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Posts Tagged ‘Music’
Tags: Culture, Funny, Life, Music, People, Random, YouTube
Tags: Culture, Faith, iPhone, Life, Ministry, Music, People, Spirituality, Technology, Worship
Tags: 1980's, Contest, Funny, Life, Music, People, Random, REVOLUTION
Last Friday I went to watch a couple REVOLUTION students in an 8th grade singing and dancing performance called “Sing and Celebrate the 80′s”. This entire performance featured some of the most popular and recognizable songs for the 1980s.
This got me thinking…It is about time for the first official contest on briancromer.com.
CONTEST: “Sing and Celebrate the 80′s” CONTEST
OBJECTIVE: Name as many of the 25 songs that were on the set list from that performance.
RULES: No cheating (we are going by the honor system). If you were there, you cannot win. You can only submit one guess. You can edit that one guess until the time limit expires. Your guess cannot be more than 25 songs. Going over 25 songs disqualifies you from the prize. You must put song name and artist for each guess (Example – “Help” by The Beatles). Must have 5 different people guess for there to be a winner. All guesses need to be submitted as a comment in this blog. All guesses must be submitted by Sunday, May 16 at 11:00pm CST. Winner will be announced Monday, May 17.
PRIZE: Whoever guesses the most songs from the 25 song set list will receive a $10 Starbucks card. Winner will either get his/her prize in person or have it mailed to him/her.
HELPFUL HINT #1: After doing some research, 6 of the 25 songs were not released in the 1980′s. Not my fault. I will tell you that 3 were released in the 1970′s and 3 were released in the 1990′s. Life’s tough sometimes.
HELPFUL HINT #2: There are no Michael Jackson songs on this list of 25 songs. They did an entire Michael Jackson tribute that included 4-5 songs. However, it would be too easy to fill this list of 25 songs with Michael Jackson songs. Again, there are no Michael Jackson songs on this list of 25 songs.
Name as many of the 25 songs from the “Sing and Celebrate the 80′s” performance that you think would be in that performance. All of you 1980′s music lovers and people, get your guesses in by clicking on the “COMMENTS” link directly below this post. Winner gets a $10 Starbucks gift card.
Tags: Basketball, Hillsong United, Life, Music, Oklahoma City Thunder, People, Spirituality, Worship
Last week I experienced two of the loudest moments of my life on back-to-back days.
Thursday, I was blessed to go to the Oklahoma City Thunder vs Los Angeles Lakers Game 3 NBA playoff game. This was the first ever home playoff game for the 2 year old franchise. I’m very thankful to have been able to have this experience (thank you, Gary). The atmosphere in that building was electric. From the time we entered the building 90 minutes before tipoff, there seemed to be this loud, anticipatory buzz. Throughout the game, the excitement swelled. “Beat L.A.” chants would sporadically break out. Sitting was optional and very rare. Once the Thunder starting taking control of the game, I could barely hear myself think. It sounded like the roof was going to explode. The Thunder won 101-96.
Great night. Great experience.
Friday, I had the opportunity to go to the Hillsong United concert. Hillsong United is a modern praise and worship band from Sydney, Australia. And I call this a concert, but it wasn’t a concert. It was an all-out, 2-hour, chase-after-God-with-all-you’ve-got worship service. I was in the middle of the Lloyd Noble Center on the University of Oklahoma surrounded by thousands of people all pouring their heart out to God in worship. At one point, the music and others around me were so loud that I could not hear myself singing at the top of my lungs.
Great night. Great experience.
What’s the loudest environment you’ve ever been in?
Tags: Culture, Food, Funny, Life, Movies, Music, People, Random, Sports, Technology, TV
In two months, I will be 29 years old. I do not consider that to be old. However, there are certain things in this life that I either experience or feel that help me realize that I am definitely not in the “young” category.
Check out this list of things that make me feel old. Feel free to contribute and add on to the list.
THINGS THAT MAKE ME FEEL OLD…
- Drinking coffee.
- Making a mortgage payment.
- How I feel after playing back-to-back basketball games.
- Seeing confusion on the faces of students when I make a “Wonder Years” reference.
- Getting really excited when I hear a Guns-N-Roses come on.
- Saying “I remember watching the original Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves in the theater,” every time I see the trailer for the new Robin Hood movie. Then immediately thinking, “Man, Robin Hood: Men in Tights is a great movie.”
