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Interview with the Newton Part One: Questions from Adam

I love interviews.  To this day, the interviews that I had the privilege to conduct with my friends Adam, Jay, and Robert back at the beginning of the year are three of my favorite posts since I started PostADay, and I hope to revive the weekly Pathos interview series soon (you can find those interviews in the “Pathos” category tab to your right.  No, down.  Too far, back up.  Yeah, that one).  Whenever I hear that someone I admire is being interviewed, I get all giddy and distractible until I get to read, watch, or listen to it.  For example, there’s a new fourteen-minute TV interview with songwriter Daniel Ingram on YouTube right now, and it’s all I can do not to watch it.  I have to keep telling my subconscious that if I don’t buckle down and write I won’t have time for either this post or  the interview before curfew tonight, but my subconscious hates logic, so he gets all huffy and starts singing “Friday” just to annoy me.

Speaking of interviews, a few weeks ago I made a post in which I asked you guys, the readers, to interview me by leaving questions for me to answer in the comments.  Two of you responded, so I’m splitting the answers post into two installments.  Today, I’ll answer questions from my best friend IRL, Adam Swensen, and tomorrow I’ll cover the questions from my best friend on the Internet, Tekaramity.  So now, without further ado, questions from Adam!

If you could go to either Haiti or Japan right now, where would you go? Why?

I’m not very well informed on either situation right now, but I think I would go to Haiti because it’s a more impoverished area.  Even before the disaster it was a bit of a focal point for humanitarian efforts, and now that they’ve undergone so much destruction and devastation they need more help than ever.

Chris Tomlin or Phil Wickham?

Wickham all the way!

Where do you want to see your life in five years?

There are a whole lot of things that I would like to do in the next five years, but I think the biggest two would be to publish a book and start a family.  As for where I want to be in my life, the only thing that really matters to me is that I’m a more mature person and Christian than I am now.  I always want to be growing, always want to be reaching for better things and higher goals, and as long as I’m becoming more like Christ He can take me wherever He wants me to go.

If there was one thing you accomplished in your life, what would that be?

I want to start something that keeps on making the world a better place and proclaiming the name of Christ long after I’m gone.  That’s part of why I’m so enamored with writing, because the written word can reach into places in both time and space that the author could never go and affect people that the author never even gets a chance to meet.  Ideally, I’d like to start a charity that reaches out to kids from broken families.  My family means the world to me, and one of the things that never fails to shatter my heart is when children are left without that love and support in their lives because their parents either could not or would not stay with them.  As long as I have the capacity to love I want to give that love to those who need it most.

What are your favorite attributes of God?

God’s patience astounds me every day.  He has been so gracious with me in all of my foolishness and selfishness, through all of the times that I’ve pushed Him aside and refused to surrender my will to His.  He’s always waiting to take me back when I realize that I was wrong, and He’s always working through my circumstances to pursue me even when I’m not pursuing Him.  I love that about Him.

Twitter or Facebook?

Facebook, but mostly because my phone really doesn’t cooperate with Twitter.

Favorite YouTuber? Why?

John Green.  He is a fellow author and the most articulate, passionate, thoughtful man on YouTube, and he often inspires me to reach for more as a writer and even as a person and as a friend.  He makes me think when most YouTubers are just out to make me laugh.  Not that I don’t love a good laugh, of course, but we need more than entertainment and John Green delivers that something more.

Recent music obsession? (Or what you have been listening to) Why?

The music from MLP:FiM Season 1.  There’s no official soundtrack released yet, but you can find a lot of the background music and songs on YouTube, and it is spectacular.  There are also some great remixes (Eurobeat Brony is the man) and even a few fan compositions that I enjoy greatly, like this one.  So.  Awesome.

Favorite Needtobreathe song? Why?

“Let Us Love” hands down.  It’s such a joyful song, but it’s not a clueless joy.  It’s the kind of joy that says, “I know that the world is broken and that life is hard, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t give all we’ve got and love with all of our hearts.”  In fact, that’s exactly what the song urges us to do, and that’s an encouragement that we could all use.

If you could only see one band/musician in concert ever, who would that be?

Switchfoot.  Absolutely, unequivocally Switchfoot.  They are my favorite band, and I’ve heard that they’re unbeatable live.  I’d be willing to give up going to concerts for the rest of my life if only I could see them in concert once.

If you could hang out and talk to 3 people for a day, like well known people, who would those 3 be?

John Green and his brother Hank come readily to mind.  As for the third, probably Charlie McDonnell.  He seems like he’d be a blast to hang out with, and he’s already friends with the Green brothers.  Yeah, a day with the Vlogbrothers and Charlie would be pretty much amazing.

