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Free Audiopharmacy Performances at MGM (Tonight) & the Hyatt (Tomorrow)

MGM flyerThe Embassy of the United States of America in association with Muscat Grand Mall and Grand Hyatt Muscat presents Audiopharmacy.  Like the poster above reads, they will be playing tonight at MGM (near the main entrance) from 7 to 9pm.

They will also be playing at Grand Hyatt Muscat tomorrow night from 5 to 7pm:Hyatt flyerIf you’re curious how they sound, here’s a “San Francisco Skateboard Rap” called “Shake the Bay Bridge” : Here they are performing “Mama”: Finally, here’s an interesting track called “Ruined Lands“:They certainly sound like they’re worth checking out!

Thanks to Megan for this community service announcement and thanks as well to the US Embassy Muscat for organizing such wonderful events for the public!

Free “Military of Oman” Performance by Royal Opera House Muscat! (Nov 7th & 9th)

This was just sent to me by the Royal Opera House Muscat.

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For additional information please contact the box office on:

Phone: + 968 2440 3332/3333/3334
E-mail: boxoffice@rohmuscat.org.om

Or please visit their website at www.rohmuscat.org.om

Just got off the phone with ROHM and they told me that seating is limited to 600. You can arrive as early as 1 hour before the event.

10 Days Til Christmas…Feeling Festive or Depressed?

Hard to believe there are only 10 days left till Christmas! The tree is up and we are in our 3rd week of “Christmas Advent” at the PCO (Protestant Church in Oman)…yet it just doesn’t seem much like Christmas to me this year.  Of course there are tragedies occuring on a daily basic around the globe, but the brutal murdering of so many elementary students and others this past week in Connecticut still weighs on the mind.not forgotten by God

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think of the poor families who lost loved ones and how hard it would be to think of celebrating Christmas…but then…that is why Christ came – to bring hope in an otherwise dark and violent world.  If you are feeling a little less than festive (easy to do if you’re an expat here in Oman, so far away from family and friends), here are a few Christmas songs for YOU.  These are from the “Festival of Carols” from the 1st week of advent at the PCO.  The ladies performing here are a handful from the Muscat Singers and we were blessed to have them perform: It’s nice to see Gwen Wilson singing in this one as she’s normally directing the group or on the piano! :-) They say it’s better to light a candle in the darkness than to curse the darkness.  Here is one of our precious PCO families lighting the 1st Advent candle, the candle of hope:   Here is a lovely piece put together by Carina Krough and Vinoo Peppin titled “I Wonder / Mary Did You Know?”:

It is possible to keep hope even in what seem like hopeless times and situations.  Here is a video of one of the fathers who lost a child in the Conneticut shooting.  He has the right perspective in dealing with this tragedy: In response to the recent Connecticut shootings, Max Lucado (one of my favorite Christian writers) shared this prayer:

  • Max Lucado’s Prayer in Response to the Shooting
    Dear Jesus,It’s a good thing you were born at night. This world sure seems dark. I have a good eye for silver linings. But they seem dimmer lately.These killings, Lord. These children, Lord. Innocence violated. Raw evil demonstrated.The whole world seems on edge. Trigger-happy. Ticked off. We hear threats of chemical weapons and nuclear bombs. Are we one button-push away from annihilation?Your world seems a bit darker this Christmas. But you were born in the dark, right? You came at night. The shepherds were nightshift workers. The Wise Men followed a star. Your first cries were heard in the shadows. To see your face, Mary and Joseph needed a candle flame. It was dark. Dark with Herod’s jealousy. Dark with Roman oppression. Dark with poverty. Dark with violence.Herod went on a rampage, killing babies. Joseph took you and your mom into Egypt. You were an immigrant before you were a Nazarene.Oh, Lord Jesus, you entered the dark world of your day. Won’t you enter ours? We are weary of bloodshed. We, like the wise men, are looking for a star. We, like the shepherds, are kneeling at a manger.This Christmas, we ask you, heal us, help us, be born anew in us.Hopefully,
    Your Children

