Category Archives: Quotes

Sign Sign, Everywhere A Sign

I love looking for fun sayings which are placed on almost anything these days. Here are some which I’ve been gathering the last few months.

I think many can attest to this one.

At least it’s something..

Yeah, well…

Don’t we all know at least one person like this!

Not a political statement but it’s hard to deny sometimes..

Enough said!

I think wine can be inserted into this also.

Okay then…

Any arguments? Didn’t think so..:)

True enough.

No argument here.

I bought this t-shirt with someone in mind…:)

I don’t know who they’re taking about..:)

It’s still a pretty long list!

It’s why I love chocolate!

This might be my favorite..:)

 

Who Are You?

“The bulk of life is discovering who you are—and then reconciling that with who you wish you were.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich

Who are you, really? Are you the person your mind believes you are or the one that other people see? Are they the same or very different?

Many people live their lives attempting to create an identity, focusing on who they want to be but never getting around to discovering who they really are. Sound too deep? It really isn’t.

If we believe the concept of people being, to a large degree, a product of their environment then it’s probably fair to say, taking it a step further, that we become what we think, since our minds are our “inner” environment.

Or do we discard what our minds tell us and become what other people think we should be?

I guess there are two questions here and each may or may not be mutually exclusive to the other. The first is, do we live for others instead of for ourselves in spite of what we believe to be true? Thats a tough way to live for any extended period of time because of the constant struggle that may go on inside the individual.
Secondly, do we convince ourselves, over a period of time, that we are someone we’re not in order to hide the inner disappointment that may ride along with that knowledge? People sometimes embellish stories to the point that they eventually end up believing their own words, even though others who might have been there, know that it’s not true. People may believe they are invaluable to a cause, organization, team, etc, only to find they are expendable and/or replaceable. What we believe about ourselves, the regard in which we hold our contributions or lives may be very different than the perception that others have of us.

The only way to avoid each of those scenarios is to say true to yourself. Easier said than done, since outside influences/pressures may lead you in other directions. But staying true to yourself is much easier than one day coming to the realization that you are not who or where you wanted to be, that you are expendable, that your own self worth is not as valuable to others as it should be to you, and that the very core of your life and the honesty you should trust, has always been part of who you were meant to be.

You’ll never know who you are unless you shed who you pretend to be.
Vironika Tugaleva

 

Springsteen Sunday (Vol.15, Out In The Street)

Song: Out In The Street
Album: The River

Welcome back to the pulpit of Springsteen.

This week is purely fun and one of those songs that I look forward to at his concerts, mainly because the entire crowd sings and the party mood kicks into high gear. images-2

The fact that this song is off The River album which has a range of emotions and carries the listener to all sort of places makes it all the more fun.

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The lyrics are simple by Springsteen standards but like other other songs, he seems to celebrate the second half of people’s lives; those hours that happen after work, when we have the freedom to enjoy our lives in different ways.

Put on your best dress baby
And darlin’, fix your hair up right
Cause there’s a party, honey
Way down beneath the neon lights
All day you’ve been working that hard line
Now tonight you’re gonna have a good time

I work five days a week girl
Loading crates down on the dock
I take my hard earned money
And meet my girl down on the block
And Monday when the foreman calls time
I’ve already got Friday on my mind

When that whistle blows
Girl, I’m down the street
I’m home, I’m out of my work clothes
When I’m out in the street
I walk the way I wanna walk
When I’m out in the street
I talk the way I wanna talk
When I’m out in the street
When I’m out in the street

When I’m out in the street, girl
Well, I never feel alone
When I’m out in the street, girl
In the crowd I feel at home
The black and whites they cruise by
And they watch us from the corner of their eye

But there ain’t no doubt, girl, down here
We ain’t gonna take what they’re handing out
When I’m out in the street
I walk the way I wanna walk
When I’m out in the street
I talk the way I wanna talk
Baby, out in the street I don’t feel sad or blue
Baby, out in the street I’ll be waiting for you

When the whistle blows
Girl, I’m down the street
I’m home, I’m out of my work clothes
When I’m out in the street
I walk the way I wanna walk
When I’m out in the street
I talk the way I wanna talk

When I’m out in the street
Pretty girls, they’re all passing by
When I’m out in the street
From the corner, we give them the eye

Baby, out in the street I just feel all right
Meet me out in the street, little girl, tonight
Meet me out in the street
Meet me out in the street

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This clip is from a New York City concert, which is about as close to playing in his home state as you can get and that’s reflected in the enthusiasm of the crowd. So enjoy one of my favorite concert numbers.

