Heavenly sunshine moments
If you're a donut fan like me, then this is your week! Time to head over to Maverick Arena for the 81st annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. In addition to Optimist Club donuts, there are other food vendors.
We had “birthday” pumpkin donuts at work this week from Dunkin.' So of course I justified eating a few, based on the vitamins they contain. Wink.
Just remember, for every donut, you have to run up and down the stadium steps, umm, several times. (Stop by and say hey to radio personality Bart Williams who is full of sunshine.)
By the way, if you participate in moderate forms of exercise, you will likely need about 30 minutes of cardiovascular activity to work off that one donut. I'm just sayin . . . cause we're all eating them.
According to Harvard Health Publications, if you weigh 155 lbs., you burn about 205 calories participating in 30 minutes of low-impact aerobics. All you have to do after the donut hits your stomach is to continue standing or walking around the Celebration grounds during the entire night. The Shelbyville Rec Center awaits . . .
Congratulations to teen Jayden Jackson on Thursday's equitation class win. There are a lot of awesome young exhibitors making their way into the arena, so show your support. Isn't it nice to hear teens are doing something constructive, rather than destructive.
If you need a short break from the horses, drive over to Unionville Saturday for a bluegrass spectacular. Maupin Fest is my second weekend pick. Jean Williams and family are ready to liven up HootenNanny Holler, a.k.a. 539 Coopertown Road, all day Saturday. The educating Williams clan have worked hard all summer getting their homeplace ready for ya'll.
Tennessee Old-Time Music and Dance Association is the host of Maupin Fest which will honor traditional buck dancer Thomas Maupin. The event will include music of course but also contests for players in banjo and old string.
Most of you who know me understand I'm a music connoisseur. While I love most genres of music, most also know I can't carry a tune in a bucket. So I sing while alone in my car. Just putting out that warning label out there.
As for popular music, I curiously looked up the lyrics to the popular song, “Old Town Road.” I was at an event recently and kids, in the words of old school rapper, Will Smith, were getting jiggy with it. Really? The lyrics start off like the guys are going to a horse show, which is good. Then, somewhere in the middle of that song, catchy tune no doubt, writers take the wrong lyrical off-ramp.
Don't believe me? Think it's an exaggeration? Then, here's some of it . . . Can't nobody tell me nothin . . . (repeat several times.) Lean in on my bladder. Cheated on my baby. What?
In another music genre, has anyone noticed lately that a lot of our contemporary Christian music lyrics are failing to mention the word “Jesus?” I can say that because last week, to be on target here, I conducted a little survey of my own. This is a week of surveys it seems. So I conducted my own by listening to a popular inspirational radio station. My results were that out of 6 popular afternoon Christian/inspirational songs played in about 30 minutes, only 2 named Jesus in lyric. You might say it's assumed . . . really? Two did use “Father” and “Lord” which made the songs more awesome. Drum roll . . . The most overused lyrical word of the day was “I.”
Now, I love “hunger in your heart” music and “hallelujah,” lyrics like the next person. I actually listen to inspirational/contemporary praise music while on the road. I've rocked with kids during Vacation Bible School to the Newsboys and other popular contemporary Christian groups. Because you know, “God's Not Dead!”
What I think we fail to understand sometimes with our “Christian” music is that not everyone knows Jesus. So I feel we need to mention the words-Father (God), the Son (Jesus) and Holy Spirit more. Music is a great, if not the best venue to get The Gospel delivered.
Something to ponder, though, is how some of that music is now the theme songs for primetime TV shows. Another, hmmm. Are we looking from a $$ vantage point when we're writing? Is it more about popularity in our church music, rather than a true message of salvation? Just some questions to ponder.
If you wait long enough, however, musical blessings are still out there in the genre. I had the privilege to hear a wonderful contemporary gospel family-Westward Road- at Brownington Church of the Nazarene last weekend. The Indiana family speaks the name of Jesus in their music. Yep, they have a multitude of CDs and booked concerts too. They will be in parts of Alabama in September and performing at the National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge Sept. 23. (That's a big deal!) It was my pleasure to meet the entire family, which includes two youngsters who already have mastered singing harmony.
I was so glad to hear another Christian family, The Kendricks, are about to debut another movie today, “Overcomer.” The Kendrick Brothers are offering Christian resources in conjunction with this release. I will be reviewing the movie in an upcoming blog. Reminder: It is rated PG for cinematic themes. I'll explain what those were in my upcoming review.
Since it's going to be rainy this weekend, your sunshine today is by way of some of my personal photography. I think I've found another pastime, standing in the weeds photographing wildlife. Ouch!
By the way, the Tennessee Wildlife Federation currently has its annual calendar photography contest going on, if that's your sort of thing.
Slow down. Buckle up. Have a blessed week.