1000 Generations’ Last 3 Songs

ImageAfter much prayer, thought, and conversation, we inform you today that 1000 Generations is coming to a close. While we’ve loved every minute of being on the road, pouring our hearts into the music, and worshiping our amazing God, we have slowly been realizing that we’re longing to go after other pursuits. Being on the road almost non-stop for 8 years hasn’t given us the freedom to do that.

This was not an easy decision for us to make. We love one another, love the music, and love you, our friends. In the coming weeks, I’m going to blog further about our decision and where we see things headed.

For now though, we wanted to share with you our latest material that we’ve been working on since the release of our last album, “Wrecked For the Ordinary.” We’re very proud of this material and wanted it to see the light of day. So, we’ve decided to release a very special EP (available online only) of our last 3 works. These songs are available as of today!

We invite you to take a listen and download “The Last 3 Songs” by simply clicking here. If you like them, share them with your friends and community. We want them to be an encouragement to all who’ll listen. The songs can be downloaded for free, but if you dig them, please consider leaving a tip.

Know that we’ll continue to play a few shows till the end of the year, and also have some upcoming “stories behind the songs” videos planned for our website. Most importantly, we want to thank YOU for being a friend of ours throughout the years. We are so blessed to have you in our lives, and that you have allowed us and our music a place in your heart. We hope to stay in touch!

If you’d like, we invite you to share your favorite 1000 Generations songs, shows, and/or moments on Twitter by including @stevenpotaczek and #1000Generations in your post(s). We’ll also be posting our favorite moments and songs in the coming weeks and months.

Without further adue, click here for “The Last 3 Songs.”

With love,
Steven Andy Potaczek
1000 Generations

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Ke$ha sells more than the Beatles…

So I was reading a fellow musician’s blog tonight. He posted some startling stats about record sales. I found them interesting and thought you might too.

1. Creed has sold more records in the US than Jimi Hendrix.

2. Led Zeppelin, REM, and Depeche Mode have never had a number one single, Rihanna has 10.

3. Ke$ha’sTik-Tok” sold more copies than ANY Beatles single.

4. Flo Rida’s “Low” has sold 8 million copies – the same as The Beatles’ “Hey Jude.”

5. The Black Eyed Peas‘ “I Gotta Feeling” is more popular than any Elvis or Simon & Garfunkel song.

6. Celine Dion’s “Falling Into You” sold more copies than any Queen, Nirvana, or Bruce Springsteen record.

7. Same with Shania Twain’s “Come On Over.”

8. Katy Perry holds the same record as Michael Jackson for most number one singles from an album.

9. Barbra Streisand has sold more records (140 million) than Pearl Jam, Johnny Cash, and Tom Petty combined.

10. People actually bought Billy Ray Cyrus‘ album “Some Gave All…” 20 million people. More than any Bob Marley album.

11. The cast of “Glee” has had more songs chart than The Beatles.

Read more: http://bobbyowsinski.blogspot.com/2011/11/11-disappointing-things-about-popular.html#ixzz1cnXPzUtB

Rain, Rain, Go Away

Every year I forget that it rains pretty much the whole month of April! I get bumbed out and surprised every time I awaken to a cloudy sky. I try to hold on to the age old saying that “April showers bring May flowers,” and that all this rain will bring about awesome beauty.

I think sometimes life can be this way…we forget that there will always be rainy seasons and that, often times, these seasons will bring about beauty. My prayer for us all is that we will hold on to hope in the rainy times and be thankful for the sun when we are blessed to feel its warmth.

Above all, I pray we would know that, rain or shine, God is good.

Amanda Lee

Behind the “Behind the Scenes”

You need to see this!!! Makes me smile every time: 

Have a terrific weekend!!

Steven

Saint Valentinus

Okay, so most of us know Valentine’s Day as the day when either we (or our significant other) completely forgets about it until the actual day-of, and as a result, has to buy flowers at crazy inflated prices. Okay, maybe not all of us are this way, but I know it’s happened to me more than once! Lest we forget though, Valentine’s Day is actual Saint Valentine’s Day; few of us actually know the reason that it is truly celebrated (besides one of five days when the stock for Hallmark Cards really skyrockets).

The name “Valentine”, derived from valens (worthy, strong, powerful), was popular in Late Antiquity. The feast of St. Valentine was first established in 496 by Pope Gelasius I, who included Valentine among those “… whose names are justly reverenced among men, but whose acts are known only to God.” As Gelasius implied, nothing was known, even then, about the live of this  saint. In some circles, it is even believed that Valentine may represent many martyrs of the faith.

The first representation of Saint Valentine appeared in the Nuremberg Chronicle (1493). The text states that he was a Roman priest martyred during the reign of the Roman emporer Claudius II.  He was arrested and imprisoned upon being caught marrying Christian couples and otherwise aiding Christians who were at the time being persecuted by Claudius in Rome (helping Christians at this time was considered a crime due to worshiping anything other than the Emporer). Claudius took a liking to this prisoner – until Valentinus tried to convert him – whereupon this priest was condemned to death. He was beaten with clubs and stoned; when that failed to kill him, he was beheaded.

