Just when I needed some inspiration for “Four (by) For Friday” this week, I heard the roar of the exhaust and my cell phone text message read “Knock, Knock”. Then what to my wondering eyes should appear but my man “D-Rich” in a new truck in my driveway! In order to get his new toy he had to unload his motorcycle, his Jaguar and his old truck. This weeks randomness that is “Four For Friday” is dedicated to D-Rich, his new set of wheels and the memory of his old modes of transportation. He’s that much closer to being a … Continue reading Four for Friday
This weeks “Four For Friday” has many ulterior motives. The first is just another shameless plug reminder to help me win the “S.L.O.B of the Month” by clicking through to the blog of MercyMe in the link in the sidebar. Secondly I thought I would give my Buddy Bart a shout out for his new CD “Hymned Again” which hits the streets August 19th. Lastly, for those in Ohio, MercyMe will be at Great American Ballpark on Sunday. With that out of the way, I give you this weeks “Four For Friday”. I was going to give you my four … Continue reading Four For Friday
Update: If you came looking for the song “Healer” by Hillsong it has been pulled from YouTube. If you’re wondering why it has been pulled from YouTube, that story is (HERE). What an absolutely sad and disappointing report today. Let’s pray for Mike Guglielmucci. We’re all guilty of making the wrong choices at times in our life. Clearly Mike has made a very bad choice in this case too. I pray Gods mercy and the mercy of those that will be critical of his decision. Don’t let this story deter you from purchasing the Hillsong “This is Our God” CD. … Continue reading Healer
The other day we were driving with the kiddies in the car. The soundtrack of the moment was 80’s music (I’ll give you one guess who picked that..and it wasn’t Heather). This song came on. While I was having flashbacks to the days of my “sweet mullet“, I did note the chorus. Inspiration in the most unlikely of places…. “Now I believe there comes a time when everything just falls in line We live and learn from our mistakes The deepest cuts are healed by faith” – Pat Benatar (All Fired Up) Continue reading Quotable:
I can’t believe I almost forgot about the weekly randomness that is Four For Friday! That may tell you the level of stress I was under the past 48 hours. It’s been an absolutely CRAZY week. Missed Reunions, connecting with old friends, surgery, healing, meetings, presentations, meetings, and one other thing…meetings. With all of that in mind, I present this weeks Four For Friday. Have a great weekend. 1. “My Hometown” by Bruce Springsteen – If you ever want to see me go instantly to a memory, put this song on. No matter where I am, no matter what I … Continue reading Four For Friday
I had to laugh this morning when I reflected on the excitement of last weekend. I was amused by how excited we can get when another person signs their name on a piece of paper. While that individual might have special gifts or talents, they are just as human as you and I. In retrospect, I am challenged by what little regard I seem to hold for the greatest signature of all. 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 who … Continue reading I Am
While I was checking the RSS feeds tonight I read something I just had to share. All of this is credit to the guys at StereoTruth.net. They posted the news tonight that Steven Curtis Chapman will be touring with Michael W. Smith this fall. While that is incredible, it was the next part of their post that struck me tonight. According to their post, Steven has added an additional verse to his new song “Yours” (Coming August 1st to radio). You can read the entire story on the StereoTruth.net site. When I first heard SCC’s new CD, I was captured … Continue reading “Yours”
While I was checking the RSS feeds tonight I read something I just had to share. All of this is credit to the guys at StereoTruth.net. They posted the news tonight that Steven Curtis Chapman will be touring with Michael W. Smith this fall. While that is incredible, it was the next part of their post that struck me tonight. According to their post, Steven has added an additional verse to his new song “Yours” (Coming August 1st to radio). You can read the entire story on the StereoTruth.net site. When I first heard SCC’s new CD, I was captured … Continue reading "Yours"
I tried. I really did. The pressure has gotten to me. I finally broke down and opened up a Muxtape. I’m not sure what this thing will look sound like at this point, but the technology is just too fun to pass up (see also Twitter and Facebook). I have a feeling I will be rotating the playlist quite a bit. You have my promise that it will be “safe for the whole family”. It will be as all over the place as this blog is though. Enjoy! Link – auncfan.muxtape.com Feed – auncfan.muxtape.com/rss Continue reading I Finally Gave In
I already posted my “Four For Friday” this week. After posting, I couldn’t get this song out of my head. It’s one of my all-time favorites. Many have said that this song holds some deep spiritual meaning. It’s hard to tell exactly what Peter Gabriel was thinking when he wrote “Solsbury Hill“. However he was quoted as saying: “It’s about being prepared to lose what you have for what you might get, or what you are for what you might be. It’s about letting go.” Sounds like it could be the definition of faith. To quote the current State Farm … Continue reading Bonus Cut
I have to get these out early this week as I have an “appointment” in the morning and don’t know what tomorrow is going to look like. This weeks Four For Friday are all songs that are not necessarily worship songs, but could be. So often I find that lyrics and music can be an act of worship. I’ve mentioned it several times, but cutting the grass with my iPod is one of my greatest times of thought, prayer, reflection and, in some ways, worship. Here are four songs that were probably never intended to be worship songs, but could … Continue reading Four For Friday..on Thursday.
