Thursday 13.

I know I’ve done this one before, but I’m curious: The thirteen last albums you bought or otherwise obtained.

1. The Duhks, Fast Paced World
2. The Decemberists, Her Majesty The Decemberists
3. Derek Webb and Sandra McCracken, Ampersand EP
4. Sean Watkins, Blinders On
5. U2, All That You Can’t Leave Behind
6. Sixpence None the Richer, Sixpence None the Richer
7. Ben Folds Five, Whatever and Ever Amen
8. John Mayer, Continuum
9. The Khrusty Brothers, The Khrusty Brothers
10. Paste Sampler #48
11. Sandra McCracken, Red Balloon
12. Paste Sampler #47…
13. Jon Foreman, Fall & Winter

music check

Because we haven’t done one in a while, and I’m not having any good ideas for blog posts…

1. U2, “Ultraviolet (Light My Way)”
2. Radiohead, “Electioneering”
3. U2, “One Step Closer”
4. The Frames, “Revelate”
5. The Scott Silipigni Band, “San Francisco”
6. Jimmy Eat World, “Dizzy”
7. Rosie Thomas, “I Play Music”
8. Caedmon’s Call, “Climb On (A Back That’s Strong)”
9. Old Crow Medicine Show, “I Hear Them All”
10. Quiet Lovely, “What a Good Boy Am I”
11. The Normals, “We Are the Beggars At the Foot of God’s Door”
12. Pedro the Lion, “A Mind of Her Own”
13. Caedmon’s Call, “Oompah Loompah Song”
14. Terry Kelly Band, “All My Life”
15. Michael W. Smith, “Thy Word”
16. Ben Folds Five, “Adelaide”
17. Ben Folds, “The Ascent of Stan”
18. Robyn, “Cobrastyle”
19. Christ Tabernacle Choir, “We Have Overcome”
20. Charlie Hall, “Glorify”

mix tape monday

This week: Christmas songs (yes, even though it’s still Advent).

1. Hangnail, “Do You Hear What I Hear?” (Happy Christmas, Vol. 3)
2. Jars of Clay, “Love Came Down At Christmas” (Christmas Songs)
3. Mariah Carey, “All I Want For Christmas Is You” (Merry Christmas)
4. Broadway Inspiration Voices, “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” (Great Joy: A Gospel Christmas)
5. Sufjan Stevens, “Put the Lights On the Tree” (Hark! Songs for Christmas)
6. Baylor Chamber Choir, “Ding Dong Merrily On High” (Christmas At Baylor)
7. OC Supertones and Sarah Masen, “Heaven’s Got a Baby” (Happy Christmas, Vol. 3)
8. Rich Mullins, “You’ve Gotta Get Up (Christmas Song)” (A Liturgy, A Legacy, and a Ragamuffin Band)
9. Sandra McCracken and Derek Webb, “Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus” (Your King Has Come)
10. St. Joseph Catholic Church Choir, “Carol of the Bells”
11. George Winston, “The Holly and the Ivy” (December)
12. Death Cab For Cutie, “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home”) (Maybe This Christmas Tree)
13. Dave Matthews, “Christmas Song” (Remember Two Things)
14. Eden’s Bridge, “How Brightly Shone the Moon” (Celtic Christmas)
15. Robin and Linda Williams, “Brightest and Best” (The First Christmas)
16. Matthew Smith, “O Holy Night” (Your King Has Come)
17. Caedmon’s Call, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”

third sunday of advent.

And the king quietly stole into the city
To seek a woman, lovelier than lovely,
His beloved, his betrothed, his queen.

But he found her on the streets,
Threadbare, homeless, covered in dirt
And tears, garments rent, eyes filled with shame
And fear and doubt when he came to her and
Took her hand–

“Beloved? It’s me. I came back for you.”

