Archive for the ‘Music’ Category
- Excited to read Charles Lee’s new book: Good Idea, Now What? Charles is a great thinker. Congrats friend!
- Love creative work environments. Here’s a look inside Yelp’s NYC Offices.
- Great quote by design legend, Paul Rand: “The role of the imagination is to create new meanings and to discover connections that, even if obvious, seem to escape detection. Imagination begins with intuition, not intellect.” (via)
- What does it mean to teach creativity? Every school in America should be having this conversation.
- But parents, let’s not wait for the schools… 12 Most Loving Ways to Spark Creativity In Your Child.
- Some newly released unpublished photos of Miles Davis. (BTW…have you purchased “Kind of Blue” yet? Best jazz album of all time.)
- A $23 Starbucks drink. Sounds awful…
- Love the Tribeca neighborhood in NYC. This penthouse on Duane Street isn’t bad either…
Here’s a few projects from some friends. Definitely worth throwing on your radar if you haven’t already.
A NEW LITURGY - My friend Aaron Niequist’s latest project. These are 25 minute journeys of music, prayer, scripture, and space. His plan is to release a new one each quarter. Aaron debuted the first one (God is Love) at The Orchard this past summer. Our community loved it!
IR-REV-REND – Greg Surratt just released his new book: Ir-rev-rend: Christianity without the pretense, faith without the facade. Greg has a lot of great stuff to say. He’s honest and full of wisdom. I love this guy. Buy it here.
UNTITLED – WAY overdue mention… It’s Blaine Hogan’s summer release, UNTITLED: Thoughts On The Creative Process. Blaine Hogan is full of great art and ideas. He’s the Creative Director at Willow Creek Community Church in Barrington. He’s a great writer who always inspires me. Check out his blog too.
Love my Christmas mix this year! Here’s some of what I’ve been listening to:
Salvation Is Created, Bifrost Arts (My FAVORITE…)
Songs for Christmas, Sufjan Stevens
Advent Christmas, Future of Forestry
Advent Christmas Vol 2, Future of Forestry
Over The Hills and Everywhere, Seabird
If On A Winter’s Night, Sting
What are your recommendations?
About three or four years ago, I began reading and studying the lives of many of the great forefathers, foremothers, leaders, and saints of the church. People like Blaise Pascal, Thomas Merton, Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin, Teresa of Avila, Martin Luther, Francis of Assisi, Thomas a Kempis, Augustine, Julian of Norwich, George Fox, John of the Cross, and others.
As I’ve studied and learned from these people’s lives, I’ve noticed my own faith journey take on a richer and more substantial depth – for probably two reasons: One, I was raised in a Pentecostal environment that tended to put a much heavier focus on what God was doing “now” as opposed to what God had done hundreds of years ago.
Secondly, the more I’ve learned and studied these great followers of Jesus, the more I’ve come to realize that the majority of them have struggled with many similar challenges that so many of us struggle with in regards to our faith today. Imagine that! As young, emerging leaders, our struggles and challenges with faith, church, humanity, and God are really not as unique as we might be tempted to think they are.
Now of course, are some of these people controversial? Yes, of course they are! And for most of them, more so today than when they were alive. To the fundamentalists, that’s a problem. To me, it’s actually quite an encouragement.
All this to say that this weekend we are starting a new series at The Orchard entitled, “Prayers of the Saints”. The series was inspired by a music project of the same name that I discovered about a year ago from the folks at Trinity Anglican Mission (formerly Trinity Vineyard) in Atlanta. The project is a series of prayers from various saints that have been turned into songs. You can purchase the album via iTunes here.
Over these next few weeks we are going to sing, pray, and learn from these prayers. I can’t wait. They are both personally challenging and theologically rich. We’d love for you to join us. Or you can follow along via The Orchard’s podcast here.
Here’s a few recent albums I’ve really been enjoying.
(FYI: Album links go to iTunes, but be sure to check pricing at Amazon too.)
Mumford & Sons | Sigh No More
Arcade Fire | The Suburbs
Eminem | Recovery
Jason Moran | Ten
Lindstrøm | Leftovers EP
The National | High Violet
Stomacher | Sentimental Education
Sting | Symphonicities
Freelance Whales | Weathervanes
Now it’s your turn. Go.