Lauryn Hill, Xavier Rudd

Prologue

In an undated interview Lauryn Hill touches on many things.

Inclusive are:

  • Growing up with a loving family, and taken for granted that everyone else does
  • Having a strong, hardworking man, and present man as a father
  • Having siblings who first sense & encourage each other gifts

 

Discussions

  1. Lauryn Hill | Interview | Full
    Link

 

Noted

I am happy here is one soul that did not fall into the trap we set…

abigailadams

 

carriechapmancatt

 

The Beautiful ones…

  1. Xavier Rudd
    • Follow the Sun
      Link
    • Creating Dream
      Link
  2. Run River North

 

 

 

Bruce Springsteen – “Born To Run” ( The Book )

Forward

After worship, went to Walmart and as I waited for the Oil Change walked over to the Book Aisle.

Thankfully the first book that took me in is the Boss’s “Born To Run“.

I think it is a good read.

Pasted below is a jagged excerpt.

Excerpt

Book One – Growin’ Up

My Street

The house I live i with my grandparents is owned by my grandmother “Nana” McNicholas, my grandmother’s mother, alive and kicking just up the street.  I’ve been told our town’s first child service and first funeral were held in our living room.  We live here beneath the lingering eyes of my father’s oldest sister, my Aunt Virginia, dead at five, killed by a truck while riding her tricycle past the corner gas station.  Her portrait hovers, breathing a ghostly air into the room and shining her ill-fated destiny over our family gatherings.

Her seemingly benign gaze, in the light of events, now communicates, “Watch out! This world is a dangerous and unforgiving place that will knock your ass off your tricycle and into the dead black unknown and only these poor, misguided and unfortunate souls will miss you.”  Her mother, my grandma, heard that message loud and clear.  She spent two years in bed after her daughter’s death and sent my father, neglected, with rickets, off to the outskirts of town to live with other relatives while she recovered.

Time passed; my father quit school school at sixteen, working as a floor boy in the Karagheusian Rug Mill.  At eighteen, he went to war, sailing on the Queen Mary out of New York City.  He served as a truck driver at the Battle of Bulge, saw what little of the world he was going to see and returned home.  He met and fell in love with my mother, promising that if she’d marry, he would get a job (red flag!).  He worked with his cousin, David “Dim” Cashion, on the line at the Ford Motor plant in Edison and I came along.

For my grandmother, I was the firstborn child of her only son and the first baby in the house since the death of her daughter. My birth returned to her a life of purpose. She seized on me with a vengeance. Her mission became my ultimate protection from the world within and without. Sadly, her blind single-minded devotion would lead to hard feelings with my father and enormous family confusion. It would drag all of us down.

 

The Church

This was the world where I found the beginning of my song.  In Catholicism, there existed the poetry, danger, and darkness that reflected my imagination and my inner self.  I found a land of great and harsh beauty, of fantastic stories, of unimaginative punishment and infinite reward.  It was a glorious and pathetic place I was either shaped for or fit right into.

It has walked alongside me as a waking dream my whole life.  So as young adult I tried to make sense of it. I tried to meet its challenge for the very reasons that there are souls to lose and a kingdom of love to be gained.  I laid what I’d absorbed across the hardscrabble lives of my family, friends, and neighbors.  I turned it into something I could grapple with, understand, something I could even find faith in.  As funny as it sounds, I have a “personal” relationship with Jesus.

He remains one of my fathers, though as with my own father, I no longer believe in his godly power.  I deeply believe in his love, his ability to save…

 

The Italians

My great-grandfather was called “the Dutchman” and I suppose descended from some Netherlanders who wandered down from New Amsterdam not knowing what they were getting themselves into.  Thus, we wear the name Springsteen, of Dutch origin, but prominently, here’s where Irish and Italian blood meet.  Why?  Previous to the Mexicans and African-Americans who harvested Monmouth  County crops,  the Italians were in the fields with the Irishmen and working the horse farms alongside them.

Recently, I asked my mother how they all ended up with the Irish.  She said, “The Italian men were too bossy. We’d had enough of that.  We didn’t want men bossing us all around.”

 

The Irish

I was not my father’s favorite citizen.  As a boy I figured it was just the way men were, distant, uncommunicative, busy within the currents of the grown-up world.  As a child you don’t question your parents choices.   You accept them.  They are justified by the godlike status of parenthood.

If you’re aren’t spoken to, you ‘re worth the time.  If you are not greeted with love and affection, you haven’t earned it.  If you are ignored, you don’t exist.  Control over your behavior is the only card you have to play in the hope of modifying others.

