=209= Comfort Songs: Elephant Kind

Today was good! Watched my first show in Esplanade. It was at the outdoor theater and it had three sets featuring two bands. The contrast between the two bands was DRASTIC.

Let me start with the bad one. Well, it is not kind to condemn a band, so I shall refrain from using their name; so let us call them B. B had two sets, the opening and ending sets. When they first came on stage and played the first thing anyone noticed was that they were LOUD; too loud. Could be because of the mix, but it got really annoying and it got to a point one customer of the bar had to come and tell the sound guy to lower their volumes because they were so loud the guy couldn’t have a proper conversation in the bar. Next thing you will see is that B has a huge lack of dynamics. The drummer had two levels; open hihat and crashing ride cymbal. They had no idea how jarring the sound was. If they added some dynamics it would have been ten times better! I felt really tired for the band to be driving that much all the time. The drummer’s crescendo build up was just a blast beat. Next, the vocals was very muffled. At first I thought that it was the drums covering everything, but then when the second set came on and the sound was better, it was still bad. Perhaps they will need some mic/vocal lesson! Then, they had very bad transitions between songs, always the guitarist saying, “The next song is….” I mean come on! Interact with the audience! Crack some jokes! I really do think that many people in this industry needs to be educated on MC-ing. On Tues, there was also a very bad MC. He tried to interact with the audience at the end without interacting with them first in the beginning. That made him fail badly! He said, “from which movie?” No one answered. Then he made it awkward again by asking, “which movie?” No response again. Then finally he gave up, saying, “do I hear frozen?” Making it still awkward. Oh well back to B. However, to give them credit, they had really wonderful instrumentals! Like the guitar riffs were cool and the bass lines and the drums was quite tight! It was just very tiring to hear the same level of hype and energy over and over for like 45 minutes… 😦

Now to the AWESOME one! I am SOOOO glad I was there today! The band was called, “Elephant Kind”! WOW! Such an amazing band! They started the set with a Mac book track. Then they slowly layered in and it caught on with a catchy melody! Then they had wonderful transistions! The lead singer was funny, constantly making jokes and witty remarks! I rather enjoyed that they told us that they were a four piece but one of their members couldn’t make it, so they replaced him with a Mac book! Saying that it(MacBook) was genius, Steve Jobs πŸ‘! Then let me get to their songs! WOW! Something so new, a bit of folkish melody with a bit of electronica with a bit of old school rock guitar riffs, pieced and arranged so well together! They had so much new things going on! The drummer played like awesome sextuplets grooves and accent grooves(something simple but I have never thought of before)! The dynamics was definitely better! The drummer sometimes do hit too hard sometimes, but it was justified by the amazing music being played! Then the lights! Wow! Bear is a GREAT light man! The different patterns and shutter off/on was perfect. Especially one part when the band was going at a instrumental! Beat managed to have the lights come on with perfect timing! Throughout the entire set I was bobbing my head up and down! They played so well together! I felt like their 45 minutes set was too short man. I was so sad that they had to leave and B was back on… 😦 they had me totally entertained and I am extremely stoked! I am still kicking myself for not buying their music EP until it ran out! 😦 to make it worse, it is $5 only… 😦 why was I so stupid? 😦 I am thankful however that I am having my friends buy it for me in their set tmr! Hopefully, I will get mine signed as well! I have great hopes for this band! If they continue at it they will become big for sure!

Amazing! Lord, bless me with more capacity to play drums! Allow me to learn the parts of the albums when I get it! Thank you for inspiring me! πŸ™‚



=208= Words of Joy: Time

You know right, i was just reflecting and i realised something amazing; Our prayer in the present can actually affect our past!

Let me explain! Have you ever prayed prayers like, “Lord, please give me patience for tomorrow’s event”? (I couldn’t find the bible verse that says this, but to make my point clear i will just leave a quote from Evans Almighty)

Let me ask you something. If someone prays for patience, you think God gives them patience? Or does he give them the opportunity to be patient? If he prayed for courage, does God give him courage, or does he give him opportunities to be courageous? If someone prayed for the family to be closer, do you think God zaps them with warm fuzzy feelings, or does he give them opportunities to love each other?
-Evans Almighty-

So i was just wondering, if i always pray prayers like that–give me patience for tomorrow–How will i have opportunities to grow in patience? How will I grow in patience over night? It is impossible. No one can just suddenly gain patience just like that.

Now you have to remember that God is outside of time. So he is in a way not trapped by time. It is like someone copying something from a book into the computer. From the computer’s perspective, the words are forming one at a time, while at the typist’s perspective, he already knows what is the next word going to be. In this analogy, it simply states that God knows the future. However, people forgot that God is not just the God of our present and God of our future; God is the God of our past.

With the original example of praying for patience for tomorrow, it is impossible to have that patience come out of nowhere; it has to have an origin. However, it is also impossible to grow patience in the short time of a night. So there is a possibility; the patience comes from the past. Now if we did not pray for patience in the past and this is the first time that you prayed this prayer, wouldn’t that mean that God has fulfilled your prayer in the past? Meaning that God gave you an opportunity to grow in patience before you even asked for it so that you can tackle the problem!

