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Lucas Parry



This blog contains the musings of a recording artist. His thoughts on life, love, art, social justice, music, religion and anything else thought provoking.



Updated: 2014-10-12T09:12:12.448-05:00

 



New Blog!!

2007-02-07T22:34:42.684-06:00

Hi everyone. I have spent the last few weeks re-designing and shaping my new blog, today is the day that I release it live. I will no longer be using this blog so please update your link list/blogrolls :) Here is my new blog - COLLISION - Enjoy!! Leave comments and let me know if you like my new design.



This is why stealing is bad

2007-02-06T17:08:32.280-06:00

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Superbowl Party

2007-02-05T22:03:04.196-06:00

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In about 5 minutes, Jody, Liam and I will head to our neighbor's house for this years Superbowl party! The Superbowl (for my international readers) is the final match in the National Football League. Tonight the Chicago Bears go head to head with the Indianapolis Colts. There may be marital strife in our house tonight as Jody is going for the Bears.... because she has family in Chicago, and I'm going for the Colts, because I like the quarterback!!! In preparation, I only made one side of the bed this morning...... (my side, because the colts will win), the looser will be sleeping outside in the 17 degree (F) weather :)
Anyways, I love superbowl parties because we eat pizza and chilli, watch the game and laugh at the million dollar commercials! Good times!!



My New Camera

2007-01-30T20:40:01.430-06:00

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Jody and I have been saving for a while to buy ourselves a new digital SLR camera. Today I finally made the purchase of this baby. 4.5/5 stars across the board!! I'm very excited. So if you see Jody or I walking around with this camera around our neck or pointed in your face..... just pose, we'll snap then move on :)

Photography is a small hobby of ours...... I'll post some of our masterpieces as we snap them.



Darwin Awards

2007-01-29T13:19:29.673-06:00

Yes, it's that magical time of the year again when the Darwin Awards are bestowed, honoring the least evolved among us. Here then, is the glorious winner. 1. When his 38-caliber revolver failed to fire at his intended victim during a hold-up in Long Beach, California, would-be robber James Elliot did something that can only inspire wonder. He peered down the barrel and tried the trigger again. This time it worked..... And now, the Honorable Mentions: 2. The chef at a hotel in Switzerland lost a finger in a meat-cutting machine and, after a little hopping around, submitted a claim to his insurance company. The company expecting negligence sent out one of its men to have a look for himself. He tried the machine and lost a finger. The chef's claim was approved. 3. A man who shoveled snow for an hour to clear a space for his car during a blizzard in Chicago returned with his vehicle to find a woman had taken the space. Understandably, he shot her. 4. After stopping for drinks at an illegal bar, a Zimbabwean bus driver found that the 20 mental patients he was supposed to be transporting from Harare to Bulawayo had escaped. Not wanting to admit his incompetence, the driver went to a nearby bus stop and offered everyone waiting there a free ride. He then delivered the passengers to the mental hospital, telling the staff that the patients were very excitable and prone to bizarre fantasies. The deception wasn't discovered for 3 days. 5. An American teenager was in the hospital recovering from serious head wounds received from an oncoming train. When asked how he received the injuries, the lad told police that he was simply trying to see how close he could get his head to a moving train before he was hit. 6. A man walked into a Louisiana Circle-K, put a $20 bill on the counter, and asked for change. When the clerk opened the cash drawer, the man pulled a gun and asked for all the cash in the register, which the clerk promptly provided. The man took the cash from the clerk and fled, leaving the $20 bill on the counter. The total amount of cash he got from the drawer...$15. (If someone points a gun at you and gives you money, is a crime committed?) 7. Seems an Arkansas guy wanted some beer pretty badly. He decided that he'd just throw a cinderblock through a liquor store window, grab some booze, and run. So he lifted the cinderblock and heaved it over his head at the window. The cinderblock bounced back and hit the would-be thief on the head, knocking him unconscious. The liquor store window was made of Plexiglas. The whole event was caught on videotape. 8. As a female shopper exited a New York convenience store, a man grabbed her purse and ran. The clerk called 911 immediately, and the woman was able to give them a detailed description of the snatcher. Within minutes, the police apprehended the snatcher. They put him in the car and drove back to the store. The thief was then taken out of the car and told to stand there for a positive ID. To which he replied, "Yes, officer, that's her. That's the lady I stole the purse from." 9. The Ann Arbor News crime column reported that a man walked into a Burger King in Ypsilanti, Michigan, at 5 a.m., flashed a gun, and demanded cash. The clerk turned him down because he said he couldn't open the cash register without a food order. When the man ordered onion rings, the clerk said they weren't available for breakfast. The man, frustrated, walked away. A 5-STAR STUPIDITY AWARD WINNER! 10. When a man attempted to siphon gasoline from a motor home parked on a Seattle street, he got much more than he bargained for. Police arrived at the scene to find a very sick man curled up next to a motor home near spilled sewage. A police spokesman said that the man admitted to trying to steal gasoline and plugged his siphon hose into the motor me's sewage tank by mistake. The owner of the vehicle declined to [...]



