Wednesday, December 10, 2008

It's Raining Frogs, Hallelujah!

The absurd is sometimes possible.
So if the absurd is sometimes possible…how is it that God is not possible?

There have been 9 reported rains of frogs since 1939.
In 1953 it happened in Massachusetts. In just 1998 it happened in London. As late as August of 2007 it happened in Chistlehurst, Bromley.
In these incidents, a waterspout or tornado, will pick up animals that are often in a pond, then drop them in a localized area.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Leave No Dog Behind

I know the beginning of this video is kind of disturbing. But the dog actually lived. Who saved him is what is awesome.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

I Believe In Father Christmas (Part II)

I am glad Megan noticed a lyric change that I also did and was contemplating mentioning. I thought I might be accused of reading too much into it, but I have noticed when Bono does such things, it usually seems to have intent behind it.

But I Believe In The Israelite being a stronger statement for me than the original Until I Believed In The Israelite.

Maybe the most powerful lyric for me is the final The Christmas We Get We Deserve.

As Lake might be saying..."this could be more powerful a holiday if we didnt screw it up."

But it also makes me think that of course we don't deserve ANY Christmas..much less Easter.

The fact we have received this gift and made it something Christ would not have wanted it to least in part.

In a fairly recent interview, Lake said "There is a sort of sadness to Christmas too. It is all those mixed emotions that go up to make, you know, the very sort of special time really."

Here is Greg Lake's version. The end of the video possibly being the most interesting part.

Monday, December 1, 2008

I Believe In Father Christmas

I Believe In Father Christmas written by Greg Lake (of Emerson, Lake, & Palmer)
performed by U2

U2 released this just today for publicity to the (R)ed Wire website

As far as Christmas themed songs go by rock artists, I think Greg Lake's song is one of the strongest. (As I reread that sentance that might not be a huge statement...but I think its a solid song). I find it interesting to be one U2 would choose to cover. When I looked up the lyrics, I noticed the song provokes strong feelings with people.

According to one source, Lake wrote this as an objection to the commercialism of Christmas. He was concerned that the true spirit of Christmas was being lost in the marketing of the holiday.

And that is the way I hear the song. Others do not. Wondering if any of you might have a certain take.

They said there'll be snow at Christmas,
They said there'll be peace on earth,
But instead it just kept on raining,
A veil of tears for the Virgin birth.

I remember one Christmas morning,
The Winter's light and a distant choir,
And the peal of a bell and that Christmas tree smell,
And eyes full of tinsel and fire.

They sold me a dream of Christmas,
They sold me a silent night,
They told me a fairy story,
'Til I believed in the Israelite.

And I believed in Father Christmas,
And I looked to the sky with excited eyes,
Then I woke with a yawn in the first light of dawn,
And I saw him and through his disguise.

I wish you a hopeful Christmas,
I wish you a brave New Year,
All anguish, pain and sadness,
Leave your heart and let your road be clear.

They said there'd be snow at Christmas,
They said there'd be peace on earth,
Hallelujah! Noel!, be it Heaven or Hell,
The Christmas we get, we deserve.