Creative Christian Moments – Blog Article 47: A Review of Parrish’s EP

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Blog Article 47: A Review of Parrish’s EP

There is a dynamic duo, forged from the dynasty of musical exceptionalism, sweeping through Napa, California and onto your radios, streaming services, and indie stations. Am I talking about Batman? No, I’m referring to the particularly talented musical group known as Parrish, which is shaking the the spiritual realms of Napa, California with their unique style of worship music.

Much like Napa’s own history of gold rushes, Parrish’s music is like instrumental gold that I have had the privilege to partake of a recently release EP. Their music reminded me of the Parable of Buried Treasure in Matthew 13:44-46. The wealth of Biblical theology and knowledge woven into their worship style is of inestimable value. Their worship music celebrates the folk style of American music from the days of glories past, serenading the listener with hymn like experiences, rich and earthy.

Parrish is comprised of Nathan (Nate) and Rachel Parrish. Nate plays guitar while Rachel plays piano. Both musicians sing lyrics together in many of the songs. In 2007, the dynamic duo met in in Modesto, CA at The House (formally known as Calvary Temple Worship Center) and were married in 2009. Nate has played in worship for Worth Dying For and Kingdom (Parrish a, 2015). Rachel graduated from William Jessup University with a bachelor’s degree in Music (Parrish a, 2015). Currently they live in Napa, California where they enjoy riding bikes and “drinking coffee all day” (Parrish a, 2015, n.p.).

Parrish’s EP consists of six songs. Overall I found the album an emotional worship experience of a solemn reflection on my own personal faith. So many of the songs spoke directly to me or my current circumstances in life. This truly is my favorite set of songs for worship.

“Death Was Buried in it’s Grave” took me back to my southern Christian roots with its Fleetwood Mac sound. The song was incredibly catchy and I found myself singing it in my mind hours and hours later. Personally, I could see this song in communion ceremony as it led the listener through the whole process of explaining the Gospel message. I was waiting for the wash boards, jugs, and fiddles to chime in at any second, too; a true celebration of the rich small town Christian community’s of America’s past.

“In the Storm” begins with an acoustic introduction from from Nate followed by his vocals. Rachel was provided back up on this song. The lyrics are so rich in this song calling back to the Irish folk roots of our ancestors! Just read one of my favorite lines from the song: “To the soil my roots run deep and if the wind would strip me of my leaves, I would stand up tall with branches bare. For in the storm I know my Lord is there.” “In the Storm” is a triumphant song about enduring enduring the storms of life and having peace about them because the Lord is with you. After the last few years of hardship this nation has faced, I felt many could sing this song as a banner of endurance with the Lord.

“Refuge” was the third song on the EP album and described just the desperation humanity with words like “beggars”, “orphans”, and how the Lord acts as a refuge for of us despite our shortcomings. Rachel’s angelic voice echoed how sinners find refuge at the cross of Jesus Christ.

“Lord I come to Thee” was next and really echoed the heart felt desires of every Christian following God wholeheartedly. The overall message spoke about humbly approaching the Lord and reminded me of a communion song. Halfway through the song, a beautiful chorus of joins the vocalists in the background and like the heavens were opening with an angelic choir. It felt as though angels had entered the room with ministering power from the Holy Spirit. The song was truly transformable.

“Soon. Very soon, our King is coming soon.” Such a powerful verse from the song “Skin and Bone.” I find it interesting that a paradigm shift has occurred in Christian music focusing more on the return of Christ. My wife and I were conversing about this very topic yesterday how during the recession, Christian music focused more on the desperation of humanity and now our music has a focus on Christ’s Second Coming. Coincidence? Most likely not. “Skin and Bone” begins with an earthy Johnny Cash sound as Nate intros the song. After the introduction, “Skin and Bone” shifts to a 1990s southern rock sound serenading the listener with the simple promise of Christians: Chris will return as promised in Acts 1:11. And this simple truth is the hope we Christians have that grounds us in all of life’s trials and tribulations. Jesus could return today, in the middle of this blog post, or hundreds, thousands, or tens of thousands years later…but He will return.

“Nothing But the Blood” is the last song on Parrish’s EP. It is one of my favorite hymns and I thoroughly enjoyed how Nate and Rachel used the ancient hymn in their own version of the song and then transitioned back into the lyrics we know so well.

What an emotional experience in worshipping God? Parrish’s EP is music from heaven. Nate and Rachel have been uniquely anointed in writing worships songs and I look forward to how God will use these songs to minister to people. If you would like to support Parrish keep them in your prayers and purchase their music. You can always request them to lead worship at your next ministry event.

Many of my Christian brothers and sisters may look at us on the west coast and wonder are any Christians left given the celebration of sin and darkness so prevalent in our cultures. But with Christians like Nate and Rachel remaining as the remnant in California, all is not spiritually lost. The light of Christ burns the brightest when a culture is consumed in darkness. Parrish’s music will play a pivotal roll in the coming revival across California.

Parrish’s Pages
Official Website: http://Parrishband.com/
Email: parrishmusic1@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NateandRachelParrish/info
Twitter: @Parrishband
Instagram: parrishmusic
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/parrish-ep/id1004809615
CD Baby: http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/PARRISH3

References
Parrish. “About: Page Info.” Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/NateandRachelParrish/info?tab=page_info (accessed July 19, 2015)
Parrish. Band Portrait. Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/NateandRachelParrish/photos/a.440766067679.242824.232468487679/10152803973522680/?type=1&theater (accessed July 14, 2015)
Parrish. EP. Copyright 2015 by Parrish, MP3.
PARRISH – Death Was Buried In It’s Grave (Official Lyric Video), YouTube, 3:45, posted by PARRISH Music, April 2, 2015, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayxmpOj5mes (accessed July 19, 2015)
“Refuge” Live Preview, YouTube, 3:41, posted by PARRISH Music, October 13, 2014, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aJGkGnazi0 (accessed July 19, 2015)

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Could you help a human trafficked victim with the push of an app on your smartphone? Yes.