Add your world... to the world!

2007-01-28T23:03:41.946-06:00

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Check out the new Wiki world maps. It uses Google Earth, but allows you to go in and add places you know, landmarks, schools, churches, sporting complexes etc. Its awesome!! Take a moment to look up your town and make those places you love known to the entire world.



Photoshop designs - Part 1

2007-01-26T16:10:16.693-06:00

lately I've been dabbling in photoshop, pretending to be a graphic designer....... Here are some of my latest creations. What do you think??

(image) Front cover of my postcard that gets sent to churches.

(image) Back cover of the same postcard.

(image) A newsletter/Eblast for my school promoters

(image) A banner I used for myspace Christmas CD sale

(image) E-blast for promoters 1

(image) Eblast for promoters 2



Fascinating minds

2007-01-25T11:42:36.640-06:00

About six years ago I took a speed reading course at a university in Sydney. I learned that our brain can actually process and comprehend information much quicker than we give it credit for when we sit down and read a text. The brain can actually process text in blocks, lines, even whole paragraphs; we can take in all that information at once, with increased comprehension. We actually slow our brain down by reading aloud in our heads (as we usually do when reading). I found this to be very fascinating and true. Here is a small but interesting test to some of the principles of speed reading, its science and truth.

Cna yuo raed tihs?

I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The
phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde
Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the
olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit
pclae.
The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a
pboerlm.

Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the
wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was
ipmorantt!




