March 9, 2010

I have a secret.

I guess at this point, it is not really a secret now that Google uses it as one their top music search functions any time you search for a song or an artist, but I feel that it is still under-used and under-appreciated.

My good friend Scott Anderson (co-founder of Storenvy) introduced me to this service about a year ago, and I have gotten so much more out of my music than I did before.

Through LaLa, you can listen to any record you want to in its entirety before committing to purchase it.  If you just want to buy it to where you stream the album from wherever you have the internet, you can choose to buy a web song (usually $.10) or the whole record (usually $1), and if you listen to it a lot…you can upgrade and buy the mp3s with the difference (all mp3s costing $.89 total and generally $.79 if you have already purchased the web song).

I’m using it as I type and it is just too good not to share.  You do have to enter your credit card in case you buy music, but the service it 100% free.  Click the link below and enjoy.

March 5, 2010

"Desire"

Growing up in a somewhat contemporary church, the idea of singing a song in church by someone who was not particularly a worship leader was not forbidden…just kind of strange.

Fast forward a few years to my time at UBC and the idea of doing such a song is not only normal, but also invited.  I remember talking to John Mark for a bit about it after a Wednesday night at UBC and him saying “Isn’t is crazy how some of Ryan Adams’ songs turn out and how much truth there are in others?”

That theme comes up often across all art; the search and the journey toward truth.  So I wanted to share the lyrics from the song.  I think they are brilliant.

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Two hearts fading, like a flower.<br/>And all this waiting, for the power.<br/>For some answer, to this fire.<br/>Sinking slowly. The water’s higher.<br/>Desire<br/><br/>With no secrets. No obsession.<br/>This time I’m speeding with no direction.<br/>Without a reason. What is this fire?<br/>Burning slowly. My one and only.<br/>Desire<br/><br/>You know me. You don’t mind waiting.<br/>You just can’t show me, but God I’m praying,<br/>That you’ll find me, and that you’ll see me,<br/>That you run and never tire

Ryan Adams