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Could You Help a Human Trafficked Victim With the Push of an App on Your Smartphone? Yes.

You’re driving back from your favorite restaurant and it’s late at night. While passing through the downtown university district of the city, something catches your attention. The area is known for late night parties from frat houses and sororities as well as some adult clubs nothing uncommon for the area…but then you see her. You know she’s a prostitute by the way she is standing on that corner trying to solicit her services.

Something is unsettling in your conscience. This girl is way to young to be hanging on the streets at night. There is no way she’s in college. She looks no older than a freshman in high school…possibly younger. Then you watch as two shady gang members exit a vehicle and somewhat force her into another car. You even catch a glimpse of other scared girls in the back seat matching her age.

Some form of righteous indignation begins to burn in your soul as you realize this is a sex trafficking scenario happening right before your eyes. But what can I do, you think? Knowing a bit about the gang activity in the city, you discern these individuals are dangerous. What can you do? Before you can call the police, the cars speed off as quickly as they arrived. Guilt settles within the deep recesses of your conscience as you realize you could not do anything about the situation.

But what if you could…

What if with a simple push of an app on your smartphone you could have helped her? What if you were able to snap a photo of the girl, the vehicle, or even the gang members as they passed and could send this information directly to a police officer? What if this app would alert all forms of law enforcement of the human trafficking scenario occurring right that instant? What if this app would also alerted a series of nonprofit organizations within the area specializing in a range of rehabilitative services to place this victim upon rescue? What if this app could verify at least one of these nonprofits had a place for her to stay that night? Maybe short term? Maybe long term?

Like the Amber Alerts we receive through social media and text messages, Redlight Traffic’s smartphone app seeks to emulate this same viral response for human trafficking victims. “We empower victims to become abolitionists. We use technology to create tools against human trafficking” (Redlight Traffic a, 2015, n.p.).

Traveling to Redlight Traffic’s website, the user is immediately given the basic tools of knowledge to identify a trafficking situation and can read blog stories from real victims. What would happen if the majority of the American population was equipped with this knowledge? We could see a titanic reduction of victims. Let’s do some math!

In December of 2014, the United States of America’s population was totaled as 320,087,963 (United States Census Bureau, 2015). According to The Statistics Portal (2015) it is projected that 39.5% of the population uses/will use an iPhones from Apple. In that same group of statistics, 7.4% of smartphone users use Windows as their operating system (OS) (The Statistics Portal, 2015). Combined, Apple iPhone and Microsoft Windows smartphone users total at 46.9%. Of the population census from December of 2014 that’s 46.9% of the population or 150,121,254 people with the ability to report a potential human trafficking scenario taking place. That’s awesome!

With these projected numbers alone, almost half of the United States’ population will have the ability to become the eyes and ears of the community looking out for potential human trafficking situations. We become the digital neighborhood watch for our communities we care about.

Let us discuss the other side of the market: Android OS users. Android users account for about 50% of the remaining market. Just think about it: 96.9% of the United States population or 310,165,236 people could become active trafficking reporters. Just think of all the data that could be accumulated by police to rescue victims and provide prosecution of the traffickers.

“There is still very limited information on the scale of trafficking, how it works, and the most effective means to halt it. One of the biggest knowledge gaps lies in the area of data collection. Despite the growing literature on trafficking, relatively few studies are based on extensive research, and information on the actual numbers of people trafficked remains very sketchy” (Laczko, 2002, para. 3).

Real time data of human trafficked victim numbers, areas of high trafficking rates, and follow up studies on reduction are just a few examples of critical data missing from the antitrafficking solution. With the information gathered from this app alone, vital resources could be managed more efficiently in targeting higher rate areas and identifying which social services should be added in lacking areas. The plethora of data could be shared by law enforcement, nonprofits, and the community to even estimate where future trafficking crimes may take place. The application of this data is endless in what the antihuman trafficking movement could apply it to but more importantly, the antihuman trafficking movement will finally gain real time data on the problem domestically in the United States of America.

If you are an iPhone or Windows phone user, download this app and join the abolitionist movement to end domestic trafficking. If you are an Android user, help fund Redlight Traffic to continue in making development for this market come true.

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References
Hodan, George. Message for You. http://www.publicdomainimages.net/view-image.php?image=31233&picture=message-for-you (accessed July 1, 2015)
Laczko, Frank. “Human Trafficking: The Need for Better Data.” Migration Information Source (2002). Accessed July 3, 2015. http://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/human-trafficking-need-better-data
Redlight Traffic. “How It Works.” http://www.redlighttraffic.org/app/index.html (accessed June 27, 2015)
Redlight Traffic. “About: Our Mission.” http://www.redlighttraffic.org/about.html (accessed June 28, 2015)
The Statistics Portal. “U.S. Smartphone User Share from 2010 to 2014, by Operating System.” http://www.statista.com/statistics/201207/us-smartphone-user-share-since-2010-by-os/ (accessed June 28, 2015)
United States Census Bureau. “U.S. And World Population Clock.” http://www.census.gov/popclock/ (accessed June 1, 2015)