“I’m drawn to making church music for many reasons, but perhaps the biggest one is that, in looking at the historical Church, I see a pretty consistent pattern of there being two artistic paths for believers: one being church composing, and the other making art in the ‘mainstream’ arena. Caravaggio, Michelangelo and many others certainly made art that revealed their religious perspectives, but they did so in the general art world, not in a small cloistered bubble of religious artists making art for religious people.”
I’m incredibly proud of and excited for Audrey in this season. I’ve had the privilege of watching her strain for her art and career for many years now. Seeing her step out courageously into a new world sonically, artistically, personally, financially, etc… it’s inspiring beyond compare.
And if these LEVV tracks she’s putting together aren’t the best damn thing she’s ever made. Well… they are.
audreyassad:

Dear friends,
I am writing to share some very exciting news. Almost three years ago, I began to craft a plan. I’d been inspired by many of my most beloved artists and authors to pursue the dreams in my heart and to create bravely. I came to feel that my mission as an artist was twofold; on one hand, to make Church music, and on the other, to make pop. I found a deep dissatisfaction trying to mix the two, and after several long months of discussion with my label it became clear that a partnership no longer made sense. So as I planned the next few years as a newly independent artist, I felt that it made sense to focus on Church music first, while forming and shaping the other part of the vision in the background. We did our kickstarter (THANK YOU!!) and made Fortunate Fall, the O Happy Fault live album, and Death, Be Not Proud.
And now—I am so very elated that I will soon be able to introduce you to the other piece of the puzzle. I have poured so much heart and soul into LEVV, and have just recently finished tracking an EP that we hope to release early 2015. I can’t wait for you to hear it.
The other bit of news is that, as I split with my label and began to plan for the future, I decided after much prayer and consideration to continue to make Church music (I imagine I always will) but to shift the weight of my touring and marketing focus to LEVV and other projects. There are many reasons but I’ll just give you one—I was (and am) no longer comfortable with ministry as a career. So I will still be releasing occasional Church music records, as well as ministering here and there with certain friends and organizations whom I love and trust—but I will no longer be touring full-time as a Church musician. This fall tour is a farewell of sorts.
I am very, very happy and thankful to have been given your support many times in the past. I hope you will continue journeying with me now.
We’ll be letting you know how you can stay tuned for developments and how to follow LEVV from here.
For tour dates please visit audreyassad.com/tour.
XOXO,
Audrey
Find LEVV at @LEVVmusic on Twitter & Instagram & Facebook :)
I’m incredibly proud of and excited for Audrey in this season. I’ve had the privilege of watching her strain for her art and career for many years now. Seeing her step out courageously into a new world sonically, artistically, personally, financially, etc… it’s inspiring beyond compare.
And if these LEVV tracks she’s putting together aren’t the best damn thing she’s ever made. Well… they are.
audreyassad:

Dear friends,
I am writing to share some very exciting news. Almost three years ago, I began to craft a plan. I’d been inspired by many of my most beloved artists and authors to pursue the dreams in my heart and to create bravely. I came to feel that my mission as an artist was twofold; on one hand, to make Church music, and on the other, to make pop. I found a deep dissatisfaction trying to mix the two, and after several long months of discussion with my label it became clear that a partnership no longer made sense. So as I planned the next few years as a newly independent artist, I felt that it made sense to focus on Church music first, while forming and shaping the other part of the vision in the background. We did our kickstarter (THANK YOU!!) and made Fortunate Fall, the O Happy Fault live album, and Death, Be Not Proud.
And now—I am so very elated that I will soon be able to introduce you to the other piece of the puzzle. I have poured so much heart and soul into LEVV, and have just recently finished tracking an EP that we hope to release early 2015. I can’t wait for you to hear it.
The other bit of news is that, as I split with my label and began to plan for the future, I decided after much prayer and consideration to continue to make Church music (I imagine I always will) but to shift the weight of my touring and marketing focus to LEVV and other projects. There are many reasons but I’ll just give you one—I was (and am) no longer comfortable with ministry as a career. So I will still be releasing occasional Church music records, as well as ministering here and there with certain friends and organizations whom I love and trust—but I will no longer be touring full-time as a Church musician. This fall tour is a farewell of sorts.
I am very, very happy and thankful to have been given your support many times in the past. I hope you will continue journeying with me now.
We’ll be letting you know how you can stay tuned for developments and how to follow LEVV from here.
For tour dates please visit audreyassad.com/tour.
XOXO,
Audrey
Find LEVV at @LEVVmusic on Twitter & Instagram & Facebook :)

I’m incredibly proud of and excited for Audrey in this season. I’ve had the privilege of watching her strain for her art and career for many years now. Seeing her step out courageously into a new world sonically, artistically, personally, financially, etc… it’s inspiring beyond compare.

