Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Tuesday Tunes - Home

Laissez Les Bons Temps Roulez!

As you're reading this, I am currently in New Orleans with my mom and sister, hopefully having a great time. Since I'm writing this about a week ahead of time, I can't say for sure. I am sure that I'm missing my hubby and my cats and my own bed though!

For today's edition of Tuesday Tunes, I'm going to introduce you to one of my absolute favorite musicians right now. His name is Marc Broussard, and since he is from Louisiana, I thought it was only too appropriate to bring him to you now.

He's got a killer blues voice, beats that will command uncontrollable car dancing, and a stage presence that had me in a trance. Seriously folks - his live show is one of the best I have EVER SEEN! He's great...and I hope you enjoy him too.

I couldn't embed this video, so please click this link to go to You Tube and watch it yourself. You won't be sorry! This is probably his biggest hit, "Home." If you're not at least tapping your feet by the middle of the song, you should probably check for a pulse.

CLICK ME! You won't be sorry...

HOME - Marc Broussard

Rolling down the road
Going no where
Guitar packed in the trunk
Somewhere round mile marker 112
Papa started hummin the funk
I gotta jones in my bones before we know
We were singing this melody
Stop the car pulled out the guitar
Halfway to New Orleans

Said take me home
Take me home

Could feel the sun about to rise
When I realized we ad nothing to fear
It's just me and my daddy and a kid named Cope
Making music that nobody would hear
And then the sun let up and it split the night

Said take me home
Take me home
Said take me home
Said take me home

This greyhound is delta bound mama
Baby boy done finally found
Said this greyhound is delta bound mama
Said take me home

Hot damn you should have felt the groove
Like I was swimming in a sea of soul
The sun was rising and the day was hot
And we was all about to lose control
My daddy turned his face up towards the sky
And I knew that there was nothing to lose
I felt the crow breathe in and I closed my eyes
And we disappeared into the groove

Said take me home
Said take me home
Take me home
Said take me home

Straight from the water
Straight from the water children
You don't know nothing about this

Take me home
Said take me home

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Going Out and Coming In...

I leave tomorrow afternoon for a 6 day trip to New Orleans with my sister and mom. I am excited to spend some quality girl time with them in such a fun town. I joked earlier with someone that I was going to eat my way through that town like Godzilla...it's probably true! I can't wait to experience all the culinary treats NOLA has to offer me.

Matt is staying behind. He has churches to run you know. He can't go off on frivolous trips like I apparently can! I am going to miss him terribly.

Being away from him (especially when I'm flying) brings up a terrible kind of fear in me. I'm afraid of death - his or mine. I hate the thought of one of us having to mourn the other's passing. I hate the thought of one of us having to learn how to do this life thing on our own. It's horribly sad, and this kind of fear has a tendency to put a damper on my fun trips. I know we are both going to heaven if something happens, but it's still a really hard thing for me to think about.

So - now I'm getting ready to go to bed the night before my super-fun trip, and I'm filled with anxiety. Years ago I went to Florida with my cousins, and Matt stayed behind. My anxiety about that trip was even worse than it is tonight, and Matt and I sat in bed cuddling and reading through some scripture. We found a Psalm that really seemed to speak to us (and calmed me right down...that's probably the most important part!). I'm sharing it here more for my benefit than yours.

Psalm 121
(English Standard Version)

1I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
2 My help comes from the LORD,
who made heaven and earth.

3He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
4Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

5The LORD is your keeper;
the LORD is your shade on your right hand.
6 The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.

7The LORD will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
8The LORD will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.

Pray for me while I travel please, and pray for my hubby too. We'll be missing each other!

Blessings to you...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Tuesday Tunes - Glory

Hi friends!

Today's Tuesday Tune is "Glory" by Selah, featuring Nichole Nordeman. I must say, I wasn't really a big fan of Selah until recently. They seem to be a little saccharine for my tastes, but maybe my life needs a little sweetness right now. I have been a fan of Nichole Nordeman for many years though, and this song definitely doesn't disappoint. I believe she actually wrote this song for the duets album Selah released in 2006.

A friend's blog steered me towards this blog, which I quickly feel in love with. Angie is a beautiful writer, and she has written much about her walk through the valley as she lost her little girl. Angie always seems to be truthful and honest and real with her audience, and through it all she seems to keep her eye on God. Angie is also the wife of one of the members of Selah, so I think knowing a little about her story and her life has made me want to connect a little bit with this group.

I can't get over this song! I can't get it out of my head. I play it over and over again. I hope you enjoy it as much. What a strong and beautiful message in a time where hope is hard to come by and heaven seems so far away.

One day eyes that are blind will see you clearly
And one day all who deny will finally believe
One day hearts made of stone will break in pieces
And one day chains once unbroken will fall down at your feet
So we wait for that one day come quickly

We want to see your Glory
Every knee falls down before thee
Every tongue offers you praise
With every hand raised
Singing Glory
To you and unto you only
We'll sing Glory to Your name

One day voices that lie will all be silent
One day all that's divided will be whole again
One day death will retreat and wave it's white flag
One day love will defeat the strongest enemy
So we wait for that one day come quickly


We know not the day or the hour
Or the moments in between
But we know the end of the story
When we'll see


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Tuesday Tunes - The Losing End

Happy Tuesday!

This Tuesday Tune is "The Losing End" from Neil Young's Album Everybody Knows this is Nowhere.

