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Archive for January, 2009

Saturday Afternoon Cup

n58900177_30460031_4212The cup this afternoon was a Guatemala roasted 3 days ago. The beans had a wonderful and strong dry smell and much smoother and subtle wet smell. . . interesting. The cup was very smooth and medium bodied with strong chocolate notes. Not much complexity in the cup and extremely delicious.

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Regardless of her recent performance at President Obama’s inauguration, which some have said was less than average, Aretha Franklin could wail in her prime (a.k.a. her whole life until recently).  So here is an ode to one of the greatest singers and performers of this past generation. Take it away Aretha!

Chain of Fools

Respect (written by Otis Redding)

Natural Woman (written by Carol King).
Preface: Ok, so this is from a “DIVA” concert, but Aretha rocks it out and clearly stands above the other singers, at least as far as soul goes. Watch for Celine Dion to blow your mind at 3:10.

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Links

1. This sermon has about 6,200 downloads.

2. This will soon be happening in my kitchen.

3. My boy and my replacement are blogging. Hit em up.

4. For you Bon Iver fans, and if you aren’t you should be, you can get the new EP entitled ‘Blood Bank’ on Amazon as an MP3 for 3.89. Go get it.
Mr. Mayer’s Village Sessions is also on Amazon as an mp3 album for 4.99.

5. Test the speedof your internet here.

6. John Piper gives us 15 Pro-live truths/talking points. Helpful.

7. Incubus is soon to release a greatest hits album with some fresh material. And while we are on Incubus, Brandon Boyd has a new book entitled ‘From the Murks of the Sultry Abyss. Sneak Peak.

8. Guster is in the studio…sweet.

9. If you haven’t checked out Subtext, you ought.

10. I’m pretty pumped about the Together for Adoption Conference.

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Be Still, My Soul

Be still, my soul: the Lord is on your side.
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;
leave to your God to order and provide;
in every change God faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: your best, your heavenly friend
through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
To guide the future, as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
the Christ who ruled them while He dwelt below.

Be still, my soul: when dearest friends depart,
And all is darkened in the vale of tears,
Then shalt thou better know His love, His heart,
Who comes to soothe thy sorrow and thy fears.
Be still, my soul: thy Jesus can repay
From His own fullness all He takes away.

Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening on
When we shall be forever with the Lord.
When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past,
All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.

Words: Katherina A. von Schlege

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Columbia El Paraiso

Those of you who know me know that I have a new, great love for coffee. I have recently been enjoying the delicious coffee offered at Sunergos (an amazing roaster and coffeehouse here in Louisville), Ray’s Monkey House (another worthy roaster in Louisville) and the amazing coffee roasted by my Hawaiin/Asian/everything else friend, The John Letoto. I will hopefully begin roasting myself soon in a few weeks. I will henceforth be seeking to blog through some of the cups I am having, much like Mr. Letoto, and will also seek to blog through my roasting adventure once it starts.

This morning I enjoyed a delicious cup of Columbia El Paraiso which was roasted by my friend Kane on Wednesday. The cup was extremely smooth with a medium body and fruit undertones. There was little acidity (some as the taste lingered on the pallet and as it was swallowed) As the coffee cooled some there was delicious fruit flavors and the cup became more complex. Really bright flavors on the sides and back of the pallet. As the cup cooled it stayed very smooth. In the end, a very enjoyable and delicious cup.

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Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you what many argue to be the greatest song in the history of  humanity. . .’Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey. This is a pretty sweet live version of the tune. I have always wondered how a man can sing this song so clear as Steve Perry does, but I think the jeans might help. You have been warned.

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