And if these LEVV tracks she’s putting together aren’t the best damn thing she’s ever made. Well… they are.

audreyassad:

Dear friends,

I am writing to share some very exciting news. Almost three years ago, I began to craft a plan. I’d been inspired by many of my most beloved artists and authors to pursue the dreams in my heart and to create bravely. I came to feel that my mission as an artist was twofold; on one hand, to make Church music, and on the other, to make pop. I found a deep dissatisfaction trying to mix the two, and after several long months of discussion with my label it became clear that a partnership no longer made sense. So as I planned the next few years as a newly independent artist, I felt that it made sense to focus on Church music first, while forming and shaping the other part of the vision in the background. We did our kickstarter (THANK YOU!!) and made Fortunate Fall, the O Happy Fault live album, and Death, Be Not Proud.

And now—I am so very elated that I will soon be able to introduce you to the other piece of the puzzle. I have poured so much heart and soul into LEVV, and have just recently finished tracking an EP that we hope to release early 2015. I can’t wait for you to hear it.

The other bit of news is that, as I split with my label and began to plan for the future, I decided after much prayer and consideration to continue to make Church music (I imagine I always will) but to shift the weight of my touring and marketing focus to LEVV and other projects. There are many reasons but I’ll just give you one—I was (and am) no longer comfortable with ministry as a career. So I will still be releasing occasional Church music records, as well as ministering here and there with certain friends and organizations whom I love and trust—but I will no longer be touring full-time as a Church musician. This fall tour is a farewell of sorts.

I am very, very happy and thankful to have been given your support many times in the past. I hope you will continue journeying with me now.

We’ll be letting you know how you can stay tuned for developments and how to follow LEVV from here.

For tour dates please visit audreyassad.com/tour.

XOXO,

Audrey

Find LEVV at @LEVVmusic on Twitter & Instagram & Facebook :)

“Subconscious bias affects one’s actions before a person is aware of it and goes so deep that a study at the University of Milano-Bicocca found that when people are exposed to images of a needle piercing someone’s skin they experience a more dramatic, measurable, physiological response when white skin is inflicted with pain than when black skin is.”

During unified action, U.S. forces should never violate basic civil or human rights. Most protesters are law-abiding citizens who intend to keep their protests nonviolent, but some protest planners insist that the event involve violence. Often in the media, protesters can gain sympathy for their cause by prompting authorities to take physical action against them…

Inciting a crowd to violence or a greater intensity of violence by using severe enforcement tactics must be avoided…

Community unrest results in urban conflicts that arise from highly emotional social and economic issues. Economically deprived residents may feel that they are treated unjustly or ignored by people in power and authority. Tensions can build quickly in a community over a variety of issues, such as hunger, poor employment opportunities, inadequate community services, poor housing, and labor issues. Tensions in these areas create the potential for violence. When tensions are high, it takes a small (seemingly minor) incident, rumor, or perceived act of injustice to ignite groups within a crowd to riot and act violently. This is particularly true if community relations with authorities are strained.

How, then can anyone say that the police in St. Louis County, and all over America, are not militarized? Because the cops aren’t acting like soldiers. They’re acting like extras in a Michael Bay movie playing soldiers.

Despite their expensive costuming, the police in Ferguson are putting on an unsophisticated, unscripted performance, a copy without an original. If these cops were to take a page out of the Army’s book on crowd control, it would be an improvement. But they seem to be making up tactics to go with the gear they’ve acquired.

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teamcole:

J. Cole - Be Free

Rest in Peace to Michael Brown and to every young black man murdered in America, whether by the hands of white or black. I pray that one day the world will be filled with peace and rid of injustice. Only then will we all Be Free.

- Cole

Chilling Harsh Realities

“There is a feedback loop of recrimination playing in the streets of Ferguson. With the thinnest of rationales, the police here responded to community anger in the self-justifying language of force, under circumstances that call for a more humane tongue.”
In his discourse in the Symposium, Aristophanes says that lovers do not know what they really want from each other. From the search for what is more than their pleasure, it is obvious that the souls of both are thirsting for something other than amorous pleasure. But the heart cannot express this “other” thing, “it has only a vague perception of what it truly wants and wonders about it as an enigma”. 
-Joseph Ratzinger,  "The Feeling of Things, the Contemplation of Beauty"https://www.readability.com/articles/mspmtbz3

In his discourse in the Symposium, Aristophanes says that lovers do not know what they really want from each other. From the search for what is more than their pleasure, it is obvious that the souls of both are thirsting for something other than amorous pleasure. But the heart cannot express this “other” thing, “it has only a vague perception of what it truly wants and wonders about it as an enigma”.

-Joseph Ratzinger,  "The Feeling of Things, the Contemplation of Beauty"
https://www.readability.com/articles/mspmtbz3

True knowledge is being struck by the arrow of Beauty that wounds man, moved by reality, “how it is Christ himself who is present and in an ineffable way disposes and forms the souls of men” 

Pope Benedict XVI (then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger)
“The Feeling of Things, the Contemplation of Beauty”

True knowledge is being struck by the arrow of Beauty that wounds man, moved by reality, “how it is Christ himself who is present and in an ineffable way disposes and forms the souls of men”

Pope Benedict XVI (then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger)
“The Feeling of Things, the Contemplation of Beauty”