Monthly Archives: August 2007

Words and emotions

Two dangerous and wonderful things. Words can uplift, but they can also tear down. Emotions can take you through hell, or send you into heaven. Typically, your emotions will dictate your words. The balance comes in knowing when to allow that to happen (when to speak), and knowing when to harness it (when to shut. up.).

Lately, I’ve been learning a bit of both.

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High School Musical 2

My kids love it. They’ve been counting it down, and tonight, at 8/7 Central, their world was complete.

I am in utter hell. Please help me. This music is aweful, and I can’t….escape……it.

As Cities Burn-Come Now Sleep

So, ACB’s new one arrived at my doorstep a few days ago. The day before its actual release (GASP!), I got it in the mail, along with the bonus pre-order EP. Happiness ensued.
ACB
As Cities Burn has always been a fav of mine, mostly for their superior lyric writing. I was a fan of “Son I Loved You At Your Darkest”, their 2004 release, mostly for the former, but also due to their passion conveyed in their music as well. It was screamo without being screamo, trendy without the trends. There was something real behind each song.

With “Come Now Sleep”, they increased, not only in ability, but also in songwriting, passion, and the way they have changed, without changing. Granted, they saw a couple guys depart (including singer TJ), and they did some internal moving around, but what resulted is an amazing album, full of amazing songs. They don’t pretend to have all the answers, and certainly don’t pretend understand everything this life throws at you, but in that they offer not only hope, but the notion that it’s ok to trust in God, to believe in who He is, and still have questions. Honestly, it’s pretty refreshing. Most bands in the genre, and “Christian” music in general, seem to offer up the pat-answers and token responses. ACB doesn’t have any pretentions about struggling with some of the tougher questions of life, but they don’t do so in a “poor me” way, or a way that says they will mock what they don’t understand.

This is easily one of my favorite albums of the year, and it has every possibility of being one of my favorites of the last 10 years. Amazingly written, incredibly musical, and evidently passionate, this is an album not to be missed.