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JFH Staff Blog | November 2010

Monday, November 29, 2010

Featured Fan - Ian DeVaney

Ian DeVaney onstage with the Supertones at Sonshine Festival, giving Darren a high five!

Favorite Band/Artist: The O.C. Supertones
Featured Fan: Ian DeVaney
Location: Duluth, MN
When/Where Was The Above Photo Taken: Sonshine Festival 2010
What About This Artist's Music Speaks To You: Their upbeat music and their uplifting, Bible-based lyrics!
Favorite Album by This Artist:  Reunite
Favorite Song by This Artist: "Who Can Be Against Me?"
Favorite Live Show Experience: Hanging out with the band backstage before their show at Sonshine Festival, getting introduced onstage (I manage their official fb page), and dancing like crazy at their show in the 90 degree weather!
Number of Times Seen This Artist Live: 1
Favorite Piece Of Merch/Item You Own From This Artist: A signed "Reunite" poster.
Website: Facebook

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Reflecting on Thanksgiving and the Holiday Season

 Every year we all like to take time to reflect on what we are thankful for. We in Fireflight are no exception. This past Sunday night we had our band trailer stolen. Most of everything we owned professionally was is that trailer. Guitars, amps, drums, merchandise(t-shirts, posters, cd's, etc), even our custom stage set up. All in all, about $80,000 worth of gear, merch and trailer cost is gone. Like Dawn said on the "For Those Who Wait Tour", We live in a fallen world that is full of broken people that make bad choices. We don't know why someone would do this. The point is that they did. Now we, just like everyone else, have a choice how to respond. In this Holiday season, on this Thanksgiving day, We choose to be thankful for everything that we do have and everything that God has blessed us with. We all have wonderful families, great friends, and are blessed to be able to spread God's love through music. Our trailer was in fact insured. Sure, there were things in the trailer that are one of a kind and somewhat irreplaceable. But at the end of the day it was just "stuff".  Will this set us back a little? Maybe. Will we allow it to make us bitter and cynical? No. God still has a great plan for this band, just as he has a great plan for your life. So we want to be an encouragement to you. When life looks bad and the cards are stacked against you, Look up! We all go through tough and disappointing times. Let's go through them together with God's help!  

All that we ask at this time is your prayers and maybe your watchful eyes. If you see anything that you believe could be Firefight gear or merch, please contact us and let us know. If not, that's ok too. We will be happy if you kept our band and ministry in your prayers as we begin to rebuild and keep a positive eye on the future. Have a Happy Thanksgiving and a Blessed Holiday Season!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Pros and cons and pros and cons and proooooos

There's my Jimmy Fallon reference for the day.

There's this new thing called "digital music."  It's odd...nowadays, you can just get online, pay some money with your credit card (or PayPal....but that's another blog in itself), and instantly have music on your computer.  Yes, full songs!  Full albums, even!

Anyways, facetiousness aside (was that facetious?  I feel like it was facetious, but maybe I'm misconstruing the definition of "facetious" unknowingly).  Nothing I'll say here is groundbreaking or anything.  I was just thinking about the era of digital distribution, and wondering what other people thought.  For me:

Pro - It's possible to have wonderful sites like Guvera, Noise Trade and Come&Live! that can give away free music legally.  Bands have such an easier time getting their name out there by giving away free downloads of whatever single they're promoting at the time, and bands that want to bless others with albums (like the Come&Live! artists) don't have to worry about losing money by giving people free physical copies.  It's also made it easy for sites like ours to operate.  Record labels don't have to send us physical copies anymore; they can just send us the song files and we can get started instantly listening and writing about the album.

Con - I know for me, ometimes when something is so easy to attain, I feel like I don't appreciate it as much as I should.  It's like I got a prize for putting absolutely zero effort into getting it.  I buy an iTunes card, go to the iTunes store, and click a couple buttons and I have ten new songs at my disposal.  I still prefer going to the store, paying an actual person, and walking out holding the music in my hands.  Then there's the awesome anticipation I feel when I'm walking to the car and I actually have to wait a time - albeit a relatively short time - till I unwrap it and pop it into my stereo.  Then there's the album artwork and booklet and the feeling of actually owning a physical thing that you spent your money on.  I feel so much more appreciative of my music when I can hold it and, I don't know, smell it, I guess.

What do you guys think?  Obviously not everyone will agree with me, and I do have more pros and cons, but I wanted to just put one, and see what you guys have to say.  Have at it!

