Moods, Foods, and Music

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I’m not even sure what to say about today. I’m in a strange mood – it’s a generally happy and good mood, suppressed somewhat by a bit of contemplativeness. I’m not sure how much more descriptive I can be than that; nevertheless, it’s not bad in any way. I quite like this mood, actually. It’s due to the day that I’ve had today, so I suppose I should explain that some more and maybe you’ll understand how I’m feeling right now a bit better.

I woke up in a pretty good mood, not overly happy, but just sort of…there. I didn’t really have a mood, I suppose. I went on the computer for a while, took a shower, got changed and all that fun stuff, and then decided that I was going to go out to the Gospel Lighthouse. See, a week ago or so, I made a deal with myself, concerning this: I wanted the Seven Places CD, but I also didn’t want to spend my money. Normally I’d just download their songs off the internet and burn them onto a CD, but I could only find a few of their songs. So I made a deal with myself that if I got a job, I would go out and buy the CD. Seeing as I am now employed, I decided to keep my word to myself and go out and buy it. I took the car and headed over to the store, looked at the CDs for a while, and found it. It had a sticker saying “2 for $25, or $14.99 each.” Seeing that, I figured I might as well get another CD since it was a good deal, so I looked around for another CD with that sticker on it. I couldn’t see any at all. I was a bit confused, but I figured, “Oh well, $14.99 is still good, so I’ll just buy the one then.” I took it up to the counter, and the lady asked me if I wanted to get another CD for that deal. I explained that I hadn’t found any other CDs with that sticker on them, and then she showed me the part of the CD display that I hadn’t really looked at. I looked at the CDs in there and didn’t really see anything I liked. It was all MercyMe and Steven Curtis Chapman and that stuff. But then I saw Relient K’s new CD, Mmhmm there. So I thought, “Hey, what the heck? Why not?” I picked it up and bought the two of them for the price that I was willing to pay for just one of them. Good deal, if I do say so myself.

The reason I had wanted to buy the Seven Places CD is because they’re really awesome. I mean, they’re not heavy at all, and so I don’t always like listening to them, but the lyrics are absolutely awesome. It’s like worship music, but not…worshipy, if you know what I mean. It’s kind of the balance between being a worship band and being just a regular ol’ band. So I just had to have it; like, the songs that I had on my computer have helped me so much on many occasions. I have them in my playlist, and when it comes on, it forces me to just stop what I’m doing and say, “Hey, God’s more important. Maybe I’ll take a break and sing along to this song.” It just kind of forces my attention back on God, and that’s always a good thing.

But anyways, I came home and took the CDs out of the packaging, making room for them in my big travel CD case thing. Then I decided that I was hungry, so I made some lunch. I decided to fall back on something I know how to make quite well – Kraft Dinner. You can’t go wrong with that. I decided to mix up my creative efforts, though, and made a Cookies and Cream milkshake to go along with it. It was pretty amazing, I must say. I make a mean milkshake, and even meaner Kraft Dinner. I consumed both with satisfaction of a job well done, and then went downstairs to the computer to play my newly bought CDs. I started off with the Seven Places CD, and that was good. I really liked it. Then I played the Relient K CD and was blown away. Normally when I think of them, I think of their fun songs like Sadie Hawkins Dance or something like that, where it’s just upbeat and about nothing serious in particular. But the songs on this CD seemed to be a lot more serious; they were well done, too. Yep, that CD’s definitely a keeper. In particular, I liked the one called I So Hate Consequences, because, well, it applies to me. Check it out:

And I’m good, good, good to go
I got to get away
Get away from all of my mistakes

So here I sit looking at the traffic lights
The red extinguishes the hope that the green ignites
I want to run away I want to ditch my life
‘Cause all of my mistakes keep me awake at night

And after all of my alibis desert me
I just want to get by
I don’t want nothing to hurt me
I had no idea where my head was at
But if my heart says I’m sorry, can we leave it at that
Because I just want for all of this to end

And I so hate consequences
And running from You is what my best defense is
Consequences
Oh God, don’t make me face up to this
And I so hate consequences
And running from You is what my best defense is
‘Cause I know that I let You down
And I don’t want to deal with that

It just now hit me, this is more than just a set back
And when You spelled it out, well, I guess I didn’t get that
And every trace of momentum is gone
And this isn’t turning out the way I want

And I spent all last night
Tearing down
Every stoplight
And stop sign in this town
Now I think there might
Be no way to stop me now
I’ll get away despite
The fact I’m so weighed down

All of my escapes have been exhausted
I thought I had a way but then I lost it
And my resistance was once much stronger
And I know I can’t go on like this much longer

When I got tired of running from You
I stopped right there to catch my breath
There Your words, they caught my ears
You said, “I miss you, son. Come home”
And my sins, they watched me leave
And in my heart I so believed
The love You felt for me was mine
The love I’d wished for all this time
And when the doors were closed
I heard no I told you so’s
I said the words I knew You knew
Oh God, Oh God I needed You
God, all this time I needed You, I needed You

If that doesn’t put you in a happy but contemplative mood, I don’t think anything will. The songs on that CD were top-notch, especially this one. I really enjoyed it, although lately I’ve noticed my tendency to just enjoy anything with the slightest form of a beat. I can basically listen to anything as long as it’s music in any form or fashion. But at least the songs on these two CDs I just got have solid, awesome lyrics. I figure if I can go and blow $20 or more on myself or my friends in one night, the least I could do was spend $20 that is going to help me get closer to God because of it. Anyways, I could go on with my CD rating, but I’ll stop myself. That’s pretty much all that’s happened today, and so now I just need an excuse to go on a long drive and put these CDs on. Perhaps the opportunity will present itself…

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