Thursday, January 26, 2006
My brother had a basketball game today at a middle school in Hollywood/LA. It's right by the Spaghetti Factory on Sunset Blvd. After the game, guess where we went? Amoeba music. I ended up buying Newsboys' "He Reigns" and John Reuben's "the Boy vs. the Cynic." My other choices? Relient K's "Mmhmm", Josh Groban's first concert on DVD, Matthew West's "History," Nichole Nordeman's "Brave," amongst a few others.
Does anyone want to know how I did yesterday after all? Well, two of the four ladies did come back and purchased their things... bringing me to a total of 2188 (or something close to that). Yay! My target was about 970, so... someone do the math (Chris) and it comes to something like 1300 extra towards the month. Sadly, today was a slow day. I only got like half of my target. Sigh. And I think this week was the last week for the month. Sigh. I'm like 1300 behind still for the month. Sigh. I hope I don't get into too much trouble for being behind again.
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
BTW: today was the first time in awhile that I got a free mocha from BeBo. It was funny because Gabriel asked me to get him something from McDonald's if I could during my break. He also said I could get something if I wanted. I said I didn't want anything. So, he said to use his card to buy my mocha. I said it was alright, I had my money. Turned out, neither of us needed to pay for my mocha today. BeBo was about to wring me up, but he looked like he changed his mind at the last minute. :-D
Saturday, January 21, 2006
After selling millions of albums, the band says its next album will be its last. “After years of giving his all on stage and in the studio, Audio Adrenaline frontman Mark Stuart is experiencing ongoing vocal challenges,” the statement said. “After consulting with doctors, it is clear the toll his voice has taken will prevent his ability to continue a consistent live performance schedule.”
The popular rock band’s final album, Adios, will consist of its greatest hits along with two new tunes. A special edition package will include a DVD with videos, live performances, and interviews with AudioA and bands they’ve influenced.
Audio Adrenaline’s previous album, Until My Heart Caves In, has been nominated for a 2006 Grammy award.
Though Stuart is suffering from vocal challenges, he and bandmates Will McGinniss, Tyler Burkum, and Ben Cissell are still scheduled to tour until September. They plan to make a couple of stops in Canada—catch them before they say Adios:
Friday, January 20, 2006
Thursday, the 19th: I turned in my GJ punch card (a full one) for a 16 oz drink. Instead, I got a regular (24 oz) drink. (This time, it was the blonde armenian girl)
Thursday, January 19, 2006
The floor is clean, but the bed is piled high with stuff.
Your bed is clean, but the floor is piled high with stuff.
Your friends tell you your room looks like a tornado went through it, and then came back for more.
You're sitting at your computer, eyes shutting close, but you can't go to bed because your bed is piled with stuff.
You can only get from the door to your bed, from your bed to the computer, and from the computer to the door. And it's about one step and a jump each.
I'll come up with some more after I get a couple winks. First, I better go clear off my bed so I can go to bed.
Okay, so I was listening to KLOVE and "the one thing" by Paul Colman started playing. Before they started playing it, the announcer said, "and here's something from the Newsboys guitarman, Paul Colman." I was like... what??? It's official guys. Bryan Olesen, who subbed for Jody in 2002(ish) is now departing the Newsboys. At least we'll still hear from him with CASTING PEARLS. So, after the song ended, the announcer said, Bryan left to go full-time with his band, Casting Pearls. Paul Colman (also an Australian) is now the new Newsboys' guitarist.
From the Newsboys' website:
January 11, 2006
departure of guitarist bryan olesen
Bryan Olesen will be departing to focus on his band Casting Pearls
“These past few years have been an amazing gift in having been able to learn from, perform, and work with newsboys. I have cherished every second and every show, but I am ultimately excited about what is in-store for Casting Pearls” said Olesen. With Casting Pearls’ recent radio and tour success, it has been increasingly difficult to split time between both bands and my family at home in Lincoln. “Peter [Furler] and I have had several discussions about this and felt that this would be the best for both bands” Olesen explained.
We wish Bryan and his family the best!. We have had many great shows around the world with him, many lifetime memories. This decision was a tough one, but between recording and touring commitments and above all, the importance of family, it seems to be the right decision. We will be announcing his replacement shortly.
January 17, 2006
paul colman announced as new guitarist
Grammy nominated and Dove award winning solo artist Paul Colman is announced as the new guitarist for the newsboys.
Colman said, "Over the last five years I have done about 100 shows all over the world alongside the newsboys. Peter and I actually go a long way back. My Dad is a famous singer and I saw Peter play drums for him at a huge outdoor event in Australia when we were both teenagers. We've been mates for a long time and it truly feels like I'm joining a bunch of friends that I have a lot of history with. I am thrilled to be a part of the newsboys".
