This past weekend was quite the musical weekend for me and let me just say- a weekend I’ll remember for the rest of my life. This Breaktober really has given me so much perspective because it’s kind of forced me to honor it and to focus on life’s present moments. As I was packing to leave for Indiana on Saturday morning, I almost packed my laptop and then thought, Nope. It’s Breaktober. I can live without it for a few days. And then throughout the weekend there were times (many times) I was tempted to grab my phone and check emails or tweets or Instagram but I put my phone back in my purse and thought, Nope. It’s Breaktober. Try being alone with your thoughts for a bit. And I was and it was really nice to reconnect with myself 🙂
Today, I am grateful for the ways music brings people together, and the memories it creates.
On Friday, Christian had a show at one of the most beautiful venues, the Copernicus Center, in Chicago. It was a show he’s done numerous times and one that tends to be one of my favorites. He played with Tributosaurus for One Hit Wonders of the 80’s and it was SO much fun. It never gets old seeing my husband on stage… his talent will amaze me until the day I die.
On Saturday, we headed to Indiana to see my parents, and more specifically so that my dad could treat me to my birthday gift from him. (A belated gift, but waiting for something really spectacular is always worth the wait, right?) My dad and I have always shared a love for Jackson Browne. My dad is actually the one who introduced me to his music when I was in the 8th grade and I have loved him ever since. There were times in high school where I’d just jump in my car, put in a Jackson Browne cd, and drive… for hours…. thinking, dreaming, most time just working stuff out in my head, the ways you do when you’re in high school 😉
Well I’ve been out walking
I don’t do that much talking these days
These days I seem to think a lot
About the things that I forgot to do, for you
And all the times I had the chance to
[These Days, Jackson Browne]
I am a words person… a lyrics person… whenever I hear a song for the first time, I always hear the lyrics first and then I go back and listen to it over again to listen to the music. I think this is one of the reasons I love Jackson Browne… his lyrics are beautifully simple, often times hitting home with my own thoughts and feelings. I had such a sweet time with my dad, it was one of those Snapshots of the Soul evenings for sure, and I am so grateful for this new memory together.
For any of you Jackson Browne lovers out there, he played a few songs from his newest album and they were amazing. Standing in the Breach is a new favorite of mine.
Although the Earth may tremble and our foundation crack,
We are all assembled and we will build them back.
And let’s just say the lives remain and held within our reach.
Try to put our world together, standing in the breach.
On Sunday, the musical weekend continued, this time at my parents church. The worship at Traders Point Christian Church is some of the best I’ve ever been a part of (not to mention, the absolute best sermons I’ve ever heard). If there’s one way to close out such a fun, musical weekend, it’s singing praises to my King, alongside others who love Him too.
What are you grateful for?
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