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YOUR SEASON(S) WILL COME

It’s that time of the year again – CHRISTMAS!!!

Christmas has changed over here. No one bothers about christmas clothes anymore, no one bothers about christmas hair. No one travels to the village anymore – You know, the typical Nigerian Igbo Family Christmas. Maybe it is because we are all grown up and have “better” things to worry about. 

I for one, have one “better thing” to worry about. I have been trying to read and study so hard. The only I think about now is my BAR FINALS – which is in AUGUST! 

But all these do not change the MEANING of CHRISTMAS. Christmas is all about Jesus Christ and a reminder that he came into this world for YOU. For me. 

While studying this morning – I usually read with music – cool, calm, soothing music, especially in the wee hours of the morning – I listened to a new single from the HILLSONG – PEACE PROJECT CHRISTMAS ALBUM.

My favourite from the album is SEASONS. Powerful lyrics that spoke to me. And once again, I am reminded that God has not forgotten us. We all have our seasons and when it comes???

 
KAAAAABBBOOMM!!!

 

I will put down the lyrics and I hope you get INSPIRED and meditate on the words – for days when the things you prayed for are taking forever to become realities. 


SEASONS

Words and Music by Chris Davenport, Benjamin Hastings & Ben Tan

VERSE 1

Like the frost on a rose

Winter comes for us all

Oh how nature acquaints us

With the nature of patience

Like a seed in the snow

I’ve been buried to grow

For Your promise is loyal

From seed to sequoia



PRE-CHORUS

I know



CHORUS

Though the winter is long even richer

The harvest it brings

Though my waiting prolongs even greater

Your promise for me like a seed

I believe that my season will come



VERSE 2

Lord I think of Your love

Like the low winter sun

As I gaze I am blinded

In the light of Your brightness

Like a fire to the snow

I’m renewed in Your warmth

Melt the ice of this wild soul

Till the barren is beautiful



BRIDGE

I can see the promise

I can see the future

You’re the God of seasons

I’m just in the winter

If all I know of harvest

Is that it’s worth my patience

Then if You’re not done working

God I’m not done waiting

You can see my promise

Even in the winter

Cause You’re the God of greatness

Even in a manger

For all I know of seasons

Is that You take Your time

You could have saved us in a second

Instead You sent a child



TAG

And when I finally see my tree

Still I believe there’s a season to come



VERSE 3

Like a seed You were sown

For the sake of us all

From Bethlehem’s soil

Grew Calvary’s sequoia


Sequoia. How Big!!!!

Ben Hastings wrote this on the Website:

Have you ever seen a Giant Sequoia?
I was a 12 year old boy in this awkward phase of discovering fashion, so naturally I was wearing this delightful salmon shirt that was as about as far from fashion as we were from Ireland.
Ireland is where I’m from by the way, but on this particular year the Hastings family had decided to vacation along the west Coast of California, and after a long winded winding drive, we found ourselves pulling into the glorious Eden of Yosemite National Park.
Have you ever been? You should. It’s your favourite Microsoft screensaver, but in real life.


We parked, threw our bags in this quaint, quirky inn and rushed out the door to explore a paradise of colour. The deepest greens you have ever seen, water falling in the bluest of blues and dirt trails of adventure and sepia tones that we ran until we ran out of breath. As my brother and I stopped to catch some air, giving our parents a chance to catch us, I remember slowly lifting my head and for the first time stretching my eyes across the grandeur of a Giant Sequoia. It was the biggest thing I had ever seen. Effortlessly scraping the sky, but as wide as the highway that had brought us here, and with my eyes in even wider wonder I stood; my neck stretched back as far as it would go, engulfed in shadow and ancient magnificence.



I wonder if you’ve ever had a similar moment. Perhaps gazing up at a monument of nature or the biggest man-made landmark in your hometown.
For me, when I look at something of such enormity, I can’t help but feel like it’s been there forever.
In Sydney we have The Harbour Bridge. A masterpiece of design and engineering which I have the joy of sitting upon, in traffic everyday (I guess if you’re gonna sit in traffic there are worse views). But I can’t get my mind around the idea that there was a time when it didn’t exist. It’s hard to imagine the Sydney Harbour without it and yet my wife’s Great Grandma Phyllis (105 and as cheeky as ever!) was already a teenager when it was first opened.


