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Walls

Parachute 2012 was a great introduction for The Rocket Summer the solo project of Bryce Avary. You can see from his "New Zealand Adventure" video on his YouTube channel that he loved the down under experience as well. One of the songs that I took away from Parachute for a lot of post festival thinking was called "Walls" by The Rocket Summer. Take a few minutes to read the lyrics, watch the video and leave a comment at the end of the post. Thanks!

Walls

The Rocket Summer

Lyrics to Walls :
The story of my life
I can’t quite comprehend
Don’t tell me if you know how it ends
When everywhere you go feels like a mirror maze
And you’re not sure how you’re stuck in this place

And you got nowhere else to go
And you’re lost within your own home
And you’re trying so hard to win
You keep trying its embarrassing
And how you don’t even know
But you know you’re off the tracks
And how did you get in here
Thinking how did I get in here

I’ll help you break the walls down
I’ll help you break the walls down
And bust you out and take you home
Believe in me you are not alone
I’ll help you break the walls down

Does anybody know a February wind
I was hoping that by now
We would be the end of this
When you open up a book
And read a thousand lines
But you don’t really read
You just move your eyes

And you got nowhere else to go
And you’re lost within your own home
And you’re trying so hard to win
You keep trying its embarrassing
And how you don’t even know
But you know you’re off the tracks
And how did you get in here
Thinking how did I get in here

I’ll help you break the walls down
I’ll help you break the walls down
And bust you out and take you home
Believe in me you are not alone
I’ll help you break the walls down

And I know this is random
But just this morning I saw
The sun reflecting off the window
Oh I don’t know why
But I thought you should know

When you got nowhere else to go
And you’re lost within your own home
And you’re trying so hard to win
You keep trying its embarrassing
And how you don’t even know
But you know you’re off the tracks
And how did you get in here
Thinking how did I get in here

I’ll help you break the walls down
I’ll help you break the walls down
And bust you out and take you home
Believe in me you are not alone
I’ll help you break the walls down

And all the weight will carry
Will disappear and I will willingly
Embrace your soul
Lay your head
So come on home
come on home
come on home
Yeah yeah
Yeah yeah
Yeah yeah

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Help! Beatles I need somebody

beatles2A little while ago I found this video from www.whymusicmatters.org It’s a superb animation and music compilation that brings together the various eras of the Beatles artistry. Like a number of this website’s videos it showcases the inspirational and therapeutic nature of music. It launches us, carry's us and drives us.

Its the power of the senses that allows music to embed and resurrect memories. I’m constantly stunned at my bad memory but I only need to hear a few notes and the words of a song will come flooding back.

Enjoy this video and ask yourself which artist or song inspires you. My bet is that your mind and heart will head back to your school days. I won’t be surprised if you were somewhere between 15 and 18. Leave a comment below and tell me your story, your song and your muse or heart-throb artist.

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Walkie Talkie Man

I came across this video for Walkie Talkie Man the other day. The Auckland based band Steriogram had a hit with this on release in 2004. It was from here it went viral after iPod used it as a soundtrack to their advertising. The video is a craft group's nightmare or a knitters paradise depending on the way you look at it. Play it loud and set it to high resolution full screen. Just a little sidetrack for the day.

Steriogram

 

 

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Is Grace Amazing to You?

Receiving Grace

I’m a big fan on grace. I can tell you that while I’ve needed a lot of it and learned that I can’t be too proud in accepting it I still struggle to give it. Why is it so crazy that our human condition falls to the level of greed even when we’re talking about the last bottle of water for the heart in a desert of anguish. We would rather keep or receive grace and forgiveness than dispense it to the sick or needy.

My own life has pivotal revelations of grace as well as soft misty fingerprints across the window of my daily life. I remember the impact moments as times when I'm self absorbed. Sometimes for purely selfish indulgulent reasons when I've pursured my own interests and isolated myself from those who care and those I love. They're times when I forgot about the big picture and was only interested in the icing on the cake. Those moments, that are more than a few, are painful not for the aching stomach full of icing from supping on lifes pleaures, but more for the accidents that ensue. The icing gets in your eyes and you end up driving at life's high speed off the road only to make an impression on the bark of the neighbour's tree. These are the times when grace drives up in a white ambulance, wraps itself around the wounds and consoles the heart through the recovery.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 6 Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. 2 For he says, “In a favourable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favourable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 5:17 – 6:2 ESV

