Dear Friend

I just read on twitter that Dana Key of the legendary Christian Rock band “Degarmo and Key” passed away yesterday. I find that sad on many levels. They once had a song called “Dear Friend” and it only seemed appropriate to post this morning. Thank you Dana Key for creating lasting memories and music in the 80’s. You paved the way for so many bands and inspired many. Dear Friend by Degarmo and Key Season change, days go by People come and people go Though our paths lead us apart They will meet one day I know For I owe … Continue reading Dear Friend

My Beloved

There was a remarkable story that played out yesterday as my Mom passed. I won’t take the time to tell the entire story here (today at least), but I just had to share this for those that are looking for an anchor or something to cling to. In the final moments, my sister was playing music for my Mom to hear. We don’t know if she could hear or comprehend what was being played, but I have been told many times the last few days that people in that physical state can often hear. The song below by Kari Jobe … Continue reading My Beloved

The Generous Mr. Lovewell

You all know that I’m a pretty big fan of the guys from MercyMe. It is with great excitement that I give you the “heads up” on their upcoming project. Coming in May 2010 is the release of the latest offering called “The Generous Mr. Lovewell“. For a behind the scenes look at the concept behind the new album, check out this video from Bart Millard. The first single from the CD, “All of Creation” dropped on iTunes today. I love the concept, the thought and the movement that we should all “Love Well”. Imagine what could happen if that … Continue reading The Generous Mr. Lovewell

Lyrically Speaking

You can blame it on the way I’m wired. I love music. Those that know me (or follow me on twitter) have probably seen that my music tastes are all over the map. I have said it before and I will say it again, my iPod is a scary place. You’ll find everything from Wayne Newton to Marlyn Manson. Like I said, it’s a scary place. In my defense, I will say that I find lyrics to be one of the greatest things in this life. I like to pick songs apart and lyrically dissect them for meaning and application. Many of … Continue reading Lyrically Speaking

“Beauty Will Rise”

I spent the day with Steven Curtis Chapman today…. Well, okay so I didn’t actually sit down with a man I have an ultimate respect for, but I sure feel like I did. One of the first things I did this morning was download his new CD called “Beauty Will Rise“. On that tragic day in May of 2008, all who are familiar with the Chapman family were stunned by the news. Our hearts broke with theirs and I don’t know that most of us can begin to imagine the pain. I would guess that many have watched from a … Continue reading “Beauty Will Rise”

"Beauty Will Rise"

I spent the day with Steven Curtis Chapman today…. Well, okay so I didn’t actually sit down with a man I have an ultimate respect for, but I sure feel like I did. One of the first things I did this morning was download his new CD called “Beauty Will Rise“. On that tragic day in May of 2008, all who are familiar with the Chapman family were stunned by the news. Our hearts broke with theirs and I don’t know that most of us can begin to imagine the pain. I would guess that many have watched from a … Continue reading "Beauty Will Rise"

While I Still Got The Time

I’ve been digging the Darius Rucker (former lead singer for Hootie and the Blowfish) CD “Learn To Live” this week. This song was just too close to home. It also includes one of my favorite life instructions (Dance like nobody’s watching). Enjoy. While I Still Got The Time by Darius Rucker Thirty-nine (39) candles burnt out on a cake Each representin’ a million mistakes The last one still burns, there’s a wish I can make This time I’m getting’ it right So I close my eyes and I take a deep breath And I promise myself in the time I … Continue reading While I Still Got The Time

Heaven Is The Face

I was getting caught up on my reader feeds today and found this article on StereoTruth.net. I have no idea what this song will sound like, but the lyrics are sure to go right to the heart strings. Below are the lyrics (as posted on StereoTruth.net) to the new song by Steven Curtis Chapman. According to their site, it is set to hit the radio November 3rd. Something tells me there was real healing in this for Steven Curtis Chapman. Something also tells me there will be healing for many, many others as well. Heaven Is The Face by Steven … Continue reading Heaven Is The Face

Cassette Singles

Remember Cassette Singles? For my younger readers, a cassette single looked just like a regular cassette tape. Well, let me start here, back in the 80’s and 90’s, artists actually sold their music on these things called “cassette tapes” which you played in your car, your home or a device called a walkman. Think of the walkman like an MP3 player except the batteries usually lasted about 2 hours and they were 3X the size of the current iPods. Now, a “Cassette Single” look just like a full cassette (cd/album), except they only had one song per side. One song … Continue reading Cassette Singles

Surrender

This song came across the iPod recently and caught my attention. Ironically enough, it came on at a time when I was reaching the end of a very long run. My legs were weakening and my strength was all but gone. I couldn’t help but think how fitting it was that sometimes it takes a complete break down of our will, our thoughts, or strength to surrender to the Lords will. I cannot personally listen to the words  in a moment of quiet and not be somewhat broken. What a reminder today of who we are and what we are … Continue reading Surrender

Rainy Day?