It’s that time again! Due to the popularity of a post earlier this week called “True” which featured some classic 80’s music, guess what this weeks Four For Friday is? You got it. Here are four random as usual tunes for this week. Big shout out to Mudpuppy, JK and Rindy for their confessions of 80’s music lyric memorization syndrome too! 1. “We are the World” by USA for Africa – Heather asked this the other day and I had to admit to it. Did anyone else do “Hands Across America“? C’mon..you can admit it. I did! I stood by … Continue reading Four For Friday
A few weeks ago the family and I were on a road trip. The 80’s station on Sirius radio was the music of the moment and prompted the following discussion: Me: “with a thrill in my head and a pill on my tongue” what do you think he meant by that? (Through the radio comes the exact lyric I just quoted) Heather: “You’re a freak”. You see I have this sickness. Some people can memorize scripture. Others know history. I have this crazy ability to remember lyrics. Particularly from the 80’s. I can’t tell you what a congruent triangle is … Continue reading True
It’s that time of the week again. This weeks “Four For Friday” happens to fall on the holiday of July 4th! Parades, Fireworks, Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, friends and fun! Maybe even some good old apple pie! What could be better? Here are my VERY Random Four songs this week. Thanks to Mike for contributing last week! Agree 100% on the Casting Crowns song by the way. Was really disappointed in that CD when it first came out but it’s one of my favorites now. Especially after seeing them live. 1. Independence Day by Martina McBride – It’s not exactly about … Continue reading Four For Friday
Happy Birthday to my wife Heather today. Brian Littrell sang it best…… “The Grace of My Life” I lie awake so often at night With something to read or something to write In the silence my mind is free To think of the ways that God has blessed me It’s easy to see how He’s been so kind Any proof I might need is right here by my side You are the grace of my life So tender, so undeserved Hard to believe you’re my wife Even harder to put what I feel into words If I need evidence God … Continue reading Happy Birthday!
Gotta get the post out early this week since “I’m leaving on a jet plane” in the morning for Miami. Thanks to Jenny for participating in last weeks post. Anyone else care to share what is playing in their iPod, stereo or car this week? Without furhter delay, I give you this weeks “Four For Friday” 1. “With You” by Ingram Hill. Most of you are saying “I thought Chris Brown sings that”. You’re right. As much as I like the original I think this unplugged acoustic version by Ingram Hill is great too. 2. “Will I Ever Make it … Continue reading Four For Friday
For you fans of MercyMe out there and more specifically their lead singer Bart Millard, here’s some good news. Following the success of his first Hymn collection CD, Bart is releasing a follow up called “Hymned Again“. It hits the streets on August 19th. Bart and I are very close. Okay, maybe not, but he did leave a comment here once. If you’re reading this Bart, feel free to say hello again! Here is the track list for the new collection: 1. Leaning On The Everlasting Arms 2. Down At The Cross 3. What A Friend We Have In Jesus … Continue reading Coming August 19th
New Feature Alert!!! My bloggin’ buddy Jason from that state up north has been doing his Top 5 Songs of The Week for a long time now. This is in no way a copy of that. See, mine is called “Four For Friday” so it’s not an exact copy. It’s like “7 Minute Abs”. These songs have absolutely no deep dark meaning. Basically, I will post 4 songs each week that caused me to hit repeat a time or two. They may or may not be current and with some I’ll post a comment or two. I’d be interested in … Continue reading Four For Friday
This is the funniest “Cover Tune Grab Bag” yet. What could be better than some 80’s music (Rick Astley) and these 4 crazies from MercyMe. You have to watch the entire 2:45 to appreciate it. Cracking up… Continue reading They're Baaaack
This is the funniest “Cover Tune Grab Bag” yet. What could be better than some 80’s music (Rick Astley) and these 4 crazies from MercyMe. You have to watch the entire 2:45 to appreciate it. Cracking up… Continue reading They’re Baaaack
Not to rush the summer along or anything. But coming September 2nd is the new Chris Tomlin CD “Hello Love”. Something tells me this will be incredible! You can now download the first single “Jesus Messiah” on iTunes. Thanks to my freinds at Wired for Sound for the heads up! Continue reading Coming September 2nd
I need to be arrested. I have been stealing. Not only have I been stealing, but I have been letting others steal my joy. It’s no ones fault but my own. I can identify it, I just don’t seem to be able to do anything about it. So much of it is just the way I am wired. For as long as I can remember I have approached everything in life “beginning with the end in mind”. Not only do I go directly to the end, I usually ask “what is the worst thing that can happen”? I am a … Continue reading Call the Cops!
