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Just Rambling,
John Stuart

Happy Vs. Happy: Two A Capella Groups Take On The Pharrell Hit

Happy is one of my favorite songs right now, and a capella is an amazing style of music. What happens when you blend the two? Well, quite different results, apparently. My two favorite a capella groups recorded Happy by Pharrell Williams in two completely different styles, and to two different outcomes. I enjoyed one but disliked the other, and I’ll explain why. Here we go!

So, I’ve been listening to Straight No Chaser for about four years now, and I love their music. I got hooked by their hilarious take on The Twelve Days Of Christmas, and I’ve been listening ever since. Yes, I own all their albums and EPs. These ten guys cover everything from Billie Jean and Signed, Sealed, Delivered straight up to I’m Yours and Rolling In The Deep. Their version of Happy is just as great as everything else they create; check it out.

In this version, everything comes together well. Although there are no instruments at all, the song doesn’t seem lacking. The version stays true enough to the original while keeping a signature Straight No Chaser flair. Jerome (lead) does a great job at infusing Pharrell’s lyrics with a little soul, while still singing in a similar pitch to the original. Not to mention, the hats are a wonderful touch, aren’t they?

Now onto the Pentatonix version. I first heard of Pentatonix when they were on the Sing-Off a few years back. I didn’t like them on the show, but since then, I’ve fallen in love with some of their covers. They do mostly contemporary songs, and occasionally they’ll throw in a violin (one guy can beatbox AND play the violin at the same time!) to mix it up. Head to their channel here to see renditions of Say Something, Can’t Hold Us, Somebody That I Used To Know, We Are Young, and more. One of my favorite covers is on Lindsey Stirling’s channel; Radioactive is beautifully done.

Sadly, this Happy cover doesn’t captivate me like their other covers do.

The lead singer has a tendency to throw in a bit of speech slurring or grit into his songs, and most of the time, it works out really well. Just a touch of grit can be a great thing. In Happy, he throws it on far too thick, to the point where I can hardly understand the line about the hot air balloon near the beginning of the track. The two background singers/clappers don’t really do enough with their voices, though I know that they can. Even though there are only five of them, sometimes they can fill a track more than Straight No Chaser does with ten. Here, however, the background isn’t very filling, and that’s necessary for this song. The bass and beatboxing are great, and they’re definitely the redeeming points of the track. I do enjoy the way the song was arranged; I just wish they had executed it better.

What do you think? Which version do you prefer? Comment below!

Thanks For Reading
Matt

Breathe, Relax, Live

Stop what your doing, take a deep breathe and relax and live. That’s what i’ve been trying to do this week. Let me tell you how to do each of these.

Breathe! Stop whatever you are doing and take a long deep breath and just…

Relax! and just forget about what you have to do and just rest and…

Live! live your life fully and enjoy life!

Okay this was a short post but thanks for reading and please follow this blog!

Just Rambling,

John Stuart

God’s Not Dead: This Movie Is Impactful

Lately, I’ve seen and done a lot that has strengthened my faith in God. I went to an event called Collide in January where I became motivated to start reading my Bible daily, which I hadn’t ever stuck to before. I now read three chapters a day, and I’ve made it all the way from Matthew to 1 Corinthians sine February. Just last week, I saw a powerful play called Flight 666: Dead In Dallas, where I was presented with a depiction of judgement after death. Will I be prepared for Heaven when I die? Am I truly worthy of it? Then, just the other day, I saw God’s Not Dead in theaters. I feel as though God is teaching me a lesson slowly but surely this year. When I put together all these points, I realize that God wants me to grow in my faith, he wants me to realize that I need to be ready for Heaven at any time, and now that I understand this, I must go out and boldly declare that he is alive, which is exactly what the movie God’s Not Dead wants us all to do.

For those of you who don’t know, God’s Not Dead is about a college freshman who enrolls in a Philosophy class only to find out that his professor is an adamant Atheist. Not only does he share his beliefs, but he forces his students to accept them as truth as well by presenting them with a very lucrative deal: if everyone unanimously declares that God is dead, then the section of the class focusing on religion can be skipped, and this portion of the class is where students always score the lowest. If even one student objects, then the whole class must do through the section.