Now, I’m not trying to be a party-pooper, but this is quite a far cry from the current celebration of Valentine’s Day. I think it is important to remember the faith of our fathers, and how we as 21-century believers, got here. We have so much to be grateful for! It is precisely because of the early church’s resolve in the face of certain death that we have been able to benefit. Saint Irenaeus once said, “the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church,” meaning that the faithful sacrifices of the saints is what causes the Church to grow.

In the midst of loving our spouses and significant others, may we be given over to our God. May we be passionate with our faith. And may we be thankful for the commitment of those that have gone before us.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” -Hebrews 12:1-2

With love,
Steven

That’s My King!

In the mid 1900s, an incredibly fiery Baptist preacher named Shadrach Meshach Lockridge lead a prominent African-American congregation located in San Diego, CA. Word quickly spread of his passionate messages and more recently, Igniter Media synced one of his sermons to a video montage that I found incredibly powerful and moving. Though the audio from this video was taken some 40 years ago, the late S.M. Lockridge’s words about Jesus are still inspiring. Be encouraged…

Will the Real Santa Claus Please Stand Up?

Merry Christmas! It’s that time of year when it seems the whole world gets wrapped up in the holidays. Being curious myself, I started wondering about the origins of the holiday of Christmas. In particular, I wanted to know more about Santa Claus. “The Church Lady” (Dana Carvey on SNL) did a hilarious skit about Santa many years ago, but I really haven’t heard much about Santa from a historical perspective. There’s actually quite a bit of mystery surrounding the old man. Want to know more about ole Saint Nick? Read on…

The name Santa Claus is an adaptation of the Dutch “Sinterklaas,” which means simply “Saint Nicholas.” Nicholas was Bishop of Myra, in modern day Turkey, during the 4th century. Among other saintly attributes, he was noted for the care of Children, generosity, and the giving of gifts. His feast on the 6th of December came to be celebrated in many countries with the giving of gifts. Saint Nicholas traditionally appeared in bishop-ly attire, accompanied by helpers, and inquired about the behavior of children during the past year before deciding whether they deserved a gift or not. By the 13th century Saint Nicholas was well known in the Netherlands, and the practice of gift-giving in his name spread to other parts of central and southern Europe. At the Reformation in 16th–17th century Europe, many Protestants changed the gift bringer to the Christ Child or Christkindl, corrupted in English to Kris Kringle, and the date of giving gifts changed from December the 6th to Christmas Eve.

The modern popular image of Santa Claus, however, was created in the United States, and in particular in New York. The transformation was accomplished with the aid of six notable contributors including Washington Irving and the German-American cartoonist Thomas Nast (1840–1902). Following the American Revolutionary War, some of the inhabitants of New York City sought out symbols of the city’s non-English past. New York had originally been established as the Dutch colonial town of New Amsterdam and the Dutch Sinterklaas tradition was reinvented as Saint Nicholas. In 1809, the New-York Historical Society convened and retroactively named Sancte Claus the patron saint of Nieuw Amsterdam, the Dutch name for New York City.

At his first American appearance in 1810, Santa Claus was drawn in bishops’ robes. However as new artists took over, Santa Claus developed more secular attire. Nast drew a new image of “Santa Claus” annually, beginning in 1863. By the 1880s, Nast’s Santa had evolved into the robed, fur clad, form we now recognize, perhaps based on the English figure of Father Christmas. The image was standardized by advertisers in the 1920s.

Father Christmas, a jolly, well nourished, bearded man who typified the spirit of good cheer at Christmas, predates the Santa Claus character. He is first recorded in early 17th century England, but was associated with holiday merrymaking and drunkenness rather than the bringing of gifts. In Victorian Britain, his image was remade to match that of Santa. The French Père Noël evolved along similar lines, eventually adopting the Santa image. In Italy, Babbo Natale acts as Santa Claus, while La Befana is the bringer of gifts and arrives on the eve of the Epiphany. It is said that La Befana set out to bring the baby Jesus gifts, but got lost along the way. Now, she brings gifts to all children. In some cultures Santa Claus is accompanied by Knecht Ruprecht, or Black Peter. In other versions, elves make the toys. His wife is referred to as Mrs. Claus.

Current tradition in several Latin American countries (such as Venezuela and Colombia) holds that while Santa makes the toys, he then gives them to the Baby Jesus, who is the one who actually delivers them to the children’s homes, a reconciliation between traditional religious beliefs and the iconography of Santa Claus imported from the United States.

Interesting stuff. Bishop Santa?! Baby Jesus delivering toys to kids in Venezuela?!

However you celebrate it, I hope that your Christmas is peaceful and joyful. We’ve got lots of great Christmas gift ideas at our website (TIP: Use the code BEAUTIFUL at checkout for a pretty nice discount on any items ordered)! Merry Christmas from all of us in 1000 Generations and don’t forget the real reason for the season: the birth of Christ.

With love,
Steven Andy

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