Blue Steel

Blue Steel

I’ve recently run across this band when they friended me on YouTube.  I’m really liking their beat and their music.  Here’ their latest.

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“This Is It”

“This Is It”

 
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Last night we watched Michael Jackson's "This Is It".  We were only into the movie about 5 minutes when we both knew this was definitely a DVD that we will be purchasing.  Words can't describe the many different emotions that ran the gamut as we were watching.  We always knew how talented MJ was, but his talent, kindness and heart was exaggerated in this movie.  The dancers and musicians were absolutely incredible and we were held captive throughout the entire movie listening to familiar song after song after song and watching his incredible choreography!  I do have to say that it is such a bittersweet movie knowing that we will never be able to experience him in person again. 

All I can say is – WOW!  If you haven't had a chance to watch the movie you really should put it on your list.  Especially if you are in any way, shape or form a Michael Jackson fan. 

Winter Jam 2010

Winter Jam 2010

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Absolutely incredible!  That’s all that I can say about the Winter Jam 2010 concert!  Well, not really all that I can say, but those are just a couple of words that I can use to describe the concert.  So here’s the scoop.  Yesterday we headed over to Des Moines for Winter Jam.  We had purchased Platinum tickets at 50.00/person, which gave us early entry, priority seating, & a free t-shirt (woo hoo)!  We’ve been to lots of concerts in the past so we knew this was a great deal!  8 bands and a speaker for that price is a steal.  And a steal it was!  We were 8 rows from the front, right next to the runway.  Absolutely incredible!  I don’t think any of us sat down for more than 15 min. for 4-3/4 hours (and believe me our legs and feet felt it afterwards). There is nothing sweeter than listening to the voices of 9000 people raised in praise to our most awesome and gracious God!  What I love about Winter Jam is that general admission is $10.00 at the door.  You do have to get there early to get a place in line because once the venue is filled they will not admit any more people.  But, all I can say is if you have Winter Jam 2010 coming anywhere within driving distance of your home you really should try to catch it.  Did I say absolutely incredible?

Oh-one more thing.  Jon took about 700 pics with our new camera! As awesome as they all are it’s almost impossible for me to share every single one of them with you.  But, I do have a smattering of them posted. Check them out!

A Flash To The Past

A Flash To The Past

The news of The Beatles discography being re-released obviously sparked some A9a451c88da0bc5ea9e22210.L._SY100_ interest from one of our sons! Brett called yesterday morning asking if we have The Beatles “White Album”. You see, sentimental folks that we are, we’ve held onto all of our 33’s that we’ve ever bought through the years (I’m sure somewhere along the way we probably have a box of 8- tracks also). It’s always been fun to see the interest that Justin and Brett have shown in them. In fact, this is the first home that we don’t have a turntable set up to listen to our “old” records and it’s mainly because they guys are no longer living at home! 

 As I checked through the albums yesterday morning to see what was on the shelf I thought about how Jon and I have always laughed at the difference in our taste of music as we were growing up. We’ve always been able to distinguish which albums were his and which ones were mine. He was the one with the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, CCR, Jefferson Airplane, Woodstock (yes we’ve listened many times to it), Artful Dodger, and so on. I was more into the “bubble gum” music of Jan and Dean, The Beach Boys, Association, Lesley Gore and Herman’s Hermits. And of course there’s my infamous Parma Senior High Choir Christmas Album featuring the processional “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” and “The Hallelujah Chorus”. I can still count the beats of the processional with the breaks in between the verses. I even found a Ferrante and Teicher and Arthur Fiedler and The Boston Pops. Talk about difference musical tastes! I do have to admit that as time went on some of Jon’s musical likes have rubbed off on me. I have been to a Led Zeppelin concert (although not with Jon), have seen Chicago and BST on stage and in turn I was able to drag him to an Elvis concert way back when. My “Rock and Roll” category on I-tunes includes The Eagles, Bon Jovi, Deep Purple, Aerosmith and a few others I would’ve never listened to. Jon has learned to somewhat tolerate my taste but I still can’t get him to appreciate “Cherish” by the Association. That must just be a chick thing! 

In answer to Brett’s question did we have “The White Album”. Unfortunately, no we don’t because my mom and dad wouldn’t let me buy any and Jon echoed the same. In fact the only Beatles discography that I think we have is a Paul McCartney’s “Back In the USA”, which is actually on CD and we bought it after we were married!
Right now I’m thinking that we need to add some new music to our I-Tunes!

Hello Love!

Hello Love!

Friday night Jon and I had a chance to attend Chris Tomlin’s Hello Love Tour.  Oh my gosh it was the most awesome concert that we’ve seen with him and we’ve seen him about 7 times or so.  Appearing with him were Israel Houghton and New Breed and Christy Nockels, both of which we’ve not had the chance to catch at a concert yet.  It was a night that turned from a concert into the most amazing and incredible worship experience.  The U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids was rockin’.  If we had a chance we would’ve actually driven over to Madison, WI to catch the Saturday night concert as well.
So thanks to Chris Tomlin and the entire Hello Love tour for an absolutely incredible night!
Oh- check out some of our pictures!