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One Big Weekend

I am now officially shattered, it’s been a long day, but a fantastic one at that.

It started with that inner struggle, 5am alarm, do I get up and walk or do I lie for a little longer, I could hear the light rain against the window, so I caved in, set an alarm for an hour or so later and turned over to go to sleep, then I came to my senses, jumped up, got ready and set off for a long walk.

I know I haven’t walked as much lately, but I didn’t think that my old 13.5mile route would be too much trouble, but it turned out to be one the hardest walks I’ve ever taken, it just shows how with only a few weeks off we quickly get out of the habit, but I was determined to complete the full route.

Following a quick shower (a cold one I might add), it was straight out to help with the set up for One Big Weekend at Church, it was just the start of a busy day, but what turned out to be a fantastic day.

One Big Weekend was epic, it was fantastic to be part of such an event. Both our Church campuses came together under one roof for the event, it was great to catch up with friends from Wellingborough.

One Big Weekend

One Big Weekend

It was a great way to spend my 450th SoberDay, to be part of such an unbelievable family, as I’ve said many times before, the more time I spend in their company the more I grow as person, they make both me and my faith stronger, I am blessed to be part of such an amazing Church.

So now I think it will be an early night, it’s the launch of ECTV tomorrow and I’ll be on main Camera in the auditorium, so not sure if I’ll walk tomorrow morning, I had planned to, but I may just take the lay in and be fresh for duty, we’ll see.

Now for a song, it may just be one of those coincidences but a funny thing happened on way home from my walk this morning. Every morning my walk to work takes me past my Nanna’s grave, I stop every morning, talk to her and then pray, my long walks also bring me back past the grave, so as normal I stopped, talked and prayed. As I walk with my iPod on, I tend to leave the headphones in as I stop, just turn the music down, it is mainly Christian music or music I find inspiration in. When I prayed this morning, once again I prayed for my situation with Victoria, it’s a prayer I make almost every time I pray, I pray for God to bring us back together, to make this family complete, the same prayer I nearly always make, then I finished my prayer said goodbye to Nanna and turned to walk home, in that instant of turning around the song on my iPod changed, it changed to of all songs Let It Be by The Beatles, it took me by surprise at first, then when I started singing quietly the lyrics hit me, especially the following lyrics:

And when the broken hearted people living in the world agree
There will be an answer, let it be
For though they may be parted, there is still a chance that they will see
There will be an answer, let it be

I felt as though I had my answer, I should just “Let It Be” because He has got it covered. Needless to say I found myself singing out loud as I walked through the cemetery!

LET IT BE by THE BEATLES
When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be
And in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be
Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be

Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

And when the broken hearted people living in the world agree
There will be an answer, let it be
For though they may be parted, there is still a chance that they will see
There will be an answer, let it be
Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
There will be an answer, let it be
Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be

Whisper words of wisdom, let it be
Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

And when the night is cloudy there is still a light that shines on me
Shine until tomorrow, let it be
I wake up to the sound of music, Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be
Let it be, let it be, let it be, yeah, let it be
There will be an answer, let it be
Let it be, let it be, let it be, yeah, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

Daily Prompt: Musical

Daily Prompt: Musical
What Role Does Music Play In Your Life?

Quite simply music does and has always played a large part of my life.  I’m not particularly musically gifted, I don’t sing (tone deaf) and I don’t play any instruments, but I love good music, regardless of what type.

Although I prefer to listen to music that is created by and played by the artist, boy bands, girl bands and the large part of the dance music genre hold virtually no place in my musical tastes, the odd song done well is okay, kind of like Back For Good by Take That, etc, other than that I like music driven by the musicians, not the producers.

I grew up listening to a lot of sixties music, including Motown/Soul and reggae, mainly through my parents influence, they held the purse strings and bought the music, so we listened to a lot of their tastes, I still like that music, although at the moment I don’t really listen to a great amount of it.

There is still the odd song from the sixties Motown sound that I really like, although not so well now, Indiana Wants Me by R Dean Taylor is still a stand out for me, I can’t explain why, I just really like it.

Obviously you’ve gotta love the Beatles, even if you don’t I think everyone has at least one song of theirs which you must love, for me that one is A Day In The Life.

When I started work in 1990 I was in to any sort of music, but I soon developed a taste for the UK’s Indie music scene, with bands like James, The Wonder Stuff, The Charlatans, Suede and Carter USM, I would get my wages and spend around £200 a month on CDs and records, my parents garage is filled with over 1500 7” vinyl singles and 1500 CD singles and over 300 CD albums, they always nag me about moving them, but I just haven’t got room.

When I started dating Victoria back in 1997 I slowly reduced my record buying, but still brought the odd CD throughout the coming years, like many I’ve download from the internet over recent years and since I’ve had my iPod I’ve filled it with thousands of songs.

About five years ago my tastes changes again and I move into the slightly heavier US rock scene, some quite heavy, some more radio friendly and some quiet angry, I chose songs that echoed my mood at the time.

Eventually I discovered Christian Rock music, even though I wasn’t a Christian at the time, the music was good and I enjoyed it. I found through my troubled years that followed I started to listen to it even more, until eventually when my world collapsed and I turn to God for the strength to rebuild my life, I started to listen to Christian Music even more and now listen to very little else.  There are many great bands and songs, I try to add a song to every one of my posts (except with poetry or photography posts), I try to choose a song that matches the content, but not always, it may just be the song I was listening to last or really caught my attention earlier in the day that I just want to share.

Quite simply for over twenty years I have been immersed in a world of music, my tastes change as life moves on, but I never ditch those tastes, I just archive them and return to them in moments of nostalgia.  I have rarely walked alone without music in my ears in those last twenty years, starting with an old cassette tape walkman, an early portable CD player and now my iPod.  When I walk every morning I have music in my ears and quite often, in moments of solitude, I sing along.