I grew up listening to Neil Young, because my parents loved him. For the first 12 years or so of my life, I hated him! I would groan every time they put his albums on, and I always preferred Debbie Gibson over Neil Young - no question. Oh, how silly and dumb we are when we're young...

Sometime during the 8th grade, I started to enjoy Neil Young's music. I'm not sure what happened in my life to change my mind. I like to think that perhaps my taste in music was maturing, much like my taste in boys or my taste in fashion (buh-bye acid wash and shoulder pads!). Whatever the case, I began to really enjoy Neil Young, and my affinity for him has only grown over the years.

The Losing End will never be his most popular song. In fact, outside of my family, I'm not sure many other people even notice it's there! I chose to Tune this song today because it reminds me of home. I always loved the Kermeen "Family Jams" where my parents would play guitar, and we would sing. We love songs that have nice harmonies and this is no exception. A few weeks ago the Kermeens had their first Family Jam in years, and this is one of the songs we did. Mom played and sang, while Kelly and I sang along. It was the best feeling ever to know that years could go by, but we are still able to connect together through music. Harmonizing together and laughing as we mess up the words.

For your Tuning pleasure, I bring to you "The Losing End"...

I went into town to see you yesterday
but you were not home.
So I talked to some old friends for a while
before I wandered off alone.

It's so hard for me now
But I'll make it somehow,
Though I know I'll never be the same.
Won't you ever change your ways,
It's so hard to make love pay
When you're on the losing end,
And I feel that way again.

Well, I miss you more than ever,
since you've gone
I can hardly maintain.
Things are different round here
every night,
my tears fall down like rain.

It's so hard for me now

But I'll make it somehow,
Though I know I'll never be the same.
Won't you ever change your ways,
It's so hard to make love pay
When you're on the losing end,
And I feel that way again.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

I am possessed by nail polish demons...

A few months ago I found e-polish blog - a great blog about nail polish and caring for your nails by a lady named Katee. I subscribed to Katee's blog, and really began to enjoy all the new colors of polish she had been "swatching." Suddenly, I began to subscribe to other nail blogs like Vampy Varnish, All Laquered Up and Scrangie. Now I'm finding that I am OBSESSED with nail polish! I have been painting my nails every three days or so, always trying new colors each time I change. I have been looking for fun new colors everywhere I go, and have a small army of nail colors to try. Here is a picture of the colors I have bought in the last month alone:

I must ask people...WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME???

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Back in the game with a new weekly feature!


I can't believe I haven't blogged since O'Bama's inauguration. I'm sure most of my readers have gone buh-bye by now, but for those who have stuck around...HOLA!

I don't really have a good excuse for being gone for so long. Work has been a little stressful lately. Church is going well. Matt and the kitties and I are just trying to keep up with everything around the house. Lots of everyday, normal life things have shoved blogging down to the bottom of my priority list. (Actually, it's not quite to the bottom. Cleaning bathrooms, mopping floors, and organizing the refrigerator have fallen way below blogging!) I'm sorry to have neglected you for so long.

Good news though - I'm coming back to you with a NEW WEEKLY FEATURE! Yes folks, I'm going to attempt to make my mark on the internet with a weekly feature I'm calling Tuesday Tunes. Every Tuesday I am going to introduce you to a song that I am loving that week. It could be an old classic rock song, an 80's pop favorite or a new Christian worship track. Whatever the song, I'll give you a little insight into why I love it, fun trivia about the artist and where you can get the song for yourself.

If you're interested in doing Tuesday Tunes on your blog, feel free to copy the graphic below to use on your posts. If you do a Tuesday Tune, please let me know, link back to me, etc., so we can get the Tuesday Tune love going! It will be fun to discover new music and learn more about each other through the songs we love, won't it? Here goes...

This week's Tuesday Tune is "Lover" by Derek Webb. It's from his album She Must and Shall Go Free.

I love Derek Webb. His sound, his lyrics, his heart - they're all so rich and authentic and relevant. He gets down and dirty about God, faith and the Church. So often as Christians we try to sugar-coat our lives to make it seem like with God everything is easy and happy. It's just not the case, and Derek always seems to make it okay to be real with ourselves about the suffering we sometimes endure as Christians.

This song is probably my second favorite on this album (my favorite is "Wedding Dress" - maybe I'll Tune it in the future.). I have been stuck on it for a few weeks now. The version on the actual album is a little better (IMHO) because of the vocal harmony, but this video is still pretty good. I love the way Derek portrays Jesus as a lover who will do anything for the one he is in love with - his Church. I think this is a beautiful song, and I hope you like it.

words and music by derek webb

like a man comes to an alter i came into this town
with the world upon my shoulders and promises passed down
and i went into the water and my father, he was pleased
i built it and i’ll tear it down so you will be set free

but i found thieves and salesmen living in my father’s house
i know how they got in here and i know how to get ‘em out
i’m turning this place over from floor to balcony
and then just like these doves and sheep you will be set free

i’ve always been a lover from before i drew a breath
some things i loved easy and some i loved to death
because love’s no politician, it listens carefully
of those who come i can’t lose one, so you will be set free

but go on and take my picture, go on and make me up
i’ll still be your defender, you’ll be my missing son
and i’ll send out an army just to bring you back to me
because regardless of your brother’s lies you will be set free

i am my beloveds and my beloved’s mine
so you bring all your history and i’ll bring the bread and wine
and we’ll have us a party where all the drinks are on me
then as surely as the rising sun you will be set free