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Blue Grass & Green Skies

When I peaked the top of Horseshoe Pass this morning, I couldn’t help but be amazed at view before me: Glorious green mountains rolling downward towards the earth with dark blue/gray clouds providing a perfect covering for the peaking sun.

As I drove along the winding road through the mountains, I started to get a little home sick for the Ozarks and their wooded hills. Adding to the scene was the folky music of Nor’Wester singing Sixteen Tons and Fishn’ Blues.

Then, as I entered a small valley at near the base of the mountains, my thoughts turned to Ireland. All of a sudden, the grass on the hills turned blue and skies when green.[@more@]

For the last few months (hmm… half a year now?), I have been going to a small Irish themed coffee shop to relax and read during my lunch breaks. I’ve also found a great online Irish music station (LiveIreland.com) that has been helping me through my work day.

In some ways, it’s been odd to have this focus on Celtic music… yeah, I’ve always liked Celtic music, but recently it’s been a bigger focus. You see, in the past, I’ve usually turned to bluegrass music (or old school country) when I wanted to relax.

Why the change?

I’m not sure. But what I do know is that while I was driving this morning along the blue grasses and under the green skies, I remembered that the Bluegrass music of the hills originated from the Celtic music of Irish, Welsh, & Scottish immigrants.

So in a way I was going home – home back to the moors of England & Wales from where’s my blood runs.

Tetris by Midtown Dickens

I found a new band. Specifically, I have a new song.  

Here's the deal: I was minding my own business, rocking out to "Whiskey From A Wire" – a cool Indie-rock online radio station [tune in via iTunes] – when this really sweet, down-home, bouncy and raw song came across the copper.

As my foot tapped to the beat, my head realized that the song was about 'tetris'. That's right etris – the old Nintendo game that was highly addictive.

I recall (hang on, it's FLASHBACK time!) when my Grandpa came to visit – I was about 8 or 9… Anyway, he got to playing Tetris on our original Nintendo station (that's right – old school baby!) and didn't stop for three days straight!!!!!!

Well, it seemed that way to me!!! I mean, he was playing it when I went to bed at night and when I woke up the next morning, he was still playing it. That could ONLY mean that he had played it straight through the night.  [@more@]

Come on – give me a break – I WAS ONLY EIGHT YEARS OLD!!!!  At that age, eight pm was late!!!!  Staying up to ten playing Tetris was unheard of!! 


Ok – enough of flashbacks to Ardell's warped childhood (does anyone know a good counselor?).  

You really have to listen to this song
it's great!!  Digging around online, I found a place where you can listen to it for free. If you like the song, check out the Midtown Dickens MySpace page. You can listen to some of their other songs there – and if you are a MySpace member, you can also download some of their songs for free.

Or you can support these three ladies by purchasing their songs for 99 cents – that is $0.99 (notice the dollar sign and decimal point).

Enjoy Cool

Who Am I – Casting Crowns

A friend set me this really cool video set to the music of Casting Crown. I would tell you more about the video…but then it would ruin it. Tongue out

Clue: It includes blacklights and white gloves

[@more@]Did you figure out the new cool "spoiler" trick I learned?  Laughing  If not, try highlighting the area after "it includes".



What's your song?

Everyone has a song. A song that stops you in your tracks as the flood of memories come rushing in – invited or not.

It's the song you play when you're happy and want to rejoice. It's the song you curl up to when you're sad and want to be alone. Aye – some folks may claim have more then one 'song'. Yet, I believe that deep down, we all have that one song that we go back to when we want to be reminded of the Lord's mercy.

For me that song is "Drift Away" by Dobie Gray.

I play it when I want to tune out the world and write a paper. I play it when I'm down and want to remember all that God has done for me. I play it when I want to rejoice and have a party. It is the one song that makes me stop and close my eyes when I hear it on the radio.

As soon as the first few notes touch my ears I'm transported to a dairy barn in Oklahoma during the early 1990's. Manure and fly specs covering everything; a black duel-cassette radio hanging from the rafters by a piece of bailing wire with a coat-hanger sticking out of the antenna to pick up 92.9 KBEZ. I'm standing alone in the pit with a bleach bucket and rag with only the music to keep me going. "Drift Away" became my anthem:

Day after day, I'm more confused
Yet I look for the light through the pourin' rain

[@more@]It echoed the cry of my heart as I struggled through the trials of adolescent.

Beginnin' to think that I'm wastin' time
I don't understand the things I do
The world outside looks so unkind

It provided me an escape from the life – no more cleaning, no more fights, no more struggles, no more disappointments.

Oh, give me the beat boys and free my soul
I wanna get lost in your rock n roll
And drift away

As I grew older, it continued to comfort me as the world fell apart around me and I was forced to face my demons.

And when I'm feelin' blue
The guitar's comin' through
To soothe me

Today, ten plus years later, "Drift Away" still pulls me on toward the Kingdom – reminding me of the battles won and lost; the tears stained eyes of discouragement and joy; the broken heart and mended soul; all wrapped up in the sound waves of one song.

Thanks for the joy that you've given me
I want you to know I believe in your song
And rhythm and rhyme and harmony
You help me along
Makin' me strong

What's your song?