You have GOT to check this out. One of my “Twitter Friends” Matthew Costner put this link up today and I had to check it out. I’m borrowing the video from his blog so hopefully he doesn’t mind. This guy (Coffey?) did a remake of Rihanna’s “Umbrella” and made it a worship song. Dude can sing! For more on Coffey Anderson, check his blog. HT: Matthew Costner Continue reading Rainy Day?

Going Through The Motions

Kenny Chesney once sang the following: “We all have a song that somehow stamped our lives takes us to another place and time” I recently posed the question on facebook “what was your song and why?”. One of the responses was the Matthew West song “The Motions”. I recently did some follow up on that song and found out some interesting things that I was not aware of. Check this out: In 2007, doctors at the Vanderbilt Voice Center in Nashville discovered a vascular polyp and hemorrhaged blood vessels on West’s vocal chord.  In addition to undergoing surgery, he was … Continue reading Going Through The Motions

Crucified With Christ

Crucified With Christ by Phillips, Craig and Dean As I look back on what I thought was living I’m amazed at the price I choose to pay And to think I ignored what really mattered Cause I thought the sacrifice would be too great But when I finally reached the point of giving in I found the cross was calling even then And even though it took dying to survive I’ve never felt so much alive. CHORUS: For I am crucified with Christ and yet I live Not I but Christ that lives within me His Cross will never ask … Continue reading Crucified With Christ

For My Girls

“In My Arms” by Plumb Your baby blues So full of wonder Your curly cues Your contagious smile And as I watch You start to grow up All I can do is hold you tight Knowing clouds will raise up Storms will race in But you will be safe in my arms Rains will pour down Waves will crash all around But you will be safe in my arms Story books full of fairy tales Kings and queens and the bluest skies My heart is torn just in knowing You’ll someday see the truth from lies Knowing clouds will raise … Continue reading For My Girls

Thanks Paul Blart!

“The Boy” and I went to see “Paul Blart Mall Cop” over the weekend. I won’t give a review one way or the other. I will tell you that in true Happy Madison Productions fashion, the soundtrack was filled with great 80’s tunes. As a matter of fact, I cannot get the song below out of my head. I’ve been singing it since the moment we walked of the theater.  Try getting this song out of your head today too… “Can’t Hold Back” by Survivor Continue reading Thanks Paul Blart!

Fill In The Blank

Anyone else tired of the ordinary? Anyone else feel like you are stuck in the mundane? Have you ever sat down and just pondered what your purpose is on this big spinning piece of real estate called earth? I know so many people that are praying for “Gods will for their life”. You can count me in that group too. Maybe it’s Rick Warren’s fault for teaching us all to live the Purpose Driven Life…. If you answered “yes” to any of the questions above, then this might help. I know it gave me perspective and, even if for a … Continue reading Fill In The Blank

Name That Tune

I’ve mentioned it before, but my taste in music is all over the map. My iPod has some crazy stuff on it. With that in mind, I thought this would be fun. Below is the playlist I just put together for my little 5K run tomorrow. These are the artists that will be keeping me moving. Can you name the song from the artist that will be playing? Here’s who I’ll be listening to: Newsboys Downhere Jeremy Camp Queen Mercyme Gnarls Barkley Ozzy Osborne Shaggy Justin Timberlake* Daughtry Nickleback Mandisa* P!nk* Ingram Hill Kid Rock Toby Mac David Crowder Band … Continue reading Name That Tune

I Just Felt Like Running…

I’ll be flying running solo for the Reindeer Run on Saturday at Easton. I’m still fighting a bad wheel (hip) so it will be interesting to see what the time and pace will be. It’s too bad we’re not doing this on a track. Since it’s my left leg I would have a natural pull to the left that would’ve helped. I’ll have highlights results and a picture or two next week. We got our “Moju Project” shirts in the mail today so if you’re over at Easton Saturday morning, look for the really slow runner with a limp and … Continue reading I Just Felt Like Running…

