The have-not’s have had enough and now they’re out to kill the king of what looks to be an empire where short-term earnings mean everything. There’s a pressure to deliver here. You’re going to get hurt if you don’t play this game. Nobody will ever know, just the CEO to the CFO; If you can work some magic we’ll double our paychecks, so make the numbers look right. Wall Street is a ruthless mistress with a quick and painful judgment. Temptation is in deep now, threads of greed run through this fabric, weaving tapestries over your eyes to prepare the landscapes for disaster; anthrax or a plane crash, biochemical, or even nuclear attacks. Integrity is too damn expensive, discount the price but still, nobody’s buying so come up with the money boys or you’ll be choking on a barrel. It just might be your own finger squeezing on the trigger. Call in the reinforcements.

You’re working hard on a life of your own, with three square meals and a place to call home. The American Dream can be found here if you keep your mouth closed. But the teeth you keep clinched is what’s killing the chance. Your mouth is watering as you imagine swallowing each new possession. It’s building a prison.

You’ll think there’s a place where you made it, you’ve searched for this your whole life. New answers will satisfy but then you realize it’s never enough. That’s the slickest marketing I’ve ever seen; a spiraling trap. With enough ambition and a firm set of rules you can have anything you want, you can walk right out into the world and capture and kill God in a little box or a little book to be understood. But no one can argue with the good sense and strength of a solid foundation or with the weakness born when corruption is the rule and not the exception. I’m trying hard to forget everything I thought I knew. You’ve climbed much too high to let the truth stop you now or to concern yourself with the investments of lesser, honest men. The ladder has been brutal, but the payoff is just around the corner. Call in the reinforcements.

You’re working hard on a life of your own, with three square meals and a place to call home, but you keep getting lost each time you walk out your front door. Me? I’ve got a family. I know real well what it means to make sure there’s enough food on the table each day, but I’d rather starve than be a whore for an empty living.

-RV

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Best and Worst of 2009

December 23, 2009

I always enjoy throwing these together at the end of the year. Personally, this year was a year unlike any other, but I’ll post about that later. For now, you get these lists that i’ve put together. Keep in mind that when it comes to the top ten and such, order is not a big deal, especially with all of the amazing music that came out this year. It’d be too hard to assign each a number.

Best Albums:
Manchester Orchestra – Mean Everything To Nothing
Relient K – Forget and Not Slow Down
Paramore – Brand New Eyes
Muse – The Resistance
Sleeping Giant – Sons of Thunder
Thrice – Beggars
The Avett Brothers – I and Love and You
Say Anything – Say Anything
Thursday – Common Existence
Dashboard Confessional – Alter The Ending


Biggest Disappointments:

Brand New – Daisy
Taking Back Sunday – New Surrender
Sherwood – QU
Saosin – In Search of Solid Ground
Set Your Goals – This Will Be The Death Of Us

Most Anticipated of 2010:
Jimmy Eat World
Rocky Votolato
Damien Rice?
Blink-182
Saves The Day
The Ataris

Guilty Pleasures:
Owl City
Taylor Swift

Best Band That Nobody Has Heard of… Yet:
The Honey Trees
Holding Onto Hope
Callista
Long Since Forgotten (and nobody will hear them since they broke up in March)

Movies:
Inglourious Basterds
Zombieland
500 Days of Summer
Star Trek
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Come & Live! Kickstarter

December 16, 2009

Everybody has heard me go on and on about Come & Live! and you’ll continue to hear about Come & Live! and today I’m going to tell you that it’s time to step up.

C&L! stands in a category of it’s own. In an industry run by profits and exploits, C&L! is a non-profit, driven by the love that Jesus Christ has to offer and the music that shows that love. It’s more than the music. It’s more than the money. It’s more than a cool name and a fancy logo. It’s a lifestyle calling us to “live simply to give generously.”

Please support this in any way possible. Every penny counts and every prayer lifts us up. The mark has been reached, but everything above and beyond is a blessing.

http://www.comeandlive.com

I really need the ones that I’m close with to trust me. I haven’t been feeling that much lately.

With the decisions that I’m making in life, it doesn’t make it any easier to be considered a fool, a traitor, or a deserter. The generally uninformed are basing their decisions upon the little that they know. The informed think I’m silly. Where do you look to find common ground when both sides have already compromised and one party is still unhappy?

I pray for peace. I pray for understanding. I pray that everybody will know why I’m doing this. I’m an adult and I make my own decisions. Please, just trust that these decisions aren’t made on a whim; they are informed, researched, and well thought out.

Thank you,
Jacob Aaron Bundren