My name is Anna Shannon. That’s about all I know for right now, because I’m really tired. But I’m sure you don’t really care about that. You want to know who I am, why I write, and why you’re reading what I write. Honestly, I’m still trying to figure most of that out for myself, so we’re in this together.
Let’s start with the basics. I love Jesus. That’s why I started blogging in the first place. There’s a little blurb about that somewhere, but I have no idea where Jeremiah’s posting that. Oh yeah, this blog is a joint effort now, too. My buddy Jeremiah and I are now gonna tag-team this thing, so hopefully you can get more out of it.
Who I am: I’m Anna, obviously. I wrote that in the first sentence. And it’s in the ginormous header that Jeremiah so kindly put up for you. I’m 18 at the moment and I’m currently attending Calvary Chapel Bible College. Jesus, sunshine, kitties, the beach, music, french bread, and energy drinks form the top of a long list of things that put a smile on my face. I’m so blessed to have a fantastic family who loves the Lord, and friends who stick close and keep me accountable. Without them, I would post on this blog even less than I already do… (Yeah, sorry about that…)
Why I write: Jesus tells me stuff a lot. So I write it down. Because when He tells me stuff, it’s usually pretty important. Ever have one of those moments when something incredibly deep and philosophical just hits you upside the head? It happens to me all the time, and typically it’s something painfully simple and obvious, but I never really grasped the profundity of it. Most of the time, it hits me in the shower. Maybe it’s the steam. Maybe it’s the feeling of warm water on my toes as I wait for it to heat up. Maybe it’s the fact that I’m stuck in there without access to a pen and paper to write down my epiphany. I’m pretty sure that’s it. God often speaks to me in the shower because He knows that I’m a captive audience and if I hope to remember anything He said, I have to repeat it over and over in my head and stew on the concept for a while.I used to write some of these revelations in letters to a friend, but he moved away. So now I will pass on these simple, profound, often just plain silly eye-openers with you, dear reader(s).
Why you’re reading what I write: I have no idea.
As you can tell by the nice, bold header, my name is Jeremiah. I love Jesus, I’m a (super!) senior in high school, and I am homeschooled. My hobbies include soccer, music (that one’s probably more than just a hobby), hanging out with friends, and running. In fact, if you put church into that third category, more than 70% of my time probably falls into one of those activities. Add school into the mix and that number approaches 98% Say I have no life, but I love my non-life. I probably love my non-life more than you love your life. Just saying.
As for my writing, I usually prefer poetry over prose, so if my posts don’t work out so well, that’s why. Also, I often write at super late hours, which really doesn’t help. Most nights, I wage war with insomnia. Sometimes I win, sometimes I lose. I think not falling asleep is God’s way of telling me that I need to do something productive, at which point I either pray or write (that’s not entirely true. Sometimes I just stare at the wall and hope I’ll fall asleep soon). Usually I write songs or poetry, but every once in a while I’ll just write down my thoughts. Which may or may not make sense, but who’s judging?
Lastly, I am a music-holic (totally just made that word up right now). I have yet to find a style of music that I honestly dislike, but I usually like lesser-known music the best. It’s more fun when nobody else knows what you’re talking about. That’s not to say that there’s not music I dislike, however. I can’t stand most mainstream music where the artist is not interested in creating art, but rather in making a quick buck. Look in the sidebar to see what I’m currently listening to. I’ve been studying the cello for the past two years, and am passionate about advancing classical music in postmodern culture. Seriously. Classical music is really good. I also play guitar, piano, drums, and sing. So when stuff pops up here about music, now you know why.
Anyways, that’s enough about myself. And an abrupt ending. Ha.
About the Name-
I like color. Really bright color. When I see bright colors, they make me smile. A lot of people tell me that’s kinda how my personality is, too. Most of the time, I’m pretty spunky, random, and, well, bright. So that’s why I called it colorful. The cacophony part takes a little more explaining. A cacophony is a discordant mixture of sounds. It’s random, unorganized, chaotic, and it doesn’t work very well. That’s pretty much how my life is if I’m operating without Jesus. This blog is a reminder that He is the One who makes my life a symphony, a piece of music that flows together and sounds amazing.
Have you ever watched the visualizer on (I know, OLD. SCHOOL.) Windows Media Player while a song is playing? (I think iTunes does it too.) The colors dance as the song plays, and that’s what gave me the idea for the name, A Colorful Cacophony. It’s bright, it’s pretty random, and, Lord willing, it makes sense to somebody. Additionally, it was an oxymoron (sort of?) and sounded cool. That helps.