Now you would ask, if God had already gave it to me, why would i ask for it? Well, sometimes, we have things in our lives that we do not even know what it is or what is it good for. Just because we never use it doesn’t mean that we do not have it. However, because we never used it, we ask for it and then we will realise that we had it all along. For example, we always have tools at home that we never use; like a ratchet and a spanner. It is until we have a stubborn screw, that refuses to come out, that we ask for something to help us. We use a screwdriver but it still does come out, then we would ask our parents for help. Our parents bring in the ratchet and spanner and in a few seconds the stubborn screw comes out! We had the tools we needed all the time, we just never put it to use!

Though we had already lived the past, that does not mean that God had no hand in it. It is not like someone buying something that his friend needed by chance; for example, buying a pen for a friend just when he had lost his’, then saying that he knew that he would lose the pen. For God really do know. God really knows the future. As God is outside time, he knows the past the present and the future, he is able to affect life with our prayers. So prayers in the future can actually affect our past.

Haha, oh man, this sounds really chim(complicated). Well, i do not have a solid way of putting this down yet; this is the best i can do now, so yeah, sorry if this is unclear! If you ask me in person, i think i will do better in explaining!

=207= Thanksgiving of the Week

Haha I forgot to post on Sunday! So yeah a bit overdue!

Thanksgiving 8/3/2015:
Rested well
Woke up on time
Good breakfast
Bus ride was comfortable
Got to esplanade early
Played some charades
Esplanade was good
Got polar cakes and free t-shirts
Spent a horrible amount of time getting to Marina Barrage
Come on stupid! Why is there only ONE bus that goes to MB? :<
Thankful for PFP friends that still had dinner with me! πŸ™‚
Had a nice time playing around with them!
Enjoyed listening to their lives
Good breakfast
Lord, I am going to be late will you help me be on time? 😦
Got on 159
Got a seat on 159
Got on to the MRT
Ran to esplanade
Had chicken rice for lunch
Read a bit of 'I was just wondering'
Slept a bit
Met Bernard Puah, CEO of esplanade, he seems like a nice guy!
Ended early! πŸ˜€
The bread for us was good! πŸ˜›
Got a nice time chatting on the way home
Missed 72 but the next one came really quickly!
Managed to practice drums!
Was super off form, but was fun!
Good dinner!
Practiced on a pad and think that my left hand start singles is more even now!
Got extra $30 from dad!
Finished psalm 119! It's all down hill from now onwards!
Woke up
Got up to 109
Got to esplanade fairly on time!
Got safety shoes but they are a little loose
Enjoyed the tour of the lights of esplanade!
Lunch was cheap and good!
Really liked today's trainer!
Learned a lot today!
Ended early
Got lunch with Choo and Joel
Practiced transcribing for like an hour
J333 was good
Received prayer from Qing for my family
Went for supper, was a good time of chatting! πŸ™‚
109 came at a good time
Got a seat on 109
Got home!
Had food at home
Ran and caught up to 159 at the later bus stop! πŸ˜€
Got to esplanade on time
Was alright in esplanade today
Finally had lunch together as a group
Enjoyed our walk around entirely again!
Got a good chat on the way home
Got to play like 8 minutes of drums, little but give thanks that I got to play a little! πŸ™‚
Good dinner
Did up a little of the Children's church video!
Ordered some watch straps with Leb
Caught up to 159
Got a seat
Got to esplanade on time
Bought triplefi 10 from Brian!
Really guilty now, but yeah… HAHA!
Spending too much money! :<
Was nice with Siswahani teaching us
Glad that I was able to work out some stuff with her about my schedule!
Well ministry intern balance! Hopefully both will be good!
lunch with the whole group again!
Had like a nice chat in the green room! πŸ™‚
2nd part was alright as well!
Went up to the top of theater!
Was so cool! πŸ˜€
Had a nice chat on the train!
70 had a great time!
Could play drums
Was VERY tired
Woke up
Good breakfast!
Went over the NTUC
Saw C.
Please hide me now… :/
Told mum about the triplefi 10
Prepared a bit on cell lesson
Met up with Aaron
Was alright, but he was a little hostile… :/
Went to SKS and got myself a book! The service there is great! πŸ™‚
Went city square and walked around
Good dinner
Woke up
Realised that my specs are really difficult to read, perhaps I need to bring two
Cell was extremely messy… 😦
But Ryan said that he enjoyed himself, said that he might come again next week! πŸ™‚
Worship felt a bit weird but was good
Served communion, Haha, I want I do not get to, when I did not plan for it, I got to!
Enjoyed God's presence.
Got to debrief with the worship team even though I am not part of it! Which is a first!
Got home early
Are good lor Mee
Managed to rest a little
Good dinner
Did up a little bit more on Untangled
Really dreading 9am-11pm tmr… 😦
But Lord you will be faithful! Allow me to do my best! Thank you Lord!