near to the rhythm of love

More music time.  :)
Here's Near To You by A Fine Frenzy.
(I like how they have the lyrics in this video but not the cheesy clip ins of images.)

Now for something a little more upbeat.  Rhythm Of Love by Plain White T's.  I really love this song and was very excited when I finally found out who sings it!  Some of their other songs are also favorites of mine.  :)


she's got to be friends

She's Got You High by Mumm-ra

We're Going To Be Friends by The White Stripes

Music makes me happy.  :)

tumblr photography at charmroyal.com



Here's something I've been thinking about: music in church.
I really do love the "good ol' Lutheran hymns" we use in church.  I grew up singing and listening to them, so they hold nostalgia and spiritual significance for me.  The lyrics are really great and very poetic when you take the time to really pay attention to them.  But that's what I'm kind of caught on right now.  The words are so beautiful and perfect for worshiping God, but I find that I'm more concerned with singing the notes correctly than with what the lyrics are saying.  Maybe this is because it seems like hardly anyone in my church actually sings the hymns so I feel like I have to sing out more to make up for it.  Some of the hymns are difficult to sing, especially if you're not musically inclined to being with.
Last month I went to a Chris Tomlin concert with my now boyfriend and a couple other friends.  You can read about it here.  No hymnals, no notes to follow, just a whole bunch of people worshiping God by singing songs we've listened to on the radio and following the words projected on the screens.  The words were simple and taken directly from God's Word.  It was a much more free version of worship than what happens in church.  I wasn't concerned with singing the songs correctly and I certainly wasn't the only one singing.  I grew up going to traditional church services so I've always been a little wary of contemporary services.  I guess because they're different from what I'm used to and I was influenced by very anti-contemporary worship mindsets which gave me a negative view of contemporary worship.  But at the concert I found myself thinking, "Man, I wish going to church could be like this."  No holding back, no half-empty church, no one mumbling the words to the songs.  It was just completely free worship of God and it was beautiful.
I do like going to my Lutheran church and I do like the hymns, but sometimes I feel restrained in worship.  And if I'm supposed to praise God with everything I have and give Him my all, how can I do that when I feel held back?

But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble
Psalm 59:16

I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will show forth all thy marvellous works.
Psalm 9:1