Monday, October 16, 2017

On this day...and MM#01

From my Xanga of Friday, October 5, 2007
"2.  MONDAY MELODIES.  Starting next week, I'll be blogging on a song of my choice.  Recommendations may be accepted or ignored at my choosing.  Like my twin, I also did a musical bracket.  Once.  Based solely on music I had on my computer that day.  Took me two weeks, but I found the winning song, so it gets first billing. "

It would be fitting for me to go back to MM#89, since today marks 19 years since the Phil Driscoll concert at Word of Life Church in St. Joseph, MO - the church I attended for 12 years.  (The church I got married in.  The church my children were dedicated in.  The church my children were baptized in.)

Or we could go back to MM#01...
We're going back to MM#01.

From Word of Life's album "There With Me" in 2005

Beautiful Savior

Draw us near, Holy Lord
Do to us thy grace accord
True faith and love to us impart
That we might hold these in our hearts

    Beautiful Savior of wondrous love,
    Beautiful Savior, no other name above
    And I give my all to thee, completely,
    And follow you with all of me.

Jesus, name of wondrous love
Human name of God above
Leading only, this we plea
Helpless oh, our God to thee

    Beautiful Savior of wondrous love,
    Beautiful Savior, no other name above
    And I give my all to thee, completely,
    And follow you with all of me.

        Holy Jesus, every day
        Keep us in your narrow way
        Until at last we too proclaim
        With all the saints thy glorious name
        In paradise our songs renew
        And we'll praise you like the angels do
        Yes we will praise you like the angels do
        Yes we will praise you like the angels do
    Beautiful Savior of wondrous love,
    Beautiful Savior, no other name above
    And I give my all to thee, completely,
    And follow you with all of me.

    Beautiful Savior of wondrous love,
    Beautiful Savior, no other name above
    And I give my all to thee, completely,
    And follow you with all of me.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Tango Whiskey Charlie

The one constant in the change.

Someone once asked...where do you see yourself in 5 years.  When I think about that question, I laugh a painful laugh.

I have no idea what things will be like in 5 years.

Going back, there has always been something changing.  The only rather stable 5-year span in my life was April 2004 to October 2010 - same job, same family size, same church, same address... and that had its own amount of chaos.

I haven't had the same job on back-to-back 4th of July since 2009-2010 working as a programmer for an Army contractor.  Since then...'11 & '12 unemployed. '13 call center from home. '14 Wal-Mart. '15 call center for a bank. '16 Home Depot. '17 unemployed.  (Now with Hallmark since the day of the eclipse)

I can argue that the two most tumultuous years in my life were 1986 (new brother, new school, new church, moved back to Leavenworth) and 2013 (new job, changed churches 3 times, moved back to Leavenworth, and other things).  Don't remember much about 1986.  But 2013...that year was...I ended that year with this on Facebook

"I started this year quoting a conversation between two characters about to go over a waterfall. And I thought things were challenging then...
This has to go down as the worst year in my life, so far. Good riddance to '13.
And yet, despite everything, more than most of y'all know, I cannot escape the truth of Romans 8:37-39."

So...where will I be in five years?  God only knows.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Every Monday Melody

