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It happened like this: I woke up at my new normal wake-up time (5am) on January 2 ready to start my first workday of 2013 on the right foot. I read my morning devotions, spent a few minutes in prayer (too few, I admit), and replied to a couple of emails. Then I headed downstairs for breakfast and a shower. Everything was seemingly going very well, but there was this one problem: I couldn’t get Straight No Chaser’s The Christmas Can-Can out of my head. You see, my family’s annual Christmas get-together with some family friends had taken place on Sunday, so we had been playing Christmas music from my iPod most of the day. This lead to me humming Sara Groves’ Toy Packaging all day on Monday and Tuesday. One might think that The Christmas Can-Can was an improvement and one might be right, but this simply would not do for my internal playlist for the first workday of 2013. On top of that, I couldn’t endure another day of a one-song internal playlist. Not. At. All.

So, in between donning articles of clothing, I created a new playlist on my iPod for my morning commute. It featured a selection of mostly up-tempo songs, many secular, that I felt would get me in the right “take no prisoners” mood for the day. My goal: world domination. In one day. Sweet. To the end of this list, I appended various songs that I found along the way and thought, “Oh, that would help me get Christmas music out of my head as well.”

But God. I have a client who loves to repeat that phrase. But God. It’s found throughout scripture:

“You meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to . . . save many people alive” (Gen. 50:20)

“Their beauty shall be consumed in the grave . . . . But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave” (Ps. 49:14-15)

“My flesh and my heart fail; but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Ps. 73:26)

(Thanks to Julie Ackerman Link for the references)

Well, on January 2 I had a “but God” experience. I got in my car, hit play on my iPod, and hit the road. First up, We Are Young by Fun. Now, if you suddenly find yourself rolling on the floor laughing about the fact that We Are Young would be featured on the playlist previously described, enjoy. I will not apologize nor explain. I refuse. Ahem. What song I was expecting next I will not say, but it turns out that I had left Shuffle turned on after Sunday’s 12 hours of Christmas cheer. Consequently, my iPod pulled a song from near the end of the playlist, Ginny Owens’ I Am. Next, a TobyMac song. TobyMac certainly has a “take no prisoners” vibe – I mean, look at his name – but the particular song chosen was City On Our Knees. Then, another Ginny Owens song. After that, TobyMac’s Hold On. Then another TobyMac.

Somewhere in here, the tears started flowing. You see, I set out to conquer the day on my own. My playlist was all about embracing the moment, taking control, pushing ahead, and leaving everyone else in the dust. But God. He used my iPod’s Shuffle technology to send me a better message for the day. Embrace the moment, yes, but with a different purpose in mind and following Someone Else’s beat. Thank you, Lord.

How about you? How has God used music (or other randomness) to correct your path?

November 22 Worship Set

By Nate LaClaire —  November 20, 2009 — Leave a comment

This week at PBC we’ll be singing a few songs that were new to us this year (introduced over the past several months), plus a selection from the hymnal. Since they are still a bit new for some of us, here are some YouTube videos to help re-familiarize us with them.

Ancient of Days

Be Unto Your Name

Mighty to Save

I’m sure that no one needs a review of this last one, but I love hearing Andrae Crouch sing it.


A Christmas gift for you! My sister told me about this song after hearing it on the radio and I was excited to find it on YouTube. These guys are awesome! You’ll be rolling on the floor laughing after watching this.

Tinpanic Steel Band

By Nate LaClaire —  September 7, 2007

I attended an awesome concert this evening! The performance was by the Tinpanic Steel Band and it was held at the Auburn Mall as part of the Mall’s Summer Concert Series. What an amazing performance! Truly awesome… Perhaps as much as the music itself, I enjoyed watching the performers and the audience, all of whom were having a ball. This is a group I definitely want to see again! And, I’m sure I’ll have a chance. Bryan Dench, an elder and worship leader at my church, is in the group and told me and some others at church about tonight’s concert. Well worth the time and the price can’t be beat! :-)

links for 2006-04-30

By Nate LaClaire —  April 30, 2006 — Leave a comment

The Peter Fletcher concert at Ricker Library tonight was wonderful! Approximately 40 people attended and all appeared to enjoy the music immensely. I came home with three CD’s – one for my grandfather and two for me (and the family).

Now I am going to bed – I am exhausted!

Classical Guitarist Peter Fletcher is coming to Poland on Friday, March 31! His concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Ricker Memorial Library. Space is very limited, so be sure to call the library soon (207-998-4390) to get tickets. I am looking forward to it! The music that I have heard him perform (on CD) is all very nice. I will post more information here (including links to official sources, as available) very soon.

My Birthday

By Nate LaClaire —  August 20, 2005 — Leave a comment

This is my first post after turning 24. I had an awesome day today! I worked in the morning and then when Mom got home from work I just hung out in the kitchen talking with the various family members as they came and went, while searching through dozens of movie reviews to find something to watch tonight. Mom started the pizza. Finally, having no idea what I wanted to watch, Dad and I went to the video store to see what we could find. After choosing Finding Neverland and deciding to get The Haunted Mansion to watch in case we didn’t end up liking the former, we were just about to leave when I spotted Are We There Yet? I put back Neverland and we brought Are We There Yet? home. I don’t know that I made the best decision, but after the first half of the movie was over we actually started enjoying it. :-)

We ate the truly awesome pizza while watching the movie (after Alissa got home from work). We took a break from the movie at around 9:00 to open gifts, do evening chores, and give the cats their cat tower (see my next post). Then we finished the movie.

The gifts are great! Alissa and Eliza gave me a Music Clip for holding my music books open, a gift card to The Bible Bookstore, and gift certificates to Subway – all of which I will thoroughly enjoy! Mom and Dad gave me a Selah CD and ten violin lessons at Carroll’s Music Center in Lewiston – two additional gifts that I will thoroughly enjoy. I’ve been meaning to take lessons since they gave me the violin for my last birthday, so now I don’t have any excuse. :-)

Between the two days, I have had an awesome birthday!