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Take A Knee

TAKE A KNEE

“Take a little trip to Valley Forge in January. If you don’t know where that is, just Google it from the sidelines. Hold a musket ball in your fingers and imagine it piercing your flesh and breaking a bone or two. There won’t be a doctor or trainer to assist you until after the battle, so just wait your turn. Take your cleats and socks off to get a real experience. Then take a knee.

Then, take one at the beach in Normandy where man after American man stormed the beach, even as the one in front of him was shot to pieces…the very sea stained with American blood. The only blockers most had were the dead bodies in front of them, riddled with bullets from enemy fire.

Take a knee in the sweat soaked jungles of Vietnam. from Khe San to Saigon… Anywhere will do. REAL Americans died in all those jungles. There was no playbook that told them what was next, but they knew what flag they represented. When they came home, they were protested as well..and spit on for reasons only cowards know.

Take another knee in the blood drenched sands of Fallujah in 110 degree heat… Wear your Kevlar helmet and battle dress… Your number won’t be printed on it unless your number is up! You’ll need to stay hydrated but there won’t be anyone to squirt Gatorade into your mouth. You’re on your own.

There’s a lot of places to take a knee. Real Americans have given their lives all over the world. When you use the banner under which they fought as a source for your displeasure, you dishonor the memories of those who bled for the very freedoms you have. That’s what the red stripes mean. It represents the blood of those who spilled a sea of it defending your liberty.

While you’re on your knee, pray for those that came before you, not on a manicured lawn striped and printed with numbers to announce every inch of ground taken…but on nameless hills and bloodied beaches and sweltering forests and bitter cold mountains…every inch marked by an American life lost serving that flag you protest.

No cheerleaders, no announcers, no coaches, no fans…just American men and women…delivering the real fight against those who chose to harm us…blazing a path so you would have ‘the right to take a knee.’

You haven’t an inkling what it took to get you where you are; but your ‘protest’ is duly noted. Not only is it disgraceful to a nation of real heroes, it serves the purpose of pointing to your ingratitude for those who chose to defend you under that banner that will still wave long after your jersey is issued to another…

If you really feel the need to take a knee, come with me to church on Sunday and we’ll both kneel before Almighty God. We’ll thank Him for preserving this country for as long as He has. We’ll beg forgiveness for our ingratitude for all He has provided us. We’ll appeal to Him for understanding and wisdom. We’ll pray for liberty and justice for all…because He is the one who provides those things.

And there will be no protest. There will only be gratitude for His provision and a plea for His continued grace and mercy on the land of the free and the home of the brave It goes like this…”

GOD BLESS AMERICA!

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New Music to check out: Eastern Rise by Terence Jack

Eastern Rise was written about the different faces of love that we meet. It was sort of putting faces to those personalities and how when you’re with someone you’re meeting and romancing each of them.

I tend to write subliminally rather than literal about a specific event. I was going through such change in my life shedding all things that I had thought were my identity. It left me bare, and in a spot to be able to create. We sat with synthesizers, and drum machines and ran instruments through tape machines and just didn’t let fear or anything creep in.

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Our show we aim to be as dynamic as possible with lows and highs throughout the set. 3 part harmonies with some pretty anthemic sections and a ton of energy.

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Lay Low with Lou Doillon

I knew I was going to like Lou Doillon’s LP, ‘Lay Low’ from the moment her fingers delicately set the mood from the sound of the keys in opening track, ‘Left Behind.’

It is apparent that we have been left behind at Fresh Independence because we were not familiar with the success of Parisian Lou’s previous LP, ‘Places’ selling over three-hundred thousand copies worldwide.

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I don’t dare to compare, but upon first thought, it was a refreshing version of Adele meets Regina Spektor and Sia.

The ambience of the mind provokes a dim room overlooking the city lights with a glass of wine as the record player cues your new favourite album of repetitive measure.

Lou Dillon is a free flowing taste of sultry jazz and sweet afterthoughts.

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Leon Bridges Takes The Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver

all photo credits: Fabrizio Belardetti

Old soul meets new as Leon Bridges rocked the heart of the Commodore Ballroom Tuesday night in Vancouver.

Opening the evening was Kali Uchis Virginia raised, Columbian born singer, songwriter who commands the presence of a new Amy Winehouse. She was a great choice transitioning you from the bustle of Granville Street and encouraging you to leave it all outside.

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With smiles infectious the moment Leon walked on stage it was apparent he was simply meant to be there. This gent of soul, with rhythm and beats flowing in around and through resonated effortlessly with all who came in.

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I looked out over the crowd watching the room bounce with energy washing over all with the roaring hush of his stage presence. It felt a privilege to be a part of this circle of happiness.
Music moves us in many ways and Leon simply makes you feel good and leaves you wondering where does all that come from?
Having learned to play guitar a mere four years ago and securing interest to record with Sony and Niles City Sound in August of 2014 there has hardly been time for him to catch his breath.
Recording straight to tape seems natural allowing you to get what you feel and what you feel with Leon is the real deal.

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With songs born from his humble yet predetermined destination.
He’s been effortlessly winning hearts of music lovers one by one with ‘Coming Home’ which he says “is a simple song about faithfulness” – something the human race could use more of.

Leon Bridges was born with a gift and the ability to shine light on a world that is thirsty for what he has to offer. His refreshing presence is long over due and definitely here to stay.

Our greatest wish for him is that he will always hold on to the sense of joy and wonder that he holds today and continue to rise up and honour his calling.

Leon Bridges ‘take me to your river, I wanna go.’

L E O N   B R I D G E S 

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