Friday, January 30, 2009

"Don't think twice it's alright"

I love browsing through music photography. Here are a handful of my favs.


Maya & Santi

RĂ©gine Chassagne of Arcade Fire

the rest of the Arcade Fire

Santogold watching John Lennon

The Walkmen

Sigur Ros

Monday, January 26, 2009

Thousands of people have lost their livelihoods, possessions, homes and family members…everything. Please help us help Gaza. (from the UNRWA)

"17 For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe. 18 He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing. 19 Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt." (Deuteronomy 10:17-19)

Monday, January 19, 2009

"Is it a dream? Is it a lie? I think I’ll let you decide."

It's amazing how tomorrow's inauguration has become such a big deal. I never remember really anybody talking, or for that matter, actually getting excited about a presidential inauguration ceremony in the past elections. It is a kind of big deal though, basically the first day of the Obama era, which means all the marketing campaigns, posters,Arcade Fire performances, and well...the talk is all over. Its time to see if Obama actually walks what he talks...and if America can really come together.

One thing is for sure in the coming years...things are going to get reeeal interesting.They're will be many instances and opportunities for us as individuals to stand up and for what we stand for. Politics will not always and never will be the complete answer to the problems and injustices of our world, but what we need to realize is that plugging into the political system, individual citizens standing up for what they stand for and believe in by plugging into that system,can get things done.If people want change in Darfur, in American civil rights, in a flawed system, in Gaza, they're are going to have to be willing to work for that change themselves, whether that's using the system or creating their own.

Obama won't be the Messiah. He does, however, have the opportunity to do great things in the years to come. Only time will tell...

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Thanks everyone for praying for my family and I during the flood. The water is officially back where it's suppose to be thankfully. My last couple days of vacation home were spent helping the fam clean up our property, which was a huge blessing for my family (having an extra body around is always a plus). Though the flood is over, prayer is still needed. In wake of the flood there will probably be a pretty hefty financial burden on my parents. Pray for my parents trust in the Lord's faithfulness, pray that "the bank" and FEMA would should mercy and understanding, and finally pray that this whole circumstance whether to the extreme best outcome or the extreme worst outcome...would bring my family closer to God and strengthen their faith.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

"If it keeps on rainin' the levee's gonna break"

This week I traveled home to my humble abode in Snohomish,WA . It's great to be back to spend time with friends and family that I haven't seen in over a year. What has been unwelcome news though for my family and I is the fact that we are on the verge of the biggest flood in Washington state history. I spent my first day back ready-ing some goat and chicken temporary living assignments...this is not what I expected coming home. I ask for your family has gone through a lot this year and this flood could mean more financial burden. I will keep you all posted...

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Top 10 Sounds of the Year: A Review

1. Jose Gonzalez" In Our Nature"
2. M.I.A "Kala"
3. Beirut "The Flying Club Cup"
4. Coldplay "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends" and "Prospekt's March"
5. Sigur Ros "Takk..."
6. She & Him "Volume One"
7. Pearl Jam "Rearviewmirror (Greatest Hits 1991-2003)"
8. Cat Power "The Greatest"
9. Radiohead "In Rainbows"
10. Bob Dylan "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan"

Friday, January 2, 2009

1. Jose Gonzalez "In Our Nature"

Well, here it is, number 1. "In Our Nature" has been a favorite soundtrack to my everyday roamings and drives around Riverside the past few months. Jose Gonzalez, in my opinion has one of the most soothing yet radical voices in the biz. I love his writing and his folksy multi-cultural sound. My favorite quality about his music though is that I can relax, get inspired, or if need be…get pumped in listening to "In Our Nature." His music is simple yet make’s some strong statements…just like me…haha…well…you get the idea.

1. Teardrop
2. Killing for Love
3. Down the Line

Thursday, January 1, 2009

2. M.I.A “Kala”

This album was one of my favorite finds of the year. Yes, Maya can get racy at times and you should listen with wisdom, but I’ve never listened to any musician who is so blunt and honest about the reality of social and political issues around the world.

This album has probably one of my top 3 favorite songs of the year, “Bird Flu” (maybe we’ll have to have a top songs of 2008 list later). Whenever I hear this song, it brings me back to the hills of Northern India; we did a lot of dancing there with the local’s haha. It’s probably the most lively song I’ve ever came across. If you’re not one for dancing, you will be after one listen of this song. “Hussel” paints an interesting perspective on our current “illegal-immigration debate” and “20 dollar” is one of the best depictions of 3rd world injustices and life-style I’ve ever heard in a song. “Paper Planes” is the song you’ve probably heard of. Either way…if you’re one for dancing around your apartment at random hours of the night, love different sounding music, love world beats, and extremely bright colors…M.I.A is an artist you must get to know.

1. Bird Flu
2. 20 Dollar
3. Hussel