So Many Tunes

I unashamedly have been purchasing a lot of music recently, surprisingly a lot of stuff I wouldn’t normally find enjoyment in (I enjoy pop music at the gym and to clean too, but some has been creeping into my drives and relaxation time at home).

So here is a breakdown (not really an in depth review) of some recent purchases (most new releases, a few oldies that should get a mention, you can only listen to spotify for so long before you realize you should really own the album).

Foals

Foals – Holy Fire

Released earlier this year, this album has been on loop on Spotify whilst I am at uni. I was so lost in the music that my Dept Head of Department had to make a substantial amount of noise to get my attention when visiting. Hands down My Number is my fav off this album, I get a little dance on every time it plays (car, uni, cleaning…). Its just brilliance, gosh I love the Foals!

Lorde

Lorde – Pure Heroine

It took me a while to warm to Lorde, too much radio overplay. Team got me tho, and I was hooked. Depth and transparency in all her lyrics (I love depth in lyrics), its just one very well thought out album and a must have for any collection, I am looking forward to see how she grows as an artist.

Kristene Mueller-Those Who Dream

Kristene Mueller – Those Who Dream

I purchased this last night after a friend played me one of her songs. How do I put this… I feel God’s words speaking so directly through her lyrics, I kept getting out of bed writing down key lyrics and carried the piece of paper around with me all day to remind me. Just wow and so relaxing to listen too.

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Kodaline – The High Hopes Ep and The Kodaline Ep

Kodaline, well two EP’s, All I Want is just beautiful, I actually fell in love with this song after Josh Mhire did a cover of it, tears streaming down my face (the song came at an interesting point in my life). High Hopes most people would know and just calms the soul. Two chilling EP’s.

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Little Mix – Salute

Unashamedly I love Little Mix, their vocals and harmonies are killer! Salute is flippin awesome, think Destinys Child cross first album Little Mix cross Sass. I cannot stop blaring this at home when I am cleaning and needing a good pick me up, its even made it into my driving and relaxation listening. They have definitely matured as a group, in sound and musical colour. I highly recommend!

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One Direction – Midnight Memories

I have had this for a mere few hours, a few songs have been trickle released, most people know I have a guilty pleasure for One Direction, don’t know how it started (maybe my boy band youth faze coming back to the surface?). As all One Direction albums there are some brilliant pop tunes and some songs I love to skip over, so far not so many skipping quality. Their sound has changed, there are some terrible retro sounding songs (like Midnight Memories) that will get a skip but from the first listen I am pleasantly surprised. It, like all One Direction albums turn into my happy pick me ups (not too bad to dance around too, gosh I love dancing), my gym music and something to clean too.

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Arcade Fire – Reflektor

Arcade Fire are hands down one of my favourite bands, I can’t tell you why, but I get lost in their music. After their featuring in the Hunger Games soundtrack with Abraham’s Daughter (one of my favs) I had huge expectations for this album. Reflecktor was skillfully written and easily to get lost in, Here Comes the Night Time was released a week or two before the album, so it warmed on me but didn’t quite compel me as the Arcade Fire normally do. To be honest, I have only made it through disk one of the two disk LP, I guess I just haven’t been in to right mood (I hope thats why), but after reading a few reviews, the anti climatic nature that is the Arcade Fire has come true, heres hoping I find some love in these new tunes.

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God’s Love

Gosh God is good, the past week has been one of many challenges. And even through all the emotional turmoil and confusion rattling in my mind, God has provided so much joy, so many blessings, something of encouragement every day.

I am unworthy of his love, but so blessed to have it flowing over me.

I spent the weekend up in Auckland, a trip planned over six months ago to see the musical Wicked (maybe more on that another time, if you haven’t read the books, it is a great series and I highly recommend them), it could not have been at a better time. I have amazing friends!!! The love, warmth and understanding given over these days has just been amazing.

Church on Sunday was a bit of a treat, I rarely get a chance to go to HBC when I am up, and having Craig preach, double joy.

