t like to listen to music. I know people who don’t like to read, people who don’t like things like movies and television.

There may be a large percentage of people who only like specific types of music, but everyone, even the pope, likes music. As a matter of fact, the vatican recently released a list of music (what modern young folk—those younger than the pope—refer to as a “playlist”) that they felt shared the aim to reach the heart of good minded people. It included music by Mozart, The Vatican Choir, and Muse (yes) among other classical and far from classical artists.

Music is just about the only form of entertainment that can be found across the entire planet. It does not rely on any sort of technology. You need at least one ear to enjoy it and at least one mobile appendage to make it—though two ears and a mouth would be far more beneficial (not to mention a second, third and fourth appendage).

I had a point when I first began this… but I’ve now forgotten what it was. But, rather than scrapping this whole thing, I’ve decided to post what is here… and hopefully what I was getting at will be revealed to me once again, in the near-ish future.

Until we meet again, have a better than average day.


Zach

Music: 1

23 Aug

Huzzah!

The time has come, my walrus friends, to talk of many things.
Of blues and heavy rocking tracks.
Of savages who sing.
And why the ‘C’ is royally taught.
And whether dead are kings.

Music is an art form whose medium is sound.

The word ‘music’ comes from a greek word, which spelled out in latin letters is mousike, which basically means, “art of the Muses.”

The “Muses” were a collection of greek gods/goddesses (possibly just one goddess—as there isn’t any clear references as to whether it was for sure 1, 3, or 9 beings). With that said, in some of the most clear myths, there were three muses. One of voice, one of practice, and one of memory. This myth said that the three muses together formed the preconditions of their art—a beautiful art which human kind have been trying to imitate ever since (whether that’s since they were born, died, or performed at jazzfest for the first/last time, is unbeknownst to me).

So, that was the ancient Greek’s way of saying that music is seriously awesome.

Just thought you may want to know that little bit of information.

Until we meet again, have a better than average day.


Zach

Art/Science

28 May

There’s a phrase I heard a while back that really caught my attention… And I’m here at a hair salon, waiting for my wife (ah who am I kidding, you know me I’m here for hours every day – just can’t get enough), trying to remember what the phrase actually was.

It goes something like…

“Method is where science and art meet.”

Not exactly that… but something like it.
And ’cause (I detest the word “cuz”) I’ve got some time to kill, rather than look it up, I’m just gonna try and think it out (No! There is no try! Only do, or do not).

“Art and science meet in method.”

Hmm, that feels closer, not quite though.

What it’s referring to is fairly clear. The art of science vs. the science of art. Well, not so much “vs”… more the opposite of that.

It’s kind of showing how these two feilds at extreme opposite ends (theoretically) actually are very similar. Just a cool concept you don’t often think about (well, at least I don’t … At least, not until lately).

So, after giving up on my own mind to come up with the words, I’ve defaulted to the good ol’ inner-web to look up the actual phrase (something that turned out to be much more difficult than I expected … and 20 minutes later, here we are).

“Art and science have their meeting point at method.”
-Edward G. Bulwer-Tyller

Hmm… I could have sworn I remebered the quote sounding cooler than that, but, I guess not. Maybe it does still sound cool but my expectations were just too high. I was secretly hoping for something a lot more thought provoking and different from what I’d guessed at.

Anyways… that’s it for me for now. Jay’s just about finished up (and I’m done doing my obvious gawking at all the amazing kinds of shampoos andconditioners and gells and colours and sprays and other “product” … which in my opinion “hair stuff” is a plenty good enough term for).

So, until we meet again, have a better than average day!


Posted from an iPhone… I’ve done my best to ensure propper spelling, but I really can’t be sure… so apologies for any typos.

Favourites

21 May

So… a few days ago I was watching a movie with a friend of mine (actually, two friends of mine and a wife of mine) and a Beatles song came on (or “a The Beatles song”?) and long story short, I ended up making a short list of my three favorite bands (The Beatles being among them). After some thought, though, I realized that that list may not have been as accurate as I had initially meant it to be. So, I thought it suitable to perhaps go through some of my all time favorites and such. I’ve actually been working on a greater list of musical influences and appreciations and such… but for now, these little things will give you a taste of where my head is at when it comes to the world of music.

Favorite Bands:
U2
The Beatles
Radiohead
Muse

Favorite Solo Artists:
Michael Jackson
José González
Bobby McFerrin
Paul Simon

Favorite “Christian” Artists: (theme is only by chance… and upbringing)
Matt Redmon
Delirious
Kevin Prosch
David Ruis
Norm Strauss
Andrew Smith
Malcolm Petch (yes)

Favorite Musicians:
Glenn Gould
The Edge
Jimmy Page
Hmm… there must be more. Just not thinking right now.

Favorite Local Artists (past and present):
Clever
Stutterfly
Ari Neufeld
Secret & Whisper

Honourable Mentions:
Tegan & Sara
The White Stripes
Our Lady Peace
Metric
Leslie Feist
Sara McLachlan
Robert Pattinson (mwahaha – just kidding)

Haha, I just realized that all my “favourites” are men … oh wow, and all the “honourable mentions” are either ladies, have a lady in the group, or have the word lady in the group name (aside from Mr. Pattinson, which was a joke to begin with). Completely unintentional, I assure you.

So, feel free to comment excessively… on which of my favourites you agree with, think are crazy, or think I must have forgotten. And until we meet again…

Have a better than average day.

Defendor… among other things.

10 May

Defendor is a great movie, in case you ever get a chance to see it. There wasn’t a whole lot of promotion on this one. I don’t recall it ever making it to theatres (at least not here in Kelowna). Only a couple trailers online and a poster or two in places many folks may not travel.

It’s a great film that I expected to be an enjoyable comedy. It was enjoyable, and there was definitely comic parts in there, but it had so much more that really made it into an excellent film. Some people said it was too much like Kick Ass… but news for those folks, this one came first. I, myself, haven’t seen Kick Ass and can’t currently comment on there similarities.
A more detailed review will be available shortly on blogcritics.org, care of yours truly.

And on to other things…

I really don’t have much to say. I thought I’d have more… but for now I don’t.
I think I’m going to try and write more frequently, and less in-depth. I huge blog once a month will not do nearly as well as a relatively small one, every couple of days.

So… until we meet again, have a better-than-average day.