Music: Didgeridoo

I first saw William Barton during the YouTube Orchestra 2011 live broadcast on New Years.  He played the closing number on the Didgeridoo and it was absolutely mesmerizing.

Here he is in his studio playing didgeridoo and guitar at the same time. I think it sounds awesome, Sue thought she heard a dog in pain!

Didge Fusion

Here is another video featuring William, from Melbourne opera house with the YouTube Symphony Orchestra.  I strongly suggest scrolling ahead to the 2 minute 30 second mark to skip the intro and get right to the music.  Notice the artist creating projections onto the roof of the Sydney Opera House.  Wish I was there.  Could have stayed an extra week and head out to Australian wine country!

William Barton

Apparently the instrument is made by first having termites hollow out the desired wood

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Music: Gungor

Who is Gungor?  They are a Christian Rock band led by Michael Gungor.  What used to be the Michael Gungor Band, became simply Gungor.  Michael relates on the band website, “With where I’d like to go as a band, ‘The Michael Gungor Band’ doesn’t make sense,” says Michael. “So we’re changing the name to Gungor, to be a little less concretely about one front person. I don’t want this band to simply be about me.”

There are only 2 albums that I know of, with the most recent being “Beautiful Things.”  For a quick studio sample, check out the title song.

Live from RELEVANT studios

Makes me think the xylophone is a critically underused instrument in most music.  It’s a straightforward, simply elegant song.  Here is the wording: 

Beautiful Things
All this pain
I wonder if I’ll ever find my way
I wonder if my life could really change at all
All this earth
Could all that is lost ever be found
Could a garden come up from this ground at all
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us
All around
Hope is springing up from this old ground
Out of chaos life is being found in You
You make me new, You are making me new

Of course, these guys can really rock out too, but let’s not spoil that surprise – you should get a copy of the album for your music player.

From their first album is an amazingly truthful and thought provoking song called “God is not a white man”.  (Ain’t that the truth?)

God is not a white man

A simple message:  God loves us all, doesn’t matter who you are, what you’ve done, or even if you chose to not acknowledge His love.  God is God, he is not an American, a republican, a democrat or even a white man.  And oh yeah, God does not make junk.

Travel:Drink:Music:Grace

Well let’s get started.

What does it mean to have a passion for travel, drink, music, and grace?

Passion for Travel:  When it comes to travel, I believe there are only 2 options available to us.  You should either be on vacation, or planning your next vacation.  Currently I’m not on vacation, but am planning my next trip(s).

Passion for Drink:   I love great wine and craft beers.  Travel is a great addition to this passion.  Everywhere we travel, we seek out wineries and breweries at our destination.  Can you imagine a trip to Italy without sampling wines in Tuscany?  How about just a trip through Wisconsin without visiting a micro-brewery?  If you cannot imagine these things, then this is definitely the blog for you.

Passion for Music:  I love music.  I have eclectic musical taste ranging from folk to punk, classical to country.  Every now and then would I would like to share some of what I feel is the best in my collection.  Maybe you’ll like it – or maybe you won’t.

Passion for Grace:  The world can be a messy place.  We can frequently be challenged and confused as to what is the best thing to do in a given situation.  The only thing I know for sure is that God loves us.  Grace is a gift freely given, no strings attached.  Occasionally, (although, I’m not quite sure how yet!) I’ll try to explore my take on what it looks like to me.  I’m not what you might call a bible thumper.  Just a fairly normal person, maintaining hope.