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Best Day Ever

The Moody Men’s Collegiate Choir performed a concert in Albuquerque last night, and we had another one planned for tonight, so today we spent most of the day sightseeing.  I got to the church around 9:00 and we set off for Santa Fe.  After a short bus ride, we arrived at the New Mexico capital building and went in to see the rotunda and the Senate chamber.  It turns out that the Senate was set to start their first session of the year at 11:00, so Doc let us stay to see it begin.  What we didn’t find out until a little while later is that he also wandered off and somehow secured permission for us to sing The Star Spangled Banner from the gallery as a part of the official opening ceremony.  We had to wait for a while because the session didn’t really convene until 12:10, but when the time finally came we said the pledge of allegiance with all of the New Mexico senators and then sang the national anthem to kick off the first session of the 50th New Mexico Legislature.

After that, we went out to the Santa Fe town plaza and wandered through a few of the shops. We also got to explore the Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi.  They have holy water there, but it didn’t really feel that holy.  My friend Robert and I dipped our fingers in and made the sign of the cross anyway because that’s what you’re supposed to do with it.  From there, we went back to Albuquerque and stopped at Christ the King Anglican Church to set up for our concert.  As it turns out, that’s Fernando Ortega’s church.  Yes, the famous Fernando Ortega.  He came to our concert and listened to us sing, and in my opinion it was one of our best performances yet.

On top of all that, today is Saint Patrick’s Day, also known to some as my little brother’s birthday, so I called him while the choir was getting ready in our dressing room and they were all kind enough to sing “Happy Birthday” to him with me.  He really enjoyed it, and I was glad that I could still give him a gift from so far away.  All things considered, this was pretty much one of the most memorable days of my life.  I got to sing for the New Mexico Senate, Fernando Ortega’s church, and my little brother’s birthday all in one day, and I also got to eat cheesecake.  It doesn’t get much better than that.

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Palo Duro

Today, the Men’s Choir arrived early in Amarillo, TX, so we drove a few miles out of our way and spent twenty minutes in Palo Duro Canyon.  I can’t do the scenery justice with descriptions, so I asked my friend Jack if I could upload a few of the great pictures that he took.  He kindly obliged, so here for your viewing enjoyment are some pictures of the gorgeous Palo Duro Canyon.

A wide shot of the canyon from the drive down

Another sweeping view from the top of the canyon

A great view of the different layers of rock and dirt along the edge of the canyon

 

A closeup of the strata in the canyon wall

 

A look up at the canyon walls from the floor

This shot gives a good perspective of the depth and variety of the canyon's scenery

Jack, the photographer, with the canyon in the background

A few of the Tenor 2's relaxing in the canyon floor

Exploring the Southern United States, even in such short glimpses, has been an absolute treat.  The locals insist that the scenery is flat and uninteresting, but coming from Michigan, where you can’t look twenty feet without seeing a bunch of trees, I think it’s fantastic.  Hopefully I can come back and spend more time taking it in someday, but for now the tour must go on, so we’re heading to Albuquerque tomorrow for the next concert.  I hear there will be mountains, so I’m pumped.  What can I say?  I’m easily impressed.

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Oklahoma!

Last night, Daylight Savings Time began.  I normally don’t like the first day of Daylight Savings Time because I’m so tired from losing an hour of sleep, but this year it turned out perfectly.  The Men’s Choir stopped off in Oklahoma today, and the weather was simply fantastic.  There was a light breeze, the temperature was in the sixties, and in the evening a light drizzle started to fall.  During the intermission of our concert, I stepped outside, took a deep breath, and smiled.  Several of the trees were covered in white blooms, and the air smelled like damp soil and fresh flowers, and despite the fact that it was 6:45, the sun was still glowing brightly behind the clouds.It felt like I’d stepped into the Chronicles of Narnia and Aslan’s arrival had driven off winter overnight.  I can almost forgive Benjamin Franklin for having a bogus idea like Daylight Savings Time because of a moment like that.  Now if only I’d heeded his “early to bed, early to rise” advice maybe I wouldn’t be so tired right now.  Oh, well.

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“Local” Concert

The upsides of having one of the Men’s Choir local concerts all the way out in Wisconsin:

1. Four hours total on a bus with a bunch of goofy guys

2. Wisconsin is gorgeous

3. Bus ride = a chance to listen to a lot of great music

4. Bus ride also = a chance to do a little homework

5. Fun conversations with Robert Wallace about weird billboards and the theology of wedding ceremonies

Downsides to having one of the Men’s Choir local concerts all the way out in Wisconsin:

1. Having to go to the bathroom for 85% of the bumpy bus ride home

2. Leaving at 1:30 and getting back at 10:45

3. Not enough energy left to write an original post

Also, I love you.  That is all.

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