A post for the family since I don’t do traditional social media

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So, this blog site has been up for a little while now. And honestly, the only thing I ever really post about despite the fact that no one really reads it, is the countless reasons I know for a fact that NASA is 100% fake. With that in mind, I decided to post something different. Since I am not on any social media sites, I figured it would be good to do a post for my family. Show you guys a little bit of what is going on in my world from half way across the country (and in some cases across the state).

Although living in Austin is awesome I have to admit I miss my family. I miss my moms and my dads. I miss my in-laws. I miss my old friends from Florida. And even those from East Texas. Regardless, the love is still flowing strong way over here in the center of it all.

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Jake the Dog and Walter White are constantly wrestling in the doorway while I am trying to walk by. Not only that, but today was our first official day back from vacation where we celebrated our 7th anniversary. To kick things off right, when I got home from work we tackled the yard. Grass has been mowed. Weeds have been wacked.

Not only that, but while we were gone Sarah’s parents dropped in and house sat the pets for us. During their say they managed to do a little gardening. We got a new set of cacti potted on the back porch… and a brand new baby tree in the back yard. Seven years from now (assuming we still live in the same house or the end of the world hasn’t happened), it will be refreshing to see how much that tree has grown as we celebrate another long string of anniversaries.

Sarah’s mom also potted a few pepper plants and a tomato plant for me. It is something I have been meaning to do myself, but life just seems to always get in the way. Now that I have them going however, I can enjoy the pleasure of maintaining my own mini garden. I am excited about this, because gardening always reminds me of my grandfather, Gilbert Nunez. Growing up he had an epic garden that covered a pretty solid portion of the back yard. And I have fond memories of picking veggies with him and watering. Back before I started touring as a musician I had a pretty hefty little potted garden in the back of the venue I ran in Florida. But that was a lifetime ago. Feels good to finally have one started back up again.

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The garden prep that Sarah’s mom did was my birthday present (birthday was just a few days ago).

Other than that, Sarah is on summer break. I have a part time job while I am working toward passing Board exams for my future career. And, I recently became the drummer at the church we attend. So, that’s cool. May not be on tour… but the music is still going strong.

Life is good.

New tunes for a heart that longs for Christ

Well, it has been a while since I took the time to dig into finding any new bands to get into. And well, I have to say… I stumbled across two that I officially felt need a shout out.

The first one is called Those Who Fear. They are pretty much a culmination of all things doom metal (also known as deathcore). They remind me of bands like Impending Doom, Oceano, and Emure. The upside to this band (like Impending Doom), is that they are Christian through and through.

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The other band is called Rivers and Robots. Now, I am not much of a fan in the band name, but I have to say… I have found it very hard to get into worship music as a Christian over the course of the last several years. It just seems commercialized these days and holds no true depth of character, but instead focuses on the “formula” for the sake of success. This band is not like that at all. They remind me a lot of a band called Band of Horses. Only, these guys are downright worship that comes straight from the heart without question. My heart is pulled in so many directions while listening to these guys. They are currently my favorite worship band. And that is saying a lot considering how I have felt for so long about the commercialization of the genre.

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With that said, I am thankful for the God fearing Christians out there that are honing their crafts as musicians seeking to glorify the name of Jesus Christ, our savior. Finding these two bands has been refreshing indeed.

Top #5 of #100 current horrible songs

Okay, so I decided to go take a look at the top 100 billboard for music again today and decided to look at the top 5 specifically. The first song that I clicked on was the 5th one and I have to say, it’s pretty interesting. The first line of lyrics on the number 5 song right now on the top billboard is; Nobody pray for me.

I do have to admit, that makes for a rather fascinating agenda.

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With that said, let’s take a closer look at today’s current top 5 on the music billboard.

Coming it at #5 we have Humble, by Kendrick Lamar. For starters I like the song title. Because, you know, humility is a Godly quality. With that said, what do the lyrics reflect? Do they reflect God? I think not.

The lyrics for this song essential go as follows: no one pray for me, ever. Not even a single day. Let me gloat about my finances. I brought myself out of nothing into something. I can buy the world, my paycheck is so great. But who am I kidding, I’m humble. I’m in control. This is my stage. If I kill someone, it is because I am real. But no, for real… be humble.

Hmmm… seems legit. Seems humble.

Up for #4 is Shape of you, by Ed Sheeran. This song constantly plays at my work and I do have to say, it is definitely something I am okay letting my children hear. If you work retail, shouldn’t the music be family friendly, and not sexual like this?

The lyrics for this song essential go as follows: The club isn’t a great place to find a lover, so the bar is the place for me (I can’t help but wonder what this artist’s definition of love is). I honestly don’t think I need to go any further. You can look these lyrics up yourself. It is just a message of promiscuity. Because, you know… in today’s world, what does commitment really mean?

Coming in at #3 we have I am the One, by DJ Khald. With this song, I don’t personally understand culture anymore. Because, when I look at these lyrics I don’t see artistic talent at all.

The lyrics for this song essentially say: I am the truth. I am the one. Everyone else is an imitator. You are running out of time. I am the one.

Yet again, another song of boastful pride and self gratification. Except with this one, no real creativity was required when compiling the words needed to compose the song. Again, seems legit.

Up for #2 we have That’s what I like, by Bruno Mars. Here, we have yet another boastful song, with an artist bragging about their life style. The only difference with this song is that this song implies that it is okay for a woman to prostitute herself, so long as they are getting what they want in return.

The lyrics for this song are something to the effect of: I have a condo. I eat fine dining all the time. I have a nice car. I can rent a beach house I’m so cool. Look at me and look at what I got. Girl, you want some of this? Go pop it for a pimp. Go pop it for me. You deserve it all, and I can give it to you. You want this life style? Then be my freaka.

So, apparently it is okay to give yourself sexually for the right reasons.

And on to today’s current top #1 on the current top 100 billboard. This song is called Despacito, by Luis Fonsi. And magically, we bring things back to religion. Back to Sun Worship. Back to biblical concepts like heaven. And yet, somehow the sexual connotations remain.  Go figure.

The lyrics in this song are something to the effect of: You are my sunrise. My heaven. I want to nibble on your ear. You have the only key, you know how to turn it. I am getting closer to setting up the plan. All my senses are asking for more.

Anyway, I could go on and on with it. The lyrics for this song are basically about two people having sex while tying in biblical references to heaven, the key to the bottomless pit, and giving over to sin of the flesh.

Someone, please explain to me why this stuff is so popular? What happened to morality in the world?

If I took one thing from each song and turned it into a paragraph, it would read something like this:

#1 You are the sunrise. My heaven. The one who holds the key (and to him was give a key to the bottomless pit). #2 He can give you everything you desire if you give yourself over to him.  #3 Now that I have given in, I am the one. We are running out of time. #4 Just go out and party.  Find someone who will have sex with you. #5 Buy the world. If I kill, it’s because I am real.

Now, I have to stop and ask myself, why in the world would anyone want to listen to this stuff… let alone play it in a public family centered retail center?