The guys over at MercyMe recently started a new thing on their blog. They call it the “Cover Tune Grab Bag“. They are covering the songs as requested by the readers on their blog. To kick it off they did “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees. Contrary to popular belief, it is not me on the acoustic guitar in this clip. Look for many more covers from the “Cover Tune Grab Bag”. Continue reading Stayin’ Alive
The guys over at MercyMe recently started a new thing on their blog. They call it the “Cover Tune Grab Bag“. They are covering the songs as requested by the readers on their blog. To kick it off they did “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees. Contrary to popular belief, it is not me on the acoustic guitar in this clip. Look for many more covers from the “Cover Tune Grab Bag”. Continue reading Stayin' Alive
The votes have been tallied and what would voting be in Ohio without a little controversy? Actually, there isn’t any controversy, I just have mixed emotions about the winners in my Toby Mac “Alive and Transported” giveaway contest. Without further delay, I give you our two contest winners…. 1. Rindy Walton– Rindy has seen Toby Mac 3 times has three sons that will really like this CD/DVD package. I might be a bit biased, but I also have a heart for people that “step out of the boat” and launch a church plant. Rindy is doing just that at Walls … Continue reading And The Winners Are….
Like Steve Martin in “The Jerk”, I just went to the mailbox and exclaimed “It’s here! It’s here! The new Toby Mac is here!” Thanks to my friends at EMI CMG and Wired for Sound, I get to share the wealth with 2 lucky people! “The Boy” and I had to arm wrestle to see who got to listen to it first. We compromised. I’m listening to it and he is watching the DVD. That’s right…it came with both! So here’s the contest. Between Now and Next Friday (June 6 – June 13) I will be accept comments to the … Continue reading Alive and Transported = FREE!
Soon as you hear it on local radio, you will love it too. Call and request it if you haven’t heard it out there yet. The latest from my guys at MercyMe. “You Reign” Continue reading Love This Song!
One of the greatest parts of working from a home office is the interruptions. Occasionally, when the workday is getting stressful and long, I’ll get a little knock on the office door by one of the girls. Yesterday I happened to have the video camera handy so I made a quick clip. Continue reading Welcomed Interruptions
iTunes is $9.99 richer today thanks to the release of “Glory Defined: The Best of Building 429“. I am rockin’ it as I type this. There’s something about this band that I really like. Their last CD, “Iris to Iris” is very high on my list as one of the best CD’s of 2007. If you’re a fan of Building 429, this is a nice addition to your collection. If you don’t have any of their CD’s, this would be a great place to start. It’s no surprise that this band is originally from North Carolina (Gods Country). As for … Continue reading New Release Tuesday
A few weeks ago this song by Wayne Watson came across iTunes and through my office speakers. I stopped what I was doing and listened to it several times to let it soak in. It has been resonating with me ever since. These are heavy days for so many that I know. We need Jesus to meet us where we are don’t we? So often I have heard that phrase and never really understood what it meant. This morning I witnessed first hand what it means. This morning I was blessed and touched by a choir from a homeless shelter … Continue reading The Friend of a Wounded Heart
This morning my wife kindly noted that “You have not posted anything in a while”. To which I replied that “I haven’t had much to say”. Yet sitting in my office today, this song came across the PC speakers and reminded me of my wife and Mothers Day. I don’t know that I have ever heard a song that better captures my thoughts about my wife. Every Day…. “Every Day” by Rascal Flatts You could’ve bowed out gracefully But you didn’t You knew enough to know To leave well enough alone But you wouldn’t I drive myself crazy Tryin’ to … Continue reading No Truer Words
I.O.U by Jimmy Dean You know most people look through their wallets or their pocket books and, way down at the bottom, past the credit cards and baby pictures, green stamps, you usually find a little ‘ol dog-eared piece of poetry. I was cleaning out my wallet the other day and ran across a whole bunch of I.O.U’s, some of ‘em thirty years overdue. The funny thing is that all these I.O.U’s are owed to one person and I kinda feel like right now might be a pretty good time for an accountin’. Mom, you listenin’? Mom, I.O.U. for so … Continue reading Sunday is Mother’s Day
