Archive | December, 2012

Speaking of Christian rock …

9 Dec

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Last Sunday Blake Dean had his very first Sunday School class. I’ve been feeling like my spiritual self needed a bit of attention so we headed up to Redondo Beach Center for Spiritual Living, where I’d been a member before moving to Long Beach. It’s been years since I’ve visited (again – time passes quickly with kids!) but I was glad I made the trip.

For one – it was more emotional than I expected to see Blake attend his very first Sunday School class. He was so mature and independent – creating this interpretation of “Footprints on the Sand.” I was so proud of him for trying something new – spreading his little wings and meeting new people. I’m not sure I would have been willing to do that at his age.

For another thing – it always amazes me that no matter how long it is between trips to the church, the message they discuss always seems to be just what I need to hear at that time. Talk about spirituality that rocks. I always come away feeling like a better, stronger person for the experience.

xoxo

 

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Pedro the … Daddy

9 Dec

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Oh, my lord. I can’t believe it’s been more than three months since my last post. Life passes quickly as parents. It’s been just about the same amount of time since we’ve gone out sans monsters, but last night we had a chance to see Dave Bazan/Pedro the Lion at the Constellation Room at the Observatory. Pedro is one of the first bands I saw live when I first moved to California. They’re a mainstay on our playlist, so I’m always happy to get a chance to see them play.

Dave announced that he’d be playing the entire “Control” album as part of this tour, mainly to help folks connect the dots that he and Pedro the Lion are the same band. With that in mind, we had anticipated an older crowd but we couldn’t have been more wrong. I’d guess about 75 percent of the folks attending were under 20 years old. We were basically the only ones who didn’t need to wear a bracelet to prove we were old enough to drink. (Check out these laugh lines, friend! I’ve got at least 15 years on most of these kids!)

One of the best parts of this show was Dave’s banter, and his tradition of asking the audience if they have any questions throughout. He gave some very heartfelt thoughts on raising children (he has two), which I’ve never heard him discuss before. It made leaving early to pick up our own kids feel kind of … special. Who knew – at midnight at a punk rock show in Orange County – we’d get a simple reminder of what we’re really here for.

xoxo
sleepy rockin’ mama