- I've shared this before, but going into this weekend, I hope this is a good encouragement:
"God never hurries. There are no deadlines against which He must work. Only to know this is to quiet our spirits and relax our nerves." -A.W. Tozer
- The end of the Tree Ring is near, but I am glad they're not leaving us without a peace offering of a new record. And I am stoked on the new song, "Beside A River."
Looking for some great information on the background of what is happening in Ferguson? Check out Vox's coverage of it all.
I am really glad to have seen Glass Optical in Dallas earlier this week. If you want literally the best experience buying frames, lenses, and anything optical-related, wait until you are in Dallas and do it then.
Seen some ice bucket challenge videos? Interesting piece about how it started.
Ryan Adams really nailed it with "Gimme Something Good" on Jimmy Fallon and love this BTS of "Wrecking Ball":
- Pretty excited about Baylor's new McLane Stadium (shown below). Hope to make it out there this year.
- T. Swift is sure making news with her new video. What do you think?
- This rules, and is so heavy:
Well, Google changed it logo for the first time in a while. Look at the difference.
In case you don't already, here's a good reason to make your bed first thing every morning. (Love, Mom. (That's for you, Michael.))
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:
I noticed this week an unusual amount of streaming unreleased records from some great artists. Here are few that stuck out to me which I've really enjoyed:
And here is the Dallas song "Creator" just because I can't stop listening:
- Active Child's new song:
These weeks are flying by! Lacey is starting classes at her new school on Monday and I am so proud of how she is throwing every effort she has at this new job. (Super proud husband here.) I am helping her in the classroom today and I am excited to lead worship at Clairemont Emmanuel this weekend. Always fun to team up with my dad. Now, some links:
- National Geographic released the winners of their Traveler 2012 Photo Contest this week. Below is my favorite photo of the week:
(Photo by Ken Bower/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)
Have I already mentioned how pumped I am for the new Lakers roster? Dwight Howard on top of Kobe, Steve Nash, Ron Artest & Pao Gasol?! That photo is just ridiculous.
Everyone has been watching Charity: Water since they set the bar so high in conveying what they do as an organization with their media. They released a new home page this week and they definitely met the level of clarity and simplicity they've done so well with.
It is inspiring to get a glimpse into lives of people who craft things with their hands: thosewhomake.com
This week, two of my favorite companies (Evernote & Moleskine) announced they are combining forces. I carry both of them with me essentially everywhere I go to record notes, ideas, quotes, thoughts, etc. I am interested to see how this notebook turns out.
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