Archive for the 'music' Category


More than friends

Not only is Maddi Jane a gifted young artist but a personal friend and wonderful young woman.  This video Dark Horse is her newest release.  The filmmaker is also a friend and incredibly talented young man.  To see more of his work go to theLensDarkly.  Enjoy.


The Fox

With over 177 million hits, what could be better for Halloween than the current viral video phenomenon – The Fox.  What is it exactly?  Just your everyday great electronic Norwegian comedy dance music that all.


The End of the world

If you’re reading this entry then obviously the Mayans were wrong. It’s December 21, 2012 and we’re all still here. But in honor of our ancient calendar making central american friends, here’s a tune that’s stuck in my head today!  According to my calendar, Life is good! 


The Avett Bros

Sadly, with the per capita murder rate in Chicago the highest in the country, I was wondering if the Avett Brothers are planning to move here?  If so, their song makes a lot of sense. “Murdered in the City”


a musical bias

For those of you who enjoy jazz and even those who don’t – here is one of my new favorite artists. Ok, so I’m a bit biased since Ann Alee is part of our Parkview family and is singing this upcoming Sunday. But with that being said, she’s a wonderful person and gifted artist. Judge for yourself….


The Low Anthem

This is not a new band, although they are new to me. The Low Anthem blends an indie folk hymn-like sound with beautiful harmonies. If I could sing falsetto this is what I’d want it to sound like. Through the lyrics of their song Oh My God, Charlie Darwin, it seems the group struggles with the “broken system” of our world and natural selection’s ultimate meaninglessness. My good friend Dave Swanson offers a thoughtful summary of the band in his review on Rednow.

Set the sails I feel the winds a’stirring
Toward the bright horizon set the way
Cast your reckless dreams upon our Mayflower
Haven from the world and her decay

And who could heed the words of Charlie Darwin
Fighting for a system built to fail
Spooning water from their broken vessels
As far as I can see there is no land

Oh my God, the water’s all around us
Oh my God, it’s all around

Who could heed the words of Charlie Darwin
Lords of war just profit from decay
And trade the children’s promise for the jingle
The way we trade our hard earned time for pay

Oh my God, the water’s cold and shapeless
Oh my God, it’s all around
Oh my God, life is cold and formless
Oh my God, it’s all around


Coming this weekend

You do not want to miss these two artists…All Son’s & Daughters coming Sat & Sun to PCC….


April 21st mark it down

It was last September when I first heard All Sons & Daughters at a conference in downtown Chicago. I found the music of David Leonard and Leslie Jordan fresh, honest, thoughtful and moving.

In a very unique and uncharacteristicly me move, I said to my colleagues Dave and Steve, “We need to get them to come to Parkview.” Well, they made it happen. On the weekend of April 21 & 22, All Sons & Daughters will travel up from Nashville to Glen Ellen. Saturday evening will be a more subdued interactive worship type experience while Sunday morning will feature All Sons & Daughters leading the church in all three services. Mark down the dates Parkview – you don’t want to miss this two day event.  Invite some guests – you won’t be disappointed.



by Mo Bella Russo

Because of his love and grace, God takes the empty canvas of our lives and creates beautiful things.  These paintings were created in the few minutes we discussed this on Sunday.  The song “Beautiful Things”by Gungor was featured while our artist was at work.

by Mo Bella Russo

All this reminds me of the Apostle Paul’s words, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;  the old is gone, the new has come!”


disaster porn and cultural obsession

Last weekend was supposed to be the end of the world or so claimed self-declared bible scholar Harold Camping who continues to fail miserably at his attempts to identify the exact time [to the hour] of Judgment Day’s arrival. He has now switched the date to October 21st – I mean, who takes this guy seriously?

Yet, as a culture, let’s not be too harsh with Mr. Camping. We too have our own obsession with the idea of Judgment Day. Don’t we? From the Discovery Channel’s popular programs on Nostradamus and his disaster day predictions – to the Mayan calendar 2012 – to the vast array of Hollywood anti-Christ, apocalyptic, destruction of human race themed blockbusters [‘disaster porn’ as some have called it] – our western world’s lust for devastation seems insatiable. Apparently the German people have a term for it: ruinenlust [love of ruins].

Our fascination can be traced way back. For example, in the 13th century Thomas Celano wrote a poem about Judgment Day called Dies Irae. Four centuries later the lyrics become the most famous movement of Mozart’s Requiem.“Day of wrath! O day of mourning! See fulfilled the prophets’ warning, Heaven and earth in ashes burning!”
  Sound familiar?  Today this music shows up everywhere from The Seventh Seal to the X-Men trilogy, the musical Rent, and even in a commercial for AXE cologne.  What this has to do with smelling good – I don’t know.

Here’s my point. It seems Mr. Camping isn’t the only person fixated on the notion of Judgment Day. If we are quick to condemn his obsession with it, as a culture we might want to reflect on the reason for our own.

re: the random-ness

Husband. Father. Senior Pastor of Parkview Community Church in Glen Ellyn, IL. you've located the place where I put down my random thoughts. The key word here is random: music, sports, art, food, books, news, spiritual musings, weird stories, etc. I'm especially interested in how everyday experiences of life intersect with the ancient stories of Scripture. Thanks for reading.
October 2020

Thoughts gone by

"No problem can withstand the assault of substantial thinking." Voltaire