An 80’s Christmas

First off let me say that my commentary below takes nothing away from the heart of what this song was all about. Imagine what this world would be like if we all had the vision and heart of Bob Geldof. That being said…. See how many mullets you count was you watch this video. It’s got to be double digits. I included Phil Collins because it appeared that the “party in the back” was creeping over his shirt collar. I always thought it was cool that Sting got to sing a lyric with his name in it. Does Bono have … Continue reading An 80’s Christmas

An 80's Christmas

First off let me say that my commentary below takes nothing away from the heart of what this song was all about. Imagine what this world would be like if we all had the vision and heart of Bob Geldof. That being said…. See how many mullets you count was you watch this video. It’s got to be double digits. I included Phil Collins because it appeared that the “party in the back” was creeping over his shirt collar. I always thought it was cool that Sting got to sing a lyric with his name in it. Does Bono have … Continue reading An 80's Christmas

What’s Your Lifesong?

You’ve probably noted that I have a serious passion for music. I honestly believe that our lives are not complete unless there is a soundtrack to go with it. How would movies be without the music in the background? What would long drives be without tunes to share the journey? Music catalogs my memories. It surrounds specific moments in my life. I can hear a song and take you directly to a snapshot in my memory. Maybe it’s a sickness, but I don’t know any other way. So that brings me to the point of this post. What’s your lifesong? … Continue reading What’s Your Lifesong?

What's Your Lifesong?

You’ve probably noted that I have a serious passion for music. I honestly believe that our lives are not complete unless there is a soundtrack to go with it. How would movies be without the music in the background? What would long drives be without tunes to share the journey? Music catalogs my memories. It surrounds specific moments in my life. I can hear a song and take you directly to a snapshot in my memory. Maybe it’s a sickness, but I don’t know any other way. So that brings me to the point of this post. What’s your lifesong? … Continue reading What's Your Lifesong?

I Am

This is a re-post of sorts. Lots of “stuff” going on all around us isn’t there? Sometimes it makes you wonder if God is still in control. The requests are real. The requests are important. The requests are for friends, loved ones and people we don’t even know. We need assurance don’t we? We need something to hold onto. We need peace and a place to stand when the waters ahead appear rough. Anyone that holds a Bible has it. It’s found throughout scripture, but I think my favorite one is in Genesis 3:14: God said to Moses, “I am … Continue reading I Am

33 Miles

I have a feeling I am late on the bandwagon here, but I am becoming a big, big fan of the band 33 Miles! They just released their second CD which has the song “One Life to Live” on it. They deliver music that will have you celebrating our position in Christ one minute and moved by the emotion of the journey the next. There are several songs on both of their CD’s that are in constant rotation for me right now in the midst of some healing. My good friend Jen recently asked me who I would compare them … Continue reading 33 Miles

No Words

I sit here this evening with no words. All day I have pondered, prayed and tried to wrap my finite mind around the ways and wonders of an infinite God. My friends, I don’t have the words. I wish I could be a source of encouragement to you today, particularly those of us that are working through the emotions, thoughts and feelings for our dear friend and his family. What I have come to is this…God is still on his throne. One of my favorite moments of the day and this life is when my children climb up in my … Continue reading No Words

What are YOU waiting for?

I swear this song is haunting me. Then again, it might not be the song, it might be the waiting that is actually haunting me. The song is just incredibly appropriate. I first heard it well over a year and a half ago and have somewhat forgotten about it until recently. The song is “While I’m Waiting” by one of my personal favorites, John Waller. It was also featured in the film “Fireproof” at a very appropriate part of the movie. All of that to say that I almost titled this post “Charlotte Update”. As to not set the world … Continue reading What are YOU waiting for?

