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Listening to “White Privilege II” (Macklemore)

This guy says what I’m thinking (for the most part) better than I could.

But the one thing the American dream fails to mention
Is I was many steps ahead to begin with
My skin matches the hero, likeness, the image
America feels safe with my music in their systems
And it’s suited me perfect, the role, I’ve fulfilled it
And if I’m the hero, you know who gets cast as the villain
White supremacy isn’t just a white dude in Idaho
White supremacy protects the privilege I hold
White supremacy is the soil, the foundation, the cement and the flag that flies outside of my home
White supremacy is our country’s lineage, designed for us to be indifferent
My success is the product of the same system that let off Darren Wilson – guilty
We want to dress like, walk like, talk like, dance like, yet we just stand by
We take all we want from black culture, but will we show up…

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Joy

If you are a church going person then you may have been reminded that today is the start of week 3 of the Advent season. If you are unfamiliar with the christian liturgical year, there may be some confusion surrounding the meaning of the Advent season. A quick overview: many know that the Advent season focuses on expectation and think that it serves as an anticipation of Christ’s birth in the season leading up to Christmas.  The candles that you light focus on one of the four virtues Jesus brings us: Hope, Love, Joy and Peace. This is the start of the 3rd week and you would light the 3rd candle representing joy.

One of my favorite bands is Page CXVI. My wife introduced me to them when we were dating. The band mainly focuses on “re-tuning” hymns. Instead of playing them with an old pipe organ, they use a more modern musical arrangement and even sometimes change the melody or musical arrangement. I would highly encourage you to check them out. But one song that they do always kind of confused me.
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Favorite Songs of 2015

I just felt like doing a quick favorites list as the year is coming to an end. I didn’t read many books this year (maybe 5?) and I’m not sure I could narrow down a movie list so I decided to go with some of my favorite songs of 2015. This list is in no particular order. Maybe I’ll introduce you to some songs you haven’t heard yet!

You Matter To Me – Sara Bareilles feat. Jason Mraz
If you are only going to listen to one of the songs on this list, make this the one.

Sorry – Justin Bieber

Water Under the Bridge – Adele

We Will Feast In The House of Zion – Sandra McCracken

Lean On – Major Lazer & DJ Snake feat. MØ

Downtown – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
This is the best music video on the list.

Trap Queen – Fetty Wap

Cold Arms – Mumford & Sons
There is not a single version of this song on YouTube.

Thats it. Those are my favorite songs from 2015. All of those albums are good too so if you like a certain song go check out the entire album. What are some of your favorite songs from 2015?

-Jacob

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The Fig Tree

I haven’t posted anything on here in about 7 months because I forgot my password. I used to have it set up so I was automatically logged in and somehow I got logged out and then I couldn’t remember my login or password. But I’m back, baby!

A lot has happened since my last post. I moved from Idaho after living there for 3 years back to my home state of Texas for a new job. Continue reading “The Fig Tree”