May 8, 2015 – San Diego, California

Weekend Links: May 8, 2015

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  • If you're into new apps and gadgets and you haven't yet started looking at Product Hunt, you're in for a treat.

  • If you like vinyl and you aren't a part of Vinyl Me, Please, you should definitely check it out. It's one of the highlights of the month

Records out this week worth checking out.

August 10, 2012 – San Diego, CA

Weekend Links: August 10, 2012

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  • Hard to believe that the Olympics end on Sunday! We've thoroughly enjoyed watching along with the world. Usain Bolt is a beast. And can you imagine if he actually ended up playing for Manchester United?

  • You may have seen this floating around the internet this week, but the New York Times put out a really interesting look at the history of medalists in the 100-meter sprint.

  • Check out Lacey's new favorite blog: mckaylaisnotimpressed.tumblr.com

  • I was encouraged when I heard these words this week: "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

  • Derek Webb came out with a new record that I will post about soon. In the meantime, get the 'Ctrl EP', featuring 3 songs from the record, for free at Noisetrade.

  • Talk about brutal taxes. This could drive France insane, or a lot of people out of there.

  • Square + Starbucks = WOW. (Watch this interview the Wall Street Journal posted with Howard Schultz & Jack Dorsey. Really interesting.)

  • Padres fans: Rejoice! (Maybe not just yet, but get ready to.)

  • Mumford & Sons are back! It is exciting to hear this song in anticipation for the rest to follow.

  • Last but not least, happy birthday to my Dad! So thankful to be your son.
October 23, 2010 – San Diego, CA

Shows that inspire, that depress, that rejuvenate.

Authenticity leaking out of an artist is my favorite characteristic of a good performance. Fortunately, Lacey and I have seen some great shows recently that have exuded just that.

2 shows that we have seen in the past few months that have been incredible and full of authenticity are:

Mumford & Sons in June...

(Photo by Andy Barron)

...then last Friday, we saw Jonsi. Unreal.

(photo from Jonsi's Flickr)

Tomorrow night, we'll see Sufjan Stevens. The anticipation of seeing him so soon after his release that is getting a lot of mixed reviews is killing me, and to say I am excited is an understatement. I've heard that his new record makes a lot more sense after you see the live performance.

One common thread between the two shows that I have seen is the feeling of inspiration, depression and rejunvenation.

Inspiration for myself to create more of this songwriting art.

Depression knowing that I may never realize a percentage of potential compared to the realized potential that I am witnessing. (Not a deep depression, mind you. More of a "welp, that sucks.")

And rejuvenation in the fact that this art exists, for us to enjoy, for us to contemplate, for us to imitate, for us to disect, for us to grow.

Somehow these performances often draw me closer to what I think Jesus has called us to do, in expressing our love for him and our need for the cross.

It is the authenticity leaking out.

July 1, 2010

La Blogotheque | Mumford & Sons

Wow. (Soon, I’ll grow out of just posting the word “Wow”.)

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