Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Lessons and play open a new world for refugee children

Teacher Wafaa Anjarani (grey sweater), leads a group of Syrian refugee children in an outdoor activity at an early childhood education center in Rajab, a settlement in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon. Before fleeing to Lebanon, Wafaa taught for 15 years in the public schools in Syria.

Like a tender green shoot, hope springs up on the edge of Rajab, a Syrian refugee settlement in Lebanon. There, in three tents surrounded by a wire fence, children ages 3 to 6 are getting their first taste of school. It’s a heady experience for children used to drab surroundings and few, if any, toys.

“These children haven’t been to school before — here or in Syria,” says supervisor Thanaa Hamdanieh, a Lebanese woman who taught for 18 years in Bekaa Valley schools.
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Article brought to you by World Vision.


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

What's All This!?


So I've started a fun little project that I want to make available to you guys from the very start.  What I mean is, I want you to be connected to the process of the music makingness.
I don't quite have a name for it yet, but I can tell you that it will be simple, mostly acoustic, and packed with fantastic worship moments for you to sit back and enjoy.  Here is a sample of one of the new tunes I've written for the project and it happens to be available for free download!

So how can you connect with what's happening?  The first thing is to just simply listen and share what you hear!  I'll continue to post new chunks of the project as they become available.  Make sure to connect with me on Twitter for great content and funzzees!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Gotta Lotta Lemons/Scat Battle


Gotta Lotta Lemons from Zach Trandum Music on Myspace.

Check it out folks!  This is from a number of years ago.  I was honored to perform alongside my friends in Groove For Thought.  Head on over to grooveforthough.com to dig in to more of their amazingness!
I got to scat battle with my friend, and founding member of GFT, Kelly Kunz.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Ode To The 90's

I may have been born in the 80's but I cant really call myself and 80's kid because I didn't really experience that decade.  What I did live through was the 90's.  *Sigh*

I read an article from Relevant today that had me in stitches by the end of it.  It kind of left me wondering what the heck happened in the 90's.  I know that the current decade we're riding has its fair share of oddities and flat out strange people (Gaga), and things (Selfie Stick), but oh man did the 90's kick the weird up a level.  And the thing is, I don't think we knew we were being weird at the time.  Maybe that's what makes the 90's great.  Ignorance is bliss after all.

On the other hand, we did have some pretty rad things come out of the 90's.  Lets take a look at my top 10 list of 90's awesomeness... Well maybe awesome is a strong word for some of these... Anyway:

10.

I can remember when this show was launched.  I think I got so excited I literally started doing ninja kicks around the living room.  There's nothing quite as awesome as a giant, white, floating head kidnapping 5 unsuspecting teens and thrusting them in to a fight for the fate of the universe.  They did get to drive giant dino robots though.  Pretty sick if you ask me.

9. POGs










Every 90's kid remembers these little things.  I have no idea how they became so popular.  Then again, I recently saw a new children's collectible toy that is literally just tiny versions of various food related items with faces painted on them.  While I never actually figured out how the game of POGs worked, I had a butt ton of those little guys stacked up in their fancy little plastic tubes.

8. Tamagotchi









Mine always starved or pooped itself to death.











7. Discman






Lets be honest.  Anti-skip wasn't actually a thing.  It was just an extra button on your discman.  Kind of like a placebo.  Just flip the switch and "Oh man! That makes such a difference." Riiiiiiiight.








6. Gak




The snot like substance marketed to children so they could stick it to everything and make fart noises in class.







5. No words needed here.













4. N'Sync



I will be the first to admit that I was a huge N'Sync fan.  Yep.  Actually, some of their music influenced me early on as I began diving further in to music.  Justin's hair made me want noodles all the time.  My sodium levels were probably through the roof.







3.  Roller blades.



While I agree that Brink may deserve a spot on this list, Mr. Von Detten isn't quite as cool as the skates with which he bladed.
I used to create some magic on the street with my old blades, while jam'n to "Space Cowboy".













2.  N64

Um, 4 player Goldeneye battle royal anyone?  Pfff!  Yeah!  Now hand me my can of Surge!  We're going golden guns!

1.  DBZ




This was my single most favorite show of the 90's.  Possibly ever, in the history of anything.
I've taught my daughter how to kameha-meha.  She also goes super saiyan.  You gotta raise them right.








If you're in need of a good, solid, laugh, you absolutely need to check out Relevant's article!  It served as my inspiration for this post.

11 Christian Videos That Will Make You Glad the ’90s Are Over

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Pandora

I am excited to announce that my single, What You Do To My Heart, will be included in the Pandora rotation!  Things have not gone live yet but will be soon!  Thanks for all your support yall and keep on listening!!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

What You Do To My Heart

So I do this thing where I go back and listen to a bunch of my old songs, pouring over each one, borderline obsessively.  I don't do this because I'm in love with myself (Kanye. DOWN BOY.) but because my creative mind is almost always hearing new things each time I listen to the tune.  New ideas form, or old ones get cut.  It's truly one of my favorite parts of the creative process!
Anyway,
I wrote this a while back and released it as a single.  I hope you enjoy it!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

I Give Myself

Growth is good.  It's essential actually, but that doesn't change the fact that the process absolutely sucks sometimes.  I've found myself in one of those seasons.  I'm completely surrounded by so many amazing things, but in the midst of these blessings I am growing.  Some of this growth feels like fire burning my skin, when in fact it is burning away that which needs not be there.
This song is just a little peace of the process I'm in.