The sermon was on Ephesians 3:14-21

At the end of the sermon we were given time to pray and listen to see what our house (the one we build, renovate, shape to our own with God) was. It was strange to ask for a picture (somthing I don’t ask for but regularly get for others), what I got was somewhat to be expected… a pretty beaten up bach surrounded by thick trees looking out to the shore line (ironically my ideal home, simple and peaceful). It was quite peaceful to see this and know this is exactly who I am at the moment yet God is with me every step I take, my invisible friend with me always.

Anything is possible through God and knowing his love but also living it is all we really need, everything else is insignificant.

One of the best worship songs from Sunday

One Thing Remains

Higher than the mountains that I face
Stronger than the power of the grave
Constant through the trial and the change
One thing… Remains 

 

Your love never fails, never gives up
Never runs out on me 

On and on and on and on it goes
It overwhelms and satisfies my soul
And I never, ever, have to be afraid
One thing remains

In death, In life, I’m confident and
covered by the power of Your great love
My debt is paid, there’s nothing that can
separate my heart from Your great love…

Measure of Time

There is no stopping time, looking at my last blog post dated in May, I can think of so many changes, indefinite experiences, time never stops, life never stops…

So where to go from here? Today is now and as such I am going to write for the now.

I am currently in Auckland “on loan” to my old company to complete a project I started many moons ago. It has been very serieal being back in a familiar place, a familiar life yet it is so different, I am different. Seeing colleagues, sharing in their lives, I have felt so removed yet for some reason this doesn’t seem to bother me, as some would put it “I have a new life” (or at least in my eyes a new chapter).

It has been great sharing time with my dad, having the opportunity to include him in my life. We visited mum’s grave on Tuesday, something very personal for me, something I do alone, but knowing he would not go out of his way to visit her without a reason, it was challenging but peaceful to include him.

I have been resistant to this visit, not seeing the point in coming up to effectively edit for a week. But as God does, he has shown me so much, so much grace, my potential and the drive behind my move to Christchurch (to follow his call) and also reexperiencing my passions and desires for the future.

So here I am sitting, waiting for my ride to the airport to catch my flight back to home, a new chapter I am discovering (and at times struggling with as it is nothing like I expected). I am excited for the coming weeks, months… becoming a part of my research, to let my home be my home and settle in, to sew, oh my glorious sewing machine, I have missed you, I have missed my me time, the time I can create and mull. I am looking forward to seeing my family, my friends down south who have become my home.

Time is never ending, never changing, just moving forward, all we can do is embrace it and let be what is to be.

Something dear to my heart

The Simple Things - Mount Eden, Auckland, New Zealand, taken by Audsley Jones

The Simple Things – Mount Eden, Auckland, New Zealand

Nine and a bit years ago I was diagnosed with ME, or chronic fatigue syndrome. At the time, doctors were reluctant to diagnose patients with such a label, something unknown, and something that could just be another mental illness being misinterpreted. Still now, little is known, there is still debate about wither this is a disability, an illness or something of the mind.

But this is not a story of medicine, or one of debate. This is me, learning how to adapt to something that changes daily, changes by the minute, something I struggle to explain (even to myself). I never wanted an illness to be the centre of my life, and then, I didn’t want this thing I am suffering to just have to work its way into my routine life, its a balance, a compromise, where life and health have to give, take and co-operate. I am blessed to live a life of freedom, of choice, to have the will (even tho some days it can take over an hour) to get out of bed (why do you think my alarm is set so early?). How am I to say life is “hard” when there are others suffering around me, others less fortunate, others who even tho their circumstances seem horrific, unbelievable, unlivable, or even to our perspective nothing major, see the beauty, the light, the life in every day.

This new road I am traveling, a new city, a new “home”, a new difference has challenged me, has forced me to struggle, to understand that this road is different, it is unpredictable and this illness I share life with has responded and wants to be heard. My strength comes from the beauty of life, a life God has given us to live, learn, play and struggle with, a life to love, the intricacy of the leaves, the grass, every strand of it, and what we create, for ourselves, others and just because. Life, no matter how “hard”, changing, awkward, uncomfortable, simple, life is to be lived, and lived with purpose.