One of the things that I’ve liked seeing on some of my friends’ blogs is their picks for their workout mix. I’ve tentatively decided to make Tuesdays my day to post what I’m listening to in the gym. I have a few different playlists that I listen to, but lately, I’ve been enjoying the genre radio stations through Google Play. I just like high energy music that can pump me up without distracting me – usually this means something I haven’t heard before, and something without words. My current station is the Trance station. This track, “Challenger (Original Mix)” from Arisen Flame, came on and kind of reminded me of 8- or 16-bit video games, but has a great beat, and builds really well. Enjoy!
I thought I’d expound a bit on my last post – mainly because the song came on again today and, yet again, I stopped at that line – “Your value is a question of identity.” I’ve started thinking lately about happiness – where it comes from, how you get it, why some people have it in abundance while others severely lack it. I certainly don’t think this is the singular answer, but I think it’s a big part of it – how you identify yourself, how your see yourself.
For a long time, I couldn’t look myself in the mirror. When I did, I didn’t like the person looking back at me. And it wasn’t even completely related to my physical appearance – I didn’t like who I was, where I was going, what I was doing. The person looking back at me wasn’t the me I wanted to see. But for a while, I had just accepted where I was – I became complacent and okay with mediocrity. It was also (probably not coincidentally) around the same time that I was drinking more – I mean, I wasn’t doing anything else with my life.
Let me be clear that I was not living a bad life. At that point, I had graduated college, I had a good job that paid well, I had a great reputation with my coworkers and friends. By no means was I a terrible human being, or living in the slums or even “roughing it.” But still, I had given up. I had stopped trying in life and was coasting.
Come to think of it, it may all have been related to the first half of the quote – thinking that my worth is something to be achieved. I had plans – things I wanted to achieve – by a certain time, and they all fell through (looking back, thank God they did!). When those things didn’t come to fruition, I gave up. And because they didn’t, I valued myself less based on not achieving those things, when the truth was that I hadn’t changed.
… hmm might have to make this a three-parter.
Big Daddy Weave is a great Christian band that I really got in to years ago because of their version of “Let It Rise,” the first track on Every Time I Breathe. The second to last song on the album is “Who You Are To Me,” a song that speaks from the POV of God attempting to somehow convince His child that he is worth so much more, and that the child would only understand if He could show the child “who you are to me.”
It’s a great song no matter your belief, but I love this first line because, besides the Christian Truth (big “T”), it has a lot of secular truth to it as well. Every time this song comes on, I sort of stop listening after this line because it’s so profound. Anyway, I thought I’d share.
Back in high school, I was in a barbershop quartet called GQ (The Gentlemen’s Quartet). We thought we were such hot shit – we won all sorts of awards from music festivals and competitions, got a track on the BOHSA 2004, and had a lot of fans around the county. I ran across this recording of us from 2003 (our graduating year) and decided to post it up on SoundCloud. It’s funny to look back and realize how bad we actually were haha.
I mean… I think it’s gonna have to happen now!
When I took a trip with my a cappella group, Euphonism, to London in January of 2012, I wandered in to the bar upstairs from the concert venue. That’s where I found International Champion Quartet Crossfire and their home chorus. Let the chord-ringing ensue!