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Can’t get enough of Jars of Clay and Hanson (Celebrating 1000 Wells: Here’s What 1000 Looks Like)

14 May

Yes, I can’t get enough of the Well:Done Celebration. I’m still overjoyed about Hanson and Jars of Clay performing together.  Today, as a subscriber to Blood:Water Mission newsletter, I received an email about the event and here’s what it says:

Celebrating 1000 Wells: Here’s What 1000 Looks Like

Dan on vocals, Steve and Matt on guitars, where is Charlie? Hanson at the back - Zac playing the tambourine

 May 2011

Dear Friends,

On May 10th, over 1200 people came to the Ryman Auditorium to celebrate the 1000 communities and over 600,000 people that now have safe water. Special surprise guests Brandon Heath, Christopher Williams and Matthew Perryman Jones joined Jars of Clay and a talented line-up of friends, including HANSON, Derek Webb, Sandra McCracken, Kenyan artist Eric Wainaina & The Mapinduzi Band, and host, Charlie Peacock.
Through the evening, over $100,000 was donated to further the work of the mission, not including ticket sales, sponsorships and generous in-kind donations. Additionally, some individuals signed up to be inaugural Community:Builders, Blood:Water’s new monthly donor program (more info below). Others signed up to learn more about how to get involved through campaigns like Lemon:Aid.
Tennessee’s governor, Bill Haslam (pictured left), spoke at the reception to the fact that his own children brought awareness to him about the water crisis in Africa, and how he is proud to recognize the impact of the work accomplished by Blood:Water Mission.
Over the coming weeks, we will be sharing videos and stories from the evening – stories of how individuals across the country (and the world) have made a difference in the lives of others in the community and have positively impacted the water and HIV/AIDS crises in Africa. Below, the first of these vignettes answers the question, Wonder What 1,000 Looks Like?




Bring long lasting hope and health in Africa: For your gift of $30/month or more (that’s just $1 a day), you will be building the foundation for a healthy future in African communities. We are committed to investing your donations toward the best possible results and taking the time necessary to ensure the solutions will be the most effective for the communities and their leaders.
So far,
  • Over 600,000 Africans in over 1000 communities now have access to safe water.
  • Tens of thousands of Africans have access to adequate health care through clinic, HIV/AIDS treatment & education.
  • Friends in the US are learning how they can make a difference through creative grassroots efforts.
And with your help, THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING.
 
Join us in this investment and become a Community:Builder today.  Your support will enable us to confidently DEVELOP long-term partnerships within a region, RESPOND quickly to short-term needs, and GO further into other unreached communities.
In appreciation for your commitment, Community:Builders will receive:
– a Blood:Water Mission t-shirt,
– quarterly stories and photos from the field to share the impact of your partnership, and
– invitations to key events, both in-person & online.
Thank you for your partnership. You are making a difference for long lasting hope and health in Africa. 

Photo Op. All the performers sharing the stage. 🙂

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Jars of Clay and Hanson. And Why I Was This Overjoyed.

13 May

(* All images used are not mine, but are from Jars of Clay and Hanson.)

I think no one is as excited as me to know that Jars of Clay and Hanson performed in one event. I’m talking about the Well:Done Celebration the other night at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

WELL:DONE CELEBRATION ~ Jars of Clay, Hanson, and the other artists.

Being a huge fan of both bands, I was really ecstatic, even though I wasn’t able to watch them since I live in the other side of the world. And I’m not just talking about being “fan” who likes them for being good looking and listens to their music, but the “fan” who grew up listening to their songs, who was influenced by their amazing poetry and outlook in life. Their songs shaped me over the years.

I started listening to Jars of Clay as early as 1995, when my cousin DM, lent me the cassette tape of their self-titled record. I instantly loved them. From then on I listen to their music regularly. While my appreciation for Hanson’s music started in my teenybopper years, when I first saw them on MTV back in the summer of 1997.  You can’t blame me. They were the cutest creatures that God ever made that time. Cuteness coupled with their musical talents. 🙂 So don’t blame me! LOL. I don’t know if other people knew, but they write beautiful and meaningful songs.

Hanson may be a mainstream band and people, even after many years, still think they are this “teen group” who was famous for singing MMMbop. It’s quite funny (and absurd) how they think that way. Come on, it’s been what? More than 13 years? They’re no longer teens. They are all grown up now, matured and married men, and they still make beautiful music.

Hanson: Sound check

Well, I must admit, I was one of those who would scream seeing the brothers on MTV or on magazines. Yes, I was that crazy fan too! LOL. However, now, the approach is different. I am more drawn to their well-written lyrical prose and beautifully-arranged melodies. I guess I’m really that old huh?! LOL

Hanson on Stage (WELL:DONE)

As for Jars of Clay, I like the fact that they are not ‘totally mainstream’. Although they made it through the secular world since their music has been used several times as movie soundtracks, they are the rock and roll kings in their own ‘world.’ Their music is more matured compared to Hanson. I guess you can associate that with the age also. Jars’ music is on a different level. It’s awe-inspiring. Many times I wish that I was the one who wrote most of their songs. The metaphors, the rhymes, the message itself, how the music was arranged are all wonderful. Jars of Clay’s music evolves. They don’t just stick to one. They innovate but still preserving their ‘ Jars of Clay flavor’ or their trademark. Over the years, their music has become a huge part of me. It reminded me so much of who I am and what I am supposed to do, and how I am in need of God’s grace. Their music is a constant reminder of God’s love.

