Remember Who You Are

 

 

The Lion King came out 20 years  ago (1994)…Woah has it really been that long? I remember being 7  and my parents taking me to see it in theater. Then I got the VHS, and watched it over, and over. And now in my late 20′s (feels weird saying that) I’m writing a song, about the timeless truth of identity, and remembering ” Who ” we are.

For me, it’s about who I am in Christ. The similarities of Mufasa being that God-figure, and telling Simba that he lives inside him, is a direct reflection of how it is with us. God placed his image on us, and lives inside us. It’s because of him we live move and have our being as scriptures say.

The message in the Lion King is about living up to the calling,and not settling for less. It’s about facing  our “SCAR” and living to our fullest potential.  Those scars are our failures, our hurts, and  those things that ran us away in fear. Scars take our innocence, our passion and causes us to feel inferior. But that’s when we “Remember” who we are. We are children of God, OVERCOMERS,  we carry his DNA,  the DNA of a champ, not a chump or a chimp, but a Champion! And though we mess up , God  doesn’t throw us away when we commit to Him.

This world will knock us down , but that doesn’t decrease our value in God’s eyes. Remember that prodigal son? the father ran to meet his lost son when he came back home. Jesus used that illustration to describe the Father’s love for us.

The devil wants us to believe that your scars are who you are, but you are not your scars, you are a child of the king, so never believe the lie, and never settle for less. Be and act like the  compassionate royal family you’re a part of.

REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE. DON’T SETTLE FOR LESS.

On the Job with IDAC

Crane drops new unit on roof.

Crane drops a new HVAC unit on roof.

I feel a little like Mike Rowe on Dirty Jobs except my job isn’t that dirty, it’s just sweaty in this 100 + degree  weather! That’s right, I’m in good old Tucson Arizona filming and documenting one of the hottest (or coolest) names in  HVAC (heating ventilation and air conditioning ). It was 106 degrees today and yesterday felt just as hot. To make things BETTER we were on an aluminum roof!

We had to be very careful  on the metal roofs because it was slippery  when walking up to the unit. The coolest part  of this job, besides getting paid, was the crane. I wasn’t sure if it was going to make it because the house had a huge wall  blocking it from  the roof. But sure enough, it got through and cut through the air like a swan.

I’m excited to be working on the 30 other videos we have lined up. It’s a mixture of promos, training videos, educational videos, and so on.  I’ve been trying out new methods with green screen since the owner wants to incorporate some pretty savvy effects.  It’s a challenge, but a challenge I can appreciate.

If you’re in need of a new HVAC system be sure to check out: http://www.idesignac.com/

 

S Apostrophe MORE!

Update 7/11/14/

Please continue to vote once a day till the 18th, winner announced on the 21st! Vote once a day at http://dqsmoresvideocontest.com/dq

 

Update! 7/7/2014

My video made the finals! Now it’s up to the public vote. Go to the following link, and click the “like” button under my video ( the third one) http://dqsmoresvideocontest.com/dq

Check it out on the DQ website: http://dqsmoresvideocontest.com/contests/showentry/1701120

Produced by Michael “microphone” Jones.

SmoresGoodnesswithMik SmoresGoodnesswithMikHanging at DQ  with friends singing my version of the S’mores song. This music video is an entry for the S’mores music video contest which ends June 30th. judges will select 3 finalists on or about July 3, 2014, and verified finalists will be announced on www.smoresong.com on or about July 7, 2014.  From there, a  public voting  will happen from July 7, 2014, and ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on July 18, 2014 , and  Final winners will be announced on July 28th.

You can vote at: www.smoresong.com. You can vote only once a day, please don’t vote for me more than once a day, I don’t want to be associated with cheaters, thank you.

If I win, I’ll finally be able to get a car that doesn’t have so many mechanical problems, and blows cold air - PTL! Yes, yes.. I was suppose to be getting a new one two years ago, but my parents talked me out of it – not blaming them, just this time I’m going to make the right choice, and not try to rebuild a car!!!! Also donating a thousand (or more) to BreakDown Tucson! They are like family, and are making a positive change in our culture through  music, dance and drama! Anyway, if you’ve been wondering what I said in this song, here are the….

LYRICS

Verse 1
S apostrophe MORE/ A smores for you and a smores for me
S apostrophe MORE / Smoosh it all together, that’s the key

Verse 2
Feeling kind of hot in this sunny weather, call up my friends and let’s get together, head to DQ to find a cool creamy treasure /
with the S’mores blizzard treat to give my taste bud’s some pleasure/
I can’t resist /no/ I can’t say never/ with the golden, graham crackers, marshmallows mixed together.

and don’t forget the chocolate, I cant forget the chocolate

Verse 3
S apostrophe MORE/ grab a red spoon most definitely
S apostrophe MORE / get yours now at dairy queen

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Tools

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Audio Production:

  1. Sonar X1 ( yes I’m still on that)
  2. Reason 6

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1. Canon T4i
2. Sigma Lens
3. Premiere CS5
4. After Effects CS5
5. Primatte Keyer
6. Misfire Plugins
7. Light Leaks.

