Saturday, November 14, 2009

Hello Hurricane

Last Saturday I received something in the mail that I had been waiting almost 3 years for. Little did I know that it would blow my expectations out of the water. I am talking of Switchfoot's new album, Hello Hurricane. Switchfoot is my 2nd favorite band, next to DCTalk. Their last album, Oh! Gravity, was good, but I felt that the band could have done better. The songs were good, but there was something missing. I believe it was the hope that drives the heartbeat of the band.

I ordered the CD/DVD version of Hello Hurricane and immediately wanted to listen to it. I listened to a few songs and then popped in the behind the scenes DVD. The DVD revealed that this was the hardest album the band has ever worked on and for good reason: this was their first truly independent album and they wanted to make it right and something that was truly who Switchfoot was. Jon Foreman, the lead singer, said that the prerequisite for the song being on the album was that you would want to die singing it. While that may sound a bit morose, I believe that is what gave the album it's appeal.

Needless to say, I love the album and believe that it's a tremendous improvement over the last album. I like every song on the album, but here are some of my favorites:

1. Mess of Me
2. Your Love is a Song
3. Free
4. Always
5. The Sound
6. Sing it Out

There is one lyric that is worth mentioning, as I've been pondering it for a while now and it's from the song Always. It says, "Every breath is a second chance." For me this had 2 interpretations that I think are both true but one I like better than the other. The first is that every breath that we take as humans is an opportunity to turn from our wretched nature and turn back to God. The other interpretation is that every breath that we're given by God is an act of grace.

As you can see, one thought relates to the other. As we are given breath by God, it is an act of grace because we as human beings deserve eternal death as our sin separates us from God and thereby the punishment is death. But since Jesus Christ died for our sins, God gives us life and the very breath that we breathe is more than we deserve. Therefore, the gift of life that God gives us should not be used in vain, but be used towards giving Him glory. After all, we are to love one another because He first loved us. But it's an amazing thought that the very air we breathe is more than we deserve and for that gift alone He deserves glory. Yet He blesses us with so much more. How much more then should we live our lives for Him!

These are some of the many thoughts that I have after listening to Switchfoot, which is why I highly recommend the album. It is entertaining, but it also may get you thinking, which I think is a sign of good music. The album is available in stores and on iTunes.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

MUTEMATH Concert










A few months ago I put up a blog post about a listening party I attended on a bus. That listening party was for none other than MUTEMATH. I had the privilege to attend their Armistice tour at the NorVa last night. Because I got the VIP package I was able to get in 30 minutes before everyone else and secure a spot on the front row against the railing. Surprisingly, before the show, the VIPs also got free refreshments, which was rather nice, both because the food was great and I had never participated in a VIP experience where food was involved.

The show started off very well. The opening band, As Tall As Lions, explained that their lead singer wasn't feeling very well vocally so they did an instrumental set. It was really good. I told myself that I would definitely check out the band. After they had played for around 45 minutes, MUTEMATH came on.

To say they put on a show is an understatement. Last time I saw them, it was with my good friend D Reeves and they put on the best live show I've ever seen. This time around, they stepped it up a notch. I don't know how that is possible, but they did. To explain what exactly happened would ruin the show for someone and I would say that you can't really understand what it's like unless you experience it for yourself. However, I will say this, if something on the stage isn't broken or damaged after a MUTEMATH show, then you didn't see MUTEMATH. They put on that intense of a show.

One thing that was also cool about the experience was I met fellow fans and got to know a little bit about them. It's always cool to meet people who share the same affection for a certain band as you do. It's been amazing to me how so many different people can like the same music and all of them have a different opinion about it. It speaks to how God in his infinite wisdom created us each with our own unique perspectives on life, art, and beauty.

All in all, a wonderful experience that I would do again in a heartbeat.

--David

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

26

It was 26 years and 1 day ago that I entered this world. On Sunday I celebrated that fact. My brother came up from Portsmouth and went to Waters Edge with me. It was a great talk about how to finish strong by one of my favorite people to hear preach, Rob Shepherd. After church I went to Carabba's, a local Italian food chain, for lunch. I had never been and love Italian food so I went there with my family. I had the Mezzaluna, spinach and cheese stuffed ravioli, essentially. Afterwards, we had cake; not just any cake, a Coldstone Cookie Dough Delirium Ice Cream Cake. yellow cake layered with sweet cream cookie dough ice cream with frosting. The girl behind the counter was kind enough to right "Happy 26th Birthday David" on it. It's still not completely eaten. After eating a delicious slice of cake, I opened what I received. The following is a list of those items in no particular order:

1. The Jeeves Omnibus (2 novels and 10 short stories starring P.G. Wodehouse's beloved characters Bertram Wooster and Reginald Jeeves. I can credit Josh Pothen for introducing me to yet another thing I love.)

2. Batman: The Animated Series Volume 1

3. Poirot DVD set 3 containing several episodes of the TV series adapted from Agatha Christie's short stories
4. Focus on the Family's audio dramatization of The Screwtape Letters starring Andy Serkis (yes, that is Gollum from The Lord of the Rings films)

5. Cash (or as my Granddaddy says, "One size fits all", a.k.a. OSFA)

6. A Chick-Fil-A gift card

7. A Barnes and Noble gift card

8. And last, but not least the Josh Pothen gift: Kino's Journey: The Complete Collection. This was one of the most interesting gifts Josh has ever given me for several reasons. One: it was the most unexpected gift by far that I've ever received from him, but in a good way. Two: it is the only anime I own apart from the Animatrix, which, to me, barely counts. Three: one of the last times that Josh and I hung out before he left for medical school we watched an episode of Kino's Journey and I remember it being one of the most thought provoking animated pieces I'd ever watched. Thanks again, Josh, I look forward to experiencing it.

While I'm thanking people, I would also like to thank everyone out there who sent me facebook messages, text messages, phone calls, etc. You know who you are. Merci.



--David Ferrell