Thursday, May 22, 2014

What Is Your God-Given Talent? The Freakish Sound of Mike Masse and Jeff Hall

Most of us go to work everyday to keep the order ticking along. At times, we probably think we'd rather be out fishing... but we understand that our commitments are such that we need to be able to provide - food on the table, safety and shelter for our loved ones, education and development for the little ones, to name but a few.

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Living the dream - http://www.mikemasse.com/

When we ourselves were younger, we often had dreams that later in life might seem somewhat unfulfilled - perhaps it's playing a professional sport, having paintings displayed in a national gallery or singing in front of an audience of screaming fans.

Whatever your dream is or was, I firmly believe that God has provided us all with at least one (or more) very special gifts. I also believe that these gifts are what our dreams are made of.

So my message today is quite simple - regardless of your age, status or current lot in life. Regardless of whether you are a student, a fireman, a lawyer, a banker :), a plumber... get out there and do something that you love - something that you have an aptitude for, something that makes you feel awesome about yourself.

It doesn't matter if nobody else cares or listens - as long as you can remember what it was that brought a feeling of completeness to your soul. Go to the park and kick a football... take time out and buy a canvas and brushes... or simply, just sing a song that you love. It will all come flooding back to you.

So what is your God-given talent??

I recently became aware of a couple of guys that are living their dream. If what I read serves me correct, these blokes are attornies. But as well as meeting their commitments to family and loved ones, they are also doing what they love and what they definitely have a God-given talent for - making beautiful sweet sounds...

Living the dream - Lui in pink shirt and high hair, me bottom right
Interestingly, I first viewed one of their videos on YouTube through a mate of mine sharing it on Facebook. This buddy of mine, Lui, also happens to be a singing partner of mine from around 20+ years ago - we were in a teenage group in the 80s and believe it or not, had a pretty solid following - I remember touring through country Queensland performing to (at times) screaming schoolgirls, signing autographs on publicity pictures and quite simply - living the dream of that time in our lives.

I'm not going to say that we were anywhere close to having the talent of Mike Masse and Jeff Hall - but it is what we did, what we loved.

Following are a few of Mike and Jeff's videos that really moved me and left me with the 'Wow' factor.

Firstly, a cover version of Toto's 'Africa':

How many Dads can listen to such a beautiful version of 'Cat's in the Cradle' without tearing up?:

Finally, for all the Eagles fans... 'Hotel California' - or is it?? Hmmm? One more Time??:

Now do yourself a favour!! - Remember your dream. Live it - even if it's just personally (or in a Pizza shop). It's your God-given talent and right! :)

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