where you are

Procrastination generally leads to me thinking and stressing and being depressed. There is only so much Mountain Dew in my fridge and only so many vinyl records to spin before I can start the three assignments due tomorrow. The hard part is that two of those classes already had assignments due this week >.< Anyway. I’ve been overwhelmingly encouraged by a sense of community lately. I was worried at the start of the semester that having no formal role in InterVarsity would leave me with nothing to do. I’ve been at meetings and rehearsals and dinners and performances most nights though. It’s so nice to still meet new people and to strengthen existing friendships. It’s also nice to live in a house again where random people are in and out all the time, and to be able to host people here. Life is good.

Now, back to the thinkin’ part of my procrastination. I’ve been debating lately what factors influence humans and define who they are. It isn’t very often noted by my peers that the world has a history, and that past peoples have at some point in time already thought or said or done or sung the things that we are now thinking and saying and doing and singing. There is nothing new under the sun. Except for people.

People are unique. I used to consider who someone was as being the things that they do and that they have done. In looking towards the future though, this poses a problem because you have to make plans with people. You have to commit to starting venues and to signing your band and to getting a mortgage and to giving someone a (very very expensive) ring. These are all things to be done in the future, but still describe who people are now. Where people are going and what they are hoping to do is all part of who they are. These are very exciting things that determine how people act as well as how you interact with them.

You must learn someone’s entire story – past, present, and future – to truly know them. We are all human and desire to be known. Knowing one person can get you through anything. So..this is just a challenge to y’all and a reminder to myself. Put down your cell phone and forget your catty cliques and find out who the people around you and in your life really are.

I wanna thrive, not just survive

Thrive, from Switchfoot‘s new “Vice Verses” (out 9/27!)

new runnin' shoes - Vibram 5 Fingers!
Kelsey womanning the grill ^_^
Erin and CBenz <3
Handprinted Battleshy Shirts!
(mostly) Smyrna friends ^_^
mountain dew stash and entenmann's sale yay
besties<3
Creepy Krista takin' pics with my stolen phone ^_^
new business cards!

 

just ten minutes

Tuesday night I played at the new World Cafe Live at the Queen‘s first ever open mic in Wilmington. It was pretty amazing. They have “Queen’s Golden Crown” Ale brewed specially for them by Dogfish Head. Omnom

World Cafe Live

Anyway, I will give lots of details because I am bored right now. I drove to Wilmington in the rain. I hate rain and hate city driving. I hate whining too. When I got inside at 6:40, I was #13 on “the list.” Signups started at 6:30. That is actually a good thing because it means other musicians will be playing before me and people will be there to see them do better and worse and have something to compare me to. The theater itself is gorgeous. Lots of restoration and very nice new everything. I was nervous going to a bar for the first time without knowing someone there and luckily I saw Jacopo sitting at a table. He is an extremely talented Italian that Em and I met sometime in the past few months. He plays classical guitar and kazoo and just came to Delaware from San Francisco. We sat together and talked and watched the other musicians the whole night. Lots of fun. Here is him performing with a disaparating busboy walking by:

Jacopo!

They have a very professional setup with full lighting and monitors and everything was clean and new and fancy and nice people were there to see music. WCL supplies the drumset and keyboard too for bands. The limit was a 10-minute set. This was difficult for most people for some reason because they would either play for 7 minutes and end early, or play for 15 minutes and apologize. I figured out three songs to play from Grow, and shortened a few sections so that I knew I would fit inside of 10 minutes. I brought up my phone as a timer and played for 9:47. I got to lead the first ever open-mic singalong there yay and there were very friendly people who sang along and shouted and stood and swayed.

Afterwards I gave our CD and press kit to the program director and asked her what she thought and she gave me lots of compliments that made my entire year worth it and then she asked what I do so I told her I am an engineering student. Then she said, “Wow, most electrical engineers are strange and weird but you seem pretty normal.”

…I guess I’ll take that as a compliment to how well I can fool people ^_^

Overall, very fun night. I would recommend checking out the Queen. She is one fine lady.

 

Running sound and worship for the UD InterVarsity retreat this weekend. Can’t wait. Rain is expected but right now the weather is gorgeous yay

is church life stifling your creativity?

Reblogging John Mark McMillan, who was reblogging Donald Miller. I like this post a lot. I just sent out an email last night to the worshipfolk in my InterVarsity chapter challenging us to write our own worship music. I’m excited to see what we’ll come up with and have gotten lots of positive response already ^_^

I really enjoyed this post from Donald Miller‘s blog so i decided to re-post it.  I hope it makes you think.

Is Church Life Stifling Your Creativity? (by Donald Miller)

When Solomon wrote Song of Songs, a dramatic opera about a young, poor woman who fell in love with a Shepherd king, do you think he had “the voice of the church” in his head? Do you think he was worried about what a group of people might think? Of course the evangelical church didn’t exist, then, and neither did the collective evangelical consciousness, but what I mean by that question is that if Solomon were writing today, and were writing an Opera for young kids about the ways of love, he would no doubt be attacked. My guess is the criticisms would be listed as such:

1. His opera does not mention God. Why wouldn’t he use this opportunity to bring people to God? He’s a Godless man.

2. His opera is erotic, filled with sexual imagery and even sexual instruction. It’s unfitting for any person to read, much less young couples.

3. It’s confusing. We don’t know where the acts begin. It isn’t structured. It’s amature.

4. He never mentions sex should be saved till marriage, so he must be endorsing pre-marital sex.

5. There seems to be no point to the work. If he’s trying to teach something, you can’t figure out what it is, and if he isn’t trying to teach something, what’s the point of reading it or listening to it as an opera?

And so on and so on.

Here’s the point of this blog post: There is a difference between what “the church” wants you to do and what God wants you to do. Do what God wants you to do. Go and create, even as you were made to create.