Monday, September 27, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
I just saw this posted and thought it was well worth sharing. (Jacob via Tessa via Hannah.)
Yesterday afternoon, my friend/co-worker/room mate decided to send a facebook message to Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons. She didn’t expect a response.
Hannah Jones September 19 at 4:27pm
I expect you get 4 billion emails from fans, so here’s another to add to the collection.
On July 11 2010, my friend, Nate Henn, was killed by a terrorist bomb attack in Kampala, Uganda. He was the only American casualty. I’d just spent the last 5 months of my life touring around the USA with him, spreading the story of Africa’s longest running conflict. We both were full time volunteers with Invisible Childrenhttp://www.invisiblechildren.com/ and he was in Uganda with our friend, Innocent.
I just wanted you to know that your music has been incredibly healing, and his tribute video uses ‘Timshel’.
I wish you could have some understanding of how much your music has healed our hearts after this loss. Mumford and Sons have helped us through this heartache, and for that I will be ever grateful. In fact, a bunch of us are coming up to see you all play in LA next month. I saw you play at the Eden Project and it was wonderful. I can’t wait to see you again.
This is just an email to encourage, so I hope if you read it, it did just that. You’re doing incredible things through your music.
Thank you over and over. Please take 5 minutes to watch the video if you want… it’s very, very well made. And it’s incredible.
Thank you again.
Benjamin Lovett September 19 at 4:48pm
I will be praying for Nate tonight, and for you.
I cannot imagine what you have gone through and watching this video as I sit in my kitchen in the still of night has blindsided me. I wish I’d met this man. The initiative looks incredible and I hope it continues in Nate’s spirit.
As for our music, we our just vehicles, as Nate was with his work, and thanking us I feel is misplaced.
Thanks be to God.
And Peace be with you.
Friday, September 17, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
...because when I see beauty, I want only for your eyes to be my own.
This past year has been full of intense friendship followed by s e p a r a t i o n.
I parted with the Wolfpack and AASU as the school year ended.
I spent an incredible week at Sharptop,
Savannah summer with family and old high school friends,
Blitz, camp, IC event "meetings"
And finally I have just spent a month with some of the greatest people I have ever met on this earth and again we must divide... As our IC family embarks on separate journeys for a time, I am reminded of a thought I had earlier this summer:
From time to time, I have been asked whether I would rather have loved and lost or not loved at all. I always thought better of the former, but I never really knew why.
Now I get it.
Because it is through loss that I have come to understand love.
To my many friends,
new, old, and still to come,
Thank you for the time you have gifted me with.
Thank you for sharing your life with me and allowing me to do the same.
I love you. I miss you.
Now let us,
as I saw on Levis billboards
all over San Fran today,
Saturday, September 4, 2010
One more thought:
It's an all encompassing life situation, being a roadie.
It's a lot of work, and we're kind of drowning in it.
Day and night.
Dreams. Blog posts.
It's all Invisible Children.
Who am I? Who cares?
To quote one of the deepest movies ever, High School Musical:
"We're all in this together."
And there is no room to breath.
But the lesson I've learned is this-
Drowning with friends is so much better than breathing alone.