I’ve tried to teach the Cool Bros well. When someone does something nice for you, you say Thank you. When someone tells you Thank you, you say You’re welcome. I need to practice what I preach.
A friend posted this on Twitter:
I am guilty beyond measure. When someone thanks me, I’ll spit out a No problem! or a Sure thing! I might even lame out with a You bet! but rarely a simple and appropriate You’re welcome.
I think this condition started because of my band, Six Days From Sunday. We led music at various churches, camps, youth retreats, college retreats, and pet retreats across the country. When leading music, we guided the audience to think about and honor God, not to entertain. The thought of entertaining the crowd was actually a bad thing, that we were distracting people from focusing on God.
This Easter weekend, hearts around the world are turned toward the things of Heaven. So, I just wanted to share some music that’s turned our hearts toward Heaven.
Last Friday, some worship leaders from our church unveiled a new project calledYoung Oceans with a CD release show/party. It was a pretty cool affair, with the band set up in a spacious loft apartment in Soho.
To paraphrase from the band, the music is intended to be a soundscape to inspire worship, meditation, and rest. Its distinctive blend of rock, gospel, and electronic do just that. The songs have been drifting in my head for the past week.
And here’s where you come in: I encourage you to receive this music and listen. After all, it’s free through Noisetrade!
If you’ve never used Noisetrade before, it’s a platform where you can download music – legally – and pay what you want to support the artists. Here you go! (click the play button to listen to the whole album)
We hope that these modern hymns will bless you as much as they’ve blessed us.
Finally, here’s a quick moment from last Friday night’s show. Cool Mum and I went with a friend, and, though we didn’t plan on it, we had some extra company as well.
One of the many things we love about our church, Trinity Grace Church NYC, is the music. TGC’s first album, Without End, hasn’t left our car’s CD player in about a year. The first track on the album was actually our #2 Most Sung Song of 2010.
And we’ve anticipated their second album for months, ever since we gathered as a church to record background vocals in a high school in Chelsea. Yes, I refrained from bellowing “Are We Still Cool is Cool!” during some quiet moment in which I was sure to be heard.
The new album, We Sing As One, came out this week. These songs have reached our family – both the Cool Fam and the TGC community – at a much-needed time with the loss of our church’s dear friend Sunday Ibok. “O Darkest Night,” the song that Sunday danced to in the video we posted, is particularly stunning.
This music has encouraged us so much that we just have to share!
We’re giving away two copies of We Sing as One, and it’s ridiculously easy to enter to win one. All you have to do is be a fan of our Facebook page. If you’ve already Liked our page, then you’re entered! If you haven’t Liked our FB page, simply visit our page and press the Like button.
We’ll choose and announce the winners at 12:00PM EDT on Monday, October 17, so be sure to Like our page before then!