12.18.2011

"Veni, Veni & I Wonder As I Wander"


Two Christmas songs! 
I wanted to prove to myself that I could still sing, with a cold.
{But now my body is dead.}
The first song, "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel"
in Latin and Japanese:


Veni, veni, Emmanuel
Captivum solve Israel
Qui gemit in exilio
Privatus Dei Filio

Hisashiku machinichi
Shu yo, toku kitarite
Mitami no nawame wo
Toki hanachi tamae!

Shu yo, Shu yo
Mitami wo
Sukuwase tamaeya!

Ashita no hoshi naru
Shu yo, toku kitarite
O-guraki kono yo ni
Mihikari wo tamae!

Shu yo, Shu yo
Mitami wo
Sukuwase tamaeya!


Second, a straight run-thru a cappella version,
sung in 4 different keys,
of one of my favorites, "I Wonder As I Wander":

I Wonder As I Wander (A Cappella) by ashleyserena

I wonder as I wander out under the sky 
How Jesus, the Savior, did come for to die 
For poor ornery people like you and like I 
I wonder as I wander... 
Out under the sky



May we all take a breath, as we prepare for the holidays,
and reflect when the Lord touched our lives, this year,
or sent His angels to hold us. 


{"Veni, Veni" MP3 Download HERE}
{"I Wonder As I Wander (A Cappella)" MP3 Download HERE}
{images via WeHeartIt & Tumblr}

12.17.2011

"Final Swing at the Books"


With all 7 of my autumn finals over (so NOT a holy number), 
I'm preparing for my last semester, here at BYU.
Yes. Already.
It's gonna pile up paloodles.


Once January hits, I'll climb back into my study hole
and lurk there until spring.
What business do I have taking SIX intense classes
and keeping my radio announcer job?!



I'll get breaks, though, by traveling during the semester:
Planning a trip to Hong Kong for fun-dles,
and Alabama {as a performer for Kami-Con}.



After tossing that graduation cap to the side,
I'll venture out and explore the world even more.
Paris, Munich, Chicago, Orlando...
Almost there!

{images © their respective owners}

12.10.2011

"Metal and Flesh"

I'm half of a two-man music group called, Elegarde.
Chris composes lovely melodies,
and I mesh on lyrics and vocals.
Here's a preview of our newest project, "Metal and Flesh":


I am metal, you are flesh
My fingers, cold against your chest
Nuts and bolts, bones and blood
These must never mingle, no, they never should

Find a spark to share between
They said we would never make a team
Spark-boom-rocket, circuit to your heart
You have veins, and I have a chart

{ "Metal and Flesh" © Elegarde}
{"Beautiful Robot" © Muh Ihsan}

12.09.2011

"Seven Devils"


They say you can fight with your inner demons, 
or learn to live with them.
My faith teaches me to exorcise the devil in my head,
and my own strong sense of justice demands it.


We will always have trials,
but it is how we face them, and what weapons we use
that defines who we really are.


As of right now,
I'm still figuring out what kind of warrior I am.
Perhaps the reason some of us are taught to turn to God,
is because we do an awful job sewing ourselves back together
with our shaky, unexperienced hands.



Seven Devils by Florence + The Machine on Grooveshark

"Seven Devils"
Florence + The Machine


Holy water cannot help you now
A thousand armies couldn't keep me out
I don't want your money
I don't want your crowd
See, I have to burn your kingdom down


Holy water cannot help you now
See, I've had to burn your kingdom down
And no rivers and no lakes can put the fire out
I'm gonna raise the stakes
I'm gonna smoke you out


Seven devils all around you
Seven devils in my house
See, they were there when I woke up this morning
And I'll be dead before the day is done


Seven devils all around you
Seven devils in your house
See, I was dead when I woke up this morning
And I'll be dead before the day is done
Before the day is done


And now all your love will be exorcised
And we will find you saying it's to be harmonized
And it's an even sum
It's a melody
It's a battle cry
It's a symphony


Seven devils all around you
Seven devils in my house
See, they were there when I woke up this morning
And I'll be dead before the day is done


Seven devils all around you
Seven devils in your house
See, I was dead when I woke up this morning
And I'll be dead before the day is done
Before the day is done
Before the day is done
Before the day is done


You keep me alive
'Til I tear the walls
'Til I slave your hearts
And they take your souls
And what have we done?
Can it be undone?
In the evil's heart
In the evil's soul


Seven devils all around you
Seven devils in your house
See, I was dead when I woke up this morning
I'll be dead before the day is done
Before the day is done


{images via Tumblr & Aleksandra}