“Male goats are like college guys in Chico. They smell, they’re obnoxious, they pee on themselves to attract females…it’s like being downtown”
Some of my fondest memories of Azusa Pacific University took place with these guys. The APU Men’s Chorale.
Probably one of my favorites was my first performance with these guys at St. Francis Episcopal church in Upland. We did two performances, first for their “contemporary” service and then for their main service. I put contemporary in quotes because if the man leading the service is wearing robes and you sing hymns exclusively, we clearly have different definitions of contemporary. Moving on…
It just happened to be bring your pet to church day. Awesome. People had brought their dogs, cats, hamsters, rabbits, ferrets, you get the idea…all to be blessed by the minister. Again: awesome. So in this contemporary service, our choir outnumbered the congregation two to one and once we started singing we wanted nothing more than to be able to just blend in. We started singing a hymn that was altogether unfamiliar to us. I remember us making it a verse or two before we started shielding each other so we could get our giggles in although after reading the first verse I don’t see how we made it that long. It culminated in a handful of us actually hunched over laughing. Thankfully there were enough of us in man choir that we could stick them in the middle out of the sight of the congregation. Maybe you had to be there, but here are the lyrics nonetheless. And some videos of one of Man Choir’s more recent performances. Give em a listen. They’re awesome.
A Sing of all Creation Dolphins leaping, swallows gliding, Glory in God. Wolves a-howling, eagles soaring, Glory in God. Buffaloes and cattle roaming, Horses stamping, bears a-prowling, Sheep a-grazing, squirrels hoarding, Glory in God. Elephants and tigers roaring, Glory in God. Alligators and coyotes, Glory in God. Skunks an roaches, ants and spiders, Rattle snakes and mountain lions, Have their place in all creation, Glory in God. Hamsters snuffing, geckoes sunning, Glory in God. Cats a-snoozing, dogs a-panting, Glory in God. Goldfish staring, rabbits hopping, Doves of peace on Francis lighting, Shyest creatures in our stillness, Glory in God. Dragons sitting on their trasures, Glory in God. Flames that burn but warm our houses, Glory in God. George released the dragon's wisdom, Pierced the darkness with his lancing, Fierceness met with courage blending, Glory in God. Glory in God. Glory in God.
So you might remember this video I made last year when I gave a message at Woodland Christian High School last year. I watched it for the first time in months today and a whole year later I am still dumbfounded by the answers some of these people gave. I expected there to be people who would say that Christmas is not about Jesus. I expected people to say that they aren’t down with the commercialism that Christmas brings with it now. I even expected some people to actually say that Christmas is about Jesus. What I did not expect was the amount of people who are willing to admit that they know it’s supposed to be about Jesus but couldn’t care less. To be honest, making this video broke my heart. Ignorance is one thing, ignorance I can help with. Changing hearts? Yeah, still can’t do that. So I post this not to show off my sweet video editing skills, I found mistakes and I can’t figure out how they made it past me before. This is just a reminder that there are plenty of opportunities to combat Santa and his onslaught of commercialism with good news! Myspace won’t let me embed my own video here so try clicking this.
Lately my family’s been asking me the always unanswered, “What do you want for Christmas?”. I’ve been a little bit better about answering this year, explaining that I’d like to have some more clothes that I can wear to work (AB) or books and music always work. Well, today I discovered the wish list feature on Amazon.com and I’ve already spent way too much time on there. My question is, what book or CD needs to be on there that you find lacking? I figure if you’re reading this you probably have a good idea of what I’d like. If that’s not the case, tell me what you would like, I’ll pretend like I care. Ok, I’m kidding. But seriously… Take a look.