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Song of the Week: “See the Glory” by Steven Curtis Chapman

Special edition with embedded video!  And also on Tuesday!

A big shout-out to Tek for introducing me to this fantastic song.  “See the Glory” is everything that a great song should be.  The lyrics are smart and thought-provoking, addressing our far-too-often apathetic response to God’s overwhelming, all-encompassing, glorious grace.  On top of that, the music is catchy and invigorating, Steven Curtis Chapman gives a splendid vocal performance, and it features a Game Boy solo.  Yes, you read that correctly.  A Game Boy solo.  Click through to give it a listen.

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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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New Video (Sort Of)

I’m going to be at home and away from my school’s speedy Internets this weekend, so I’m bumping the Saturday pony post up to today.  That’s a good thing, though, because two big, pony-related things are happening today.  First of all, today is the day before MLP Profile Picture Month officially begins.  During the month of April, all Friendship is Magic fans on Facebook are changing our profile pics to ponies.  Why?  Because we can.  If you want, you can join in, too!  Here are a few fun pictures that you can use if you’d like (Protip: Bucket Dash is always a good choice):

Also, I’m working on a new video project right now that is decidedly pony-related.  After seeing all of the amazing videos in the “Confound These Remixes!” post a while back, I considered making one of my own.  Then, the other day, I was watching Julian Smith’s “I’m Reading a Book”, and I couldn’t help but think it would be amazing to use that audio to create a video of everyone’s favorite bookworm, Twilight Sparkle, rapping/singing “Don’t you ever interrupt me while I’m reading a book!”  Confound these ponies, they drive me to video editing!  I’m not finished with it yet, but I posted a 20 second preview to YouTube today, so feel free to check that out here and let me know what you think in the comments below.  Have a great day, and I’ll be reporting in tomorrow from my lovely home in Michigan.  Until then, God bless!

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Sympathy Mints

After a bevy of technical difficulties with my editing software, my vlog is finally finished and uploaded for this week.  This one is inspired by a video from my favorite YouTube comedian, Olan Rogers.  He can be a bit loud, but he’s a funny guy with a clean sense of humor.  One of his videos about mints in a bathroom reminded me of the mints at the Campus Post Office, and this story is the result.  I hope you enjoy “Sympathy Mints”, and I’ll see you tomorrow with another post here at The Author’s Apprentice.

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New Vlog: Party Poppers

It’s Monday again, and that means that it’s time for another vlog.  This week, I cover the recent (and spectacular) Men’s Choir Winter Tour and expose the dangers of underage party popper purchasing.  Enjoy, and don’t forget to leave a comment with your thoughts, advice, and general chit-chat.  Here’s the link: Party Poppers

P.S. Last week’s vlog already has 78 views, which, while it doesn’t sound like much, is really encouraging to me.  On an average day, the blog gets about 20 to 25 hits, so that means that most, if not all, of you readers not only watched it, but spread the word as well.  Just so there’s no doubt, I love you guys.  See you tomorrow!

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And So It Begins

I am pleased to announce that my first vlog is now available on my YouTube channel. Just click the link on the words “my YouTube channel” and you’ll be whisked away to a video of me wearing an orange shirt, talking about Trogdor, and holding a blue pig.  What are you waiting for?  It’s Monday, my friends, and from now on that means that it’s vlog time.  Hope you enjoy it, and any and all constructive criticisms and suggestions on what you’d like to see next are more than welcome.  Go ahead and drop a comment here on the blog or on the video and help me improve this brand-new, experimental project.  See you tomorrow!

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