There Will Be A Day

The new Jeremy Camp CD, Speaking Louder Than Before,  hits the streets on November 25th! Most of you know I’m a pretty big fan of Jeremy Camp. The first release from the new CD is called “There Will Be a Day”. If you have not heard it yet, I highly recommend going over to iTunes and downloading it. You can also hear it at his web site (HERE). Incredible song. The video below is a behind the music look at what Jeremy was thinking when he wrote it. Continue reading There Will Be A Day

I Can Name That Tune In…

Sunday night, I had the priveledge of attending the Colts and Patriots game at Lucas Oil Stadium with several co-workers. The place was electric due to the Nationally Televised game and the rivalry between the two teams. As we were leaving the stadium, one of my co-workers turned on the radio which promptly played the last three notes of a Stryper song (it was a heavy metal station). Before I could even think about it, I blurted out: Wasn’t that “To Hell With the Devil” by Stryper? They both just looked at me like I was a freak. About two … Continue reading I Can Name That Tune In…

Presence

About 3 weeks ago, I started running again. That is an entirely different post for a different day. One of my favorite “treadmill songs” is “Presence” by Newsboys. There is just something about that song that makes me feel like I am requesting Gods presence even in the midst of gasping for air and sweating like crazy. Over the past week or so, my youngest daughter (3 years old) has started to do something during my treadmill time that is really special to me. While I am running, she comes with toys, a game, or something to occupy her time … Continue reading Presence

8 Days

We’re all on a journey. We’re all a “work in progress”. If someone were to ask me to give them two songs that define where I am on my journey and what God is doing in my life, I would give them “I Wonder What Life Would be Like” by Big Daddy Weave and “Give Me Your Eyes” by Brandon Heath. I am challenged in my journey to give more (on several levels) and to answer the question: I wonder what life would be like if we let Jesus live through you and me…. We need to see people through … Continue reading 8 Days

These Small Hours

The kids and I watched “Meet The Robinson’s” the other night. I have this weird knack when watching films of picking up the soundtrack music and how it relates to the film. I have no idea how popular this song was, or if it even made it to radio, but it is rich. At the end of the movie a song called “Little Wonders” by Rob Thomas played. The lyrics struck me. I won’t mess up the truth in the words by trying to put context around it. They pretty much say it all.Thank the Lord for “these small hours”. … Continue reading These Small Hours

And The Winner Is…

As promised, I would like to announce the winner in my Chris Tomlin “Hello Love” CD giveaway. After all of the comments, there was one that received votes from others and made me laugh out loud when I read it. Probably because I too have been there, done that. Without further ado..I give you the winner of the Hello Love CD Giveaway…. Joni Ruhs! Joni – If you will email your information to me at auncfan@gmail.com I will get it over to my friends at wiredforsound and EMI to get your prize out to you. To everyone else that took … Continue reading And The Winner Is…

FREE Love!

Free “Hello Love” that is! My friends over at Wired For Sound and EMI have once again offered me the opportunity to give away Chris Tomlin’s latest CD. They were also kind enough to send me a copy for myself. I am rocking it right now as a matter of fact. On the heels of the number one hit “Jesus Messiah”, Chris Tomlin has released another classic. Of note for me are – 1. God of This City – Which will forever be linked to our recent move-not move-move-not move to Charlotte, North Carolina. It is such an amazing reminder … Continue reading FREE Love!

Something Big

  In March of this year, we began a journey that took a BIG turn yesterday. Huge. In reviewing that post tonight. I recalled quoting the lyrics of John Waller when he sang: “Something so big, it’s destined to fail without you Lord” Friends, readers and those that may be visiting for the first time, I have an announcement to make…. In a little over two weeks, the Conrad family will become official residence of Charlotte, North Carolina. Yes, you read that correctly. TWO WEEKS! I told you it was big. As late as Tuesday evening, I was just telling … Continue reading Something Big

Give Me Your Eyes

There is no other song that lyrically describes where my head is right now. You might have noted that in posts like this one, this one, and this one. Or maybe here, here and even here. I guess the point is that God has been working on this area of my life for several weeks. To hear and see this video this morning was right on time. Again, lyrically, it sums it up. I couldn’t help but note that it takes place in an airport. Many of those posts come from my time in the same places. It doesn’t matter … Continue reading Give Me Your Eyes

In A Day

I need to apologize for a third straight day of Youtube posting, but this is too rich to not pass along. As I read the continued  fallout about the writer of the song “Healer”, I was reminded of the words in the Casting Crowns song “Slow Fade”. Quite simply stated “people never crumble in a day“. Mark Hall does a great job in a very brief video of explaining the process by which this can happen. Continue reading In A Day