Furler adds, "Paul is a great guitarist, singer and songwriter. Hanging out with him is always a pleasure, having him in the band..........priceless"
Colman starts touring with the boys on the WinterJam tour.
From the Casting Pearls' website:
A BITTERSWEET DAY FOR CASTING PEARLS AND NEWSBOYS
|With many great opportunities on the horizon for CP, Olesen bids a reluctant farewell to Newsboys.|
January 13, 2006
Casting Pearls and Newsboys announce Bryan Olesen’s departure from the Newsboys. After much discussion and prayerful consideration, Olesen has parted with Newsboys to focus on Casting Pearls full-time.
“These past few years have been an amazing gift in having been able to learn from, perform, and work with Newsboys. I have cherished every second and every show, but I am ultimately excited about what is in-store for Casting Pearls” said Olesen.
With Casting Pearls’ recent radio and tour success, it has been increasingly difficult to split Olesen’s time between both bands and his family at home in Lincoln. “Peter [Furler] and I have had several discussions about this and felt that this would be the best path for both bands” Olesen explained.
“I see unique talents in Bryan that I rarely see in the music world, and I feel we would be doing an injustice to Casting Pearls’ and Newsboys’ ministries to hold Bryan in Newsboys” stated Peter Furler, Newsboys front-man and founder.
Although both bands regret to see this exciting chapter of their careers come to an end, both are mutually excited about the opportunities to come and to continue being able to perform and work together in the future.
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Plan A: Drive my car
Plan B: Rent a car
Roadblock: Restrictions of rental car places
Plan C: Flying
Roadblock: Limited luggage
Plan D: Ride with someone
And here's where I get down to the prayer request: may the Lord work it out for me to go to camp meeting this year, between transporation plans and work! Thanks guys!
Sunday, January 08, 2006
do you wonder if it really is worth it all?
do you wonder if it's time to give up?
do you wonder if you've gone too far?
do you wonder if there's really anything for you?
And in that moment when I think these thoughts, I am reminded
Yes, it is worth it all. Don't give up. Keep pressing on.
So, when is that moment coming?
Saturday, January 07, 2006
Okay, enough of me jumping around and screaming my head off. KLOVE just played a new single that has yet to be released. Guess by who? THE NEWSBOYS!!!!
You have no idea how long I have been waiting for this single! They performed it on their summer tour, and we got to hear it at the Ventura County fair. It's a praise song where the audience can sing back, and it's got some of the Newsboys rock sound in it. I love it. If you go to their website, you can hear the whole song! It's recorded live I believe. And oooohhh myyyyy. One of my favorite parts is when Pete starts speaking and he quotes some verses from Isaiah 53! Hehe during the concert, he was pacing on the stage when he started quoting! Okay, so on the recording, he's not exactly quoting the scripture, but it is from Isaiah 53. He just leaves little bits out. In the concert, I think he quoted more.
I AM FREE
(Oh!Who the Son sets free is free indeed! Do you believe that?)
Through You the blind will see
Through You the mute will sing
Through You the dead will raise
Through You all hearts will praise
Through You the darkness flees
Through You my heart screams “I am free”
I am free to run (I am free to run)
I am free to dance (I am free to dance)
I am free to live for You (I am free to live for You)
I am free (I am free)
Who the Son sets free is free indeed. Do you believe that?
As the first of Adam's sweat surrounds my face
Lord, may the last of Adam's blood, my soul embrace
(Parts of Isaiah 53:3-5)
He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.
Surely he took up our infirmities, surely carried our sorrows,
But he was pierced for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities
Because of his wounds, we are healed
Because of his wounds, I am healed
Because of his wounds, you are healed
Do you believe that? Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!
I am free!
The hand of freedom is stretching out to you. Hold out your hands to freedom: freedom in your head, freedom in your heart, freedom in your marriage, freedom in your mind, freedom in your emotions, freedom in every area of your life.
The freedom comes through the blood, it comes through the word. It comes through the body. It comes through the spiritual family. It comes through the purpose of God
It's price has been paid. Freedom's price has been paid. The price has been paid.
Sunday, January 01, 2006
Here's the backstory, I currently have a CanonPowershotA310. I bought this because my friend has a Canon Powershot and it works well for her. So, I thought the Powershot would be a good choice. Boy was I wrong about this one. It's too slow for my liking. I don't know about you, but for me, it takes forever taking pictures. It's very fickle. It also uses AA batteries. NEVER AGAIN WILL I PURCHASE A DIGITAL CAMERA THAT REQUIRES AA BATTERIES. Even using rechargeable ones, it ain't all that great. And the quality is okay, but the zoom is terrible. So, I'm in the market for a better camera.