I remember my first real encounter with real music. He was singing his soul hit “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” - he came through the van’s radio so clearly and genuinely. His voice was raspy, but melodic; hoarse, yet fluid. He sang about things I didn’t understand - but the words met me in the soul and talked to me, this 9 or 10 year old, in some musical prose I could hardly reason or resolve.
The tune seemed somber and gentile. He sang about such a simple thing - just sittin’. Being a kid, I could definitely access that, if nothing else, from this man’s melodic and melismatic narrative. I don’t know if I will ever be able to sufficiently articulate that moment. I can say it was a momentous one. My first taste of soul music; of real music. Otis Redding’s 33 year old tune, at that time, did something formative within me. Somehow my musical sensibility was actuated when this soul crooner caused air to pass through his vocal folds.
I was in the van with my maternal grandmother, Grandma Austin, and my younger brother and sisters. It was the year 2000, if my memory serves me. But that experience was sublime, I can say, in retrospect. Reflecting on it is so joyous and nostalgic for me. Of course I’d love to go back to that very moment now if I could, knowing what I know of course. But that was it for me. That was one of those formative, amazing, musical discoveries - the first one. It was my first formal introduction to real music I think. Just thought I’d share that.
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“The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”—Romans 13:9-10 (New International Version)
“Self-esteem, like walking a tightrope, is a tricky thing. If you fall off one side, you land in arrogance, alienating people and heedlessly crushing those around you. Fall off the other side, and you find yourself in the lowlands of self-worth, unable to move confidently through life and letting others take advantage of you…
Jesus gave up His place in heaven, took on our form, and died in order for us to be with God in heaven for eternity. Can there be any greater demonstration of the esteem God feels for each child He has created?
God has done everything possible and imaginable to show us the value He places on each of us. And that is the full measure of our self-esteem and value. When we fully internalize that truth and begin to draw from God’s well of worth, the slack rope of self-esteem will become a highway of hope.”—CQ Bible Study, 2011, Q1, February 19th (via fattiesoslim)
“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived; and if faced with courage, need not be lived again. Lift up your eyes upon the day breaking for you. Give birth again to the dream.”—Dr. Maya Angelou
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”—1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (via fattiesoslim)
This life is just a constant training session. The hoops you must jump through to get where you wanna be is aerobic exercise. The opposition you face is just resistance training. And the constant bending over backwards is just a test of your flexibility and ability to bounce back. Are you in shape?
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