“Threaten Me With Heaven”
Posted on September 26th, 2013 @ 7:06 pm

And this entry came as I was writing the other one.

I got the Target version of Amy Grant’s new album, How Mercy Looks from Here. “Threaten Me With Heaven” is one of the bonus songs.  It was written by Amy Grant, Dillon O’Brian, Will Owsley, and Vince Gill.  Vince recorded for his Guitar Slinger album.  The lyrics are the same, but the arrangements are so different.

Vince’s version sounds like someone singing their swan song to their dearest love. It’s slow and epic.  Amy’s version is like bubble gum, and sounds like it’s something a mother would tell her child.  Or something my mother would have said to her children.

I think I like Amy’s version more.

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“Can’t bring myself to do what it is you think I should”
Posted on September 26th, 2013 @ 6:58 pm

I am torn on this song and the reasoning of how it came about. I understand the sentiment of what it’s saying, but at the same time, it makes me sad.

Growing up, and even to this day, I have a defiant streak. With things I feel passionate about, I try not to back down. It’s cost me a few things, but in the long run, I needed to be defiant. It has made me a bigger person. And for that, I love this song.

But Natalie Maines’ actions since that outburst have made me sad. And I think that’s because of my background.

I have mentioned before that I’m the product of two political ideologies, as well as being a military brat. I was raise to love my country, but allowed to be disappointed in it. I was encouraged to express my disdain, but need to be civil about it.

My father was send to Saudi Arabia just before I started 6th grade. Due to the start of Desert Shield, we were encouraged in one Language Arts assignments to write a letter to the President. I forgot exactly what I wrote. All I know is that I was 11 and expressed my displeasure about Desert Shield. Whatever I wrote for that assignment caught the eye of my teacher and she asked me to strengthen the letter. All I know is that I had to be civil about it.

Civility – I think that is something that is missing these days.

All this talk and hype about the Affordable Care Act is making me sick. I’m tired of seeing everyone wanting to snap and belittle everyone on this law. Why is everyone being so ugly about it? Is it the passion? Passion is not wrong. But when you tell me I am wrong and stupid for my opinions, it makes me made. Don’t tell me I’m stupid. And show me where I am wrong. Convince me, civilly. This is something I’ve had to learn. (And no, I am NOT in the mood to discuss that law here.)

So back to the Dixie Chicks. I don’t mind that the didn’t agree with the war with Iraq. I just hated the way they said it. It just came across as hateful to me.

And as I was reading Wikipedia on this issue, I read the quote by Maines that says “I don’t see why people care about patriotism.” And this one makes me sad and in a way, mad.

I care about patriotism. I’ll criticize my country. I’ll embrace it. Patriotism is not all about “USA! USA! WE RULE AND THE REST OF THE WORLD DROOLS!” It’s about loving my background. It’s about knowing where I came from. It’s about having a home. It’s a connection to people that understand where we’ve been and where we’re going. It’s about wanting the best for what I call home. And maybe what I feel as patriotism is something only a person that lived my life can understand. But it’s not something evil as she made it out to be.

So yes, Maines can have her opinions. She’s entitled to them. It’s the harshness in her effort to get them across that get to me. Just as she wants people to accept her right to viewpoint, she needs to accept that their are opposing views.

With my friends, many of them think differently than me. And that’s ok. I’ve learn to accept them and not allow those differences to get in the way. When they get hateful and start wishing me harm, I’ll write them off. Until then, I will accept you as you are. I think we owe each other all that, instead of the hate out there now.

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I Have Decided
Posted on September 4th, 2013 @ 9:18 pm

I have decided,
I’m gonna live like a believer,
Turn my back on the deceiver,
I’m gonna live what I believe.
-Amy Grant, “I Have Decided”

No, I have not decided that being good is just a fable.  No, I have decided to go back to school and get my Master’s degree.  Maybe I’m just following the crowd at work, but it’s not a bad thing in this case.  I found a program that seems to interest me.  It’s online and the school is an SEC school. That SEC school thing only matters if you are into college football, but I make that note to let you know what kind of school it is. Some of my friends will be disappointed I won’t be a Bulldog.  But, I have to go with what fits my needs and interest.

Now, to get my stuff in order for starting at the first of the year.

I can’t believe I’m going back to college.

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Unconscious Mutterings – Week 553
Posted on September 2nd, 2013 @ 12:56 pm

Unconscious Mutterings:

  1. Teacher :: I Need You
  2. Activity :: Rerun
  3. Scared :: Stupid
  4. Suction :: Cup
  5. Impossible :: Mission
  6. Terrestrial :: Being
  7. Humongous :: Cow
    Savannah's Famous Cow
  8. Cheekbones :: Rouge
  9. Dream :: Big
  10. Fog :: Hat

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