Thought For The Day 08/22/13

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Born To Worship The Rock

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Where painting is weakest, namely, in the expression of the highest moral and spiritual ideas, there music is sublimely strong

Harriet Beecher Stowe

http://christian-quotes.ochristian.com/Music-Quotes/

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Ask the question “What is Christian Rock”, and you are bound to discover that, just as mainstream rock is comprised of many genre’s, so does the realm of Christian Rock contain a number of subsets, including southern rock, indie rock, punk rock, and even grunge, to list but a few. And while some are “in your face” with faith-based references, others are more “on the edge” of the subject with lyrics that tie life experiences of a faith filled heart as a way to nudge our b thoughts into a particular direction. But no matter how you envision the concept of what “Christian Rock” is, the bottom line is that it is a way to share the message of God’s promise of salvation to those who are looking for an alternative to traditional and historical musical styles of hymns “gone by”!

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Today’s musical introduction is one I had hoped we would be able to follow for years to come. However, it seems as if the group “SUPERCHICK” has other ideas. On August 11th, 2013, Superchick announced on their Facebook page that they were ending their collaboration. Yes, as it is with most things, the time had come to explore new horizons and concentrate on more personal pursuits. But while they existed, what a ride it was! From their debut in 1999 (as they performed at live events throughout the United States), to the discovery of their “sound” following their self-produced debut album in 2000 (which led to a record contract and their music being featured in movies including “Legally Blonde”), to an Emmy nomination in 2008 (in the category of “Best Rock Or Rap Gospel Album” for their song “Rock What You Got”), they have touched the hearts of both Christian and mainstream music fans! However, the death of the band member Chase Lovelace in May of 2013 changed the dynamics of the group and a bit of the heart of the group died along with their drummer!

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This was the August announcement from Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/superchick).

To anyone who heard our music:

I’d like to say thank you. To the 20,000 people at Parachute in New Zealand, to the kids at the first Lifefest, to all the crowds who sang our lyrics back to us: thanks for helping us tour the world. It was a rare blessing you gave us. You sang our songs on YouTube, had our words tattooed on your bodies, included our songs in your summer soundtracks; you humbled us with your gift. You believed we were worth listening to and you made us velveteen rabbit real with your love.

Superchick is closing a chapter. The people you’ve seen on stage are taking a curtain bow. It’s time to go exploring again. Everyone has new stories to write: Tricia has another solo record coming out, Dave is touring with Audio Adrenaline, Melissa started Rosebuds East, Matt is busy being a realtor/songwriter/daddy daycare and I’ve got plenty of projects to finish up, including a ThumpMonks record years in the making.

There are 5 brand new Superchick songs we will release into the wild soon. When he first started chemo, our drummer Chase called me to say, “Don’t finish the record without me; I’m coming back in the fall.” We managed to get a couple studio sessions with him and some of Chase’s rhythmic creativity lives on in these songs. They are the last words in a sentence that was brought to a full stop by Chase’s passing. These new songs are dedicated to his fighting optimism. They are some of the best we’ve done and I hope they honor his memory.

But Superchick as a book is only done with the first chapter. It was a love letter to kids who had forgotten they were born to be world changers. Superchick was about an idea, not the people you saw on stage. When we started, I didn’t want there to be any band photography at all. The labels insisted that people wanted a face to go with the music. I wanted the album covers to be reflective so that when you picked it up, you would see your face. The lyrics are about you; they are your stories and the stories you will write. Superchick is about what is possible when you believe and the proof that it works is you.

And while you’ll not see the people you knew as Superchick together on stage again, there are still songs unfinished and words awaiting music. Perhaps someone reading this feels like she was born to wear the cape. Something will always push its way to the surface if we let it. Sometimes endings are new beginnings. It’s never over as long as you can find your courage and faith.

You made it possible for us to write this chapter. We set out to change the world and in the end, you changed ours.

With gratitude,

Max

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Superchick has had five songs reach No. 1 on music charts, and their song “Stand In The Rain” held the No. 1 spot for nine weeks on Christian Hit Radio chart in 2006/2007, and it is this song that I am sharing with you today!

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She never slows down.
She doesn’t know why but she knows that when she’s all alone, feels like it’s all coming down
She won’t turn around
The shadows are long and she fears if she cries that first tear, the tears will not stop raining down

[CHORUS]
So stand in the rain
Stand your ground
Stand up when it’s all crashing down
You stand through the pain
You won’t drown
And one day, what’s lost can be found
You stand in the rain

She won’t make a sound
Alone in this fight with herself and the fears whispering if she stands she’ll fall down
She wants to be found
The only way out is through everything she’s running from wants to give up and lie down.

[CHORUS]
So stand in the rain
Stand your ground
Stand up when it’s all crashing down
You stand through the pain
You won’t drown
And one day, what’s lost can be found
You stand in the rain

So stand in the rain
Stand your ground
Stand up when it’s all crashing down
Stand through the pain
You won’t drown
And one day, what’s lost can be found

[CHORUS]
So stand in the rain
Stand your ground
Stand up when it’s all crashing down
You stand through the pain
You won’t drown
And one day, what’s lost can be found
You stand in the rain

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To view the Superchick video, click the URL or the arrow on the embedded version.

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“Then David and all Israel played music before God with all their might, with singing, on harps, on stringed instruments, on tambourines, on cymbals, and with trumpets.”


1 Chronicles 13:8 (NKJV)

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Copyright © 2011-2013 “MandysPath” Ministry

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About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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