Featured Fan - Emily and Holly Ware

Emily and Holly Ware in The Afters swag

Favorite Band/Artist: The Afters
Featured Fan: Emily and Holly Ware
Location: Mount Eden, Kentucky
When/Where Was The Above Photo Taken: Church - October 27, 2010
What About This Artist's Music Speaks To You: It's inspiring and uplifting, and it makes you smile and wanna dance :)
Favorite Album by This Artist:  Light Up The Sky
Favorite Song by This Artist: Too hard to choose, but probably "Lift Me Up," "Life Is Sweeter," "The Way You Are," and "We Won't Give Up"
Favorite Live Show Experience: Talking to them after the shows, especially on 9/23/10, and when they named our dinosaurs :)
Number of Times Seen This Artist Live: 6
Favorite Piece Of Merch/Item You Own From This Artist: Our shirts (10 in all), CDs, Jordan's drumstick, hats, and our Dinosaurs Brock & Sassy (named by Josh Havens)
Website: Twitter Page (Emily) Twitter Page (Holly)

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Featured Fan - Katie McNeil

Katie with Lacey Sturm of Flyleaf

Favorite Band/Artist: Flyleaf
Featured Fan: Katie McNeil
Location: Anacortes, Washington
When/Where Was The Above Photo Taken: Neumos in Seattle, Washington
What About This Artist's Music Speaks To You: There are far too many ways to name. I feel like each song was written directly for me or about me. Their lyrics really encourage me in life and in my relationship with God. There is a raw passion in their music that I have yet to find in any other band. The lyrics to Memento Mori are so good and honest. It is amazing to see a mainstream band so outspoken about their faith. Songs like "In the Dark" and "The Kind" really just hit the nail on the head when it comes to the temptations of this world. "Arise" is like my life's song.
Favorite Album by This Artist:  Memento Mori
Favorite Song by This Artist: "Arise"
Favorite Live Show Experience: Probably when I saw them at Neumos last November. It was a week before Memento Mori was released so they were playing a lot of the new songs. It was just...magical. We were second row in the very center and had a perfect view of the stage. A close second would be when my friend and I took a 2 1/2 day road trip to see them in Boise!
Number of Times Seen This Artist Live: 5
Favorite Piece Of Merch/Item You Own From This Artist: The autographed drum head that my sister got me when they played at her university in England!
Website: Twitter Page

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Tuesday, November 09, 2010

We Recommend - Seabird, 'Over the Hills and Everywhere'

With Christmas swiftly approaching, it's time to start dusting off the seasonal tunes and get into the spirit of the Christmas season. But with each new year comes new recordings from artists hoping to become part of your annual Christmas music rotation. Last year, Seabird released a 2-song Christmas EP that offered new takes on two holiday favorites. This year, the two tracks are joined by five new ones for a new digital release titled Over the Hills and Everywhere. The EP consists of seven traditional songs that have been given Seabird's own original re-imagining, which brings a familiarity and a freshness to the songs at the same time.

Last year, when I first heard  their re-arranged takes on "Silent Night" and "Joy To The World," I was actually rather disappointed. However, repeat listens helped me appreciate their creative updates and it also helped prepare me for welcoming this new EP with more receptive ears. Fans of Seabird's piano rock will love these tunes while those who are sick of hearing new versions of the same songs over and over might actually really appreciate what Seabird has done on Over the Hills and Everywhere. Check out the release now available on iTunes! - John DiBiase

Seabird
Over The Hills and Everywhere - A Christmas Ep (2010)

Click here for more info on the album.

Our synopsis: "Seabird gives seven traditional Christmas tunes new life via new arrangements on this digital EP." (Recommended by JFH's John DiBiase)
Perfect For: Christmas spirit and holiday cheer
Song Highlights: "Angels We Have Heard On High," "Hark! the Herald Angels Sing," "Joy to the World," "Silent Night"

So, what are your thoughts on and experiences with the album Over The Hills and Everywhere - A Christmas Ep? Do you recommend it? If so, why?

 

Monday, November 08, 2010

Featured Fan - David Macario

 Sonny of P.O.D, David, and Wuv of P.O.D.

Favorite Band/Artist: P.O.D.
Featured Fan: David Macario
Location: Guatemala
When/Where Was The Above Photo Taken: April 16, 2010
What About This Artist's Music Speaks To You: How God can speak to people in many ways, it doesn't matter the look, the kind of music, etc.
Favorite Album by This Artist:  Satellite
Favorite Song by This Artist: "It Can't Rain Everyday"
Favorite Live Show Experience: the P.O.D. concert in Guatemala!!
Number of Times Seen This Artist Live: 1
Favorite Piece Of Merch/Item You Own From This Artist: a "Snuff The Punk" t-shirt
Website: Facebook Page

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Sunday, November 07, 2010

Where I Act Like a Wife and She Acts Like a Husband

Anyone who knows Kelli and I knows that I'm the talker and she's the quiet one. Not by definition, but if you had to decide which of those title went to which, I'd be the talker and she'd be the quiet one. I'm a little more outgoing, a little more willing to put myself out there, and she's more reserved, more introspective, more pensive.

