Lil Wayne, what can I say? I’m not positive he writes his own lyrics. I’ve heard that Gillie da Kid has written some of his. Most of them are pretty much the same things rephrased, anyways. Can he even freestyle?
Justin Bieber is a superstar. Everyone knows about him, whether they have a good opinion of him or not. He’s making a crap-ton of money at sixteen years old. Lots of teenage girls fall head-over-heels for him. Miley Cyrus sort of falls into the same boat, except she’s sort of trashy.
Here’s the problem I have with a lot of big-name mainstream music artists: I do not think that they all have worked long enough.
"Cody, how can you say that?!?! I luv Lil Wayne and Justin Bieber!" Well, there’s this book called Outliers that I haven’t actually read aside from like a chapter I listened to on a CD, but this is what it says:
In 1960, while they were still an unknown high school rock band, the Beatles went to Hamburg, Germany to play in the local clubs.
The group was underpaid. The acoustics were terrible. The audiences were unappreciative. So what did the Beatles get out of the Hamburg experience? Hours of playing time. Non-stop hours of playing time that forced them to get better.
As the Beatles grew in skill, audiences demanded more performances – more playing time. By 1962 they were playing eight hours per night, seven nights per week. By 1964, the year they burst on the international scene, the Beatles had played over 1,200 concerts together. By way of comparison, most bands today don’t play 1,200 times in their entire career.
The author goes on to say that an individual does not reach mastery of something until about 10,000 hours of practice. This means that the Biebs or Miley had to have put in 2.73 hours every single day for the past ten years, or almost 5 1/2 hours every single day for the past five years. Ten years is over half of these artists’ lifetime.
I don’t want success to be handed to be as a drummer. I want to either freakin’ earn it, or fall on my face trying.
I wish younger kids would realize that you don’t really reach “maturity”….that it’s kind of a process. And just because you’re in high school doesn’t mean you automatically know what you’re talking about.
I really question why churches spend so much money on themselves.
Obviously, you need a building that won’t collapse and kill people. Obviously, a few church vehicles are handy. Yeah, you need a stage and things that go with it if you want to have live music as part of worship. These things don’t cost a ridiculous amount of money for the purposes they serve.
Apparently, those things aren’t enough. There seem to be more and more churches that spend money on church equipment that, in my opinion, does not serve that much of a purpose. I just don’t ever want to turn into somebody that cares about the music, lights, and video more than the service itself. Church isn’t the place for the same kind of entertainment as a movie or concert.
Some people get distracted because the lights and music are more interesting to them than anything about God. For others, they’re distracted because the music is freaking 6,000 dB and they’re getting migraines from the lights.
I can’t say for sure that I know that Charlotte, NC and surrounding area churches are wasting money, because I definitely don’t even know what they’re doing with it. However, if we give as much as, or more than, what we spend on facilities, then we must be giving outreach/missions a lot of money.