10/08/07Beautiful SaviorWord of Life Church
* 08/15/16
Someday Out Of The BlueElton John
10/22/07Chicken Dance(n/a)
10/29/07Dear Mr. JesusRichard Klender
10/29/07Concrete AngelMartina McBride
10/29/07Alyssa LiesJason Michael Carroll
11/05/07The Houseplant SongAudio Adrenaline
* 09/26/16
If You're Going Through HellRodney Atkins
11/19/07Wild HorsesStephanie Glenn
* 08/21/17
Total Eclipse of the HeartBonnie Tyler
12/03/07Cleaning This GunRodney Atkins
12/10/07No DoubtPetra
12/17/07Same Auld Lang SyneDan Fogelberg
01/14/08It's All About The PentiumsWeird Al Yankovic
Sa 02/02/08Missing PersonMichael Smith
03/10/08Leave A LegacyAaron Jeoffrey
03/17/08Watch The LambRay Boltz
03/24/08When God RanPhillips, Craig, & Dean
Tu 04/29/08
* 10/03/16
Like We Never Loved At AllTim McGraw
Tu 04/29/08Whiskey LullabyBrad Paisley
05/12/08Still the OneShania Twain
05/26/08ArlingtonTrace Adkins
05/26/08If You're Reading ThisTim McGraw
06/02/08I Don't Want To Miss A ThingAerosmith
06/09/08Cat's In The CradleHarry Chapin
* 10/10/16
BounceBon Jovi
06/09/08Because of YouKelly Clarkson
Tu 08/26/08Everything is Gonna Be All RightGreg Long
09/08/08White & NerdyWeird Al Yankovic
09/29/08Livin' On A PrayerBon Jovi
Tu 10/07/08Move AlongAll-American Rejects
12/08/08HurtJohnny Cash
12/15/08Away In A Manger(traditional)
12/29/08Auld Lang Syne(traditional)
01/05/09What A Friend We Have in Jesus(traditional)
01/12/09Alter BridgeMetalingus
01/12/09KyrieMr. Mister
01/26/09When You Come Back To Me AgainGarth Brooks
02/02/09Wherever We GoNewsboys
02/09/09It's A Small WorldDisney
03/02/09It's My LifeBon Jovi
Tu 03/17/09Bad DayDaniel Powter
03/30/09Grown Men Don't CryTim McGraw
We 04/01/09Faith is the Victory(traditional)
* 10/17/16
I Dreamed A DreamLes Mis
05/11/09It's A Great Day To Be AliveTravis Tritt
We 05/20/09Summer of 69Bryan Adams
06/29/09Battle Hymn of the Republic(traditional)
07/13/09Viva la VidaColdplay
08/10/09The StormGarth Brooks
* 08/22/16
Second ChanceShinedown
09/28/09You Found MeThe Fray
10/26/09The Sound of SilenceP. Simon
03/08/10Mercy NowMary Gauthier
05/17/10In Christ AloneMichael English
Su 01/09/11ParadiseColdplay
01/10/11FancyReba McIntire
02/28/11A Different WorldBucky Covington
* 10/24/16
A Father's LoveBucky Covington
03/14/11When She Loved MeSarah McLachlan
03/21/11I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking ForU2
03/28/11Silent RunningMike & The Mechanics
04/04/11You Belong to the CityGlenn Frey
04/11/11Counting Flowers on the WallStatler Brothers
04/18/11Thicker Than BloodGarth Brooks
04/25/11All By MyselfCeline Dion
05/02/11I Go BackKenny Chesney
05/09/11Never Gonna Give You UpRick Astley
05/16/11Peace of GodHillsong
05/16/11The CallMatt Kennon
05/23/11The Power of the DreamCeline Dion
Su 05/29/11Highway to the Danger ZoneKenny Loggins
05/30/118th of NovemberBig & Rich
* 08/08/16
I Hope You DanceLee Ann Womack
09/05/11Independence DayMartina McBride
09/12/11Where Were YouAlan Jackson
09/19/11Baby I'll Come Back to YouJoey + Rory
09/19/11That's Important to MeJoey + Rory
* 08/01/16
The Boys of FallKenny Chesney
10/03/11OpportunitiesPet Shop Boys
01/02/12The Boys Are BackHSM3
* 10/31/16
My TownMontgomery Gentry
Sa 08/31/13
* 07/04/16
Born This WayLady Gaga
Sa 04/26/14
* 07/04/16
Life HappenedTammy Cochran
Sa 07/25/15This Is The Good LifeAudio Adrenaline
Sa 02/27/16Even So ComeKristian Stanfill
07/18/16LadyKenny Rogers
07/25/16Covenant ChildrenPhil Driscoll
08/29/16Dancing in the MinefieldsAndrew Peterson
09/05/16He Didn't Have To BeBrad Paisley
09/12/16Severance DayDaysend
09/19/16Leavin On A Jet PlaneJohn Denver
06/05/17Temporary HomeCarrie Underwood
06/12/17The Boys Are Back In TownThin Lizzy
06/19/17This Is Amazing GracePhil Wickham
09/11/17Something To Be Proud OfMontgomery Gentry
10/02/17I Need Thee Every HourAnnie Hawks
10/02/17Jesus, Take The WheelCarrie Underwood
10/09/1710,000 ReasonsMatt Redman

Monday Melody #100

I told my wife that I was about to post Monday Melody #100.  I thought about doing Big Green Tractor (Jason Aldean, #Vegas)...and I would've done it for a Monday Melody, if it wasn't MM#100, if it wasn't 10 years since MM#1.

She immediately suggested MM#96, This Is Amazing Grace.  Uh, already did it.

So she suggested another one.  And after a few minutes of googling it, we found it.

Happy 16½th anniversary, Ivy.

Matt Redman
10,000 Reasons

    Bless the Lord O my soul
    O my soul
    Worship His holy name
    Sing like never before
    O my soul
    I'll worship Your holy name

The sun comes up
It's a new day dawning
It's time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass and whatever lies before me
Let me be singing when the evening comes

You're rich in love and You're slow to anger
Your name is great and Your heart is kind
For all Your goodness I will keep on singing
10,000 reasons for my heart to find

And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
Still my soul will sing Your praise unending
10,000 years and then forever more

Bless the Lord O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I'll worship Your holy name

Saturday, October 7, 2017

A Decade of Monday Melodies

The Decade Collection

2007MM#02Someday Out Of The BlueElton John
2008MM#26BounceBon Jovi
2009MM#51Second ChanceShinedown
2010MM#54Mercy NowMary Gauthier
2011MM#59A Father's LoveBucky Covington
2012MM#83My TownMontgomery Gentry
2013MM#84Born This WayLady Gaga
2014MM#85Life HappenedTammy Cochran
2015MM#86This Is The Good LifeAudio Adrenaline
2016MM#90Dancing in the MinefieldsAndrew Peterson
2017MM#96This Is Amazing GracePhil Wickham

So, yeah, I picked my favorite/the best/the only Monday Melody from each song this decade, since I've been doing Monday Melodies since 10/8/2007. 