So I don't really know why I came into our marriage believing all those marriage books and everything I'd ever heard about communication within marriage were going to apply to us. The general understanding is that wives love to chat about their days, and their husbands need to hang on their every word, all the time, because we're getting glimpses into their soul. Communication, communication, communication. The lack of it is the number one cause of divorce, or something.

I understood this, and I was so ready. When I got home from work, I'd devote as much time as Kelli wanted to just chatting it up, as she revealed her soul to me through conversation. I was pumped. I was going to be the best husband ever. I was going to listen to her even if she talked my ear off for five hours and then it was time for bed.

So understand my confusion when Kelli just didn't really want to talk. I'd try and broach subjects. I'd try and open those lines of communication. But sometimes she just didn't want to throw me a bone, or at least as much of a bone as I was hoping for.

Nope, sometimes I'd get home and she'd just want to put on a movie and lie on the couch with me. I didn't get it. Why didn't she want to talk to me? Was I being a good enough husband? Was I bad at conversation? Did she feel she could relate things to me? Wives are supposed to want to talk... right? Why am I the one that wants to communicate?

What I was failing to realize was that lying on the couch and watching a movie is communicating to Kelli. It speaks to her soul just to spend some quality time together with our brains turned off and the safety that comes from marriage. She needs that.

A lot of it has to do with how we grew up. While her siblings and her were spending quiet evenings watching movies, my siblings and I were making them with home camcorders. One isn't better than the other, they're just different.

So it's the opposite of the social norm, but now, I recognize her need for the occasional quiet evening, and she recognizes my need for conversation. It's taken some getting used to, but I love loving my wife in that way.

File it under "Things You Couldn't Have Planned For." The roles are reversed, and it took some time and patience, but we were able to adapt for each other. And that's good communication.  

(Taken from my blog Taylorville)

Thankful in Every Circumstance

Have you ever noticed that some verses of Scripture seem easier to memorize than to put into practice? I certainly have. In fact, some of the passages I love the most appear very difficult to live out. A verse that immediately comes to mind-especially during the Thanksgiving season-is 1 Thessalonians 5:18: "In everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." The word "everything" is challenging because there are situations when I do not feel particularly grateful. Perhaps you've experienced similar circumstances. There are troubles we face that negatively affect every aspect of our lives-stealing our joy and focus away from the Savior.

There have even been times over the years when I've walked out onto the platform as the church service began and my heart was somewhere else. I was as prepared mentally and spiritually as I could be to preach the message, but emotionally I was struggling with some devastating issue. It was through those moments that I experienced something extraordinary. As the orchestra played and the choir and congregation began to sing, my heart would respond to the words of those hymns. Giving thanks changed my focus from the difficulty I was facing to God's awesome character, provision, and love. Suddenly, my troubles did not seem so overwhelming.

Has this ever happened to you? As a believer, you know that the Lord is enthroned in your praises (Ps. 22:3). There is not anything better you can do than to give Him thanks, even in the most difficult situations. You've seen firsthand that even if everything seems contrary, when you submit to God-taking a leap of faith and expressing your appreciation to Him-the Lord blesses your obedience in ways you could not have imagined possible (Heb. 11:6).

This is why Scripture encourages us to always voice our gratitude to the Father, no matter what spiritual battle you or I experience. When we take our eyes off the problem and focus on Him, we realize He's already given us the victory. The challenge is in not straying from that attitude of gratefulness and appreciation.

Throughout the years, I've found that the best way to maintain a thankful heart is to recall the truth of God's Word-specifically all the great privileges we receive when we trust Jesus as our Savior. Although our loved ones, good health, and a successful career are excellent things to thank Him for, they may let us down at one point or another. However, His promises never fail and always give us reason to rejoice.

As you face challenges in the days, weeks, and months ahead, I pray that you will remember to give the Father praise in every situation and find 1 Thessalonians 5:18 more rewarding every time you live it out. May God strengthen your heart with thankfulness and fill you with joy as you continue to express your gratefulness to Him in each and every circumstance.  

Copyright 2010 In Touch Ministries, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved. www.intouch.org

Monday, November 01, 2010

Featured Fan - Miriam Rusu

 Miriam Rusu and Switchfoot's Jon Foreman

Favorite Band/Artist: Switchfoot
Featured Fan: Miriam Rusu
Location: Canada
When/Where Was The Above Photo Taken: Jan 21, 2010 Switchfoot concert
What About This Artist's Music Speaks To You: They inspire me :)
Favorite Album by This Artist:  Hello Huricane
Favorite Song by This Artist: "Free" and "The Sound"
Favorite Live Show Experience: Jan 21, 2010 concert
Number of Times Seen This Artist Live: 3
Favorite Piece Of Merch/Item You Own From This Artist: Shirt
Website: Facebook Page

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