Maybe you have to be tougher, stronger, more athletic, smarter, in some way better … who knows?  One evening my father was giving me a few boxing lesson in the living room.  I was flattered, excited by his attention, and eager to learn.  Things were gong well.  And, then he threw a few open-palmed punches to my face that landed a just too hard.  It stung.  I wasn’t hurt, but a line had been crossed. I knew something was being communicated.  We had slipped into the dark nether land beyond father and son.

I sensed what was being said:  I was an intruder, a stranger,  a competitor in our home and a fearful disappointment.   My heart broke and I crumpled.  He walked away in disgust.


Unfortunately, my dad’s desire to engage with me almost came after the nightly religious ritual of the “sacred sick pack.”  One beer after another in the pitch dark of our kitchen.  It was always then that he wanted to see me and it was always the same.

A few moments of feigned parental concern for my well being followed by the real deal:  the hostility and raw anger towards sin, the only other man in the house.

It was a shame.  He loved me, but couldn’t stand me.  He felt we competed for my mother’s affections.  We did.  He also see in me too much of his real self.  My father was built like a bull, always in work clothes; he was strong and physically formidable.

Toward the end of his life, he fought back from death many times. Inside, however, beyond his rage, he harbored a gentleness, timidity, shyness, and a dreamy insecurity.

There were all the things I wore on the outside and the reflection of these qualities in his boy repelled him.  It made him angry.  It was “soft“.  And, he hated “Soft”.   Of course, he had been brought up “soft“.  A mama’s boy just like me.

One evening at the kitchen table, late in life, when he was not well, he told me a story of being pulled out of a fight he was having in the school yard.

My grandmother had walked away from our house and dragged him home.  He recounted his humiliation and said eyes welling… ” I was willing…I was willing.”

He still didn’t understand he could not be risked.  He was the one remaining, living child.  My grandmother, confused, could not realize her untempered love was destroying the men she was raising.

I told him I understood, that we had been raised by the same woman in some of the formative years of our lives and suffered many of the same humiliations.

However, back in the days when our relationship was at its most tempestuous, these things remained mysteries and created a legacy of pain and misunderstanding.

 

Videos & Conversations

Videos

  1. Long Walk Home
    Link
  2. Bruce Springsteen – This Depression (Live 2013)
    Link

 

Conversations

  1. Sunday Morning 2016 Bruce Springsteen Talks Autobiography Book ‘Born To Run’
    Published On: Sept 22nd, 2016
    Legendary singer Bruce Springsteen talks about his new book
    an autobiography ‘Born To Run’. His youth, visits the old neighbourhood, battling depression and about losing his dear friend Clarence Clemons.
    Link

 

Listening

Listening to…

  1. Damon Thompson
    • Damon Thompson – Authority of Intimacy – Call to the Altar
      Link

 

Sermons & Discussions – 2016/Oct

 

Sermons

  1. The Bridge Church, Concord, CA
    • Russ Belmont
      • The Love of Jesus and the Gospel / About Us
        Published On – Sept 18th, 2016
        Link
  2. John Piper
    • John Piper | Desiring God 2014 Conference for Pastors
      • Glorifying God by Bearing Fruit in Union with Christ
        Link
  3. Jacob Prasch
    • Titus
      • Titus Chapter 1 – From the Greek – Part 1 of 2 – Jacob Prasch
        Link
      • Titus Chapter 1 – From the Greek – Part 1 of 2 – Jacob Prasch
        Link
    • “This Generation” Matthew 24
      • “This Generation” Matthew 24 – Jacob Prasch
        Published On – Aug 16th, 2016
        Link
    • Health, Wealth and Education – 1 Corinthians and 3 John
      • Health, Wealth and Education – 1 Corinthians and 3 John – Jacob Prasch
        Link
  4. Sinclair Ferguson
    • Sinclair Ferguson | Desiring God 2014 Conference for Pastors
      • Union with Christ: Mind-Renewing Foundations
        Link

 

Discussions

  1. Nicole C. Mullen & Sandi Patty
    • Nicole C. Mullen & Sandi Patty – Matters Of Love
      Published on Aug 17, 2016
      Matters of Love … Music, Mentorship and Race: A Conversation with Andrew Greer featuring SANDI PATTY and NICOLE C. MULLEN.
      Link

 

InDepth

Jacob Prasch

This Generation

 