And, except for MM#54, there's a Saturdays blog in which I referenced each of these songs in my "I Go Back" feature, or introduced it.

In bold are my top three Monday Melodies all-time, Bounce; Second Chance; and This Is Amazing Grace.

Monday, I release MM#100.

Expected Trophies in Soccer

Like last week's blog, we're looking at expected trophies.  This time, instead of Kansas City, we're looking at Major League Soccer.

Each year, we assign 1/league + 1/league + 1/country as xT - expected trophies.  (For Canada, 2008-2010, 3; 2011-current 4).  So at the start of the league, for 10 US teams, xT is 0.3/yr.  At current, xT for an American team is 0.159; and a Canadian team's xT is 0.350

Then, for each trophy (MLS Cup, Supporter's Shield, Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, Canadian Championship), if the team won one, add 1 to Trophies.  (Also adding 1 for the continental and the intercontinental for DC United in 1998, because being the best team in the Americas is worth something)

Chart 1 shows how the 10 original MLS teams fared.

  DC and LA are on top.  DC sits at 7.15 T>xT, and LA is right behind at 6.15.  SKC is 3rd among the originals at 1.15, and Columbus Crew sits just above 0 at 0.15.
  Below 0 are San Jose (on hiatus for two years), at -0.36.  FCD has jumped with a great 2016, but is still at -1.85.  Red Bull New York had the longest run without silverware, but now sits at -2.85.  New England and Colorado, each with only 1 trophy, are at the bottom, right about -3.85.
  The Tampa Bay Mutiny won 1 Supporters' Shield in their six years, but the team ceased to exist after the 2001 season.

Chart 2 shows how the best 6 teams by T>xT.

  Again, DC and LA are 1-2.
  Seattle Sounders opened with three straight Open Cup wins, and won three more trophies to put them at a very respectable 4.61.
  Chicago Fire had a great first decade, peaking at +3.6 ten years ago, but haven't won a title since.  They're still 1.75 T>xT
  The best team in Canada is Toronto FC.  They will have a higher xT due to a 1/4 chance of winning the Canadian Championship.  Their five Canadian championships put them at 1.32 T>xT.
  Sporting KC is 6th on the chart, and the only team in the top 6 to ever fall to -1 T>xT (the year before the 2000 MLS Cup/Shield double; and the year before their 2012 US Open Cup)

Monday, October 2, 2017

Only by the grace of God

I keep having to remember the same lesson.
Once upon a time, I knew that God knew better,
and that He cared about me.
And once upon a time, I walked on my porch
and knew that I hadn't gotten myself in the good place I was
- and it was a good place.

And I'm often frustrated
That I need divine assistance
Divine grace
Divine wisdom
And that the brains He gave me in '80
and the brawn
and the guts
and the good looks (ha!)
aren't enough to get me through,
that I need His help, almost daily.

And then I remember the times when I moved without Him
When I took control
and made choices
and screwed everything up so badly
(almost everything bad about my personal great tribulation
is entirely my fault
and the deliverance
I can take no credit for.)

And I'm in the best place in my life
and I wouldn't trade it for any other position so far
although I think I'd do better if I had another chance
except some things I couldn't fix


"I Need Thee Every Hour", Annie Hawks

I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine can peace afford.

I need Thee every hour, stay Thou nearby;
Temptations lose their power when Thou art nigh.

I need Thee every hour, in joy or pain;
Come quickly and abide, or life is in vain.

I need Thee every hour; teach me Thy will;
And Thy rich promises in me fulfill.

I need Thee every hour, most Holy One;
O make me Thine indeed, Thou bless├Ęd Son.

    I need Thee, O I need Thee;
    Every hour I need Thee;
    O bless me now, my Savior,
    I come to Thee.

"Jesus, Take The Wheel", Carrie Underwood

She was driving last Friday on her way to Cincinnati
On a snow white Christmas Eve
Going home to see her Mama and her Daddy
With the baby in the backseat

Fifty miles to go and she was running low
On faith and gasoline
It'd been a long hard year

She had a lot on her mind and she didn't pay attention
She was going way too fast
Before she knew it she was spinning
On a thin black sheet of glass

She saw both their lives flash before her eyes
She didn't even have time to cry
She was so scared
She threw her hands up in the air

    Jesus, take the wheel
    Take it from my hands
    Cause I can't do this on my own
    I'm letting go
    So give me one more chance
    To save me from this road I'm on
    Jesus, take the wheel

It was still getting colder when she made it to the shoulder
And the car came to a stop
She cried when she saw that baby in the backseat
Sleeping like a rock

And for the first time in a long time
She bowed her head to pray
She said I'm sorry for the way
I've been living my life

I know I've got to change
So from now on tonight

    Jesus, take the wheel
    Take it from my hands
    Cause I can't do this on my own

    I'm letting go
    So give me one more chance
    To save me from this road I'm on

    Oh Jesus, take the wheel
    Oh, I'm letting go

    So give me one more chance
    Save me from this road I'm on
    From this road I'm on
    Jesus, take the wheel
    Oh, take it, take it from me
    Oh, why, ooh