Due to the length of this entry the following evening's events will be behind a cut...
Yes....yes, yes, yes....!!! Fun in the sun with Mark...OK not really because it wasn't outside, but itwas really great to be able to see Mark Lowry, and seriously, I hope I get to do it again.
I'm finding that no matter where I go, Creator/God/dess will be with me. I'm also finding that a lot of my beliefs are coinciding and that I truly am a child of both Cristian and non-Christian persuasions, however, I digress.
Of course they did the usual I want to give thanks to certain people, and all that good stuff, but then...a group came out and did, "Lord of the Dance...
Dance, then Wherever you may be...I got a shock when I found out it was a "religious" song. I love it, and of all the songs they came out with, I never expected it to be one that afro_thunder did a chorus from. They did an awesome job with it and the harmonies in the song were just absolutely phenomenal...exquisite....beyond words. Definitely ones to make me go....meow, meow, mmmmmmm....meow!!!!
Then Mark came out and did "Some Things never Change." He told stories and jokes. He told us about how he was ADD, and made jokes on that. "Don't bore me because I have an excuse to walk away from you if you do. I can't concentrate for very long." He also talked about his third grade teacher who was the first person to tell him God liked him, and launched into the story about how there were people you loved, but didn't like. "You know the ones I'm talking about, you'll cry at there funeral, but you don't want to go on vacation with them." laughs. "And when you do cry, you don't know whether it's a cry of sadness, or a cry of relief." More laughs.
He told us about his time with the Gather Vocal Band, and did several spoofs on that about bill's whig and things. He did his song about Skin, which got the audience laughing.
He then started talking about the Virgin birth of Jesus which lead in to his version of "Mary Did You Know?" which he wrote...that's right yalls, Mark wrote that song...which has been done by several artists over the years. The one that springs to mind is the Kenny Rogers/Wynona Judd virsion. Anyway, he did it with Lordsong, the treo that did :Lord of the Dance at the beginning, as backup. They also did one by themselves called "Day Three." He also did several comedy stuff on aging, "You know, yall, God doesn't care about how smart you are when he hands out wisdom, everybody gets gray hair."
After that we had intermission where I bot two of his books. Oneis a children's book, but I got it because it has him reading it as well as the book itself, so I thought that was kind of neat. Anything that's audiotized, yeah, yeah, I know that's not a word, I have no problem with picking up in the least. I also picked up[ the "Mary Did You Know" book.
During the second half he did one from his "But Seriously"ambum. I'd rather be in a deep dark grave
And know that my poor soul was saved...
I can't remember the entire song, but if someone can give me the title, I'd be grateful. He did more stuff about his travels, his looks, and his family. He was talking about being in the shower and saying things that offended yourself...he talked about how the man behind the name is more important than the name itself, and did a spoof on that...
"What if the angel of the lord came down and said, 'his name shall be called Buford." He then went on to sing a few well known songs with Buford in it instead of Jesus...and the audience was nearly on the floor. Lordsong also did another one called "Wandering Heart."
He ended the show, but instead of ending it with an alter call, he ended it with, "Follow the spirit of God that is in you, not in anyone else. ... Hate you sin, and love everyone else." He even talked about how he had to change some of his conceptions of Jesus because of how mean some of the Christians make him out to be. He said that he had the wrong Jesus for a while because of some of the things that he was brought up with. He talked about how God was love, and that men are the ones that make us think differently and those who make Him out to be mean have the wrong Jesus.
After the show, I went up to have my album sighned by him, and the book as well. The book, however isn't going to stay with me, it is going to a friend of mine in Pensylvania who loves Mark's jokes. I had him sign it for her, and I also had my picture taken with him. I also asked him for a hug, which I got, with a God bless you.
We actually had to go back because mom didn't have the flash on, and he said that we needed to get a camera that we knew how to work. I mentioned that I didn't have to work cameras, because I couldn't see them. He asked if I was totally blind and I said yes. He asked if I was blind from birth, I said yes.
"Then you're missing out on how good I look. You don't know."
