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SAMPHA (Music Review/Artist Spotlight)

Hey Everyone,

I am back again with another review/reflection on one of my favorite new songs called (No One Knows Me) Like the Piano.The artist behind this atmospheric and beautifully but simply written track is by the talented British singer-songwriter known as Sampha. sampha_image-1.jpg

This song is a very stripped back  which features Sampha’s piano skills as he reflects on his love for the piano and the deep connection he has to his childhood piano as he croons;

“No one knows me like the piano in my mother’s home
You would show me I have something, some people call a soul
And you drop-topped the sky, oh you arrived when I was three years old”

Now, I am huge fan piano, not just as an incredible instrument but particularly when it features in a song that makes you feel nostalgic. The songs reference to childhood made me think about how fast time goes, as I am on the cusp of moving out of my own childhood home myself. Sampha’s soulful voice brings such depth to the track’s already meaningful subject-matter which makes this song such a pleasure to listen to.

Sampha is releasing his debut LP entitled “Process” which is set to released on the 3rd of February which I am excited to hear. The album features 10 tracks and is available for pre-order on Itunes. Once the album drops, you can expect a review from me.

 

I hope you enjoyed this review/artist spotlight. Let me know if you have any tracks you would like me to talk about in the comments below. 🙂

Here is the link to the song:

ALSO here is the song live on The Tonight Show:

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Spotlight on music (Francis and the Lights)

Good afternoon everyone,

Today I am putting a spotlight on a song/artist I discovered on Spotify. It’s entitled “Friends” by Francis and the Lights, featuring Bon Iver. Bon Iver, which is an American indie-folk band who you may know from the highly popularized song entitled “Skinny Love”. This song rose in popularity when Birdy (who was 16 at the time) covered it on her self-titled debut album “Birdy”. That aside, Francis and the Lights is an American music project which is led by Francis Farewell Starlite. According to the Internet, they are categorized as Pop music. But rest-assured, if you’re tired of the mainstream sound of Pop music like I am, then I hope you will be pleasantly surprised by their sound. It really pops and is very relaxing in this particular song “Friends”. Francis’s vocals are synthesized in this track (as it is in every track of theirs). Personally, I find this synthesisation a bit repetitive in this album if you choose to check out their debut studio album “Farwell, Satellite”.  “Friends” makes you feel like your floating on a cloud as it feels very eutrophic and calming making the listener feel like they’re being transported. I am a very visual person when listening to music, I can close my eyes and certain images will flow through my mind. I love metaphors so be prepared, they will come up a lot in my blog posts.

 

I hope you enjoyed reading my thoughts on “Friends”. If you did enjoy this, let me know and I will try to write more music reviews/highlights as I discover them.

Here is the video (which is so cool): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wScYn10D2vo

  • the video features Kanye West and Bon Iver

 

Album:

2017

Hey People,

I realise my absence has been very long but I am very excited to say I am actually going to take the time to post this year. I am currently in the limbo stages of adulthood as I wait for the opportunity to move away. I am searching for a job at the moment so when the right place comes up to move to Melbourne I will be at a financial advantage. I was originally going to study Bible College at the beginning this year but I discovered I wasn’t able to afford it at this current time. Life can be tough and confusing, I struggle at times as I don’t have many friends who live close by which makes me very lonely. I have a few awesome people in my life however which makes me very grateful for those few people. God keeps showing me that patience is important and I need to just wait on His timing for the things I would like to do. I hope to get a job in Melbourne (once I find a place to live) to work and possibly study mid-year.

p.s let me know what posts you would like to see in the future.

Godspeed and hold on to hope.

The room and daily thoughts

 

Today was a slow day. I did some cleaning and turned on the AC for the first time in months. The heat is setting in as Summer pushes Spring out the door. I was struggling to find something constructive to do until I clicked on a sermon by Jenn Johnson. It was exactly what I needed to hear in the season I’m in and excited to see how God uses the message I heard in moving forward in my life. You can find it below. Just a powerful,inspiring and challenging message. Also below is a story I wrote that I felt placed on my heart by the Lord after I heard this message. I hope it encourages you and challenges  you today. 🙂 Godspeed.

