“I don’t read, but I can write.” Kanye West

Proud Non-Reader Kanye West Turns Author

Didn’t realize this came out until today, but Kanye West apparently wrote a book!? He’s a self-designated “non-reader”, who thinks books take a back seat to real life. He contends he’d never waste time to read a book and would rather live life. But this self-designated “non-reader” has now done what? He’s written a whole book?! Well, let’s not carried away. The book is about 52 pages of Kanye-isms, or one-liner nuggets of wisdom coming from the very mouth of the Wise One, Kanye West. This non-reader thought it was a daunting task to write all 52 pages by himself, so he’s signed on this project with his co-author J. Sakiya Sandifer. And together they’ve produced genius like the page below…

Ok. I shouldn’t be so cynical. I apologize. But this just embodies the self-absorbed ethic of our age. We aren’t willing to listen to anyone, yet we feel entitled to have everyone listen to us. Kanye won’t pick up a novel for the life of him to hear another voice, but he wants everyone to go out and hear his for $8. Trouble lurks around the minds of those that have shut themselves out of hearing a different voice than their own.

That is why God speaks into the lives of His people. We have His Word given to us to speak into our lives; to be the other voice that we hear. The Word is a reality outside of ourselves that speaks objectively into our lives. And when we begin to shut that Word out, watch out…


Shadows of the Son

At Seven Mile, we’re doing a sermon series called “The Jesus Biographies”, in which we’re exploring the ways that the OT is pointing to Jesus, the fulfillment of all the Scriptures. So out of that sermon series there was a song birthed out… here’s the live version. good stuff!

Shadows of the Son

Phil Wickham, Singalong

Free live album anyone? Phil Wickham is offering his fans a free live recording of some great old and new worship songs. Like I always say, if it’s free, give me three!

go get it here

With that said, Christian music just hasn’t been the same. It’s rare to find music that has both the lethal combination of Godly lyrics coupled with original music. Recent CCM albums I’ve heard are either blatant wanna-be’s of secular bands or the “same old stuff”. Maybe it’s just ’cause I’m not listening to the right people. If anyone has suggestions, lay it on me. I want some Godly music that will not only speak the truth of the Gospel, but inspire me musically. Is that too much to ask? 🙂

Long Time No CD

I recently purchased some of those…what do you call them? ah yes, CDs. Remember those? Who the heck buys those any more? I heard recently that even Wal-Mart was reducing their CD stock by half or something. Anyway, it was a trip down memory lane for me. I remember way back, oh 5 years ago, when I used to by a ton of these weekly. New Music Tuesdays were still the huge ordeal, but instead of traveling a distance of 3 mouse clicks, you’d actually have to get your butt out of the house and into the record store. Imagine that.

Even though I love the new iTunes digital music format, I must say one of the best things about CDs were the album booklets. But before you could get to them, you’d have to wrestle the plastic packaging, most efficiently from a worn corner, and then you’d have to effectively remove the security sticker that, more often than not, left a wretched trail of sticky gunk all over your CDs. Once you managed to get through the jungle that is CD packaging, you get to the best part: the album booklet. I remember Tuesday nights when I’d get my highly anticipated albums and I’d lay on my bed, walkmen engaged, & flip through the album cover for hours (no joke). I’m one of those people that read it from front to back and then listened to each song, while reading the lyrics. No lyrics? No problem. I’d analyze the graphics on each page wondering what the inspiration was behind all of it. Sometimes it all confused me entirely too much, but other times, it just all made sense. Whatever the case, album booklets were my favorite.

That’s the one downfall of digital. It’s faster, it’s clearer, & it’s convenient. But if I could gripe about one thing, I’d ask Apple to send me a physical booklet every time I bought a CD. Yes, I know they give you digital booklets, but they aren’t the same. First of all, they don’t smell the same. Secondly, I just don’t get the same satisfaction rolling up in my bed with my laptop as I click through the pages of my newly acquired digital album booklet of the new Jack Johnson album. Call me old school, but I’m not feeling PDF booklets.

So while we’re on the subject of album booklets, I’d like to share with you some of my most favorite. Feel free to chime in with yours, if you’d like.

1. Dookie, Green Day – This one had it all. It was inventive, creative, & most importantly wildly entertaining. C’mon, the cover had pictures of monkey’s throwing piles of poo at humans and everything else! And the classic hand written back of the cover, which sported a hand puppet of Ernie (who was the guest vocal of the secret track on the album). It’s hands down awesome! Award: Overall Best

2. Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness, The Smashing Pumpkins – I might be biased on this one, because I used to worship The Smashing Pumpkins. But I think this album booklet had it all. It was comprehensive and took me hours to go through. And yes, it was a double-CD! I got my money’s worth with this one. I loved the album, but the booklet made the experience that much better. Award: Most Elaborate

3. Nevermind, Nirvana – Who could forget the naked baby on the front of quite possibly the most recognized album cover that was ever printed. Millions of posters were sold & most importantly thousands of over-protective parents banned the existence of this album in their homes. I loved the cover and just for that, it makes my list. Award: Best Cover Art

4. Metallica, Metallica – I was amazed by this album booklet. The art was so simple and almost unreadable, but I was still amazed by it. Metallica was just so cool back then. They were probably the only ones that could pull off a monotone album booklet that was barely readable. Kudos to them! Award: Cool Award

Jake Shimabukuro

Any ukulele fans out there? This guy’s sick.

Jake Shimabukuro, While My Guitar Gently Weeps

American Idol Top 10

It’s getting tougher to predict who’s gonna get booted each week! But I think the creme is rising to the top… and it’s Josiah Leming! I’m not sure if it’s just rumors or if it’s of substance, but supposedly he’s signed a record deal with Warner Bros.? Pretty crazy yo. I was a huge fan… I hope he does well. Anyways…here’s this week’s recap:


Best of the Week: David Cook with Billie Jean (can i just say how this was probably one of my favorite performances in the last few years… sick stuff)

Worst of the Week: Carly Smithson. She’s got the voice, but losing her appeal.

Surprise of the Week: Michael Johns with his Queen medley. In the immortal words of one Lil’ Mama, “That was hot!”

Voted Out: Chikezie. dang you Kristy Lee!

Random Notes: Is anyone else sick of the crowd? They boo obnoxiously (let them do what they’re paid to do, judge) and they sway to the music in an awkward rhythm, trying to clap along when it’s totally unnecessary. I’ve began to close my eyes when they zoom out to the crowd.

Next Week’s Predicted Loser: Syesha (record: 0/2)

American Idol Top 11

Beatles, again?! C’mon, I love the Beatles, but it seemed a little redundant. I loved last week, because I always felt like a Beatles themed show would be sick. But too much of a good thing is never good


Best of the Week: David Cook with Day Tripper
Worst of the Week: “Cooliosis”, the word Randy Jackson made up. He’s ridiculous.
Surprise of the Week: Jason Castro without a guitar? I thought he’d go through the whole competition with one. He proved me wrong, but makes me a bigger fan every show.
Voted Out: Amanda Overmyer, I thought she’d make it at least one or two more weeks. But I definitely didn’t think she’d last this far.
Random Notes: Does anyone remember Josiah from Hollywood week? I wonder how we would’ve fared in this competition if he were let in. I was a huge fan.

Next Week’s Predicted Loser: Kristy Lee Cook (record: 0/1)