- Having/thinking about retirement, stocks, and investments.
- Ever using the word “portfolio”.
- One word: INSURANCE (health, dental, vision, maternity, life, car, house, etc.)
- Getting up really early.
- Not being able to eat Taco Bell because of what it does to “my system”.
- Exchanging business cards.
- Getting destroyed in the newer video games because I don’t know all of the buttons.
- Thinking everything on MTV is lame and ridiculous.
- Having to print out all my Scripture references during a sermon because I can’t read the small font in my Bible.
- Making a Milli Vanilli or New Kids on the Block joke and getting no response.
- The only trophy I can ever get now is for fantasy football.
- In two years, all the 6th graders in student ministry will have born in the 2000s.
- The fact that I remember Michael Jackson as cool, then creepy, and then cool again.
- Remembering Mike Tyson as an incredible boxer, not a psycho. And having an incredible video game on NES.
- Guys & girls that were in my student ministry are now getting married.
What are some things make you feel old?
Tags: Commercials, Explosions in the Sky, Life, Music, Nike, Passion, People, The Hours, Toby Mac
I am a huge music-lover. I basically love all music except I am not too fond of the country genre. I am constantly looking for some new, good music. I also love to help other people find some new, good music and to share the musical goodness.
Here is some new music that is currently playing in my iPod and a link where you can listen to some of the music…
PASSION, Awakening. This live album is Passion’s 11th worship album and it is fantastic. You can find songs by David Crowder*Band, Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Charlie Hall, Christy Nockels, Kristian Stanfill, Fee, and Hillsong United. Great worship album.
TOBY MAC, Tonight. Toby Mac has come a long way musically from the late 80s/early 90s DC Talk hip-hop. This album has an amazing mix of rock, pop, urban, and hip hop sounds and styles. It features the smash hit single “City On Our Knees”.
EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY, The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place & How Strange, Innocence. I was recently introduced to this instrumental rock band and they are amazing. This is the perfect music when you want to chill out, study for a test, or block out noise to get something done. Check them out.
THE HOURS, Ali in the Jungle (EP). The song “Ali in the Jungle” is the song that plays in a recent Nike commercial. After seeing the commercial, this song just got stuck in my brain. I ended up downloading the entire album on iTunes and have been listening ever since. Here’s the Nike commercial to help jog your memory…
What about you? What are you listening to lately? Share the goodness because it is about time for me to get some new music. What’s new on your iPod?
Tags: Faith, Food, Hillsong United, Life, Ministry, Music, People, Spirituality
Never thought God would remind of one of his timeless truths through breakfast, but he did. That is what I get for putting God in a box.
After my workout this morning, my amazing wife decided to make me breakfast. The menu called for a chocolate peanut butter protein smoothie and an apple. She reached into the refrigerator and picked out what looked to be the freshest, best apple. As she began to cut into the apple, the inside was rotten and a very dark brown.
Heather simply asked, “How can an apple that looks that good be so bad on the inside?”
I replied, “That will preach.”
Nobody wants to eat a rotten apple, no matter how appetizing it may look on the outside. Nobody wants to drive a car with a jacked up engine, no matter how amazing it may look on the outside. Nobody wants to live in a house that is completely destroyed on the inside, even if it is the most beautiful house in the entire neighborhood.
What’s on the inside really matters – to us and to God.
Are you on the outside a reflection of what is on the inside? Does the inside of you match the outside of you? If there is any part of your life that looks like the apple from my breakfast (awesome on the outside, but dead on the inside), let me encourage you not be content with living life like that.
This morning’s apple experience reminded me of Hillsong United‘s song “Inside Out” where it says, “My heart and my soul, Lord I give you control. Consume me from the inside out, Lord. Let justice and praise become my embrace. To love you from the inside out.“
That is my prayer today.
Tags: Faith, Funny, JUMP, Life, Ministry, Movies, Music, People, Random, REVOLUTION, Spirituality, Sports, YouTube
REVOLUTION‘s brand new January series – JUMP – starts tonight at 7pm.
JUMP is all about growing. As we start 2010, many people around the world are making goals and resolutions with the idea of making their lives better. Whether it is loosing weight, quitting an addiction, or being more disciplined with money, the idea is that you would get better in that area – jump to another level.
