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Broken Hearted

If you have been following this season’s X Factor USA – you will know this young lady, Carly Rose Sonenclar. She is in a class of her own – and she is 13 years old. I know we’ll be hearing much more of her too!

The New Nat King Cole

My favorite moment from last night’s X-Factor – when Simon said that Daryl Black was like a young Nat King Cole. If you missed this amazing audition, here it is again.

Enjoy and God Bless!

It Must Have Been Love

This next singer is 14 year old Drew – and one of my favorites on the live show of “The X-Factor”.  Here is her song that she auditioned with in Simon Cowell’s home last summer.

I’m sure you will agree – her voice is amazing.

Enjoy and God Bless!

Do You Have The God-Factor?

As a musician and teacher – I like to keep my thumb on the pulse of today’s music.  My favorite programs, not to be missed (thus I LOVE my DVR) are:

The Voice

The Sing-Off

American Idol

America’s Got Talent

and last but NOT least:

X-Factor

 

Because the X-Factor is entirely based on talent, judging from recording artists and producers – it is more realistic in nature – and does not go on “popular vote”.  The sole purpose is to find the next popular recording artist.

 

I have enjoyed seeing the talented singers – and the choices in music that the judges/mentors choose for them.

Two things that have been interesting to me:

1 – I love how people with extraordinary talent can be “discovered” on this show.  Those that come from extreme poverty or just hopelessly lost in a middle class system that does not allow for other areas of talent to be explored.

2 – So many hopes and dreams are associated with these programs.  Almost every one of them says, “This means EVERYTHING to me – it’s ALL I want”  or “I don’t know what I’ll do if they send me home – I have NOTHING else”.

So although I love the idea of a program that finds those that are deserving of a “break” – there are also some flaws in it as well.

It can be exploitive and extreme.

Many have said that everything in their  life is pinned on the hopes of winning a 5 million dollar prize.  No kidding.  Everything.  Yes – that’s BIG money – but really?  Nothing else to look forward to – nothing else at all?  Seems a little extreme.  How about a happy fulfilled life with family and friends, children and grandchildren, hobbies and work that gives a purpose.  A reason for being here – faith in God and His purpose for your life?

I realize that life is empty without a spiritual reason to exist – and that people will literally throw themselves into a passion – and often abandon EVERYTHING else in their life.  But I do think that often times when a  sacrifice is made – it is often a lonely one – and in the end leave those feeling lost and broken – even if they gained “the whole world” with their talent.

I would like to think that all of us already have the X-Factor.  Some of us just don’t know it.  But made in God’s image – we are all special and unique – made with special gifts and abilities and purpose.  We are designed to reflect God’s nature and His light in our lives gives us that special little extra something.

Whether or not you can sing, dance, play an instrument, or speak eloquently in front of a HUGE crowd – you have something special and God made you just the way you are.

I encourage you to find that special something that makes you unique in God’s eyes – special and loved, carefully crafted and shaped – to have that wonderful God-Factor.

The God-Factor is God’s unique and special gift to each of us – His stamp of love of each of our lives – made to be a reflection and a testimony of His purpose and plan for a lost and dying world.

And when you have the God-Factor – you already have what others search their whole lives to find.  And you don’t even have to win any talent contest.

When was the last time you felt special?

Do you like to watch music programs like me?

Which is your favorite?

X-Factor

Image via Wikipedia

 

God Bless

If I Were A Boy

If I Were a Boy...

Image by Zoe Favole via Flickr

I’m totally blown away from this little girl’s performance of the song that Beyonce made famous, “If I were a boy“.

Her name is Rachel Crow and I think we’re going to be seeing a lot more of her in the future.  I love how she made one of the judges cry.  It was a very moving performance.

See if you agree.

God Bless

What Do You Want From Me?

Here is the group “Delilah” from the show “The Sing-Off” doing Adam Lambert’s song, “What do you want from me?” I LOVE their vocals!

Enjoy!

God Bless

Doing Life

Secret moments

Today was spent with our amazing small group from our church watching the Super Bowl together and eating amazing food!  All of us in this LifeGroup are  very different people from different life experiences and situations but we  are all on a similar life journey.  It is humbling to know that we may never have met if it had not been for a series of events that brought each of us to this place and time – right here – right now.  I’m in awe of God’s timing and placement of good strong people who will here for me in support and encouragement – as we all learn and grow together in this season of life.

As I look around at these people who are now ‘doing life’ with me – sharing stories, laughter and jokes – it is that ‘oneness’ that we all feel and that will hold us together. – through the good easy times – and through the not so easy times.  And we’re finding new surprises as we discover that we have more in common with these people than we ever thought we did.

Here’s to growing together – becoming more transparent, authentic with each other and in our walk with God – As we allow each other and God to sharpen us – and grow us up – to become more like Him.  That’s what life is all about.  Loving God and loving each other.

Below is one of my favorite songs originally sung by the Moody Blues in the 70’s – and David Lanz has made a beautiful piano solo which I just LOVE!  Enjoy!

 

God Bless

 

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