“Sometimes I think ceremony kills us. We treat Jesus like another, dead god. We kneel, we sit, we stand, we shake hands, and we go our separate ways. I mean, is that Jesus? Even when we tell people he’s alive it feels somewhat cheap. What if we saw Jesus as a person? A living, thinking, feeling person. I just can’t get past the fact that if someone handed me a phone and told me Jesus Christ was on the other end of the line you would have to kill me to hang up the phone. I would ask him what he thought about Spanish. I would tell him the Treaty of the Horatii was something that had haunted me for a long time. I’d ask him what it was like when my great-grandfather died playing his bocces in Peru. In my mind, that’s how relationships work. Two people talk about what they care about. And all this may seem trivial, and some may say that I’m demeaning Christ, and to those people I say get a bigger God. I don’t believe in a God of generalities. I don’t believe merely in a God of redemption, I believe in a God whose redemption is tediously specific. So much so that Spanish, and the Horatii, and my great-grandfather all explode within the deepest places of his heart. I would be a fool to think that God’s plan is abstract. Christ is on the other end of the phone even when I’m not. And in every, single, minute aspect of my life, he whispers into that phone and tells me what he cares about. And the rest of my life is going to be me begging him to let me hear him wherever he’ll allow. That’s why eternity has to be infinite, because I’m going to spend it listening to Christ explain to me all the infinite number of things I’ve missed. And there, as each speck ripples into the endless expanse of Grace, I will worship.”—Christian Tenbrook
What kind of music do you like? Name a few of your favorite bands/artists?
This is a really good question. One of my closest friends, Landon Maslyn, once told me I have one of the strangest collections he’s ever heard, mostly because I have no sense of taste in music so just about anything gets played. Here is a whole hundred for anyone reading (in no particularly order) of songs and I have been digging or have once been dug. Hopefully you’ll find at least some of them to be decent choices (just give them a chance!). They’re not cool by any means, and there is a high chance you’ve heard of most of tem. Your blog is lovely, by the way. I have greatly enjoyed your posts.
1. Simple Math - Manchester Orchestra 2. Colly Strings - Manchester Orchestra 3. Swim Until You Can’t See Land - Frightened Rabbit 4. Jump into the Fog - The Wombats 5. It’s Thunder and It’s Lightning - We Were Promised Jetpacks 6. Fingers Crossed - The Royal Sons (My friends Landon Maslyn and Hayden Copland’s band. Landon’s voice is…majestic) 7. Not Miserable - Frightened Rabbit 8. Lights (Bassnectar Remix) - Ellie Goulding 9. P.O.S Is Ruining My Life - P.O.S 10. Jesus, Jesus - Noah Gundersen 11. Have a Little Faith in Me - John Hiatt 12. Red Right Ankle - The Decemberists 13. Dancing Cheek to Cheek - Frank Sinatra 14. For Being Brave - Brothers at Sea 15. Shadow People - Dr. Dog 16. You Will Leave a Mark - A Silent Film 17. We Don’t Eat (Adventure Club Dubstep Remix) - James Vincent McMarrow 18. Come a Little Bit Closer - Jay & the Americans 19. Tambourine Man - Bob Dylan 20. Palm of My Hand - Foreign Beggars 21. Love Lost - Mac Miller 22. Shuffle - Bombay Bicycle Club 23. Spread Your Love - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club 24. Lovers’ Carvings - Bibio 25. Grown Up - Danny Brown 26. Let Forever Be - The Chemical Brothers 27. Wild Ones (Reidiculous Remix) - Reidiculous 28. DOWN IN THE VALLEY - THE HEAD AND THE HEART 29. Chapel Song - We Are Augustines 