I do not know about you, but I do not want to be the same physically, relationally, or spiritually at the end of 2010 as I am at the start of 2009. I want to love more. I want to serve more. I want to grow. I want to be better. I want to JUMP.
In honor of our first week of JUMP, here is a JUMP multiple choice pop-quiz.
BEST JUMP TOY…
- Jump Rope
BEST JUMP SONG…
- “Jump” – Van Halen
- “Jump” – Kris Kross
- “Jump Around” – House of Pain
BEST MOVIE INVOLVING JUMPING…
COOLEST PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE JUMPING YOUTUBE VIDEO…
- NBA’s Kobe Bryant jumps over a moving car – CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO
- MLB’s Cody Ransom 5 ft box jump – CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO
- NFL’s Jarron Gilbert jumps out of a pool – CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO
BEST JUMPING OLYMPIC SPORT
- Triple Jump
- Long Jump
- High Jump
Look forward to reading your answers. You can find my answers in the comments.
Tags: Emcee One, Faith, Life, Ministry, Music, NORTHchurch, People, Spirituality
Great work by Creative Pastor Scott Morris.
I am humbled and blessed to be working with such a creative, amazing, and talented staff.
Tags: Faith, Heart of Worship, Inspirational, Life, Matt Redman, Ministry, Music, People, Spirituality, The Bible, Worship
(WARNING: Long, but very good post.)
Sometimes knowing the story behind a song really takes the song to another level.
Here is the story behind the song “Heart of Worship” by Matt Redman (through the words of Mike Pilavachi, pastor of Soul Survivor in London, England)…
Since it began, Soul Survivor has always given plenty of time over to worshiping through music. Over the years, people have poured out their hearts to God through it, and there have been plenty of examples of great things happening as a result. However, there was a season when we realized that something was “up” with out worship.
At first, it was difficult to put our finger on the problem. On the surface, everything was just fine: the musicians were tuning their instruments and the sound men were getting out of bed on time. Each service contained a block of songs that focused on the cross and gave people the chance to get down to business with God. To make this easier, the music was (nearly) up-to-date, the chairs had disappeared, and the lights were low – what better atmosphere for young people to worship God?
Yet, we seemed to have lost the spark. We seemed to be going through the motions, but I noticed that although we were singing the songs, our hearts were far from Him. Was it Matt Redman’s fault? I listened. He wasn’t singing any more off notes than usual. Then one day it clicked; we had become connoisseurs of worship instead of participants of it.
In our hearts, we were giving the worship team grades on a scale from one to ten: “Not that song again,” “I can’t hear the bass,” “I like the way she sings better.” We had made the band the performers of worship and ourselves the audience.
We had forgotten that we are ALL the performers of worship and that God is the audience. We had forgotten that sacrifice is central to biblical worship. We are called to offer our bodies as living sacrifices – this is our spiritual act of worship (Romans 12:1). We are called to offer our sacrifice of praise (Hebrews 13:15).
We were challenged to ask ourselves individually, “When I come through the door of the church, what am I bringing as my contribution to worship?” The truth came to us: worship is not a spectator sport. It is not a product molded by the taste of the consumers. It is not about what we can get out of it. It is all about God.
We needed to take drastic action. For a while, in order to truly learn this lesson, we banned the band. We fired Matt Redman!
Then we sat around in circles and said that if no one brought a sacrifice of praise, we would spend the meeting in silence. At the beginning we virtually did! It was a very painful process. We are learning again not to rely on the music.
After a while, we began to have some very sweet times of worship. We all began to bring our prayers, our readings, our prophecies, our thanksgiving, our praises, and our songs. Someone would start a song a cappella and we would all join in. Then someone else would take it on to another song. The excitement came back. We were not having church; we were once again meeting with God. With all the comforts stripped away, we worshiped from the heart.
When we had learned our lesson, we brought the band back. It was at this point that Matt Redman began to sing the song he had written out of this experience. I wept as we sang it for the first time. The words expressed exactly what was going on…
When the music fades, And all is stripped away, And I simply come
Longing just to bring, Something that’s of worth, Just to bless your heart
I’ll bring you more than a song, For a song in itself is not what you have required
You search much deeper within through the ways things appear
You’re looking into my heart
I’m coming back to the heart of worship
And it’s all about you, It’s all about you Jesus
I’m sorry, Lord, for the thing I’ve made it
When it’s all about you, It’s all about you Jesus