50 Questions

2007-01-24T19:12:10.333-06:00

I never normally do these, but I love reading them. So anyways....... here I go, get to know..... me. (Thanks to my friend Naomi for the inspiration).1. NAME: Lucas ????????? Parry (Leave a comment and guess the middle name...... clue-lion! :)2. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? As far as I know, no.... however my middle name, which was almost my first name, was a student of my dads....... way cool :-03. WHEN DID YOU LAST CRY? Probably watching some chick flic..... I suck at watching those!!4. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? NO!! I remember getting pages torn out of my books at school because my handwriting sucked! So I married someone with beautiful calligraphy :)5. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? BBQ Chicken, but cant get any of that love over here in Nashville. I stock up on my fill everytime I return to Australia6. KIDS? Just one........ Little Liam, he's a rock* already!7. WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE A KID? I wanted to fly jet fighters! Top Gun Baby!! My favorites were f-15's and f-16's.8. DO YOU HAVE A JOURNAL? Kind of?? I just started a journal which asks me questions about my life; its for your kids when they get older and you die..... morbid I know, but a cool gift from a friend that might be treasured by my family one day.9. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? I used to use it alot, but too much just makes people mad - so I stopped.10. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? Yep, never normally know they're there until I catch mono and they get so inflamed that they block my throat. I hated those tonsils for two weeks.... but God bless cortizone steroids!!11. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? Yes, almost did it off Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, but ended up on a safari instead being chased by elephants!12. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? Not much of a cereal man.... but if I have to choose - Wheet-Bix. "The breakfast of CHAMPIONS".13. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? I hate taking shoes off without un-tieing them.14. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG PHYSICALLY OR MENTALLY? Hmmmmm, I've got two tickets to the gun show! Thats all I'll say ;)15. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? Caramel icecream with m&m's mixed in from Maggie Moos.16. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? Any oddity..... When I was in India once, I saw a man with 6 toes..... after that whenever I met someone, I checked their toes.... Weird, I know!17.RED OR PINK? Is there even a choice...... pink comes from red.... so yeah - RED!18. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? I'm going grey at the temples.... thank God for hair die! no 26 y.o. should go grey.19. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? I miss not being able to see my family whenever I want. Australia is 15,000kms away...... and I miss my Aussie mates.20. FAVORITE ACTOR AND ACTRESS? I love all movies by Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Harrison Ford..... I really don't have a fav. actress??21. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES YOU ARE WEARING? Jeans and my ugg boots.22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? Blue23. FAVORITE SMELL? I love the smell of cookies baking..... Mmmmmmmm.24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? My mate Justin, a phenomenal drummer who left some stuff over here after band rehearsal on Monday.25. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? Top notch! She's gunna be famous one day!!26.FAVORITE DRINK? Rain Green Gatorade27. FAVORITE SPORT TO WATCH? Soccer, Tennis and the Footy.28. HAIR AND EYE COLOR? Brown and green/blue29. FAVOURITE CHILDHOOD TV SHOW? Mr T. I even used Mr. T bubble bath!30. MUSIC CONCERT OR THEATRE? I cant decide..... love them both!31. FAVORITE FOOD? A juicy, crisp apple!! Cant beat it.32. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDING? Happy ending. I dont like movies without em....... They make me feel all fuzzy inside. :)33. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? The Recruit- Matt Damon, That was Sunday afternoons chill and nap movie.34. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU W[...]



Vegas Baby

2007-01-20T21:50:40.760-06:00

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Jody and I went to Vegas on the weekend. Limo rides everywhere, stayed at the Bellagio hotel, won $200 and ate like royalty. Jody's boss took everyone on her team away for the weekend to say thank you.... I got to tag along because I had Liam. :) Me no complain! It was mad fun, my first time in Vegas! Will definitely return one day.



Almost drooling

2007-01-09T14:46:44.106-06:00

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Be among the first to glimpse at this technological masterpiece...... A leap forward in mobile phoning! I can't wait 'till its unleashed! WOW!!!



Review of 06

2007-01-05T12:35:01.413-06:00

I haven't done this yet, but figure the best way to do it is with some memorable pictures. Here are some of my most memorable moments this year caught on camera.1) My mum and dad came out from Australia to celebrate Christmas and the New Year together, that's them with Jody.2) That says PREGNANT! We we're ecstatic!3) Just missed my connecting flight to Australia in LA. I had an 11 1/2 hr wait for the next flight out! So I caught some ZZZZ's4) Catching up with one of my best mates, Anthony in Sydney. We ate at this great Italian restaurant then lost our car in the city. Good times!5) that's right, who's the man!6) Tearing it up in schools! 22 schools in 6 weeks :) It was a heap of fun.7) Hanging for a day with my Grandad in Perth. I hadn't seen him for about 8 years.8) The beginning of a great relationship..... Compassion.9) Ahhh.... the pacific ocean!10) Riding dirtbikes up random mountains. What a great afternoon!11) Jody and I on holidays at The Great Barrier Reef. We stayed at this awesome hotel/resort called the 'Rainforest'12) The Rees's ever expanding clan. We visited them a week before they moved back to Parkes.13) We got to be there for the birth of my first nephew.... Isacc.14) Enjoying the airshow..... till we got hailed on!!15) A VERY pregnant Jody and I on a road trip to St Louis with our good friends Marc and Lisa. (she's now preggo too)16) Forrest and I hit NJ/PA for 15 shows over two weeks.17) The coolest kid in the world arrives to make us a family :) Liam Harrison Parry!18) My mum surprising Jody and I with a visit from Australia!19) First family Christmas.[...]