She turned away from him and cried,
“You don’t know, you don’t know all the
Things I’ve done while you were gone,
I thought that you weren’t coming back,
And I gave myself to others…”

He didn’t say a word, but folded her in his
Arms a long while, then turned to his friend
And aide and said, “Friend, you’ve heard all
That’s been said. So go and get from the treasury
The finest crown, the best of robes,
The most precious of jewels…for I came
For my beloved, to give her glory and beauty
In place of her shame; my battle scars were
Won to make her mine.”

And he looked at her and said,
“I know everything. And yet–and yet, my love,
I’ll still take you in, if you’ll but pledge your trust.”

And his friend went forth crying out through the city,
“The king has taken for himself a wife–
Come join the wedding feast a while.”

“rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel shall come…”

1. And He will, which is something I’ve been pondering a lot lately, it being Advent and all…He will come to judge and rule the world, and He will redeem it wholly. Am I ready for it? Do I wait for it with joy? I keep asking myself that a lot this year. Come, Lord. Let me be watchful.

2. So, for a couple of days there was this cat that lives in our apartment complex, and it kept following me home, and then after I wouldn’t let it come in, it’d sit on our porch and meow at my roommate and me and make us feel guilty. It may have gotten the point, because I haven’t seen it for a couple of days, but now I miss it. I am such a sucker for cute fluffy animals. But seeing as we can’t really afford a cat, and as my roommate and I are both academic single women and don’t want to become more cliched than we already are, no cats for us.

3. I may go offline after tomorrow for the rest of Advent. WordPress has a way to set up posts so they don’t get published until a certain date, so I may do that for the Advent poems, but we’ll see. At any rate, I need more time to do something besides stare at the Internet all day, so…

4. Not much else to say. I have a presentation tomorrow afternoon, after which I will be done with my semester (woohoo). Making and buying Christmas presents. And that’s about it. Love you, guys.

5. Oh, and there’s this (HT: Teacher Dave):

advent, week 2.

And the herald came shouting in the desert places:
“The king is coming, come out, ye folk,
And greet him!”

And the cry rose up from the gates
Of the city, echoed like wave upon wave,
Deep calling to deep: “The king comes
From a far country bringing treasure and peace,
Reconciliation with an ancient lord,
Comfort for a city ravaged by war.”

And the people went out with their
Filthy rags to wash themselves clean
In the river–but some of them stayed, saying
“Why should we go to meet him?
He is slow in coming, and there’s still work to be done.”

And the king came, not with pomp and circumstance,
But in warrior’s gear, with his treasure hidden,
To greet his ragged and weary people,
And exchange their rags for robes and crowns.
And he sent up a cry to the folk inside the walls:
“I was not slow in coming as you count slowness;
I was giving you time to still come.”

mix tape monday

Sorry that it’ll be Tuesday by the time most of you see this, but here goes…this week’s theme is songs that remind you of winter. (Not Christmas songs, if you can help it–that one’s coming soon.)

1. Snow Patrol, “Chasing Cars” (Eyes Open)
2. Aqualung, “Brighter Than Sunshine”
3. Coldplay, “Violet Hill” (Viva La Vida)
4. Marketa Irglova and Glen Hansard, “If You Want Me” (Once)
5. Helen Stellar, “Io (This Time Around)” (Elizabethtown)
6. George Winston, “Variations On the Kanon by Pachelbel” (December)
7. Andrew Osenga, “The Priest and the Iron Rain” (Souvenirs and Photographs)
8. Waterdeep, “Northern” (Heart Attack Time Machine)
9. Passengers, “Your Blue Room” (Original Soundtracks 1)
10. Feist, “Intuition” (The Reminder)
11. The Prayers and Tears of Arthur Digby Sellers, “Eterna” (Psalterie)
12. People You Meet, “See Through Darkly Glory” (People You Meet)
13. Sufjan Stevens, “Sister Winter” (Peace)
14. Johnny Cash, “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” (American V)
15. Jars of Clay, “Jealous Kind” (Who We Are Instead)
16. Adele, “Hometown Glory” (19)
17. Enya, “May It Be” (The Fellowship of the Ring)