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Calling All Music Lovers!

Do you love music???

Do you love kids???

Are you looking for a simple, wonderful way to help a refugee child this summer in a way which will bring music into her life??

Head on over HERE to the Shine Website to find out how YOU can help in the most practical way.

This summer sounds of music will be filling South Tel Aviv!!

Capturing Moments: Tel Aviv White Night

Last night was the annual WHITE NIGHT in Tel Aviv.  Every July 1st Tel Aviv celebrates various cultures and the arts by putting on a city-wide show… full of music, performances, dances, cultural experiences, food and drink…. oh, and everyone is supposed to be in all WHITE.

There were people everywhere and the vibe was full of energy.  Along Rothchild Street the theme was World Cup, with many different countries represented.  It was pretty cool to watch the Spanish dancers, a US Old-Timers Jazz Band, Elvis lip-singers, Brazilian Samba, and even Italian Opera singers in Drag. (Interesting to say the least)  The beach was also jam-packed with people! Here’s a quick glimpse:

When the Saints Go Marching In…

I think most of us grew up learning the “old school” version of this song, especially if you were ever in band.  I remember when I was in 4th grade, my mom put together a composition of this song for me to play my trumpet to, with my friend, Ang, on the flute… harmony and all.  We actually played it for the talent show that year.

I also think most of us think of Saints in terms of Catholicism, such as St. Peter, St. Andrew, St. John etc.  but really, who IS a Saint?

According to the dictionary, there are many ways of being a saint:

  1. a person who has died and gone to heaven.
  2. an extremely virtuous person.
  3. any of certain persons of exceptional holiness of life, formally recognized as such by the Christian Church, esp. by canonization.
  4. a founder, sponsor, or patron, as of a movement or organization.

That sure does leave a lot of possibilities, as far as what EXACTLY a saint is.

Sara Groves has a wonderfully, unique take on the ancient term that for me, pretty much sums it up.  There are a few lines that speak to me, and each time I hear it, I think “thats exactly who I want to be marching in with“.

I see the long, quiet walk along the underground railroad,

I see the slave, awakened to the value of her soul,

I see the young missionary and the angry spear,

I see his family returning with no choice of fear,

I see the long, hard shadows of Calcutta Lights,

I see the sister standing by the dying mans side,

I see the young girl huddled on the brothel floor,

I see the man with a passion, come and kicking down that door,

Oh When the Saints, Go Marching In, I wanna be one of them……

So, who do you want to be marching in with you???

I really miss my family!

There is a Barlow Girl song called Here’s My Life that pretty much sums up how I feel every time I finish furlough and go back on the field.  For many reasons, this past furlough has been the most difficult time to return, so I find myself re-listening to this song and reminding myself why I’m here.  Here are some of the lyrics, and I put a link at the end if you want to hear the song in full…. Its good stuff!!!

Once again I said my goodbyes, to those I love most

My heart feels that familiar pain, as I long for hope

Cause this road is hard, when I feel so far

God, I’m crying out tonight

Cuz I’ve given you my life

But I’m tired, and I’m missing what’s behind

So once more, here’s my life….

(For the complete song, click here)

Move Along

This morning on my trek to Ulpan as I was listening through the shuffle selection of my music, the song, Move Along by All American Rejects began playing.  I don’t know if this happens with you or not, but certain songs can take me back to specific time periods of my life in a flash.  The moment I hear the beginning of the song, I am immediately whisked back in time.

This happens to be one of those particular songs….

Some years ago I went through an awful situation in my personal life, probably one of the darkest times in my life.  If there were ever a rock-bottom for me, that was it. I lost all will to do anything: eat, get out of bed, talk, etc. It was full-fledged depression and heartache.

Like I said…I had hit rock bottom!

I remember I would play that song over and over again, just to remind me to motivate myself to keep going.  There’s a line in the song that says,  

And even when your hope is gone, move along, move along just to make it through. Move Along.

That summed it up perfectly for me at that time.  I had completely lost all sight of hope, and I was only moving along to make it through.  Whether it was one hour, one day, or one week….it was to just keep moving along.

Years later, and here I am…I did make it through.  As I was walking and listening, I was once again taken back to that time in my life; but this time it was a new sort of remembrance.  It was a reminder of a time when I didn’t think I would ever have hope again, yet now I have hope.  It was a reminder of a time when I didn’t think I would make it through, yet I somehow managed.  It was a reminder of God’s faithfulness in my life, and how He never lets me go.

Yes, once in a while we have to keep moving, even when we don’t want to, or don’t seem to have the strength to. When we can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, we have to keep moving, because eventually we will reach it. Sometimes you arrive quickly, and sometimes it takes forever to get there, but I am living proof that if you keep moving along, you will get there!

Saddened but not surprised.

I wasn’t going to, but here I am jumping on the MJ band-wagon to give my 2¢ about his life and death.  

It has been inescapable… the news, radio, internet, magazines, and even on twitter its the #1 topic.  No matter how you feel about him as a person, his impact on music and pop culture is unarguable, especially with the generations growing up with him.  I can honestly say that there is not one of his songs that I do not like.  I mean come on…Thriller!  Billie Jean! Beat It! Man in the Mirror! Scream! (I love that one with Janet)

I remember watching a documentary about MJ years ago when he was going through all those child molestation trials, and after seeing what he endured throughout his childhood and adolescence, my heart seriously ached for him. He went from this innocent, extremely talented child to a music icon, who was sucked in, chewed around and spit out by the world he was now living in.  It happens to oh, so many people, not just celebrities.  We start out as these cute, adorable children, we grow up, and the world literally engulfs us and leads us into disaster.  I have seen it in my own life, as well as the lives of friends, family members, and too many celebs.

Fortunately for many, we get out of it and move forward.  Unfortunately for MJ, he did not.  I am completely saddened by this fact, but I am not surprised.  

So, in memory of the King of Pop…what is your favorite Michael Jackson song(s)???

My Slump

For the past couple of days, I’ve been in a gym slump.  The honeymoon stage is officially over, and I’m having to push myself to go now.  My heart is in it, but my body isn’t.  I know all the rules about starting a routine, keeping it going etc. but I need more motivation……

So, today I made a new playlist on my ipod called, Workout, in hopes that a revival will come along.  I have 4.2 hours of fast-paced, high energy music that I am hoping will get me back on track. Here is just a glimpse into a few of my selections:

musicWhat do you think?? Any songs you just have to tell me about for my playlist?

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