I think in the same way, I’ve sometimes viewed God’s promises like that. Maybe it’s just me, but have you ever looked at the fulfilment of His faithfulness in someone else’s life and wondered…


“Where’s my Harbour Bridge?” 


“Where’s that wife I heard you whisper?”


“Where’s the materialisation of that thing I know you put in my heart?”


If there is anything I know to be true of God it’s that He’s true to His word. But He’s also very okay with the process. Was the Harbour Bridge airlifted into place? Well no… of course not… Even the three thousand year old Sequoia, was once a seed.


I think Jesus is the perfect example of this. In the Song ‘Seasons’ from ‘The Peace Project‘ there is a line that sings…
“You could have saved us in a second, instead you sent a Child”.
We serve a God of the “Long Game”. Does He have the capacity to airlift the Harbour Bridge of our promise into place? Of course He does! And sometimes, He does. But if we can attribute trends to God (which we probably can’t) I’ve noticed that God often chooses something else: “The Jesus Model”.


From Bethlehem’s soil

Grew Calvary’s Sequoia 


He takes His Word and He plants it like a seed in our lives. Watching and watering until it grows and ever so slowly but inevitably blooms into glorious fulfilment. And I think if we look for it, this divine methodology is written into everything from the narrative of the Bible to the beauty of creation.


Oh how nature acquaints us

With the nature of Patience. 
His nature.


Visit the link below to enjoy the beauty that is this music:


https://youtu.be/QaEx2A7p9Dk 

Get the Album, Guys!!!

Quoting Brooke Ligertwood of Hillsong:

 “This album, ‘The Peace Project’ is not simply Christmas music. It’s the sound a movement bringing peace to the earth through the Church, in Jesus’ Name.”

#WagePeace

Though the waiting seems long…prolongs even greater…

Your season(s) will come…

Seed = Sequoia 

The wait will be worth it!

Have an amazing Christmas Celebration!!! 

Love and Light…

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Chimamanda on Phyno’s Nme Nme.

 

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: ‘There’s a self-righteousness to the ultra-left that’s hard for me to stomach.’ Photograph: Stephen Voss for the Guardian

Cathy of the BBC Radio Sunday Morning Show talked to Queen Chimamanda on music, feminism, growing up in Nigeria, religion, Catholicism, racism, depression etc.  Continue reading “Chimamanda on Phyno’s Nme Nme.”

SIA : WHY YOU DO ME LIKE THIS?!

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SIA

Oh SIA!

Why you do me this? Why you do me like this? Why you pierce my heart with your songs? Why you sing for me, Sia?
Continue reading “SIA : WHY YOU DO ME LIKE THIS?!”

CULTURAL INTEGRATION IN NIGERIAN MUSIC : OLAMIDE, PHYNO AND FLAVOUR!

There are songs you hear and their melodies fill your heart and resonates through your very soul that you wish your body movements could express what your heart feels but most times you can’t and you just end up FLAPPING your arms and moving your head to the beat of the song because YOU CAN’T DANCE. I mean, I CAN’T DANCE.

Call me your average Nigerian JESUS CULTURE GIRL, HILLSONG, NEWSBOYS, CASTING CROWNS lover. I’m sure you’ve already figured out the category of music I’m talking about.
I have never particularly been a lover of Nigerian music, simply because, THEY DO NOT SING.
They simply sexualize females and talk about “BOM-BOM” only. And even the females themselves are nothing to write home about. I’m not going to mention CYNTHIA MORGAN.
They lack ORIGINALITY. Do I need to remind you of BANKY W’s EBUTE META? They try to copy ndi obodoyibo when they don’t even sound like them.

*mscheeew*

But these people came. They came into my life and changed it.

Olamide. Phyno. Flavour.

They changed me forever.

PHYNO

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Phyno. Beast From The East.

I remember the first time I listened to Phyno. I had never heard so much IGBO In RAP MUSIC before.
Nigga Raw did so well, but believe me when I say PHYNO is the BEAST from the EAST. He makes Igbo language sound so beautiful. And for once I don’t want to even understand what he says. I just listen, FLAP MY ARMS and SHAKE MY BODY. His collaborations and features are out of this world.

FLAVOUR

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Flavour. N'abania.

