Tuesday, March 18, 2008

It's time to rejoice again…..Easter is here!!!!

A maniquine depicting the "Passion of Jesus Christ (Image Courtesy: St. Anthony's Church, Vakola, Mumbai)

Easter is the greatest feast in the Christian calendar. On this Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. For Catholics, Easter Sunday comes at the end of 40 days of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving known as Lent. Through spiritual struggle and self-denial, Christians prepare to die spiritually with Christ on Good Friday, the day of his Crucifixion, because they believe they can rise again with him in new life on Easter.

Christians all over the World celebrate Easter
Christians believe according to Scripture, that Jesus came back to life, or was raised from the dead, three days after his death on the cross. As part of the Easter season, the death of Jesus Christ by crucifixion, is commemorated on Good Friday, always the Friday just before Easter. Through his death, burial and resurrection, Jesus paid the penalty for sin, thus purchasing for all who believe in him, eternal life in Christ Jesus.

Passion of Christ Jesus
Many would say it is the period of intense suffering in the life of Jesus from the Garden of Gethsemane to the Crucifixion. To others the passion of Christ evokes images of gruesome punishment as depicted in movies such as Mel Gibson’s "The Passion of The Christ".

As we have it today, the Passion of Jesus would never have been transmitted through the centuries unless Jesus himself had not made it part of his Easter revelation. Historians of his time never mention it since Jesus was far too insignificant for their attention.

And even if he were significant, a story of crucifixion was not likely to be told. Only scattered references to crucifixion are found in the writings of Jesus’ contemporaries, who were repulsed by grisly tales of that barbaric act.

Easter celebrations
Christians make elaborate preparations to celebrate Easter which is the oldest of all Christian festivals. The Easter egg is associated as a symbol of Easter Sunday. The Easter eggs are specially decorated eggs given to freinds and relatives to celebrate the Easter holiday.

HAPPY EASTER to all!!!, or as the Norwegian’s say GOD P├ůSKE!!!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

KONVICTED – Akon’s brand new album

I always enjoyed traditional and conventional music that most people enjoy, like the songs by Meat Loaf (love songs), Bryan Adams (love songs), Britney Spears (Pop), Backstreet Boys (Love songs), Dire Straits (Country music), Elton John (love songs), Lionel Richie (Love songs), Lobo (a blast from the past), Santana (for his string work)...to name a few and I will continue to enjoy this kind of music for the excellent lyrics and rhythm/beats.

I never really liked Hip-hop and rock music, until I listened to Akon's Konvicted album, an R&B album with a lot of urban Hip-Hop appeal. His album goes all over the place (sad to happy and every emotion in between) and seems 'real', not a formula type album. There are 11 songs in this album which are written, arranged and produced by Akon himself. I must say, a superb album and a must listen to!!

Once in a while, we come across a true artist in this business that can excel in more than one field. Some performers may have the ability to rap, but not sing; or they might be able to sing, but not necessarily make you dance. That's a special talent that so few possesss and yes Akon is gifted with this talent.

For the lyrics of his Album, click
Lyrics. Remember, you need to be an adult to listen to this album!