Feb 28, 2008

Last Call 4 Popple...

1 more jam from the Popple sessions...
Sly and the Family Stone's 'Thank You Fa' Lettin'Me Be Myself Again'...
Download on the m3 SoundClick page

Pray 4 these brothers in Christ, doing some wonderful work 4 the Lord...
May God Bless them on their journeys...

Feb 25, 2008

So much 2 post...so little time

As u may know, Kyle and Dan of the famed duo group Popple visited m3 studios last week.
Along with rehearsing 4 a show, i wanted 2 write a song especially written with them in mind and try 2 record it while they were here. Thus, the Lenten song entitled ' I will walk with U ' was born. Joining Popple on guitar is their good friend (and now mine) Kyle Murphy. Download this track here -> I Will Walk With U - mp3

Also, here is some footage from the 2/24/08 concert with m3 on the drums...

Feb 19, 2008

the Popple r coming!!!
the Popple r coming!!!

kyle and dan r coming over 4 a rehearsal and possible recording session...i'll b playing drums with them on Sunday Feb. 23rd in Bloomington, Il.

It's a Popple Power Trio!!!

Drive safe homeboys

Feb 15, 2008

Grupo Francesco Live @ Java Joe's CoffeeHouse

mp3s now available 4 download on the manuel3 SoundClick page.

Feb 13, 2008

Grupo Francesco LIVE!

4 those of u who may not know, Fr. Stan Fortuna (via an angel named Keith) helped start the manuel3 ministry. I met Father in Iowa City in the fall of 2003. We jammed until the wee small hours of the morning and 2 weeks later we have the beginnings of the Catholic Soul Revolution. Ever since, whenever Father is nearby i try 2 meet with him and set up a jam session so we can play 2gether. Thanks b 2 God 4 Jamie Hopkins (drums), wife MARY, their children and Java Joe's CoffeeHouse in Des Moines, Ia. We were able 2 jam 4 almost 2 hours. The bootleg audio will b released on my SoundClick page by next week. Until then, here's a sample...

Feb 6, 2008

Feb 4, 2008

LENT 2008

here we r Catholic Brothers and Sisters...Lent begins Wednesday...r beloved B16 says Almsgiving is the key...
this is an excerpt taken from his 2008 Message For Lent

3. The Gospel highlights a typical feature of Christian almsgiving: it must be hidden: “Do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,” Jesus asserts, “so that your alms may be done in secret” (Mt 6,3-4). Just a short while before, He said not to boast of one’s own good works so as not to risk being deprived of the heavenly reward (cf. Mt 6,1-2). The disciple is to be concerned with God’s greater glory. Jesus warns: “In this way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven” (Mt 5,16). Everything, then, must be done for God’s glory and not our own. This understanding, dear brothers and sisters, must accompany every gesture of help to our neighbor, avoiding that it becomes a means to make ourselves the center of attention. If, in accomplishing a good deed, we do not have as our goal God’s glory and the real well being of our brothers and sisters, looking rather for a return of personal interest or simply of applause, we place ourselves outside of the Gospel vision. In today’s world of images, attentive vigilance is required, since this temptation is great. Almsgiving, according to the Gospel, is not mere philanthropy: rather it is a concrete expression of charity, a theological virtue that demands interior conversion to love of God and neighbor, in imitation of Jesus Christ, who, dying on the cross, gave His entire self for us. How could we not thank God for the many people who silently, far from the gaze of the media world, fulfill, with this spirit, generous actions in support of one’s neighbor in difficulty? There is little use in giving one’s personal goods to others if it leads to a heart puffed up in vainglory: for this reason, the one, who knows that God “sees in secret” and in secret will reward, does not seek human recognition for works of mercy.