FLAVOUR! Another Igbo brother. He has truly brought his own flavour to the Nigerian music industry. He has won the heart of everyone – Old. Young. Children. The way my mum loves “ADA ADA“, words can’t explain.
No Igbo boy and girl sleeps on FLAVOUR. If you’re planning to get married to an Igbo lady, you have to make her believe that you intend to bring Flavor (even though you know he’s not available). This is my way of saying, FLAVOUR is going to perform live on my wedding day. I will dance to his melodious voice as he sings:

Ada ada (adanwa)
Ada ada (chei asanwa)
Ada ada (hey ada)
Ada n’idi ora nma
Everybody dey wait (dey wait you)
Puta kene na ogbo
Ife di m mma amaka
Better soup na money kill am o
Adanwa ngwa pekem pekem ya
Ada ada (hey adanwa)
Ada ada iyo..ooo 

Did I forget to mention my Ring tone is Keneya by flavour? It means THANKFUL. THANK YOU. THANKSGIVING.

OLAMIDE

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Olamide.

He is to the YORUBAS’ what PHYNO and FLAVOUR are to the Igbos. I had my reservations about him at first. I had no idea what his songs meant and people said they didn’t have meaning. No be me talk am o. But despite the whole dirty talk, Olamide still has a way of telling his story through his music. He can go all emosh to party level in two minutes. He came from literally NOTHING and he has done so well for himself. Olamide has been there even before Phyno. He started the whole cultural consciousness in music. I mean people have composed culturally conscious music, but, Olamide brought it to a whole new level by SPITTING rap in Yoruba, hence, bringing a whole different ball game to the music arena in Nigeria. He does it so well.
I still remember the first time I heard SHAKITI BOBO…The rhythm. The beat. The flow. The language. EPIC. He didn’t stop there. Before I knew it, he released MELO MELO and LAGOS BOYS SNEH. These songs are my JAMS.

These are my favorites – with regards to cultural flow. But since we are still talking about THE ORIGINALS, I would love to mention ASA, TUFACE and even the young KISS DANIEL. I also think STOMREX is doing well for herself. Love the way she features PHYNO AND OLAMIDE. I think these guys are AMAZEBALLS!!! They make me want to become a BETTER IGBO RAPPER.

Lest I forget, can someone help me tell DAVIDO to stop singing about how he came from the streets and all those grass to grace gist? I mean, we all know his story. Just saying.

Anyways, that being said, even if I get married in the year 2060, I must dance to PHYNO, FLAVOUR AND OLAMIDE on my wedding day!

N/B : If you are reading this and you have not listened to Phyno, Olamide, Flavour and Stomrex features of Phyno, please go and listen to them. Buy or download.

Love xoxo

Adriel©2015

BRITT NICOLE : WALK ON THE WATER.

HEY GUYS, i hope y’all are doing great. There is this song i have fallen in love with ‘walk on the water’ by BRITT

BRITT NICOLE.
BRITT NICOLE.

NICOLE. This song is simply amazing, i mean i get very inspired when ever i listen to it. She is an amazing singer and A song writer. I decided to drop the lyrics of her song here and I’m pretty sure someone is going to get inspired.
She is a gospel artist and infact you should go get her Songs, download it, however you want to get it. They are all fabulous.

“Walk On The Water”

You look around
It’s staring back at you
Another wave of doubt
Will it pull you under
You wonder

What if I’m overtaken
What if I never make it
What if no one’s there?
Will you hear my prayer?

When you take that first step
Into the unknown
You know that He won’t let you go

So what are you waiting for?
What do you have to lose?
Your insecurities try to alter you

You know you’re made for more
So don’t be afraid to move
Your faith is all
It takes in you
You can walk on the water too

So get out
And let your fear fall to the ground
No time to waste
Don’t wait
Don’t you turn around and miss out
Everything you were made for
I know you’re not sure
So you play it safe
Try to run away

If you take that first step
Into the unknown
He won’t let you go

(Step Out)
Even when a storm hits
(Step Out)
Even when you’re broken
(Step Out)
Even when your heart is telling you, telling you to give up
(Step Out)
When your hope is stolen
(Step Out)
You can’t see where you’re going
You don’t have to be afraid

So what are you waiting for?

NOW, what are you waiting for? Is there something you’ve been keeping on hold? something you’ve been procrastinating? wait no more, you’ve got the chance now…..all you have is NOW!!!!!!!!!

HAVE A SPLENDID WEEKEND. 🙂

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