"Well I wasn't supposed to say this, but someone said that you were hot."
He and some other people close to me laughed.
"Well who's blind then? Must be that person. They can't see very well. That's funny."
Mom and I stopped at McDonalds on the way home and got something to eat. We got home about eleven o'clock...and I immediately called Doreen...go figure She asked how it was, and I told her. We talked for a while, then Cassandra called her and I got to tell her what I had done. She was completely thrilled, so that made me extremely happy. Anytime I can do something for someone, it always makes me feel good.
I sometimes wonder if I will ever go completely away from Christianity. Not that I don't like it anymore, it's just that some of it doesn't fit me, but the music still has an affect on me. I keep thinking that if I were pagan, that wouldn't be the case...not so much.I'm finding that out with every turn. You can still be of the Christian belief and also follow the native ways. As long as you believe in a creator/higher power, whatever that may be to you. I also learned from the friend in Pensylvania, that it the music still has an affect on her, even though her beliefs aren't all Christian either. She didn't come directly out and say it, but just the way she spoke of certain things and the way she does certain things, I just know. It's just one of those types of things, where you just know. She does believe that Jesus died for her sins, but she also believes in a Creator/higher power. She has learned to balance these beliefs...and I have so much more to balance. I have been given the sense that I am "a child of both worlds," however, how I am to balance both these worlds, right now is beyond me. I think part of it is because I am here with the parents and I don't feel I can explore as well as I would wish to...even when they're away. It's like they're energy is still here, even when they're not. I just wish...I just wish this feeling didn't seem worse and worse everytime I come home for the summer.
Mom chose to bitch about my dad in front of me this morning about how he never cleans up his messes, how he never pays the bils, about how now that he has a job that he feels he doesn't have to do anything, not like he did anything before he started working." That is the clean version. I was half out of it from waking up in pain and didn't say anythingt to her and just let it sort of roll off me. She stopped after a while, but I...don't know whether I can handle much of that this summer. It's time for me to leave, it's time for me to move out, it was time I did that a long time ago, however, I don't have the finances or the resources to do so at this time...I'm just hoping I find them soon. However, times like last night are the times I love her. It looks like I may be adding a new vidio to my collection come this September.
And last but not least, here is a quiz for yall. This fits me to a T...don't yall think?
Your #1 Match: ENFP
You love being around people, and you are deeply committed to your friends.
You are also unconventional, irreverant, and unimpressed by authority and rules.
Incredibly perceptive, you can usually sense if someone has hidden motives.
You use lots of colorful language and expressions. You're qutie the storyteller!
You would make an excellent entrepreneur, politician, or journalist.
Your #2 Match: ESFP
You are a natural performer and happiest when you're entertaining others.
A great friend, you are generous, fun-loving and optimistic.
You love to laugh - and you like almost all people equally.
You accept life as it is, and you do your best to make each day fantastic.
You would make a good actor, designer, or counselor.
Your #3 Match: ENTP
You are charming, outgoing, friendly. You make a good first impression.
You possess good negotiating skills and can convince anyone of anything.
Happy to be the center of attention, you love to tell stories and show off.
You're very clever, but not disciplined enough to do well in structured environments.
You would make a great entrpreneur, marketing executive, or actor.
Your #4 Match: INFP
You are creative with a great imagination, living in your own inner world.
Open minded and accepting, you strive for harmony in your important relationships.
It takes a long time for people to get to know you. You are hesitant to let people get close.
But once you care for someone, you do everything you can to help them grow and develop.
You would make an excellent writer, psychologist, or artist.
Your #5 Match: ENFJ
You strive to maintain harmony in relationships, and usually succeed.
Articulate and enthusiastic, you are good at making personal connections.
Sometimes you idealize relationships too much - and end up being let down.
You find the most energy and comfort in social situations ... where you shine.
You would make a good writer, human resources director, or psychologist.
Have a good day yalls...and I hope to write again soon. Last night...last night will always be with me as all my concert/entertainment experiences will be. Sorry for those who aren't really in to this, it's another reason why I used cuts. Enjoy all.