Writers Block

2007-01-03T12:35:38.773-06:00

It happens to everyone... And for me, the past two months have been frustrating as I've been stuck in the rut, unable to think of cool ideas to write songs about. So I had an idea last week..... I'll let my creativity pour out through another outlet and hopefully the music mojo will return. So I bought some canvas', new acrylic paint and paintbrushes and begun to paint. Yes paint! I thought about ideas I wanted to communicate then just did it. When I finished, I shocked myself..... I actually liked what I created. And, it worked......... The song ideas once again begun flowing! Thank God for art!!



Chasing Francis

2006-12-27T22:30:01.716-06:00

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I'm reading a book called 'Chasing Francis' written by Ian Morgan Cron. I highly encourage you to grab a copy if this book and read it. It highlights the role of Christianity in art and social justice and shatters many preconceived notions Protestant Evangelicals have towards Catholic Christians. St Francis of Assisi was a great man who took Jesus words, lived them and changed the world.

For many years I have been able to quote some of his proverbs but never understood the man or his mission. This book Chasing Francis has completely engaged me to want to learn more about his life and ministry.

A brilliant book for all in the arts and for those wanting Jesus......Not 'religion' per se.



Hmmmm, I did find this quite amusing

2006-12-19T15:52:12.440-06:00

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Uganda

2006-12-18T22:31:50.760-06:00

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Uganda Mission Trip 07

Have you ever wanted to do a mission trip to Africa? Join a me and a small team as we visit Kampala, Uganda to work with children in orphanages ( watoto.com), schools, hold concerts throughout the city and assist in the East Africa Youth Conference. This will be an amazing time of ministry and a very rewarding trip. We will also end the trip with a safari up the Nile river. For more information please shoot me an email. lucas@lucasparry.com ASAP

Dates: March 1- March 15
Cost: $2900



Speaking of laughing

2006-12-14T23:00:47.576-06:00

Ok, so Laughter has been on my mind recently..... And infact in my dreams. A couple of days ago, I had a much deserved afternoon nap and I had a hilarious dream involving some family members. It was so funny that I was cracking up in my dream and woke myself up and I was laughing out loud!!!! It was so crazy.... Anyone else ever had that experience, laughing oneself awake.?!!



When NOT to fart.......

2006-12-06T18:07:48.036-06:00

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) -- It is considered polite to light a match after
passing gas. Not while on a plane.

An American Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing Monday
morning after a passenger lit a match to disguise the scent of flatulence,
authorities said.

The Dallas-bound flight was diverted to Nashville after several passengers
reported smelling burning sulfur from the matches, said Lynne Lowrance,
spokeswoman for the Nashville International Airport Authority. All 99
passengers and five crew members were taken off and screened while the plane
was searched and luggage was screened.

The FBI questioned a passenger who admitted she struck the matches in an
attempt to conceal a "body odor," Lowrance said. She had an unspecified
medical condition, authorities said.

"It's humorous in a way but you feel sorry for the individual, as well," she
said. "It's unusual that someone would go to those measures to cover it up."

The flight took off again, but the woman was not allowed back on the plane.
The woman, who was not identified, was not charged in the incident.

Copyright 2006 The Associated Press
<http://www.cnn.com/interactive_legal.html#AP> . All rights reserved.This
material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.



Kiva and Micro-financing

2006-12-03T22:31:48.376-06:00

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Want to help end world poverty??? Check this out! I came across this from a friend who regularly listens to a podcast called "Venture Voice". The guy who started this website, had a hand in developing Paypal, then decided to make a way we can empower others less fortunate than ourselves.

kiva.org

Kiva lets you connect with and loan money to unique small businesses in the developing world. By choosing a business on Kiva.org, you can "sponsor a business" and help the world's working poor make great strides towards economic independence. Brilliant!!!

