Cussing and Swearing

March 24, 2010 at 4:01 pm (Spiritual)

This is a fun one for me.   I can’t say I’ve ever had a problem with this.    You might be asking yourself why I would be writing a post about this.    It’s because,  if you can’t control the way you speak chances are it’s harder for you to control how you think, act, respond,  and other aspects of your life.   Which brings up another question.  ”Why would I want to control the way I speak?”   My response is.  No matter if you like it or not, how you talk is a direct reflection of how people perceive you.  So ask yourself if you honestly want to be perceived by how you talk.  If you don’t care than unfortunately life will be very hard for you.  You should care. not about what people think of you that you don’t respect obviously, but, you should care what people think that are close to you especially. Caring what people think that are potential acquaintances or even strangers will also help you greatly.  Communication is one of the MOST important things that will help you get what you want in life, and need.   If you have true integrity you should try to show it in all you do, say, and think.  Obviously you won’t be perfect but you should try!  I promise it makes life easier.

Matthew 12:34-37

O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.  A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.  But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judment.  For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

Now for using the Lords, and Gods name in vain.  Come on.   Almost everyone in the Christian world knows that it’s one of the ten commandments.   Some people have a hard time with this one because they don’t think they’re using it in vain when just using it in casual conversation or just put it out there without any spiritual teaching or significance.  I’m sorry but if you use Gods name lightly believe me YOU TAKE him lightly.  Whether your making a consious decision or not.  There is now way that by doing this you’re making yourself a better person.  And again it’s a commandment!  Here’s my favorite scripture on the subject.

D&C 63:60-64 it reads:

Behold, I am Alpha and Omega, even Jesus Christ.  Wherefore let all men beware how they take my name on their lips.  For behold, verily I say, that many there be who are under this condemnation, who use the name of the Lord, and use it in vain, having not authority.  Wherefore, let the church repent of their sins, and I, the Lord, will own them; otherwise they shall be cut off.  Remember that that which cometh from above is sacred, and must be spoken with care, and by constraint of the Spirit; and in this there is no condemnation, and ye receive the Spirit through prayer; wherefore, without this there remaineth condemnation.

And that pretty much sums it up for this post.

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Favorite Band

March 23, 2010 at 8:35 pm (Interests)

Jimmy Eat World

“Why is Jimmy Eat World your favorite band?  Out of all the bands that have ever been why them?”    This is the question that I get most often when people ask me who my favorite band is.   And here is my response.

It all started with my cousins Shaun and Erich Kreitemeyer.  They were both huge fans of Jimmy  from Mesa Arizona which is where the band is from.  They went to the same high school etc, etc.  I would visit with them about once a year in the summertime usually.   When I was in nine grade I remember Erich and Shaun both playing their Cd’s at the time it was Static Prevails and Clarity had just been released.  I liked it a lot so I decided to get there CD.

About six months later we went to Arizona in January.  by this time I was a fan and knew all there songs.  While we were there they had a show.   This was my first real rock show I had been too.  Brolin was there and Erich took us.  This show was at a little whole in the wall place called the Green room that was a small bar but the bar part was closed for the show that was for all ages.   Erich got us to the front of the line where some friends where so we ended up front and center at the show that was packed like sardines.  The first two bands played and they were good one of them was called Ruebens Accomplice.  Then when they were through It was Jimmy’s turn.  I was so stoked I could hardly wait for the other bands to get done.  Jim Adkins of Jimmy eat world was setting up his equipment along with the rest of the band and while he was tuning his guitar and waiting for everyone else to set up he talked to Erich Brolin and I for like 20 minutes.  Needless to say I was starstruck!  I know it kind of sounds gay but hey,  this is my blog and you wouldn’t be reading it if you didn’t want the details.

Jim Adkins

Then the show started.  It was the sickest,  coolest, most ill nasty display of rock I have ever witnessed and sounded so sweet I can think straight just trying to write about it.   We went home and my ears were ringing for about 5 days but I didn’t care.   I had just been rocked!  I knew it, Brolin knew it and every last dang person in that small cement room knew it!

I still haven’t heard a better sounding band live.  Even with Effects, autotune,  on TV or anywhere.  I have since been to every Jimmy Eat World show I possibly could had they just get better sounding each time.

So here are my reasons for Jimmy Eat World getting Kyle’s title for Greatest band of all time.

SONG WRITING.  You cannot argue the fact that they have about 100 good songs.  Nay Great songs!  I think they are the only band that I listen to as much now as I did back when I started liking them!  Creating timeless songs that you can listen to over and over again is what true song writing is all about.  None of this one or two good song bull crap you get on almost all other albums from other artists that after about a month even their good songs sound mediocre and dull.

LAYERING.  They have a great way of making all of their Albums sound different and unique.  Harmonies are especially good vocally,  and all guitar parts on almost every single song have different melodies.   I think this helps with making their songs a little more timeless than most.

A BAND.    With them you will hardly hear a guitar solo, drum solo or a vibrato fest on vocals to try to show off.   Making sure that the song sounds good for the song and not for a personal sense of accomplishment is something you can sense in all there songs.   They do what sounds good and if it doesn’t sound good they don’t just through it on an album to fill up time.  Having  like 20 songs that aren’t on albums that are all great but didn’t make the cut just goes to show you.

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Explanation of My Blog

March 21, 2010 at 11:22 pm (Preface) (, )

Devin, Spencer and I at the Riviera Apartments lighting earwax candles.

I would like to make some kind of journal about experiences I have, impressions I get, lessons I learn, etc.   Maybe to help my future kids, my wonderful wife, me, or who ever stumbles upon this blog to know and remember the things that I’ve learned in life that have helped me not just bear through it , but enjoy it.  Better live it, and make it easier to get through all stages of it. My intent is not to preach through this blog or lecture.  My kids aren’t even born yet.  But my life is important and so is yours. I hope this will help me to remember what I know is true and good.   And pray it might help you too.

I was born in Payson Utah in march.   I have great parents that taught me what’s right.  Great siblings, and friends that have all been good examples to me.  My wife is the best one ever and I will explain why often throughout this blog! I was a homeowner at 24, a successful missionary, great drummer/musician, a nice person, adequate basketball player, and am great salesman.   I believe it’s good to focus on positive things but not to boast or be self-absorbed which is why I’m trying to do this on my secret blog and not on top of a mountain with some huge pa system for everyone to hear.   I do consider myself successful so far in my life because of the gospel of Jesus Christ and what it’s taught me. I hope to convey a little bit of that in what I do and say.  In no way do I think I’m perfect.    But there are somethings I have learned and know with all my heart that to be true.

Somethings I post on this blog will be just thoughts but there will be some reminders, facts, and some ideas that I have, mostly for me to remember. And, if it helps you in any way I’ll have made a difference, even if it’s a small one with this blog.

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