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Since I did hit you with 10 new things you should be listening too, I did not want to forget my new favorite french artist. SOKO was my first, this is Yael Niam. She has been bubbling for a few months and is not rolling mainstream with her song New Soul that appears on the Apple Air commercial. Apple is breaking the hot sounds lately. Check her out, she is nice. Her version of TOXIC is dope.

Carlos: Ragamuffin Soul

Randal Smalls: Be Better Blog

Here are some sounds that I am feeling right now. 10 in no particular order. Enjoy: 

1. Chrisette Michelle  

2. JUNO soundtrack

3. Lenny Kravitz

4. Lupe Fiasco

5. Lil Wayne


7. Natasha Bedingfield

8. Will Pavone

9. Worth Dying For

10. Joel Auge

I have had a funny thing happen to me lately. I have a friend. She/He asks my opinion from time to time. Every time they ask it is interesting to watch their response. More often than not this person ends up doing whatever they wanted in the first place, with no regard for what others have said. Wisdom comes in asking questions. But making the wisdom practical is applying the answers to the questions. My entire approach has changed lately. I wish I would have learned this practical revolution earlier in life. I want to ask questions. I want to find out answers by asking the RIGHT questions. Even if I know the answer, asking a question usually exposes something that may have not been thought about previously, or an entire new stream of thinking on a subject. So often people think they have all the answers. Even people who listen a lot, do not always listen, they just wait their turn. I gotta tell you, Questions are the new black for me. Pretty amazing.

Just some thoughts to think about today: 

  •  What is your spiritual DNA? Is it possible for us to all be Christians followers of Christ and yet roll in different circles? While the premise is correct that we are all under the same blood, did Gods creativity reach past that in creating sects of followers that flow in different streams?
  • If love is the foundation of our faith, which I believe it is, why is it such a hard thing to extend to others, especially when people screw up?
  • Grace is a hard concept for humanity to grasp, ironically love is as well. It sucks that anger and hate come so easy to us.
  • Hope is all around when you realize that we live in a different stream than the rest of humanity. 
  • a great song can dig deep into your soul and expose some things that God had inside you.
Okay, so thats enough for now. I would love to see some responses to these questions. Also, if you look in the bar on the right, you will see that recent comments are now made live to the open public. ciao.   

i will blog original material later today. but as i sit here in the faders, i felt this should be posted.

If you look to the right…yea, right there, you will see my new twitter rss feed. This is going to be fun, especially over seas and on the road. I will give you the play by play of my life.  

I have already received emails. NO, I am NOT going to stop blogging as normal. More of my mind dumps to come. If you want to know a more to the moment view of my life, peep the twitt.

Much Love. Ciao.

If you care about the future of the “Christian” church. if you care about the poor. If you care about making a difference with your life, watch these videos and contemplate on how you can do something to affect the world you live in…if we are “Christians” than we better start living like this rock star.

If you are a pastor, you work in the ministry, or you have any desire to be a leader for our “cause”, PLEASE watch this and help take part. Talk about the injustice. Educate on the ability for us to change the world…REALLY change the world. Changing the world is so much more than a sermon, a congregation, a title. Changing the world is about living GRACE.


So the Grammy Awards will air next month. Here is a press release about the awards.  I will try to blog from the show. What a great place to introduce twitter to my blog and facebook.

Beyonce, Rihanna, Underwood Performing At Grammys
January 24, 2008 – Rock and Pop

By Mariel Concepcion, N.Y.

Beyonce, Foo Fighters, Carrie Underwood, Mary J. Blige and Rihanna are among the performers confirmed for the 50th Annual Grammy Awards, to be held Feb. 10 at Los Angeles’ Staples Center.

As previously reported, the Foo Fighters will perform as part of this year’s “My Grammy Moment,” produced in partnership with YouTube and The segment gives up to 20 unsigned musicians the opportunity to play with the rock group as part of an orchestra that will be arranged by special guest conductor John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin fame.

Aretha Franklin, who is the 2008 MusicCares Person of the Year, will share the stage with Blige, the Clark Sisters, Israel And New Breed, the Madison Bumblebees and Trin-I-Tee 5:7 for a gospel segment. And in a special 50th anniversary moment, Rihanna will perform with the Time, which is reuniting for the occasion.

The show will be broadcast by CBS in HDTV, on XM Satellite Radio via Westwood One Worldwide and online on

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