So what about those fingerprints? You leave them everywhere and don't realise it unless you have paws covered in chocolate sauce like your 3 year-old niece. Unlike a toddler God tends to walk through the universe with fingers cleaner than freshly fallen snow. So how can you see the grace around you? Like a good detective it comes down to dusting for prints. Thats where that dusty old Bible might just come in handy. The more I look for prints the more I find. As I read the Bible I move through thoughts of self-aware concern based on my own failings. My sin, my life in a cracked pot is like driving over a series of potholes. The difference when driving with grace is that the potholes are filled in. You don't see them but a smooth road allows you to lift your head and take in the view. 

How can this amazing revelation of grace be forgotten, hidden or ignored? Why would someone who was once sick and now healthy then forget where the medicene could be found? How could someone who had come back from the brink of despair so lose sight of of the relief that moment in history brought. So much so that they are unable to remember where to point a fellow traveller languishing with the burden of sin and life. The burden we know as sin was answered at the cross when Jesus lifted it on to his own back and carried it to the point of death. He did it for you.

There are three responses to grace that we can own. For many the administration of grace is like running from the nurse with the needle. They aren't sure if its good for them or not but they sense that submitting to the cure is an admission of the ill. For others grace is like drops of water across the gate of a sand encrusted mouth. They have thirsted after rightousness and like those mentioned in Matthew 5:6, they shall be filled. For many though there is no response to grace. Its not a matter of engaging or running from the freedom that grace affords, instead its an ignorance afforded by times of bliss that layer a cushion that can numb the senses to the genlte touch of grace.

20 Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 5:20-21 ESV

I was really grateful when a friend sent recently sent me a video of Jimmy Needham’s Grace Amazing. It was just the right tonic for the day and brought some much needed perspective into the day. That dose of ‘grace’ injected through this song was the right answer for my heart when my head was working for the opposition. As we saunter through life, we can stubb our toe and find ourselves only interested in the foot long length of of gravel before us and the ache we feel in the seeping black and blue of a pulsing toe. I think that's where the danger comes when our focus on the problem means we become blasé to the amazing nature of grace that abounds around us.

Jimmy Needham – Grace Amazing

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Fairtrade Music from Re:Sound Free Download

The team from MarsHill Church and Resurgence have launched the Re:Sound brand into the stratosphere and your worship experience. If you would like a free download then work the widget below for the Rain City Hymnal.

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Stand by Me – The Video Song Around the World

Take some time out to appreciate the diversity of God’s creation. He made me you and all of these incredible artists from every corner of the globe. They share talent on the street and put a smile on your face as you walk back to the office to face ‘the desk’. The story of this video can be found at www.playingforchange.com

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Pandora can you feel my frustration!

It’s hard to explain but there is a pain deep in my soul that longs for Pandora in the colonies. ‘What are you going on about‘ I hear you cry. Well, for me and my antipodean friends here in the likes of Australia, New Zealand and many other ‘forgotten lands’ we are crying out to be set free.

There seems to be a cry going out from many countries as to why agreements with global rights holders for music, video and the like can’t be deployed as fast as an iPhone’s app can be a 1,000,000 hit wonder on iTunes and available around the globe.

I introduced my 65 year old father to Pandora three years ago. He like others quickly accepted the amazing ability to become his own ‘in da house’ DJ as he mixed a bit of Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra to soothe away the night with his own online radio staton.  Pandora quickly became the most virally accepted site I had referred to friends until that fateful day when I like many other ‘addicted‘ users received an email to say ‘Ooops!’ the DRM boys have caught up and we’re closing down access to any non-US identified IP addresses.

Come on people, this isn’t rocket science! What amazes me is that this issue has become relevant for everything from YouTube to MTV streaming. The amazing thing is we don’t seem to be able to solve it. Or for that matter, we don’t seem to be able to communicate with hungry consumers either the timeline or the problem.

I was amazed recently by the news that China has sufficient Internet use penetration to see it overtake the USA with over 230 million users online. Not quite the percentage of population with the USA still having around 70% of its population online, but never the less its all about the ‘bums on seats’ model. If the US wants to fix its economy and get some US dollars flowing the other way, and away from China, it may want to fix a system that prevents the consumer from purchasing the product.

It doesn’t make sense when you turn the ‘cash in hand‘ buyer away does it!??