Think what you can do with a small investment?!



Laughter

2006-12-03T22:15:53.736-06:00

"Dr. Lee Berk and fellow researcher Dr. Stanley Tan of Loma Linda University in California have been studying the effects of laughter on the immune system. To date their published studies have shown that laughing lowers blood pressure, reduces stress hormones, increases muscle flexion, and boosts immune function by raising levels of infection-fighting T-cells, disease-fighting proteins called Gamma-interferon and B-cells, which produce disease-destroying antibodies. Laughter also triggers the release of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers, and produces a general sense of well-being."

Tonight, while playing games with some close friends, I laughed so hard that I fought not to wet myself and could not hold back the tears streaming from my eyes. Infact, I was laughing so hard my head began to ache..... more like pounded. But, I simply could not stop! I think every now and again, we need these hysterical moments........ Dr. Berk (above) thinks laughing is great for the body. So have a good laugh today!



'Tis the season

2006-12-01T20:45:10.926-06:00

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Christmas decorating was running a little late this year with the addition of a new Parry. Today we finally got our act together and put up the Christmas Tree, put out the Christmas Village and begun decorating the living room...... I did already have the Christmas lights out on the house- kudos to me! We danced around the house to classic 'Bing', while Liam swung in his swing and watched in amazement as I put the lights on the tree. I love this season!!!! It'll be even more fun with a baby :)



Uganda Update

2006-11-30T23:30:29.296-06:00

We're planning a fairly large trip to Uganda in March 2007. Looks like I'll have the chance to bring 12 people including my band on the mission, I can't wait!! We are very blessed to have the backing and support from Kampala Pentecostal Church and other local churches to help with the large scale concerts. We will be ministeing to the East Africa Youth Conference for a couple of days, along with performing in schools and university's. Watoto is a wonderful ministry to Children in Uganda and we will also spend some time serving them and ministering to the kids in the orphanage. I can't wait for this trip, throughout the entire planning the hand of God has been all over it and we are expecting to see great things; both in seeing people won into the kingdom and inspiring many believers to embrace their own calling and fulfill Gods destiny for their lives.

I'll update more soon...... So keep posted!



Borat

2006-11-29T17:58:49.540-06:00

I 'was' very excited to go see the new film "Borat" until I read my friends review of the movie (read it here at Utobia). Did any one see it yet? What are your thoughts?



Studio Visit

2006-11-28T17:41:16.816-06:00

This afternoon I dropped in to a studio in Franklin to visit a buddy of mine, Mark Stocker who is producing a new CD for a very well known songwriter and worshipper.... Dennis Jernigan (www.dennisjernigan.com). I was completely stoked to meet him as for many years I have sung his songs, led churches in worship with his songs and countless times found myself laying on the floor in my own private worship at home offering these heartfelt songs to the Lord. He has written over 2,200 songs, "Too many to ever record in my lifetime" He jokes. This is Dennis 31st album he was working on, and its amazing! Go grab a copy when it comes out. An amazingly talented man with a powerful testimony that has impacted countless lives...... And I got to say, an all round 'top bloke'!

Anyways, I'd have a photo to share but my battery died, I'll post it when he sends me one from his camera.



New routines

2006-11-27T16:06:35.160-06:00

I was on my own today with Liam for the first time. Jody went to a training seminar for work, she officially returns to work on Dec 5th, but she wanted to attend this course. So last night I was up with the baby, feeding and changing wet diapers. I think I had a total of 5 hours sleep. Then I tried to get work done in between his naps and feeding. I feel pretty good, it seems I managed to get through 90% of my to-do list, 100% of the "very-important" category. Not bad for a Mr. Mom. I can do this ;)