Josh Wheaton cannot declare this statement, however, because he is a Christian. As a result, he must defend his position and convince the majority of the class that he is right and that the professor is wrong, which is a daunting task. In the end, he does successfully prove God’s existence, but I won’t go into detail, lest I spoil the movie for you. Hurry and find a theater where you can watch it, though; it is truly a thought provoking movie. Be sure to stick around because John will be posting his review of the movie in a week or two.

The interesting point of note is that God’s Not Dead shows us a logical, philosophical way to prove God’s existence, which I had never seen before. Oftentimes we try to find other ways to rationalize our thoughts and beliefs, and we often realize that sometimes, atheistic philosophy can have some serious flaws in the system. More importantly, God’s Not Dead shows just how important it is for us to declare God’s existence to the masses; this goes hand in hand with what I plan to preach about at a youth convention next month. It’s weird how these things go together… wait, no it isn’t. God planned it that way all along, didn’t he? He allowed me to come up with my own message, then he backed it up by showing me God’s Not Dead. He’s practically telling me “this is what I want you to say. this is what you need to tell my people” Alright; that’s cool.

See, God is alive. But, as the Newsboys song states, he’s living on the inside. You can’t see God. Metaphorically speaking, He can be seen through our lives, but only if we allow it to happen. If we live lives focused on Him, others will see Him in our actions everyday. This is exactly what we’re called to do as Christians; it’s the whole point!

John 3:30 tells us that we must decrease so that He may increase. God can’t be seen unless we allow Him to be shown in our lives. In order for that to happen, we must make less of ourselves and more of Him. We must think less of ourselves and think more about Him. We have to do less for our own personal gain and do more for the advancement of His kingdom. God is alive, yes, but we hide Him away. We make Him hide behind us when we live and act for ourselves. For Him to roar like a lion, we have to give Him a voice–our voice. We must allow His message to be heard and preached through us.

Guys, it sounds like we have to drop everything and devote it all to Him, but it’s not like that; it’s much easier than we make it seem. I’m not going to give you all the answers, but ponder this: If John could explain it in a mere 7 words in book 3, chapter 30, how hard can it really be?

Think about that,

Matt

 

Top 5 Most INTENSE moments in gaming

Originally posted on Ancient Wolflord:

You know what I love more than anything in gaming? That moment when your heart starts pumping at twice the normal rate. That moment where your jaw hits the floor and you just can’t help but  be amazed and when everything ends you’re just like “woah…that was epic.” These moments are the reason I play games. (And totally not because I have no life >_>) These moments can best be summed up with one word, intense!  These are my personal top 5 most intense moments in gaming.

**NOTE** These are my opinions from my repertoire of gaming experience. There may very well be more intense moments in games I never played. I encourage you to comment any of your experiences for us to read. :)

**WARNING** spoilers for games lie ahead, continue at your own risk.

5. Sonic Adventure 2 First Level

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Saying I’m Sorry

When you say “I’m Sorry” what does that really mean? Well the first thing that comes to our mind is we realize we did wrong and we are sorry…but do you stop at “I’m Sorry”? Most people do, and some times they do whatever they were sorry for again…then they say they’re sorry again. If you are truly sorry you will show that you’re sorry. If you broke something, replace it. If you broke someones arm well then maybe help them to the doctor. If you said something hurtful well then say something nice and cheer that person up.

There is so much more to being sorry then just saying the words. You have to use actions to prove that you are truly sorry. Now I guess there might be a few times that just the words are okay. If its something you can’t replace then maybe just saying sorry is the best you can do. If its emotional then you have to be real careful because if you try to hard they aren’t gonna accept it. You just have to be careful but my point is use actions to prove that you are sorry more than just the words.

That’s all I have for you today, I hope I made you think a little, please like this post and follow the blog and share with your friends! Tell me your opinion in the comments! Thanks guys!

Just Rambling,

John Stuart