See you down the road.

Springsteen Sunday (Vol. 5, No Surrender)

Welcome to our Easter edition of Springsteen Sunday.

Song: No Surrender
Album: Born In The USA

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I was going to skip today’s post on Springsteen because it’s Easter Sunday but the more I thought about this song, the more I thought it could tie into today’s holiday. It’s a song about many things, but mostly about faith in the people you care about; those who you promised to defend and stand with, regardless of what was said or what other people believe.
This song almost didn’t make it onto the album. Even though Steve Van Zandt left the band just before Born In The USA was released, he convinced Bruce to include this cut. His fans are glad he listened.

The second line of the first verse is probably more accurate than some people are willing to admit; because truth, healing or understanding can usually be found in a simple song.

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We busted out of class had to get away from those fools
We learned more from a three minute record than we ever learned in school
Tonight I hear the neighborhood drummer sound
I can feel my heart begin to pound
You say you’re tired and you just want to close your eyes and follow your dreams down

We made a promise we swore we’d always remember
No retreat no surrender
Like soldiers in the winter’s night with a vow to defend
No retreat no surrender

Now young faces grow sad and old and hearts of fire grow cold
We swore blood brothers against the wind
I’m ready to grow young again
And hear your sister’s voice calling us home across the open yards
Well maybe we could cut someplace of our own
With these drums and these guitars

 

Blood brothers in the stormy night with a vow to defend
No retreat no surrender

Now on the street tonight the lights grow dim
The walls of my room are closing in
There’s a war outside still raging
you say it ain’t ours anymore to win
I want to sleep beneath peaceful skies in my lover’s bed
with a wide open country in my eyes
and these romantic dreams in my head

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I chose the following clip because it’s shot live from the pit in LA and many of us have never had that perspective. It also gives you a feel of being there….the crowd singing and standing, which is pretty common throughout his 3 1/2-4 hour concerts. The guy, even at 65, has an amazing amount of energy.
He also does an acoustic version of this song in concert but I prefer the upbeat. As soon as Max kicks the drums, the crowd is ready.

See you next week at the pulpit of Springsteen.

Happy Easter

Friday’s Thought

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“Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.”
― Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

When I first read this I wasn’t sure I believed it; but the more I thought about it, the more I understood that truth finds us in many different ways. Within ourselves and in others.

Springsteen Sunday (Vol.2, The River)

Welcome back to Sunday’s worship at the Church of Springsteen.

Album: The River
Song: The River

Today’s lyrics, which are only two lines long, may be the best he’s ever written. In fact, there are few lyrics, or words, that have stayed with me as these have.

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The song itself is about a teenage couple and was drawn from his own real-life experience. Springsteen’s sister, Ginny, became pregnant at age 18 and quickly married her child’s father, Mickey, who took a union construction job to support his family. They struggled very hard, as many people did back in the late 70’s, the way many are still struggling today. He turned their story into his most moving working-class ballad with a soulful harmonica part that starts to sound like a funeral dirge as the song ends. It’s a story about the excitement of dreams that life sometimes takes away from us.

But I remember us riding in my brother’s car
Her body tan and wet down at the reservoir
At night on them banks I’d lie awake
And pull her close just to feel each breath she’d take
Now those memories come back to haunt me
they haunt me like a curse
Is a dream a lie if it don’t come true
Or is it something worse

How sad are those last two lines. The entire song is a haunting ballad but those two lines cut to the core of our souls. If you read them over again, you understand that they can only be written by someone who has been there and experienced the loss of a dream, someone they love, or even themselves.  Two simply worded lines that tell ten thousand stories.

Here’s hoping we all find and live our dreams.

Thanks for stopping by today’s service.