  1. In Olivet Discourse
    • Jesus said this Generation will not pass away
  2. Generation is 40 Years
  3.  Error
    • Post Millennium
      • Teachings
        • Dominion Theology
        • Kingdom Now Theology
        • Triumphalism
      • The bogus notion that Church is going to conquer the World and Christ is going to come for a victorious Church
      • Jesus does not come for a Victorious Church, but with a Victorious Church that has been raptured
      • It is the seed of the Woman that conquers Satan, and not Woman that conquers Satan
        • Unlike what Kevin Connor teaches in Australia
      • The people who propagated these Teachings, had a motive that was both Theological and Political
      • While Jesus kept saying his Kingdom is not of this world, they insisted otherwise
      • Augustine
        • In 999
        • People were keeping their money to the Pope
        • Of Course they did not get their money back
      • Y2K
        • Also, same type of people involved in Y2K
      • 70 AD
        • Some people believed that the worst happened in 70 AD
    • Future Meaning
      • AntiChrist
      • Jerusalem will be
      • Parable of The Fig Tree Verse 32
      • When you see this thing Jesus is right at the Door
      • Israel became a Nation in 1948
        • Counted 40 years from 1948 and counted to 1988
          • Went to UK
          • 1987
            • Told muslims that Jesus will be coming in 1987
          • 1988
            • Went back there that Jesus will becoming in 1988
  4. Return of Jews to Israel there is no doubt
    1. Set up for the Anti-Christ
    2. When Holy SPirit gives us multiple accounts, we are to examine it carefully
  5. Parable of the Fig Tree
    • Parable of the Trees
    • Judges 9:7-16
    • Infidelity of God’s people made a way for the Anti-Christ to come
  6. What does Fig Tree mean ?
    • Metaphor for good works

Sleeping At Last

Forward

Discovering Switchfoot and Jon Foreman through a video by Bishop Earl, I sought to find other published works by Joe Foreman.

Part of the work I was able to find is an interview with “Sounds like a movement“.  Here is the link to that show.

In Joe Foreman’s interview with … a movement, Joe spoke about how he wanted to put together a new album and reached out to friends in the music industry.

BTW, the post about Joe Foreman is here.

One of the acts mentioned is “Sleeping at Last“.  And, so sought out worthy stuff from “Sleeping at Last“.

Immediately, gratified as I found some alike music.

 

LIFE

Lyrics

Link

 

life

 

Videos

  1. Life
    Link
  2. Saturn
    Link

 

Video Comments

Saturn

3aminnewzealand

 

Switchfoot – Jon Foreman

 

Intro

Found out about Switchfoot through listening to Bishop Earl’s talk about “Mother in Heaven“.

Is Switchfoot a Christian Band?

Here is a clip of Bishop Earl voice over of Jon Foreman’s response to the question of whether his band, SwitchFoot, is a Christian Band.

Link – Video Clip

Link – Text

Does Lewis or Tolkien mention Christ in any of their fictional series? Are Bach’s sonata’s[sic] Christian? What is more Christ-like, feeding the poor, making furniture, cleaning bathrooms, or painting a sunset? There is a schism between the sacred and the secular in all of our modern minds.

Christ didn’t come and die for my songs, he came for me. Yes. My songs are a part of my life. But judging from Scripture I can only conclude that our God is much more interested in how I treat the poor and the broken and the hungry than the personal pronouns I use when I sing. I am a believer. Many of these songs talk about this belief. An obligation to say this or do that does not sound like the glorious freedom that Christ died to afford me.

“…any song can glorify God—whether or not it explicitly mentions religion or the name of Jesus Christ. In fact, this applies to any work that we do. The important thing for Christians is to do their utmost to live in obedience to God’s call on their lives.”

Songs & Interviews

Songs

  1. Caroline
    Link
  2. Equally Skilled
    March 21, 2015
    Link
  3. Instead of a Show
    Link
  4. Jon Foreman – Broken from the Start
    Published on Mar 23, 201
    Link

Interview

  1. Behind the Scenes with Switchfoot’s Jon Foreman and the Acoustic Pro Amp Series
    November 10, 2015
    Link
  2. Jon Foreman on Sounds Like A Movement
    Published on Oct 21st, 2015
    Jon Foreman is a writer, raconteur, and lead singer of the Grammy Award winning band, Switchfoot. In addition to writing and producing albums that have gone double platinum, Jon’s writings have been featured in publications like The Huffington Post and Men’s Health. In this special live episode of The Sounds Like A Movement Podcast, we discuss our relationship with chaos and how tension produces wonder. Jon also plays three songs from his latest solo project, The Wonderlands.
    Link
  3. Jon Foreman Interview- The Wonderlands EPs ( with Sada K.)
    Published On Oct 22, 2015
    Link

 

Album

The Wonderlands

Collaborated with friends

  • Andrew Wessen from GroupLove
  • Darren King from MuteMath
  • Taylor York from Paramore
  • Ryan O’neal from Sleeping at Last
  • Jeff Coffin from Dave Matthews Band
  • Eric Owyoung from Future of Forestry