We made it back after a fantastic month in Brooklyn. So much good there: good people, good food, good culture. We loved it.
- Congrats to Nick for the amazing film and the Vimeo Staff Pick:
Finished Think Like a Freak thanks to some extended subway reading time. I'd highly recommend it just to help you think about how to be asking the right questions.
Air Jordan's move honoring Derek Jeter here is classy:
- This past Wednesday, we had an amazing Livestream event with our good friend, David Ramirez. Take a look, and let me know what you think!
Convicting and thought-provoking:
"Christians don't tell lies, they just go to church and sing them." -A.W. Tozer
Shocking news about Donovan being left off the U.S. World Cup roster. It is uncomfortable watching Klinnsman explain that to the team here.
Perusing Chris Ozer's blog is always fun. I love this photo of the Brooklyn Bridge:
Here are my top 5 in reverse order, followed by another dozen or so.
FIVE. HAIM: Days Are Gone. If you follow me anywhere, it's no secret I think this song is one of the best musical moments of the year:
FOUR. Sleeping At Last: Atlas. Ryan is always pushing the envelope. I never get tired of hearing the creative string arrangements, or extremely thoughtful melodies. But what I mostly appreciate about Ryan's music is that it just makes me feel.
THREE. Local Natives: Hummingbird. These guys are just good musicians and good songwriters.
TWO. The National: Trouble Will Find Me. I wasn't sure if "High Violet" could be topped, but these are great songs.
ONE. Volcano Choir: Repave. These songs pull on my heart strings really heavily. The line "Can't believe your father left his land" from "Alaskans" gets me choked up almost every time.
And in no particular order:
Gregory Alan Isakov: The Weatherman. When this record released, I wore it out. Wore it out! It has a calming effect. Buy it here. (And I am excited to show you our SerialBox session coming with him soon.)
The Lone Bellow: The Lone Bellow. "Brooklyn Country" is a fitting genre description for The Lone Bellow. For me, they also fall in the genre of people that you simply want to win. And the lyric, "A tree I'll grow to let you know my love is older than my soul" ... are you kidding me?! GOLD! Buy it here. And check out the SerialBox session here.
For a Spotify playlist / compilation of my favorites from records throughout this list, go here.
Some great EPs from the year:
- Thanks for all the kind words about the Abroad EP. (If you didn't hear it yet, you can just click on "Music" up to the right at the top of the page.) I figured while I am putting music out there, here are some fun Christmas songs from the past few years. 'Tis the season...
I had a blast in Brooklyn / New York City earlier this week for the Charity: Ball. Any time a group of people raises over $4million in one night to help people on the other side of the globe drink clean water is a success.
Came across this quote a few days ago, and it struck me because it is so true. I wonder how often I miss thoughts and ideas directed at me: "The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." - George Bernard Shaw
As a wimp in cold weather and a new lover of UBER, I definitely used the service a lot. Check out this article on why it is becoming one of the most valuable companies in the world. Also, sign up for UBER and try it out! You'll be glad you did.
While you're in the giving spirit, please take a look at the Light The World campaign for JOYN India which just went live this week! Austin, Esther, Jordan, and several others have put a lot of heart into it. These stories are amazing.
What do you think the time frame for Amazon Air to be delivering Christmas gifts is?
I haven't posted since the Bears won the Big 12 Championship and got the BCS bid for the Fiesta Bowl, but I'm pretty pumped for it. I have loved reading articles like this one all year long about Baylor Football.
"25 Websites that Make You Cleverer". Love it.
I leave you with this Hitpoints Christmas cover masterpiece:
- Asgeir's new video is just getting me excited for his record to come out in the U.S. on January 27.
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