30. Michicant - Bon Iver 31. Here I Dreamt I Was an Architect - The Decemberists 32. Raise Your Head - Alesso 33. Piano Concerto No. 1 in B Flat Minor Op. 23 - Pyotr Tchaikovsky 34. Etude in C Minor Op. 10/2 (Revolutionary) - Fredric Chopin 35. Angels - I.O.U. 36. The Dreamer - The Tallest Man on Earth (AMAZING song) 37. The Gardener - The Tallest Man on Earth 38. Troubles Will be Gone - The Tallest Man on Earth 39. Te Va A Doler - Maelo Ruiz 40. After the Thrill is Gone - Eagles (the very, very end) 41. Another Bag of Bones - Kevin Devine 42. Call Me Maybe (Ben Howard Cover) - Ben Howard 43. You Are Dreaming - Shout Out Louds 44. Open Arms - Elbow 45. To Sheila - Smashing Pumpkins 46. Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want - The Smiths 47. Big Changes - Lemonade 48. Golden Brown - The Stranglers 49. Shooting Star - Bad Company 50. Blister in the Sun - Violent Femmes 51. Radar Love - Golden Earring 52. Titanium - David Guetta Featuring Sia 53. Come Thou Fount - Sufjan Stevens 54. How Deep The Father’s Love for Us - Phillips, Craig & Dean 55. Mother We Just Can’t Get Enough - New Radicals 56. Keep Pushing On - John Maus 57. The Suburbs - Mr. Little Jeans 58. Xmas Time is Here Again - My Morning Jacket 59. Lowdown - My Morning Jacket 60. La Javanaise - Madeleine Peyroux 61. Where is My Mind - Pixies 62. Come Again - Sting & Edin Karamazov (this one is on great album called The Journey and the Labyrinth where Sting covered 16th century lute songs with a professional lute player) 63. Sgt. MacKenzie - Joseph Kilna MacKenzie 64. Just a Song - Girls 65. Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe - Barry White 66. Helena Beat - Foster the People 67. Shelter from the Storm - Bob Dylan (I picked up a hitch hiker one time and he told me this song was Jesus singing about Mary Madeline and I’ve been fascinated with it ever since) 68. Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones 69. Mykonos - Fleet Foxes 70. You Don’t Know Me - Michael Buble 71. Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen 72. Born in the USA - Bruce Springsteen 73. Someone Saved My Life Tonight - Elton John 74. Rule My World - Kings of Convenience 75. Facepalm - Nick Thayer 76. 17 - Youth Lagoon 78. Country Roads - John Denver 79. Little Talks - Of Monsters and Men 80. Samson - Regina Spektor 81. Sorry Your Not A Winner - Enter Shikari 82. Watching the Detectives - Elvis Costello & the Attractions 83. Running Up That Hill - Kate Bush 84. Wolves at the Door - David Bazan 85. At Last - Etta James 86. The Water - Johnny Flynn 87. Crash This Train - Joshua James 88. Love Lust - King Charles 89. Get the Ugly Girl to Marry You - The Coasters 90. Forever Young - Rob Stewart (my mom dedicated this as my birth song when she was pregnant with me) 91. Otherside - Macklemore 92. Welcome Home, Son - Radical Face 93. Hazy - William Fitzsimmons and Rosi Golan 94. Keepsake - State Radio 95. Asleep - The Smiths 96. Jumper - Third Eye Blind 97. Speed Law - Mos Def 98. Bring Him Home - Colm Wilkinson (Les Miserables Soundtrack) 99. Badges and Badges (Live from Daytrotter) - Manchester Orchestra 100. Where Have You Been? - Manchester Orchestra
Please read "Let the Great World Spin" by Colum McCann, it reminds me of your own writing and I think you would thoroughly enjoy it.
This is the strangest thing. I was in a book store in Chicago about a year ago, now, and I fell in love with the cover of this book. I swore to myself I’d buy it used when I got home, and somehow I had forgotten it. I’ll have to pick it up. Thank you very much for the suggestion.
ALSO. Watch Man on Wire. It’s on Netflix. If you don’t have Netflix. Find it any way you can. It is absolutely fantastic.