Got The Beautiful Refrain’s CD in the mail!!!

Three Songs on my iPod Today

1. Quiet Your Mind , by Zac Brown Band – “I feel the change goin’ on all around me. It’s strange how I’m taken and guided where I end up right I’m needed to be.”

2. Washed By the Water, by NeedtoBreathe – “Even when the rain falls, even when the flood starts rising, even when the storm comes, I am washed by the water.”

3. Hold Us Together, by Matt Maher – “This is the first day of the rest of your life.”

The Beautiful Refrain: “Run Away”

Free download this week!


My brother is on the radio!

Looking for a City

Sometimes you just wonder about people.

See the video here.

Redemption: Daylight

The Beautiful Refrain’s new album, buy it now! Pre-Order for 03.17.2012!

The Beautiful Refrain

My brother rocks. And so does The Beautiful Refrain. Their single, Page One, is available on iTunes and will be released to radio in less than two weeks!!!≷=US

Listening to… Jamie Cullum

I don’t think I have adequately recognized, appreciated, or discussed how much I am absolutely in love with Jamie Cullum.  Who the heck is Jamie Cullum, you say?  He’s the top selling jazz artist of all time… in England.  So that’s probably why you haven’t heard of him, and if you already know his music, congratulations.  You’ve just been upgraded on the ladder of coolness.

I’ve been a singer all my life and it is the only thing that has been the constant throughout my years of elementary, middle school, high school, college, and into adulthood (although realistically, the only time I sing anymore is in my car or in the shower or in my living room while I’m cleaning).  I love music, I love singing, and because I have this appreciation for music and singing, I also love guys that can sing.  (I know all girls love guys that can sing, but when a girl can sing and her guy cannot, she learns to appreciate those talented guys all the more.)

Enter Jamie Cullum stage left. Gorgeous, British accent, plays the piano, and can sing his lungs out.  Oh, and he’s funny… which just makes him that much more awesome.

He is amazingly talented and also amazingly popular, just not so much in the U.S. as he is in other countries.  Unfortunately.  So here are some of my favorite videos of Jamie performing and hopefully you’ll learn to appreciate him as much as I do!  I think we need to bring him to VB.  Just sayin’.  I’ll volunteer to be his driver. And dinner buddy.  And date for the movies.

These Are the Days – favorite Jamie Cullum song of all time.

All At Sea – my 2nd favorite.  It’s the first song I listen to when I lay out at the beach.

If I Ruled the World – live on BBC, really shows you how popular he is across the water.

Turn Me On – duet with Norah Jones.

Hallelujah, I Love Her So – duet with Hugh Laurie, AKA: House.

He also does Jamie-fied renditions of Gold Digger, Single Ladies, Someone Like You, Please Don’t Stop the Music, and Frontin’. 

Like him. Love him. Buy his music. Then let’s all fly to England to see him in concert.


I’ve been waiting a long time to post this:

A piano created to make beautiful music, now silent.

A sandy beach waiting for sandy feet, now desolate.

A treasured prize, tarnished and scratched.

A rose, its beauty stomped out on the pavement.

A wrapped gift meant to be opened and enjoyed, torn apart.

A peaceful home, wrecked and bleeding.

A book meant to be read, now closed on the shelf.

A photo capturing a subtle smile, glass shattered.

A vase of flowers, crippled from neglect.

A scrapbook of memories, thrown out with the trash.

A candle, its wax dripping as the flame flickers away.

A promise, a future, a life, ripped away.

A trusting and faithful heart, broken.

Eternal hope, true joy, and unbroken promises come from the Lord.

“I am the Lord your God. You’re my beloved child.

I will keep you. I will hold you through the night.

I will love you. I will lead you to the light.”

-Aletheia Band, Harrisonburg VA


Listening to Chris Tomlin:

“I will rise when He calls my name, no more sorrow, no more pain. I will ride on eagle’s wings, before my God, fall on my knees. I will rise.”

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