Favorite non-Elvis, Elvis performances

In honor of Elvis Presley’s birthday (tomorrow, Jan 8th), I thought I’d compile a short list of performances that have stuck with me over the years. These are from movies, YouTube, and TV, and feature songs made famous by Elvis. I’ll just be honest, they’re mostly “Can’t Help Falling in Love” performances, except for this first one…

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in The Game Plan (2007)

Kina Grannis singing in wedding scene from Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

YouTubers Powerfox and Poneymane, one of whom tried out for American Idol years ago (2010)

Lisa Donnelly during Ashley and JP’s Bachelor Wedding Special (2012)

Do you have any to add to this list? Chime in with a comment below!

Thanks for stopping by…

-Out of the Wilderness

A reaction to the first Presidential debate

There’s a reason politics aren’t mentioned in the lyrics of “America the Beautiful” because what we watched last night was not beautiful. Both Donald Trump and Joe Biden had the opportunity to lay out a vision for what they wanted the next four years to look like and all they could do is bash one another. If I had to describe my feelings on the debate in just three words, I’d use these:

Dizzy. Annoyed. Worried.

All Trump had to do was set Biden up and get out of the way. Simple as that. There were moments he had a good setup but he never got out of the way! Joe Biden is consistent when it comes to gaffes and I’m sure most people expected a few during the back and forth exchanges with Trump, but Trump was in full steamroller mode.

I’m a steamroller, baby, I’m bound to roll all over you.

“Steamroller Blues” Elvis Presley

Trump missed a grand opportunity to let Americans see Biden trip over himself on live TV. Next time I hope Trump drops the needless self-promotion and bullying interruptions to give Biden time to talk himself into a corner. At the very least, ask him a tough question or two, get under his skin, then just sit back and let him meander. In defense of Trump, Biden missed the mark also. Resorting to name-calling (clown, disgrace, worst President ever, racist, etc), he failed to inspire any sort of hope in his potential term as President.

To pick a winner in this first debate is like a teacher announcing which of two students got a higher F than the other. Hopefully the next debate will actually include a civil conversation between the two.

What did you think of the debate? Do you think any undecided voters were swayed one way or the other?

-Out of the Wilderness

Songs called “Who Am I” or close to it

Well, I’ll spoil this real quick: there aren’t a lot of well-known songs titled “Who Am I” but Needtobreathe, one of my favorite bands, has a new album and one track is, yep you guessed it, “Who Am I”…

This isn’t the first song with that title, of course. Here’s a list of a few other songs with the exact same title, and a few that are dangerously close.

Elvis Presley “Who Am I”

Casting Crowns “Who Am I”

SpongeBob SquarePants “Who Am I?”

Jessica Andrews “Who I Am”

The Score “Who I Am”

This is a bit of a stretch, but I’ve also included Timbaland “The Way I Are”

Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

My top 5 worship songs – August 2020

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If you’re like me you have a Spotify playlist for almost every occasion. I’ve got four playlists for softball, two for the beach, a Christmas playlist, dancing music, funeral music, two Disney playlists, and more, but the one I’ll highlight today is my worship playlist. The songs range from artists like Phil Wickham, Bethel Music, Andrew Peterson, Shane & Shane, and many more. From this list, I’ve selected my top 5 worship songs for August 2020. Take a look and a listen below, then scroll down to comment with a few of your favorites from this month!

“The Blessing” – Kari Job, Cody Carnes

I first heard this one on a livestream from Passion City Church in Atlanta, Georgia after visiting the church in person back in March (before everything went online). Side note: come back to this link to read more about my Atlanta road trip, it was awesome.

“My Hallelujah” – Bryan & Katie Torwalt

This one has been a favorite for years… or weeks. Time feels suspended in quarantine, you know? I can’t help but be uplifted and pumped up every time I hear it. The lyrics are like a fight song, a banner, and a comfort backed by a nice drum beat.

“O Praise the Name (Anastasis)” – Hillsong Worship

If this song doesn’t move you, melt your heart, make your adrenaline run faster, and make you want to rise up to any challenge, you’re a robot that should be melted down and sold at an auction for scrap metal.

“Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus / Nearer My God to Thee” – Elvis Presley

I’m sure I came across this during a Sunday morning Gospel session on SiriusXM’s Elvis station and how lucky was I that morning? Aside from the lyrics being gospel, the simple satisfying message to throw earthly things aside, just listen to Elvis’s voice, and especially his passon during the “Nearer My God to Thee” part of the medley. Doesn’t get any better than that, folks.

“Victory Chant” – college campus

I stumbled across this one as I was listening to live performances of “Victory Chant,” and honestly, my best guess is that it’s from the campus of University of Southern California. I like the vibe of the room, the lead worship guy’s voice, and the overall joy in the room.

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-Out of the Wilderness

How many dogs in the history of pup-kind have eaten one of these?

It’s kind of like that one song you’ve heard with a word you’d never expect to hear in the lyrics. Like “spool”… how many songs have ever included the word “spool”? I can tell you there’s probably only one…

That’s right. Just like there’s probably only one song with “spool” in the lyrics, there’s probably only one dog that’s ever eaten…

a sea horse!

pictured is the sea horse who is no more, in his last sea-lfie

Yep, I hate to say it, but my 10-year-old beagle was feeling a bit horse the other day. Was she sick? No, no… she’s fine. But she ate Sea-biscuit!!! Yes, you read that right. I was at a beach on the gulf coast of Florida and randomly found a sea horse who had apparently passed away recently. He was floating in the shallow waters and wow, what a moment! I’ve only seen a sea horse in the wild once in my life, and now twice. I reverently picked it up and stored it for the trip back to the house so I could show the rest of the family.

A few folks got to see it before the pup-petrator commited– *ahem* ALLEGEDLY commited– the crime. I had set Sea-marty Jones in a spot where he would dry out, safely away from most activity around the house. A few hours later, Snack Beauty was gone! A potential witness stepped forward with some information, very incriminating information, about one of the dogs who shall not be named, but who is known for eating anything that is close to being edible. The witness said he saw this dog near the area of Sea-cretariat.

So we don’t have hard evidence to lock the canine up, but we know her well enough to know with 99% certainty she had a salty snack that day! Plus, that very afternoon when a squirrel ran by, I could swear I heard a neigh where a howl should’ve been 🙂

looking awfully pupspicious

So long, BuSEAphalus…

-Out of the Wilderness