“A Winter Concert” – Muscat Singers – Dec. 7th

This concert planned by The Muscat Singers sounds like a great opportunity for those of us who love Christmas music! (Who doesn’t love Christmas music?!?!?!)  It’s nice that this concert is 2 and a half weeks before Christmas to get everyone in the Christmas spirit.  I hope we are able to make it to this performance as we’re dying to see The Donald and Eloise Bosch Center for the Performing Arts.  It boasts of “4,000 square metres of performance and audience space and can seat 522 spectators“. It was finished not that long ago and I read somewhere that it is the 2nd largest theatre in Oman; second only to the Royal Opera House Muscat!  I’m sure the acoustics are great! (Read more about the new Bosch Center here in this Muscat Daily article)

Here is a video of the Muscat Singer’s (and Muscat BrassWorks) performing John Rutter’s “Gloria” at their Spring Concert on June 1st of this year to give you an idea of what to expect: Get your tickets while you can, folks! :-)

The Proclaimers in Muscat, Oman!!!

Sometimes I dilly dally about getting behind something or making a commitment to something but then when I do commit, I’m usually 100% behind it!  It’s just part of my nature I guess.  (As a side note, I find it annoying when people say “110%” or “200%” or whatever.  How on earth do you go beyond 100%, Sherlock?! Just had to get that off my chest, haha!) Anyway, I remember about a month ago or so being online and seeing tweets from HiFm, one of the top radio stations in Oman, and reading that they were announcing big news about a top performer coming to town.  I thought, “Wow! This is going to be a biggee!”  After a few exciting moments of waiting, trying to guess who it might be, I remember being somewhat disappointed when they announced it was the Proclaimers.  I thought, “Oh, yeah – the guys who sing “500 miles (which I used to LOVE!)..but do I want to pay money to see a one-hit wonder band?”  Well, in the past week I’ve been youtubing these gents on youtube and I realize that they play all kinds of songs that I recognize and really enjoy.  I find that the ones I haven’t heard before are incredible and it makes me wonder why I’ve never listened to them more.  These men are incredible live performers, lyrical geniuses and wonderful story tellers.  Here are a few of my favorite songs from the Proclaimers; some old, some new.  I dare you to listen to a few. If you do, as I did, you will be dying to get your hands on some tickets sometime this week before they are sold-out!                                    By far, their most popular song but don’t get the idea that that’s the only song worth listening to!LOVE the lyrics and energy behind this song!                                               Obviously not their song, but I just wanted to show how they bring something new to different songs they cover.                                                                               One of those “good vibe songs” that I remember from so many years ago.A beautiful song that makes me think of my precious son and the dreams and hopes I have for him.  “He’s just like me!” (Scary thought!)                          A new one for me.  Great lyrics!                                                                               Great song for those of us who’ve found the love of our lives! (and for those still looking…)

Nice country tune. “Everybody’s a victim. We’re becoming like the USA!” :-) Sorry to my American friends out there, haha! Could definitely apply to Canada as well…Fantastic!This song, Sunshine on Leith, is another hit from their 2nd and best known album.  It’s about their hometown, Leith, but the lyrics, like many of their songs, are so deep that they have the potential to take on a different personal meaning to each individual hearing it.                                                                      In Recognition – “Oh, vanity!”                                                                           One Too Many.  There might be a few attending the Intercontinental Garden on Thursday who will fit this bill! ;-)                                                                    If There’s a God.  Deep song about how a loving God can allow such misery in the world.  Worth a listen! “But if there’s no God…”                                          The Light.  An often misunderstood song that some think is “anti-religion” when it’s actually “anti-hypocrite”.  The best line from this song is “I believe in God alright.  It’s folk like you I just can’t stand.”  :-)

The last song I’ll post here is this gem called “The More I Believe“.  This song leads me to believe that the Proclaimers are, in fact, real men of faith.  It’s a rocking song as well that’ll make you want to get up and dance!

Well, those are just some of the songs I’ve enjoyed this week on youtube.  I hope I can get some tickets tomorrow from the Intercon before they’re all gone.  Maybe I’ll see you at the concert! :-)