It’s great that both bands are Christians. Yes, Hanson brothers are from a Christian family, who grew up listening to gospels too like me, although they weren’t introduced as a Christian band. As for Jars, they are very vocal about their faith and it’s very evident in their music. Though, not exactly tagged as a Christian group, they are usually called as one because most of their fans are from the Church and they also usually perform in Churches.

So what drew them together? I think it’s their heart for a mission. Both bands, through different charity events, have been helping people in Africa get rid of poverty and cure AIDS.  Jars of Clay through Blood:Water Mission, an organization they founded, have started the 1,000 Wells Project in Africa to help the people get access to clean and safe water. And just recently, they completed the 1,000 Wells, thus the Well:Done Celebration happened. But they said, it won’t stop in 1,000… They can make it, 10,000! Why not!

On the other hand, Hanson has also started their charity missions in Africa I think back in 2006. Their record, “The Walk” was inspired of this. The song “The Great Divide” was sung along with a school choir in Soweto, and the proceeds were used to fund the research and prevention of AIDS in Africa. Followed by the “The Walk Tour” with TOMS Shoes as their partner, who will donate a pair for a child in Africa for every pair of shoes sold, Hanson helped brought awareness of this campaign by encouraging their fans to join them in a 1-mile barefoot walk to have them experience what a typical African child goes through on a daily basis. I wish I was able to join that.

WELL:DONE

I think both bands have done so much that I can ever mention in this blog. Their other acts of kindness and compassion need not to be elaborated here. We just know they do it because it is one of their callings.

Well, I guess now people who read this will understand why my heart is overjoyed from knowing that both my favorite bands, joined together in one night of beautiful music and inspiring stories.

Jars of Clay and Hanson – WELL : DONE!

~

Tweets from Jars of Clay/Blood:Water Mission/

bloodwater Blood:Water Mission

by jarsofclay

Parting shot: All artists share the stage performing @jarsofclay‘s “Shelter” at the finale of #WellDoneCelebrationhttp://twitpic.com/4wcfwp

20 hours ago

scribblepotemus Dan Haseltine

Thanks to @hansonmusic @derekwebb @Sandramccracken@mpjmusic @brandonheath @cdubtweets and eric wainaina. You are amazing!

11 May Favorite Retweet Reply

scribblepotemus Dan Haseltine

Such an amazing night so grateful to everyone who celebrated with us! @bloodwater is just a great story without an ending. #humbled.

11 May Favorite Retweet Reply

scribblepotemus Dan Haseltine

We are ready for ya! RT @hansonmusic: On our way to Nashville!

10 May Favorite Retweet Reply

Tweets from Hanson:

hansonmusic HANSON

A great night with the @bloodwater family. Thanks 2 our many @takethewalk walkers, who have lead the way supporting BWM and beyond- ITZ
hansonmusic HANSON

Really proud to be a part of the Well:Done event tonight at the Ryman in Nasvhille with the Blood:Water mission crew! a night to celebrate!

11 May Favorite Retweet Reply

Jars of Clay & Hanson-“WELL:DONE”

3 May

I was surprised to see this poster on the Facebook wall of Jars of Clay:  Hanson will be joining them in one night of songs and stories! Woohoo!

I am just so excited to know it. Even though I won’t be able to watch it, I am just so happy to know that my two most favorite bands of all time -Jars of Clay and Hanson will be performing in one event!

Dubbed as “WELL-DONE Celebration” is a benefit event of stories and songs in Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on  May 10th, as Jars of Clay through BLOOD:WATER Mission celebrates the completion of the 1,000 Wells Project which was launched in 2005 for the communities in Africa, so they can have  access to clean and safe water.

I never thought it would happen – for my favorite bands to play in one night. Well both of them have been busy with their charities – helping people in Africa, but I never thought a collaboration like this would ever happen.  I love it! I love Jars’ music so much, I grew up listening to them…. and so Hanson, who reminds me so much of my younger years. 🙂

I wish I could watch them! 🙂 I’m thrilled.

And I have to say,

Jars of Clay and Hanson….

WELL:DONE!

Let’s Celebrate!

Awesome Jars of Clay video (TWO HANDS)

24 Jun

TWO HANDS by Jars of Clay

I’ve been living out of sanity
I’ve been splitting hairs and blurring lines
I am a house that is divided
In my heart and in my mind

Chorus*
*I use one hand to pull you closer
The other to push you away
If I had two hands doing the same thing
Lifted high, lifted high*

I have a broken disposition
I’m a liar who thirsts for the truth
And while I ache for faith to hold me
I need to feel the scars and see the proof

(Chorus)

And if we just keep digging we can reach the foundation
Of our souls
And if we just keep cutting all the chains from our hearts
We’ll lose control

And it feels like giving in
It feels like starting over
It feels like waking up, and you know it’s coming
It feels like a brand new day
Open your eyes

(Chorus)

Lifted high,
Lifted high

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