I.O.U by Jimmy Dean You know most people look through their wallets or their pocket books and, way down at the bottom, past the credit cards and baby pictures, green stamps, you usually find a little ‘ol dog-eared piece of poetry. I was cleaning out my wallet the other day and ran across a whole bunch of I.O.U’s, some of ‘em thirty years overdue. The funny thing is that all these I.O.U’s are owed to one person and I kinda feel like right now might be a pretty good time for an accountin’. Mom, you listenin’? Mom, I.O.U. for so … Continue reading Sunday is Mother's Day
“With Arms Wide Open” by Creed Continue reading The One That Started It All
Chris Rice once sang that “Every day is a bank account and time is our currency“. One of my best friends sent me the calculator below that puts much of that in perspective. Check it out for yourself. Here is more than you ever wanted to know about me. “Life Means So Much” by Chris Rice Make your own (HERE) Continue reading Life Means So Much
I’m finding myself at a loss for words And the funny thing is it’s okay… Continue reading Word of God Speak
by Casting Crowns Continue reading Somewhere in the Middle
I have always enjoyed long stretches of time on the road alone. Next to cutting the grass with my iPod on (seriously) there is no greater time of inspiration and thought for me. I had to laugh as I was be-bopping (technical term) through the mountains of West Virginia earlier this week. I was puttin’ on a Karaoke concert (I do a mean Kenny Chesney) and this song came through the speakers. I think I wore out the CD player in my car replaying it. Quite honestly the lyrics were a bit too close to home for me. It’s amazing … Continue reading The Road and the Radio
“No we’re never gonna survive unless we are a little crazy” – Seal A few weeks ago, I was having lunch with my boss and he said the strangest thing. I don’t even remember the context, but his statement went like this; “Aaron, everyone’s got a little crazy in them. Some just show it more than other’s” For the life of me, I don’t know why I still remember that. Maybe it’s the “little bit-o-crazy” that is sneaking out of me. I think he’s right though. I think there are times when we absolutely need to be! I remember the … Continue reading Crazy….
By now most of you have probably heard “Cinderella” by Steven Curtis Chapman. I knew the minute I heard it I was toast. Since then I have posted it a few times. The clip below is S.C.C explaining why and when he wrote this song. Today happens to be my daughters 3rd birthday so I can absolutely relate to his explanation. To my daughter Brynn, I wish you a happy birthday. May I grasp every moment before the clock strikes midnight. Continue reading Behind the Music – Cinderella
Kids and lessons from our Heavenly Father go hand in hand don’t they? The timing is sometimes scary. This morning was one of those moments. Let me explain. Last night as I tucked my daughter into bed, we were discussing “All Pro Dad” (APD) on Saturday. She gets very excited every month to attend APD. So when she awoke this morning, she was all excited to go. One problem, APD is on Saturday and today is Wednesday. I tried to explain that to her but it didn’t seem to help her disappointment. I explained that “I said it was on … Continue reading I said…You heard…
I’m not referring to the basketball team here…. Carolina in my Mind by James Taylor Dark and silent late last night I think I might have heard the highway calling Geese in flight and dogs that bite Signs that might be omens say I’m going, going I’m goin’ to Carolina in my mind With a holy host of others standing ’round me Still I’m on the dark side of the moon And it seems like it goes on like this forever You must forgive me If I’m up and gone to Carolina in my mind Continue reading Between the lines…
“You Reign” by MercyMe 4But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. 5As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. 6“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’ … Continue reading He's Not Here!
“You Reign” by MercyMe 4But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. 5As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. 6“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’ … Continue reading He’s Not Here!
“By His Wounds” from the CD “Glory Revealed” Continue reading By His Wounds