 

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I woke up every morning with urgency as I rushed to get ready for the day. My eyes were droopy but I knew I had to get out of bed to face the new day waiting for me. Suddenly, a vision came to me. I saw myself step out of my bedroom and then finding myself in the company of room, full of people. Each person had a name which was; hope, fear, anger disgust, hopelessness, joy, peace, and love. I found myself walk towards fear, anger, disgust and hopelessness who were all grouped on my side of the room. I then proceeded to shake hands with them with ease and without hesitation. I suddenly felt a voice come to me saying “why are you making camaraderie with the enemy of your joy,peace, love and hope. This company Is pulling you away from my plan for you. Cut ties with these people who are dragging away from the joy found in me but instead you’re giving the enemy joy by strengthing your friendship with them. They are on your side of the room because you make them comfortable as you carrying their spirits with you the minute you start your day. You need to carry my spirit which carries the spirit of joy, peace, love and hope. When you see the enemies of me at your door again, walk past them without concern and strengthen your relationship with the friends of your soul.”

Illuminate

Woke up in a darkened room that was unfamiliar to me. I sat up with caution. The room felt cold and strange, I felt strange. I was told this day would come, where I would fall asleep one night and wake up in a place that was indifferent to my sense of security. The smell of the room smelt like my childhood; oceans and springtime. Amongst those scents,      I smelt the aroma  of coffee and other smells that somehow I knew were a part of the adult world that was very unfamiliar to me. I felt fear and I shook. Suddenly, a neon sign appeared in front of me that read ‘Illuminate’. I was confused by this word, this room was wrapped in darkness yet this word ‘Illuminate’ echoed a startling revelation. A voice deep within spoke and said “Wrapped in darkness is the path of your future as it is completely unknown to you. Despite this, a light is inside of you that will Illuminate the path of others. You must also remember this light isn’t just for others but for you also as you must remember to hold on to hope. Light will brighten the darkest of days ahead by living the  word ‘Illuminate’.

You are faithful

My heart can feel like something has wrapped itself around it blocking my emotions from being processed. It leaves me desperate for tears to fall down to the floor. Those tears never come. I sit there with pain in my heart, leaving me numb and breathless. Those days come and go but you Lord are always faithful. You carry me through the darkest of days. When life seemed to punch me the stomach leaving me gasping me for air, you are there with an oxygen mask ready and able to help anytime I need you. The oxygen gives me new life making it possible to live another day, dream another dream, and still become who you want me to be. Your love gives me strength and your hope gives me a new day.

 

Deuteronomy 31:6 New International Version (NIV)

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

When I was a little kid this poem was stuck in the bathroom of my grandparent’s house. It was my favourite poem back then and still remains my favourite of all time. It speaks the deep truth of God’s faithfulness and mercy that I am learning every day to trust. He is faithful forever and always.               
One night I dreamed a dream.

 

As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
One belonging to me and one to my Lord.

After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,
especially at the very lowest and saddest times,
there was only one set of footprints.

This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.
“Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,
You’d walk with me all the way.
But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,
there was only one set of footprints.
I don’t understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me.”

He whispered, “My precious child, I love you and will never leave you
Never, ever, during your trials and testings.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you.”

– unknown

 

The Rising Tide

The Rising Tide

I felt like the ugly side of me was rising like a tidal wave ready to drown me with its salty waters. I tried to run from the beast inside which was tearing at my flesh wanting to come out. I knew I had to face the breaking and looming wave ready to drown me. My lungs were burning from trying to run, but no matter how much I ran, the tidal wave kept chasing me in hot pursuit. I dropped to the ground and the wave broke over me dragging me into its waters. I knew I didn’t have the strength to swim back to shore. Everything went black as the salty water filled my lungs. I woke up, staring into the eyes of someone who knew me, but I wasn’t sure who it was. I knew one thing, it wasn’t someone who was going to harm, but instead, would help me. This person spoke and said, with a wink and a laugh, “With all that salty water you swallowed, that would kill off any unwanted visitor inside.”

About me part 1 :)

Favourite Colour: Purple and Orange but not together.

Favourite movies: too many to count but here is a list of just a few;(In no particular order)  http://www.imdb.com/list/ls063934542/?

Favourite Bands/Singers: (In no particular order)

Twenty One Pilots

Tenth Avenue North

Lianne La Havas

Emeli Sande

Whitney Houston

The Paper Kites

Jesus Culture

Jessica Mauboy

Lecrae

Shawn Mendes

etc.

Favourite Tv shows currently:

The Flash

Fresh Off The Boat

The Middle

 

Introduction

Hey, I’m Cameron and I’m 18 years old and I live in Australia. Life is full of adventure but also pain. I have experienced both and I hope you will find comfort in the words I write. I am just an average guy with hope in Jesus Christ my Lord and Saviour. This blog will be a mix of a bit of everything; music reviews, movie reviews, stories and reflections from my everyday life. I’m excited to see where this blog will take me now and future. GODSPEED 🙂

Cam

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