Too Many hours of editing.

 

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Right now I’m working on a DQ contest. We shot last Sunday, and plan to shoot again Saturday and Sunday . If you like to be an extra in the video then please email me by filling out the form below. I need a diverse amount of people ! The Grand Prize winner gets $10,000, and I will donate $1000 to  Breakdown if I win.  Join now by filling out the form below, and I’ll send you the rest of the details pronto!

——–Update!——–

As of Saturday 28th, 2014th participation in this video is now closed. Video has been completed!

 

 

 

Five Facts from Father’s Day

Dad

© 2014 by Michael Micrphone Jones

Many people celebrate Father’s Day even if their fathers were terrible people. But I get it; maybe it was a grandfather or someone who stood in the gap for them. Still… I feel like a mindless minion shouting out “Happy Father’s Day” without having some understanding of its origin.

I’m often apathetic to national holidays that give no understanding of origin or why they’re celebrated. So here’s my attempt at uncovering the truth about Father’s day, and hopefully bring some passion back to why we celebrate it, and why it’s important.

Sonora Smart DoddFact #1: Father’s day was started by a woman, and some men didn’t like it. According to history.com Father’s day started July 19, 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd. She was one of six children raised by a widower and tried to establish an equivalent to mother’s day.  She reflected on how much her father had done for her as a single parent.

Fact #2: But everyone knows mother’s day is 10 times more popular because mothers are usually in the homes spending more time with the children.  It’s the mother that gives painful birth.  The mother usually stays with the child when marriages fail or a baby is born out of wedlock. So of course the mother’s significance is often placed higher than the father’s and this is evident by celebrating mother’s day before Father’s Day.  It’s also evident when people quote the 5th commandment “Honor your Mother and father” when it’s written honor your “Father and mother”. So yes, American society often places more significance on the mother than the Father because mom is more visible in the rearing of children.

Fact #3: BUT this doesn’t decrease the need of a good solid father. Stats show that children without father’s are twice more likely to be incarcerated, attempt suicide, have behavioral disorders, dropout of high school, have more aggression, have confused identities… and the list goes on

Fact #4: Mothers weren’t meant to carry children alone, the man was always supposed to have her back. I think the greatest thing my dad ever did for me was love my mother. And even my grandfather loved my grandmother – these are things I remember. The love my father had for my mother brought a sense of stability.  Not only that but my father loved God, and still does to this day. I remember watching him worshiping in church, singing, and praying in the morning. I remember watching my dad go from success to success in his career, and that’ inspired me to be who I am today.  Things like that are not forgotten.

Fact#5: Dad isn’t perfect, and neither am I. At a certain age you realize that no matter how great your father appears to be… he will fail you in some aspect. But one thing my dad taught me is to look to God, and love unconditionally. Love God, love the woman you marry, love your children, and love those around you.

Happy Father’s Day!

 

Resources:

http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/fathers-day

http://www.discovery-school.org/doddfathersday.html

http://fatherhood.about.com/od/fathersrights/a/fatherless_children.htm

http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionaries/bakers-evangelical-dictionary/fatherhood-of-god.html

Why B. Reith be Hot!

B.Reith-How-The-Story-Continues-Mixtape-Vol.1My cousin  has been listening to B.Reith for a while, but I never got around to downloading his album, because I suck sometimes!!! Anyway this guy  has a great voice, mixes up genres, and is unlike any other artist i’ve heard so far. The cool thing about him , is that he doesn’t just doesn’t rap, but sings really well. His music is musical, the instrumentation takes me back to when their actually use to be bands that played music, instead of a synth – not that I dislike EDM. It’s just good to hear something different,  a mix of genres, rap, neo-soul, R&B and his lyrics tell a story. I think he’s a breath of fresh air to music today. It’s sad that i’m actually just getting to this music now!

Album Free for download at: http://rapzilla.com/rz/music/freemp3s/4890-b-reith-how-the-story-continues-vol-1

Lifestyle

lifestyle

© 2014 by Microphone Jones

1life·style

noun \ˈlīf-ˈstī(-ə)l, -ˌstī(-ə)l\

: a particular way of living : the way a person lives or a group of people live

 

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. – John 14:6

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full – Jesus Christ (John 10:10)

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothes? – Matthew 6:25

“ In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat—for he grants sleep to those he loves.” Psalms 127:2

It’s funny that before we called following Jesus “Christianity “it was called “The Way”. Sometimes I think we can forget that following Christ is a lifestyle, not just a proclamation.   Anyway…This past week I have been experiencing a locking up of my upper jaw (TMJ) due to stress. I’m too young for this, so I’ve been prompted by my mother (Mother Nature) to change my lifestyle!  Get exercise, play and go to sleep! There are four major things that dictate lifestyle.

TIME

There is a time for everything,     and a season for every activity under the heavens: – Ecc 3:1

It was recommended by Ben franklin that we should get 8 hours of sleep, 8 hours of work, and 8 hours of play being there is only 24 hours in a day.  I don’t think I have to pull out a science book to know that if I’m not getting enough rest, life becomes a mess. Sometimes I think we underestimate the blessing of following a schedule and getting proper time for all three.

MONEY

Impulsive spending, being unaccountable, buying things just to feel good is another way to have a lifestyle a mess. Sometimes I think we underestimate the blessing of keeping a budget, and actually adding up what’s on our receipts day by day.

FOOD

Whether it’s eating late, overeating or not eating at all food is another factor that can make or break or lifestyle.

FRIENDS, Popularity

Facebook, Trends, popularity, and the like… when we care too much about what other people think about us, we don’t leave any room for us to think intelligently. Hiding stuff from people we love so they think were perfect is stupid, and just causes more stress. Also trying to win acceptance from people who barely know us is another rotten thing that doesn’t matter. Be real with the people that love you, and if they reject you , then know they really weren’t your friends in the first place.

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr Seuss.

IN THE END, what really Matters?

The truth is that only thing that really matters… listening to God, and obeying his commands to Love.

The common string

Insecurity… We overdo things because we feel we haven’t done enough. Like were overcompensating. But what if we did trust God? Did our work, and watch him increase the harvest? Wouldn’t we be happy and balanced?

BTW: This awesome lady was thinking the same thing I was thinking, when I was thinking it ! I love YouTube.

 
http://youtu.be/lVIBRBVsqz8

D day

I wish following Christ was a one time decision, but it’s not! I wish my one time at the altar would have altered my ways, and  from that day I’d automatically say “yes” lord! for the rest of my days! But it doesn’t work that way, no, no… saying yes to God is a daily thing.

Saying yes to God isn’t an automatic thing – it’s manual labor! But we don’t struggle alone because We have E-Manuel  “God with us” to help us carry on! So I’m reminded not to trust in my own self righteousness …and do this work for God But work “with God” in his grace. God wants my “fresh yes” a brand new yes , with a brand new day. I say yes lord. Yes to love! yes to forgive! yes to trust , yes to live!

Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. (Luke 9:23 NIV)

- Being a disciple of Christ is not a one time deal, but a daily decision.

Multimedia Artist

multimedia

© 2014 Michael Microphone Jones

Multimedia artists are contemporary artists who use a wide range of media to communicate their art. Multimedia art includes, by definition, more than one medium, therefore multimedia artists use visual art in combination with sound art, moving images and other media. -Wikipedia

  • (Of art, education, etc.) using more than one medium of expression or communication: a multimedia art form -oxforddictionaries.com

I ‘ve found quite a happy medium doing multimedia arts. There’s always been this passion for me to express myself through film, and music. It seems  film, and music were made for each other, like man and wife.

Check out my portfolio: Porfolio 1

If you have any projects my rate starts at $40.00 and hour

 

Update

So yeah, I was supposed to be gone Wednesday; back to AZ, but things didn’t work out that way. My car needed much repair, and then sciatica took me out for 3 days, so now I’ll just be flying to AZ on the 11th. It really is frustrating, I’m really trying to listen to God’s voice, but I just feel so short on time… I guess that’s why sciatica came in; to help me rest lay on my back, and pray in pain!

No Looking Back

no-looking-backForgetting those things which are behind . . . I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. —Philippians 3:13-14

I love it when God repeats himself throughout my day. Today at Hill City church Pastor Han Oh preached about staying focused and not getting distracted. The message was about counting up the cost, and not looking back. Then I log on to odb.org, and there is the same message again! The devo was about kagaroo’s and emus, and how they are designed to spring forward. According to Our Daily Bread “Both animals appear on Australia’s coat of arms as a symbol that the nation is to be ever moving forward and making progress.”

It has been a challenge trying to be financially independent, and not letting insecurities dictate my actions. Family sometimes has the  knack  for pulling the worst out, but I won’t waiver in my faith, and the calling – I refuse to be comfortable.

I want a passion to live this thing out, and I have a deep longing to meet my wife. But none of this is going to happen unless I move in faith, knowing that God is going to work it all out.